Resources for English Learners

  • You for Youth Course: You for Youth (Y4Y) has created a new course to help afterschool providers design activities that support English learners and increase proficiency across the four modalities of language—listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Y4Y highlights strategies for developing a safe learning space that embraces cultural diversity and helps engage students and families. To review the resource, click here.

  • The University of Utah’s Second Language Teaching and Research Center has compiled diverse materials for families and providers to use in order to engage English Learners in non-classroom settings during the public health crisis and into the summer. Languages include: Chinese, English, French, German, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. Click here to access these resources.
  • The District of Columbia has created a comprehensive guide for educators and afterschool providers to support ELL students, students in dual language, and multilingual families during the pandemic. The guide focuses on distance-learning opportunities for families and is available in English, Spanish, Amharic, French Vietnamese, Korean, and Chinese.
  • Colorín Colorado promotes itself as a bilingual site for educators and families of English language learners. The website has different types of resources to support English learners, particularly for those learning remotely. Click here to review the site.

Illinois State Board of Education: New COVID-19 Resources in Spanish – Nuevos Recursos de COVID-19 en Español

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has shared new translated COVID-19 resources for educators, program providers, and families.

Illinois Unidos COVID-19 Resources for Latinx Families serves as the portal for the Illinois Unidos – a consortium of more than 150 Latino elected and appointed officials, health professionals, and representatives of community-based organizations. The website hosts resources collected and developed to engage families and community members regarding their most frequently asked questions about vaccinations and mitigation measures, and accessing health, economic, and mental health community services.