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Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.”
— Jonathan Swift, Anglo-Irish writer

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Grades 6-8, ELA, ELL

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Work in groups to analyze speeches and share expertise

Video Length

11 min

Questions to Consider

  • How does Ms. Langlois use both homogenous and heterogeneous groups?
  • Dr. Walqui talks about the importance of scaffolding quality interactions among students. What are some examples of quality interactions from Ms. Langlois’ class?

The World of ELLs

How can teachers use media sharing sites in the classroom??

Here’s a “Quick List” of ideas!

Use media sharing sites for…

  • Virtual tours of different towns, states, countries, and important sites around the world
  • A “What is it?” game with students guessing uses for an uncommon object
  • Autobiographies
  • Geography studies
  • Visual representations of novels, stories, and picture books
  • Evidence to support an argument using visual data or primary sources
  • Debates on a topic or essential question

Ideas by Grade Level Clusters

  • K-5: take digital photos of school and create a virtual tour for new students; upload photos to VoiceThread and post spoken or video comments about events, classes, and celebrations
  • 6-8: use Flickr as a multimedia reflective journal by creating a visual interpretation of poetry or young adult literature being read in class; upload photos to correspond with literature
  • 9-12: Upload images of places in the world being students as…

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The World of ELLs

How can teachers use social bookmarking sites in the classroom??

Here’s a “Quick List” of ideas!

Use social bookmarking sites for…

  • Team research projects
  • Webquests
  • Taking notes directly on a Web page
  • Annotating text
  • Asking questions regarding confusing information
  • Collecting research data
  • Collaborating on group projects
  • Finding new information via social networks

Ideas by Grade Level Clusters

  • K-5: collect class web sites and to share them with caregivers at home.  Students access to research, homework, and group projects
  • 6-8: group projects, keeping track of favorite sites, collaborative work, comment and critique each other’s collections
  • 9-12: write reviews and summaries, post questions or summaries

(From: Empower English Language Learners With Tools Form the Web, by Lori Langer de Ramirez)

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The World of ELLs

How can teachers use virtual worlds in the classroom?

Here’s a “Quick List” of ideas!

Use virtual worlds for…

  • Sharing autobiographical information via avatars
  • Oral practice with virtual partners
  • Pronunciation practice
  • “Fantasy trips” to other countries
  • Interpersonal communication practice
  • Nonverbal communication practice (via avatar gestures)

Ideas by Grade Level Clusters

  • K-5: sign on to Panwapa and create avatar – great connection to vocabulary of physical description and clothing
  • 6-8: starting at age 13, students can use Teen Second Life; can create avatar and talk with another resident about simple, everyday topics; take a screen shot of the interaction and report back to class about conversation; read news articles about online virtual worlds and set up a debate
  • 9-12: in Teen Second Life, set up conferences and presentations for other residents in world; 18+ can graduate to adult version and visit English Learning World, university areas, and other areas

(From: Empower English…

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The Science and Philosophy of Friendship: Lessons from Aristotle on the Art of Connecting

Good read for anyone.


“Friends hold a mirror up to each other; through that mirror they can see each other in ways that would not otherwise be accessible to them, and it is this mirroring that helps them improve themselves as persons.”


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