English Language Resources

Happy Wednesday! Check out these great instructional resources for your ELLs! You will see a range of information that is great for ELLs of all ages, early childhood through adult:

The Effortless English Blog: This site contains hundreds of free resources, videos and podcasts.  http://effortlessenglishclub.com/blog-and-video-podcast 

LearnEnglish Kids: Free online games to help children learn English the fun way.  http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/en/

English Grammar Basics: 30 lessons on the principles of English grammar.  http://www.talkenglish.com/grammar/grammar.aspx

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New Video on PLDs!

As the beginning of the school year approaches and teachers are getting their rosters, it’s important to refresh our understanding of the proficiency level descriptors for our English language learners. Click on the video to for a brief review.



Have a great beginning of the year!

Time is Running Out to Join the Sheltered Instruction Cohort!

Enroll in the Sheltered Instruction Cohort for 2016-2017! First session begins on August 30, 2016!

As a member of the cohort you’ll receive:

  • A revised ELPS Toolkit and the ELPS Observation Guide
  • Participation in a collaborative Professional Learning Community
  • Access to online courses
  • On-site coaching visits
  • Paid registration for the ELL Institute and the Sheltered Instruction Conference


  • Participation in the Instructional Programs and Initiatives (IPI) Coaching Network

Click here for more information and to apply today!

Click below see a short video of testimonials from this year’s participants!

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Call for Secondary ESL Teachers!

Are you the only ESL teacher on your campus?  Would you like to lesson plan and share ideas with other ESL teachers in Region 13?  Join us August 10th to kick off a new series to support Secondary ESL teachers.  Bring your year at a glance and other planning materials.

When:  August 10th 9:00am to noon

Where:  Region 13 ESC Building

E-campus sign up https://ecampus.esc13.net/login.html Class ID SU1635467


Upcoming PD Sessions for Secondary ELL Engagement!

Are you ready to hit the ground running this school year? If  you want some tools and strategies to get your ELL students engaged and invested from bell to bell, take advantage of these content-specific sessions for middle and high school teachers. We will use the TEKS and the ELPS to model activities that will:

  • Get your students speaking and writing using academic vocabulary throughout a lesson
  • Encourage cooperative learning in your classroom
  • Increase your students’  confidence and stamina in STAAR tested areas
  • Help you prepare for your first instructional unit by collaborating with other teachers in your content area
  • Provide structures to maximize your precious and limited instructional time
  • Create opportunities to check for understanding throughout a lesson

Flyer for Summer and Fall PDs

Register on Region 13 e-campus :

Math: https://ecampus.esc13.net/show_class_info.html?classid=34549 (Classroom Environment and Structures)

Math: https://ecampus.esc13.net/show_class_info.html?classid=34554 (Make and Take)


Science: https://ecampus.esc13.net/show_class_info.html?classid=34556(Classroom Environment and Structures)

Science: https://ecampus.esc13.net/show_class_info.html?classid=34557 (Make and Take)


Social Studies: https://ecampus.esc13.net/show_class_info.html?classid=34555(Classroom Environment and Structures)

Social Studies: https://ecampus.esc13.net/show_class_info.html?classid=34555 (Make and Take)


Secondary ESL Teacher Support

Are you the ESL teacher on your campus?  Would you like to meet other ESL teachers to discuss ideas and share lessons with?  Join us for learning and discussion about supporting English language learners in our classrooms.  Bring your Year-at-a-Glance, TEKS, and materials you use to lesson plan for your class.  In our time together we will discuss second language acquisition, share our ideas on lessons, and plan for your ESL classroom.

Register on e-campus https://ecampus.esc13.net/login.html (SU1635467)

Date: August 10, 2016

Sheltered Instruction Boot Camp July 27 & 28

This two-day training will support participants in their knowledge of the English Language Proficiency Standards and how to work with English language learners in their classrooms.  Participants will leave with…

  1. An understanding of the Proficiency Level Descriptors (PLDs)
  2. Strategies to modify lessons based on the student’s PLDs
  3. An example lesson plan created for their own classroom that includes
    • Content and Language Objectives
    • Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing activities
    • Accommodations and Scaffolds to support language
    • Checks for Understanding and
    • A Formative Assessment

Register on Region 13 e-campus https://ecampus.esc13.net/login.html (SU1631807)


Texas Gateway Online Courses to Support the ELPS


Texas Gateway has launched several online courses supporting ELPS in the classroom.


  1. Head to the website.
  2. Click SEARCH at the top of the page.
  3. Chose the ELPS box under PRIMARY Subject.
  4. Explore ways to support English language learners in your classrooms!

There are three types of resources you will find…

Online Courses for which you can receive CPE credit and

Tools to support teachers in implementing the ELPS.  These tools can also be requested through your Region center.

ESL Academy Trainer of Trainers (TOT)

The ESL Academy has been revamped! The updated ESL Academy is more conducive to studying for the TExES 154 supplemental exam, as it integrates Checks for Understanding to allow participants time to digest information, and also contains sample test questions within the content to help identify the key information critical for the test taker.  The three-day ESL Academy is not only test prep, but it also shows practical ways to apply the knowledge in a teacher’s classroom.

NEW! We are excited to offer a Trainer of Trainers for the updated ESL Academy.  Prior to attending the TOT, you will need to attend an updated version of the ESL Academy.  The ESL Academy will be offered at Region 13 on the following dates:

July 19, 20, and 21 (SU1631815) $285

October 3, 10, and 17 (FA1634592) $300

February 6, 13, and 21 (SP1734593) $300


Then attend the Trainer of Trainers:

August 30 and 31 (FA1635421) $1000

Spring 2017 TBA $1000


Participants will receive PowerPoints, trainers notes, access to the LiveBinder with information and activities, as well as materials needed to implement the training.

Sign up for the training that meets your needs on our e-campus https://ecampus.esc13.net/login.html


July Bilingual/ESL Training Opportunities!

Summer is here! If you are looking for opportunities to enhance your knowledge of Bilingual/ESL programs or instruction to meet the needs of ELLs, look no further than Region 13’s Bilingual/ESL team!

Following the 4th of July break (we are closed July 4-8), join us for these great sessions:


July 16, 2016

Workshop ID:      SU1631823



July 19, 2016

Workshop ID: SU1634747



July 19-21, 2016

Workshop ID:     SU1631815



July 20-21, 2016

Workshop ID:     SU1631501



July 26-27, 2016

Workshop ID:     SU1631807