This page is dedicated to current professionals involved in teaching ESL, ELL, and EFL. It is also helpful for those who are involved in Bilingual Programs, people working with ELL individuals, Social Workers, Content Area teachers who wish to learn more, School Administrators, Special Education Teachers, and anyone who wants to improve their overall effectiveness in the classroom.
- Reference Materials
- Organizations and Networking
- Recommended Reading
- Ideas to Enhance Your ESL Classroom
WIDA – Access Sample Items
The primary purpose of this document is to acquaint people with the features of the WIDA Consortium’s ACCESS for ELLs® test. ACCESS for ELLs® is an English language proficiency assessment given annually to students in kindergarten through grade twelve who have been identified as English language learners (ELLs). The results of this test are used to monitor student progress in acquiring English for the academic environment, to plan support for continuing English language development, and to satisfy legal requirements for assessment and accountability.
Actual test items are reproduced in this booklet to provide educators with concrete examples of the testing material found within ACCESS for ELLs®. Items are provided from the grade clusters 1–2, 3–5, 6–8, and 9–12 in the domains of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Although not all domains within all grade level clusters are represented here, there is a wide enough representation to obtain a good understanding of the item types, format, link to the WIDA ELP Standards, and general look and feel of the test. This document can be useful for a variety of stakeholders, including as a tool for professional development with educators and for students so that they may become familiar with the item types and format prior to testing.
Founded in 1977, the American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL) is a professional organization of scholars who are interested in and actively contribute to the multi-disciplinary field of applied linguistics.
AAAL members promote principled approaches to language-related concerns, including language education, acquisition and loss, bilingualism, discourse analysis, literacy, rhetoric and stylistics, language for special purposes, psycholinguistics, second and foreign language pedagogy, language assessment, and language policy and planning.
The National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition collects, coordinates and conveys a broad range of research and resources in support of an inclusive approach to high quality education for ELLs. To fulfill its mission NCELA supports high quality networking among state-level administrators of Title III programs.
In addition to SEA coordinators, NCELA serves other stakeholders involved in ELL education, including teachers and other practitioners, parents, university faculty, administrators and federal policymakers
The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
The Office of English Language Program staff in Washington, D.C. provides academic expertise, advisory and consultative assistance, and materials resources worldwide. They also organize several exchange programs that send American academics overseas at the request of American Embassies or Consulates to conduct activities related to training, methodology, curriculum development, needs analysis, textbook development, program evaluation, and English for Specific Purposes (ESP).
- The Office of English Language Programs – a great resource for current and prospective teachers