References & Resources


Bear, D. R., Invernizzi, M., Templeton, S., & Johnston, F. (2016). Words Their Way: Word Study for Phonics, Vocabulary, and Spelling Instruction (6th ed.). Pearson.

Curzan, A., & Adams, M. (2012). How English works: A linguistic introduction (3rd ed.). Pearson.

Freeman, D. E., & Freeman, Y. S. (2014). Essential  linguistics: What teachers need to know to teach ESL, reading, spelling, and  grammar. (2nd ed.). Heinemann.

Helman, L., Bear, D. R., Templeton, S., Invernizzi,  M., & Johnston, F. (2012). Words their way with English learners: Word study  for phonics, vocabulary, and spelling instruction (2nd ed.). Pearson.

Johnston, F., Invernizzi, M., Bear, D. R., &  Templeton, S. (2018). Words Their Way: Word Sorts for Letter Name –  Alphabetic Spellers (3rd ed.). Pearson.

Lems, K., Miller, L. D., & Soro, T. M. (2017). Building  literacy with English language learners (2 ed.). Guilford.


English Grammar Online: EGO4U

A comprehensive site for all things grammar, by a group of German educators.

Teaching Tolerance

Word Work and others: Explore the many different strategies Teaching Tolerance provides for all our diverse learners.  Here’s a link to a sample set of strategies.

The Ling Space

A great set of YouTube videos for a variety of linguistic topics.  (I’ll keep adding to the list as I go through them, but feel free to explore.)

Phonology: Rhymes and Reasons

Phonemes and Allophones, Part 1

Phonemes and Allophones, Part 2

Morphemes: Quantum of Meaning

Morphemes: Rooting for Meaning

Pragmatics – The Rules of Conversations

¡Colorín colorado!

A standard in the online world for bilingual educators and families of ELs.

Edutopia: Larry Ferlazzo

Author, blogger, @Larryferlazzo on all things EL and bilingually related.

National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition

NCELA collects, coordinates, and conveys a broad range of research and resources in support of an inclusive approach to high quality education for ELs. 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 EL education, including teachers and other practitioners, parents, university faculty, administrators, and federal policymakers.

Center for Applied Linguistics: CAL

The Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) is a non-profit organization founded in 1959. Headquartered in Washington DC, CAL has earned an international reputation for its contributions to the fields of bilingual and dual language education, English as a second language, world languages education, language policy, assessment, immigrant and refugee integration, literacy, dialect studies, and the education of linguistically and culturally diverse adults and children.

CAL’s mission is to promote language learning and cultural understanding by serving as a trusted source for research, resources, and policy analysis. Through its work, CAL seeks solutions to issues involving language and culture as they relate to access and equity in education and society around the globe.

WIDA (Just WIDA – That’s what they are called now.)

WIDA provides language development resources to those who support the academic success of multilingual learners. We offer a comprehensive, research-based system of language standards, assessments, professional learning and educator assistance. WIDA’s trusted resources are used by 41 domestic states and territories and more than 400 international schools throughout the world.

Utah Educational Network

Lots of links to sites and other resources.


Latest guidelines and suggestions for service from the USDOJ and US DOE regarding service requirements for ELs according to ESSA.

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