English Language Development Teacher Resources
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"The Story of an Hour" Unit
Kate Chopin's tale, "The Story of an Hour," is the anchor text in a six-lesson unit designed for ESL and ELD students. Lessons provide learners with background knowledge of the role of women in 19th-century America and the author. Each...
Movie Stars (ELD Lesson)
Reinforce conversational skills in your ELD class with this worksheet. Pairs of partners ask questions about twelve famous movie star based on a given example (Julia Roberts and Brad Pitt). Questions address given names, birthdays,...
Cinco De Mayo: ELD Reading and Language-Building
A brief passage about the Mexican holiday Cinco de Mayo is accompanied by an array of language activities for ELD: cloze exercise, phrase matching, word jumble, multiple choice, sequencing, interview, group presentation, fluency writing,...
International Dance Day: Reading and Activities for ELD
A brief passage about International Dance Day, April 29, is accompanied by an array of language activities based in sound ELD practice: cloze exercise, phrase matching, word jumble, multiple choice, sequencing, interview, group...
Building ELD Confidence Through Games
Fun ways to get your English Learner's involved in the classroom.
How to Keep ELD Rewarding
The true success of English Learners won't always shine through in the form of perfect test scores.
ELD with Dr. Seuss Will Turn Their Creativity Loose!
Use the timeless story of Green Eggs and Ham to excite learners of all ages and proficiency levels.
ELD Lesson Plan: Courage
What is true courage? Your class can explore the answer with these three Houghton-Mifflin stories ("Hatchet," "Passage to Freedom," "Climb or Die," and "The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle"), which feature courageous characters and...
Question Tags Practice
Young grammarians complete 20 interrogative sentences by adding formulaic question tags. They use the verbs could, would or should with an appropriate pronoun in question tags to complete each sentence. Example: They would listen,...
High-Frequency Phrases: First 100 Words
ELD or elementary students can use this presentation to practice recognizing and saying common English phrases. Each slide contains a two to four word phrase. Have the class recite to practice proper pronunciation.
English Grammar & Writing - Capitalization
Go over the basics of capitalization and when to use upper-case letters. A young woman with a whiteboard writes examples and explains. This is a good resource for ELL or ELD students due to its simplicity. One grammatical mistake is made...
Passive voice and participial adjectives are the focus of an 11-page resource packet designed for ESL/ELD classes. Language learners engage in activities and complete exercises that give them lots of practice with these constructs.
Verb Tense Packet
How do you word questions? Word order in questions is the focus of a 23-page grammar packet designed for ESL/ELD classes. Yes/no questions, information questions, and tag questions are all examined.
ESL/ELD: Learning about Ash Wednesday
An overview of the history and tradition of Ash Wednesday in 2 paragraphs is accompanied by an array of language activities: cloze exercise, phrase matching, word jumble, multiple choice, sequencing, interview, group presentation,...
The Power of Words in Charlotte's Web
"How can a few good words save a pig's life?" Posed with this question, your ELD students explore E.B. White's Charlotte's Web in a meaningful, valuable way. By analyzing specific word choice from the book, especially the excerpts...
Structure Practice: The Passive Voice
Use this online interactive worksheet in an ELD class or for younger native speakers. They practice using simple past tense verbs in the passive voice. Many of the constructions are not straightforward, nor often used by early speakers,...
Wrinkles ESL Lesson
Practice English vocabulary and dialogue. An ELD class completes a true/false worksheet about aging and wrinkles, then read an article entitled "Wrinkles Give Clues to Bone Condition" using context clues to determine vocabulary...
Backstage With Elmo: Jenny McCarthy
Elmo sings the song, “Twinkle, Twinkle Litter Star” with Jenny McCarthy. Elmo asks Jenny about her favorite instrument and what makes her happy. This video could be helpful when introducing friendly questions to young ELD students.
What Did You Do?
English learners practice using the past tense by participating in a time description activity. They identify the differences between verbs when they are used to describe current events or past events. Students answer questions using...
"So, What Do You Think?"
Take a stand! Even the most reluctant speakers find their voices if the topics are engaging. Use pictures, photos, or word prompts (I think pizza is the best lunch on the school menu. What do you think?) to stir responses. Encourage...
Beginning Spelling: Time to Eat
For younger grammar learners, or as part of an ELD lesson for older kids, a word scramble activity provides a fun way to practice food-related vocabulary and spelling. Learners unscramble letters to form 11 food-related words. The...
The focus of this 38-page packet is on past tense verbs. Packed with games, activities, exercises, and drills that can be adapted to any level, the resource deserves a place in your ESL/ELD curriculum library.
Let's Discuss Current Events
Investigate articles from the daily news and share opinions with classmates. Using current events, learners view a news program without sound and predict what news is being discussed by analyzing the visuals. Then they read news articles...
ESL English Grammar Lesson: The Royal Wedding
Have your ESL learners practice their written and oral English grammar skills, with this highly engaging ESL Lesson. Budding grammarians mingle across the room discovering what they each know about the Royal Wedding between Kate and...
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