Additional Resources


The goal of the consulting services of ESOL in Higher Ed is to help all educators reach their highest potential of instructional delivery and assessment protocol for English learners in the PreK-12 classroom. Educators looking to enhance their knowledge and awareness of ways to foster and promote cultural awareness and English proficiency for all students can take advantage of our consulting services.

Our consultation services focus on addressing each program’s customized needs; these may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • ESOL Course Development for Teacher Preparation Programs
  • Infusion of ESOL Standards into Teacher Preparation Programs
  • Workshops for Teacher Training on ESOL Strategies for the PreK-12 Classroom
  • Workshops for Teacher Preparation Programs infusing ESOL Standards across Courses
  • ESOL Course Development for District Trainings
  • Consultations for Universities and Colleges offering Teacher Preparation Programs and initiating specific ESOL Standards into course work and field experiences.

Resources for Teachers

The right resources can move a student from a place of understanding to one of practical implementation. Just as many people forget the basic mathematic formulas they once learned due to non-use, it is crucial for a student to put learned information into repetitive practice in a tangible medium. The following handouts assist in the student’s educational process: Anticipation Guide Preview-Predict-Confirm Understanding the Implications of the Florida Consent Decree Focused Discussion Planning Guide Think-Pair-Share Worksheet Probable Passage Double Entry Journal
Lesson Plans
CPALMS CPALMs is a beneficial resource for all teachers in Florida. It provides an online toolbox of information, resources, and interactive tools to support educators in effectively implementing teaching standards. It is the State of Florida’s official source for standards information and course descriptions. Visit About Lesson Plans A well-established lesson plan will not only include activities to illustrate real-life examples, it should also encompass defined learning outcomes and generate a means for assessment. Furthermore, an effective plan will be laid out on a realistic timeline and allow for unexpected deviation to match student needs. English learners need modified lesson plans designed to address their cultural differences and English proficiency levels.
Teacher Training
The educational field is ever-evolving and new best practices and standards are ongoing. Just as advances in technology, legislation and industry practices require other professions to continually educate themselves, such is true for educators. There is no ceiling to what a student or an educator can learn; nor should they assume that they have reached an apex in their educational journey. Educators should strive for continuous education as there is no peak to what can be learned. ESOL in Higher Ed designs programs to provide assistance for educators looking to advance their ability to instruct English learners. We develop customized curricula that place ESOL consultants in the classroom with educators of varying background and instructional proficiencies. Now Available! Teacher Training on WIDA Standards Made Easy For Every Classroom. Learn More Today!
TESOL 2016

Access the PowerPoint and handouts reviewed at the TESOL 2016 Conference in Baltimore:

Oral Literacy Strategies for ELs PowerPoint

Accountable Talk Poster

Appointment Agenda

Bounce Cards

Discussion Sentence Starters

Interactive Reading Guide

Oral Language Prompts

Processing Card


Think Pair Share Cards

ESOL in Higher Education Presentation

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This presentation provides an overview of the ESOL in Higher Education website beneficial for pre-service teachers and faculty across all content areas. It is a rich resource for Teacher Preparation Programs offering ESOL courses and infusion models.

Oral Literacy for ELLs Presentation

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Speaking to learn is a means for increasing and deepening knowledge across all content areas. This presentation will introduce the role of oral language in the classroom; show its importance in literacy development for ELLs; highlight that all teachers play a major role in literacy development; and model strategies to encourage ELLs to talk and communicate more effectively.

Articles, Journals, Newsletters, & Publications
An ESOL Curricular Model: Infusing ESOL Standards in Teacher Education

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This article from the 2014 Winter Volume of The Tapestry Journal is a collaboration between Deborah L. Wheeler and Jane M. Govoni, Ph.D., founder of ESOL in Higher Ed. Learn how data shows that an ESOL-infused teacher preparation program effectively prepares teacher candidates in demonstrating ESOL standards.

Training Educators to Understand the Needs of English Learners (ELs) in the PreK-12 Classroom

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Training is imperative for all educators across the nation to be better prepared to reach students whose first language is not English, or students more commonly known as English learners (ELs). In this whitepaper from Jane Govoni, PH.D., founder of ESOL in Higher Ed, addresses this topic and how educators can meet this need.

The Tapestry Journal or
This publication was created under the ESOL MIAMI (English for Speakers of Other Languages Mentoring Initiative for Academics and Methods Infusion) grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of English Language Acquisition. It provides a wealth of varied articles, research, and practical readings in teaching ELs in the PreK-12 classroom.

Sunshine State TESOL Journal (Florida)
The purpose of this journal is to provide a forum for Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages professionals to share ideas and research on second language teaching and learning.

This site provides journals, newsletters, language bulletins, a Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) blog, white papers, research briefs, policy briefs, and standards related to English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).

National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE)
NABE Perspectives is a journal published six times annually to meet the growing demand for information about bilingual education programs and its students. It is a magazine for mainstream teachers, school administrators, elected officials, students, parents, and other interested members of the public.

NCELA Publications – National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition
The publications include data, research, and current updates in the field of ESL.

The Internet TESL Journal for TESOL
This website includes articles, current research, lesson plans, class activities, teaching tips, and resourceful links for all educators.

ESL Journal
ESL Journal™ is a magazine for students and especially teachers of English as a Second Language.

Florida Foreign Language Journal
This journal provides annual publications for teachers, researchers, language education majors, and administrators. It includes teaching languages, literature, and culture, as well as current trends in the profession.

Stephen D. Krashen Newsletter
This link provides access to articles, handouts, readings, and books by Krashen.

This electronic journal is a freely-distributed as an academic publication and is a recognized international resource of ESL and EFL information across the nation.

ATE (Association of Teacher Educators) Publications
ATE provides members with access to two online journals: Action in Teacher Education and The New Educator which provide a wealth of research and information related to excellence in teaching. Articles related to ESOL are periodically included.


Review the following apps and send to us apps that have worked well for you in your classroom when working with English learners (ELs). We will review the apps you send and if we feel that they are helpful, we will credit your name and post it here.

This app is an efficient classroom management tool used to organize all classes and manage student attendance and participation. It is appropriate for all grade levels.

This app randomly selects a student’s name to call on and records whether or not the response is correct with a thumbs up or incorrect with a thumbs down. Data may be saved and exported at the end of each class.

This app allows teachers and students to take notes, save images, scan class notes, make review flashcards from notes, and record audio into searchable notes that can be saved online. Access to notes is available on any electronic device or on the internet. Lessons and class activities may be recorded and indexed. This app is a great tool for ELs as they are able to listen to class lessons at home.

babel fish
This app allows teachers and students to translate more than 50 languages and includes the phonetic pronunciation of more than 10 languages. It is an excellent resource for entering, beginning, and developing level ELs.

Dragon Dictation
Use this app to translate speech to text for English Learners of all ages and at all levels of English proficiency.

Instructional/Interactive Tools:
Educreations Interactive Whiteboard
This is a simple but interactive whiteboard and screen casting tool for teachers and students. Create instructional videos, narrate slides, and share with students. It is a powerful tool to support ELs at all levels of language proficiency.

This app is a recordable whiteboard for teachers and students. It is useful in providing tutoring videos for ELs to access at home; a way for students to be creative in showing what they know, simple to use and is especially useful for entering, beginning, and developing ELs.

Haiku Deck          
This is an app for teachers and students to create presentations, slide shows, and pictures. It is simple yet creative. The visuals will support ELs at the entering and beginning levels of English proficiency.

Socrative Teacher
This app is ideal for interaction within the classroom. Teachers may ask questions via single question activities or you can design a quiz beforehand and use it during class. Either way, it allows educators to visualize and measure student understanding in real time. Students may respond using laptops, tablets, smart phones and other handheld devices. You will need at least 2 devices to try Socrates.

  • Teacher: Log in by entering your email and password
  • Student: Open a second computer/smartphone and go to
  • Student: Enter the room number. (The room number is reflected on the Teacher dashboard)
  • Teacher: Ask a question out loud and press the Multiple Choice button
  • Student: Respond by selecting A, B, C, D or E
  • Teacher: See the results populate your screen in real time


science360 for iPad
This app is through the National Science Foundation (NSF) and provides access to interactive and engaging science images and videos from around the world as well as a newsfeed on breaking news from NSF. It is an excellent source for ELs to access in class and at home.

This app provides flash cards to solve math problems against the clock. It is a challenging math game where students solve addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division problems. It is useful for Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education (SLIFE) and ELs with varied levels of English proficiency.

ESOL Video Series

The ESOL in Higher Ed Video Series features Jane Govoni, Ph.D. and other ESOL experts. They provide teachers with resources and knowledge to support them in the classroom as they work with English learner students. Check in regularly to learn the latest.

Choose a topic below to view videos related to it.

Creating Confident English Learners to Eliminate Bullying

In this latest video series from ESOL in Higher Ed, Jane Govoni, Ph.D. addresses the issue of bullying with Captain Marty Ward, founder of Create Confident Kids to Eliminate Bullying. Research shows that bullying is evident across the nation and that students are absent every day due to fear of bullying. These acts include, but are not limited to, verbal, social, physical, and cyber bullying.

Access Resources to Compliment This Video Series:

WIDA Made Simple

Jane Govoni, Ph.D., and Bea Palls, M.S., have designed an interactive and informative workshop to guide PreK-12 teachers in understanding WIDA. In this video they discuss the importance of WIDA training and reactions from teachers who have participated in their workshop. WIDA training with Jane Govoni and Bea Palls is practical, purposeful, and pleasurable – a hands-on experience that every teacher will want to have! Participants walk away with the tools, knowledge, and confidence to build lessons and assessments around the specific needs of ELs based on individual language proficiency and academic knowledge. Additionally, all students can benefit from the WIDA approach and mission. Request more information about WIDA training.

Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education

In this video series, Jane Govoni, Ph.D. and Andrea DeCapua, Ed.D., compare Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education (SLIFE) to English Learners (ELs) and how teachers’ strategies may differ for each.

As supplements to these video please see Andrea DeCapua's article.

Building Strategies for ELs with Special Needs

In this video series, Jillian Kornick-Woodward, Exceptional Student Education Expert, joins Jane Govoni, Ph.D., to discuss strategies for teachers to use in the classroom with English learners with special needs.