Teacher Resources

Online Resources

English Language Learners Network
The National Writing Project created the ELL Network to support the teaching of writing with resources, funding, and networking.

The ESL Standards for Pre-K-12 Students.  The World-Class Design  Standards show how ELLs can actively engage in learning the academic language needed for success in school and beyond.

National Center for Family Literacy
Since 1989, The National Center for Family Literacy, have helped more than 1 million families make educational and economic progress by pioneering – and continuously improving – family literacy programs.

Educational Testing Service has published this recent comprehensive guide for assessing English language learners. . It will be of great value to test developers, test administrators, educators, education policymakers and others. The
27-page Guidelines for the Assessment of English Language Learners is the latest in a series of researchbased
ETS publications that address quality issues as they relate to fairness and equity in testing.
Download the guide

Practical Examples

Portfolio Assessment Model for ESL
Moya and O'Malley describe the essential components of a portfolio assessment model.
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Wordless Books

The National Institute for Literacy provides a guide designed for family services staff who work with English language learner (ELL) parents and preschoolers. This resource may be useful to promote family literacy and language learning activities. The guide is divided into ten topics that cover effective tutoring strategies, and each topic has instructional activities to help ELL parents build English conversational skills in the home.
Download the guide

EverythingESL offers a list of wordless books and guidelines for using them.


Graphic organizers are a great tool to use when teaching English language learners (ELLs). Visual illustrations allow ELLs to better understand the material while learning important vocabulary. This section of Colorín Colorado's website provides an array of graphic organizers available for use in diverse classroom settings.