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Multilingual E-Learning Resources

WABE is committed to the equitable and effective education of multilingual learners in Washington state. In this time of coronavirus crisis, we extend our resources to all educators everywhere. Please make use of this page and send any corrections or additions to

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Online Safety Using Video Platforms

Internet safety is always a concern for K-12 educators. In addition to predatory behavior toward youth, many families of multilingual students have insecure immigration status. Video platforms are generally not secure and may be accessed by government agencies such as ICE. The Colorín Colorado ELL Educators Group on Facebook features threads on internet safety. Please join that conversation and read the following information carefully if you are, or are considering, using live video platforms with students.

Colorin Colorado’s ELL Educator Group

Distance Learning for English Language Learners: Privacy Considerations | Colorín Colorado

Online learning is increasing risk for many who have barely come to know safety — Stacy Brown, Visual Storyteller, Colorin Colorado ELL Educator Group

Online Learning v. Emergency Remote Teaching – There’s a Difference — EducauseReview

ZOOM Bombing — change your settings to prevent outsiders from jumping into Zoom sessions to disrupt them by sharing porn, racial epithets or other vulgar material. Dr. Renny Christopher, Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, WSU Vancouver

Multilingual Learner Online Approaches

Online Dos and Don’ts – Kimmie Fink, We Are Teachers

Colorin Colorado ELL Educator Group – ongoing conversations among practitioners

School Responses to COVID-19: ELL/Immigrant Considerations – Lydia Breiseth, Colorín Colorado

FAQ on Meeting the Needs of English Learners in an Online Environment – REL Northeast and Islands

Parent Contact

Making the Connection: Communicating with ELLs and Their Families During School Closures – Lydia Breiseth, Colorín Colorado (2020)

Class Tag – parent communication through multiple platforms, multiple languages

Talking Points – parent communication through multiple platforms, multiple languages

Platforms and Tools

Many have entry level free access, others require district licensing. We recommend only using district-supported tools for your and your students’ protection.

Additional language learning apps can be found here.

Title Uses Grades (est) Cost
BrainPOP ELL Language activities, all four domains K-12 Individual or district license
Duolingo Language learning online K-12 Per district license
Ellevation Distance Learning  Language Learning, English and Spanish K-12 Free
Flipgrid Assign “spoken” homework.  Students record themselves on phone or computer.  Teachers can grade the content.  It can be used like having an asynchronous conversation!  Also, the speech the students produce creates closed captions! This is invaluable, especially for lower level ELLs. K-12 Entry level free
Google Classroom Manage classes, assignments K-12 Per district license (personal account not recommended)
Google Forms Make responsive forms, worksheets, assessments K-12 Per district license (personal account not recommended)
Google Hangouts Video communication. See cautions. K-12 Per district license (personal account not recommended)
Imagine Learning ELA and Math practice. Spanish available. K-8 (K-12 assessment) Per district license
IXL Math & Language Arts practice K-12 Entry level free
Kahoot Interactive response to surveys, questions, assessments 3-12 Entry level free
Larry Ferlazzo, EL Educator Blog. Wide variety of engaging online teaching strategies & resources K-12 Free so far!
Lexia Literacy K-12 Per district license
Newsela Readable science/social studies resources Mostly 6-12 Entry level free
NoRedInk Writing K-12 Entry level free
Padlet Collaboration with online class 3-12 Entry level free
Quizizz Kind of like Kahoot, but once a teacher makes a multiple choice test, students can 1) Study in Flashcard mode 2) Have the quiz as homework 3) Compete in class. 3-12 Entry level free
Raz-Kids Reading interactive leveled books K-5 Free trial
ReadTheory Students read, take a reading quiz, get feedback with a LEXILE level.  This is a great program for students to see where they are in their reading.  Texts include fiction, informational text, poetry etc. K-12 Entry level free
Rosetta Stone Language learning online K-12 Per district license
SeeSaw School-student-family online learning K-12 Entry level free
Voice Thread Record presentations/classes for individual response 3-12 Entry level free

Continuing Education

2020-21 Tribal, Heritage, and Dual Language Virtual Professional Learning Communities
Earth Expeditions Field Courses