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By The ESL Nexus
Filled with activities and ideas you can use right away, this sampler includes 20 freebies that address the needs of English Language Learners at beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels of English language proficiency. Just click on the
Subjects:
ESL / ELL / EFL, EFL - ESL - ELD
Grades:
PreK, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, ...
Types:
Activities, EBooks, Teacher Manuals
FREE
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Digital Download PDF (22.89 MB)
By The ESL Nexus
Display these multilingual peace posters in your classroom or hallway and promote peace around the world. There are 16 posters and each one says Peace in a different language. In addition, 8 ways to use these posters for instructional purpose are
Subjects:
Writing, World Language, For All Subjects
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Cultural Activities, Printables, Bulletin Board Ideas
FREE
27
Digital Download PDF (4.55 MB)
By The ESL Nexus
This FREEBIE offers 3 short reading passages about China and a writing and discussion activity about the passages. Your students will practice the following concepts: reading for comprehension, finding the main idea, finding supporting details, and
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Social Studies - History, Informational Text
Grades:
8th, Homeschool, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Cultural Activities, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.R.2
FREE
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Digital Download PDF (2.03 MB)
By The ESL Nexus
Students practice reading number and color words to solve 12 basic arithmetic problems, then use the answers to color in a picture of a menorah with this fun activity. Just photocopy the pages and you're all set!✓ Please note: This resource is a
Subjects:
Arithmetic, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Reading
Grades:
Homeschool, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Fun Stuff
FREE
3
Digital Download PDF (4.08 MB)
By The ESL Nexus
Here are 10 borders with Ukraine themes. You can use them to create materials for your students or bulletin board displays about Ukraine. You can also make copies for your students to use in their work. In addition, you can use them to create
Subjects:
European History, For All Subjects
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Clip Art
FREE
1
Digital Download ZIP (31.44 MB)
By The ESL Nexus
Celebrate Earth Day with this colorful poster that presents information about the holiday and ways to care for the environment. Using language that your English Language Learners should be able to comprehend, you can display this poster in your
Subjects:
Environment, Earth Day, EFL - ESL - ELD
Grades:
8th, Homeschool, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Posters, Cultural Activities, Bulletin Board Ideas
FREE
4
Digital Download PDF (13.54 MB)
By The ESL Nexus
This freebie includes 1 clip art image based on a photograph of an artifact and 3 writing prompts about that same artifact that I purchased when I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Sierra Leone, West Africa. This resource is a sampler from a
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, Writing, Black History Month
Grades:
8th, Homeschool, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Clip Art, Cultural Activities, Printables
CCSS:
W.5.2, W.5.4, W.5.10, W.6.2, W.6.4, W.6.10, W.7.2, W.7.4, W.7.10, W.8.2, W.8.4...
FREE
3
Digital Download ZIP (22.29 MB)
By The ESL Nexus
Scenic images from southern Maine are represented in this set of 8 photographs. Use them when teaching about New England or the 50 States, or whenever you need realistic images of the Atlantic Ocean, lighthouses, or flowers. What educators who
Subjects:
Geography, Environment, Other (Specialty)
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Cultural Activities, Bulletin Board Ideas, Other
FREE
6
Digital Download ZIP (54.04 MB)
By The ESL Nexus
This Boom Learning℠ resource with 21 digital task cards helps students learn vocabulary words about Earth Day and the environment. The first card states the instructions and also includes a word bank with the 20 target vocab words. On each of the
Subjects:
Earth Day, EFL - ESL - ELD, Vocabulary
Grades:
8th, Homeschool, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Task Cards, Science Centers, Internet Activities
CCSS:
CCRA.L.6
FREE
Digital Download PDF (45.56 MB)
By The ESL Nexus
What do you know about working with English Language Learners? Take a short quiz that asks if 8 common assumptions about ELLs are True or False, then learn what the research says about each assumption. Finish by writing a short reflection about
Subjects:
EFL - ESL - ELD
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Professional Development
FREE
3
Video & Supporting Document
Duration: 06:06
By The ESL Nexus
This resource presents 4 English words that come from Hebrew, the ancient language of Judaism. You may recognize a couple of these words with Hebrew origins but the others will probably surprise you. You can use this resource when teaching about
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Social Studies - History, Hebrew
Grades:
8th, Homeschool, 6th, 7th
Types:
Flash Cards, Printables, Bulletin Board Ideas
FREE
Digital Download PDF (4.59 MB)
By The ESL Nexus
This resource contains 6 photo-based posters about Time. Each poster has 1 quotation on it and is overlaid on a photograph. A list of 5 suggestions for using these posters with your students is included. You can also use this resource as a
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Critical Thinking, EFL - ESL - ELD
Grades:
8th, Homeschool, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Printables, Bulletin Board Ideas
CCSS:
CCRA.W.4, CCRA.W.10, CCRA.SL.1, CCRA.SL.2, CCRA.L.1
FREE
1
Digital Download PDF (73.05 MB)
By The ESL Nexus
Wuhan, the Chinese city where COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, apparently originated, is where I taught English for 2 years at a university. It was a wonderful experience and I am so sad to see the effect this epidemic is having on the people there
Subjects:
Geography, Social Studies - History, Asian Studies
Grades:
8th, Homeschool, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Cultural Activities, Bulletin Board Ideas
FREE
1
Digital Download PDF (18.73 MB)
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I specialize in creating low-prep, academically engaging resources for English Language Learners in Mainstream and ESL classes. Over a period of 25 years, I taught English Language Learners of all ages and proficiency levels at universities in Asia, private language programs in the US and finally at a public school in Massachusetts where I began by teaching Grades K - 8 and ended up teaching students in Grades 3 - 8. I taught English Language Development as well as Content-Based ESL that focused on Social Studies (Ancient History, World History, American History, World Geography); I also did push-in and pull-out Math and Science lessons for ELLs.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I loved helping adolescent English Language Learners develop their language, critical thinking and technology skills. I had high expectations for my students and I knew that with support, they could all be successful. I worked hard to create an atmosphere where students felt comfortable expressing their ideas and opinions because I believe that fostered their motivation and desire to learn. I embedded technology in my lessons as much as possible, but it was the human connection I made with each individual student that was most important to me as a teacher. I also really enjoyed collaborating with other teachers and helping them provide effective instruction to the English Language Learners in their classes. Some of my most rewarding experiences as an educator came from co-teaching lessons. I shared ideas with other teachers and implemented cross-curricular activities for students whenever possible to enhance their learning.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

ING Unsung Heroes Award in 2010; interviewed by Voice of America in 2008 about an online journal I founded and published for ELL teacher trainers; Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Award to India in 2007; nominated for Disney's American Teacher Award in 2001; presented at educational conferences in the US, Canada, and China; published articles about teaching English Language Learners in professional journals and books.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

B.A. Brown University (anthropology); M.A. School for International Training (intercultural administration); M.A.T. School for International Training (teaching English to speakers of other languages); numerous courses, workshops and in-service trainings on all aspects of teaching English Language Learners; studied French in an intensive summer program in Quebec; high school exchange student to Sweden for one year.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Other interests include photography, the Old West, culinary history, and playing table tennis. You can follow me on The ESL Nexus Blog, Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook.

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