English Learners Resources


A team of English Learner enthusiasts from Allegan county have been working to collect information and try out resources to help schools know what to do when they have a student or students who are learning English and need an Alternate Language Program. This web page will change as we learn more along the way.  

 Flow chart for identifying if a student qualifies for EL services. (Touch the target's-small black circles-on the image for more information) 


Online Resources for Teachers 

TeachingChannel.org has many resources including short (12 minutes) videos for teachers to learn how to support their ELL students.

Instructional Materials that have been reviewed by WIDA (World Class Instructional Design and Assessment)

Learn English Feel good Printable worksheets

English For Everyone Printable worksheets 

 TPRS® is a method of second language teaching that uses highly-interactive stories to provide comprehensible input and create an atmosphere of immersion in the classroom. Students focus on the stories and not the language.  

 Wordly Wise 3000-Targeted direct vocabulary instruction aligned to the Common Core


Speaking and Listening to the English Language kits $79 (AAESA has 4 of them to loan out.  You may already have one stored somewhere) Self assessment for educators using the Language kits with students. 

Online Resources for Students 

General Resources for All

Rewordify – you can copy and paste text or you can enter a webpage url – Rewordify then shows you that site or text in simplified English


Wikipedia – available in multiple languages (go to main page and then click the arrow in the middle of the page near “read Wikipedia in your language” - great for an overview of the concept or preview of something -

Yahoo Mexico (also works for other search engines) – videos of US history, reenactments, etc. in Spanish - http://mx.video.search.yahoo.com/search/video?p=historia+estados+unidos&ei=UTF-8&fr=yfp-t-441&fr2=sp-qrw-corr-top&tnr=20&norw=1&b=1

2lingual – enter a word and it appears side by side in English and another language (no Tigrinya or Amharic though)


NYSED has a great collection of word to word glossaries for multiple content areas


Holt has a multi lingual math glossary

Middle school - http://my.hrw.com/math06_07/nsmedia/tools/glossary/msm/glossary.html

Algebra - http://my.hrw.com/math06_07/nsmedia/tools/glossary/aga/glossary.html

Geometry - http://my.hrw.com/math06_07/nsmedia/tools/glossary/aga/glossary.html

Glencoe also has a multilingual math glossary


Volusia county has multilingual science glossaries


International Children’s Digital Library


Great teacher toolkit from Canada on teaching SIFE students


Tigrinya and Amharic are more difficult to find resources for –

Tigrinya-English dictionary


Velazquez Press sells some resources



Tigrinya press and resources


Chemistry lecture videos in Amharic (youtube)


Amharic links and resources