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English Learner Education

Welcome to the English Learner Website!

The mission of the Reading Public Schools’ program for English Learners is to enable students of all levels of English language proficiency to develop the linguistic, cultural, and social skills necessary for success in the Reading Public Schools and beyond. The students accomplish this in an interactive setting with an atmosphere of understanding, honoring native cultures, and supporting academic progress.

Newsletters

October Newsletter 2018

January Newsletter 2019

Resources

Support- Resources for you to learn your rights and help your child succeed.

Family Toolkit- Help for understanding the U.S. school system. Includes family and student rights, questions to ask schools, tips, and resources.  Available in Arabic, Chinese, English, and Spanish.

Mass. Dept. of Education ELL Information- State level information for families about curriculum, guidance, laws, and more.

Massachusetts Immigrant and Refuge Advocacy Coalition- Information, support, and legal services for Immigrants and Refugees.

Colorin Colorado- Strategies (especially for reading) to help your bilingual child succeed in school

Mentors for Kids- Find an adult mentor to support your child academically, socially, and emotionally.

 

Adult ESL Classes- Learn or expand your English or join a conversation group.

Mass. Adult Literacy Hotline- Provides referrals to over 300 adult education programs

English at Large- Greater Boston-based FREE conversation groups and tutoring

Reading Public Library English Conversation Group- Meets every Tuesday 7-8:30

Middlesex Community College English Learner Institute- A noncredit program that focuses on helping members of the community develop basic English and other skills

Woburn YMCA ESOL Program- Advanced English classes through the YMCA's International Learning Center

 

Community Links- Information about the town of Reading, plus useful places and groups in town

Town of Reading Website- News and information about our community

Town of Reading E-Subscribe- Sign up for email newsletters from the town on different topics

Reading Public Library- Books, homework help, museum passes, story times, book clubs, and more.

Burbank YMCA- Gym and pool facilities, swim and sport classes for children, teens, and adults, child care, day camps, and more.

Reading Recreation- Sports classes and activities for kids: basketball, baseball, karate, soccer, etc.

Burbank Ice Arena- Year-round ice skating, lessons, hockey, parties, etc.

Newcomers & Neighbors - A social club for meeting other Reading families

 

Dictionaries and Tips

Advice for Learning English- Helpful tips and ideas to improve your English

Content Glossaries (grade 3-12)- Bilingual glossaries organized by content area.

Enchanted Learning- Picture Dictionary- English picture dictionary (Bilingual also available by clicking at the top of the page)

Google Maps- Find almost any location on earth in map or 3D view

Google Translator- Translate text or documents into another language.

Language Guide: Spoken Visual Dictionary- Choose a language and a category to see pictures and hear words pronounced.

The Internet Picture Dictionary- Available in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish

 

Grammar

BBC: Blast the Rocket Game Practice regular and irregular past tense verbs with this fun game.

English Club: Grammar Lots of interesting articles about different grammar points.

English Club: Parts of Speech Click on the different parts of speech to learn more.

ESL Games: Sentence Monkey Games Games to practice different parts of speech and grammatical structures.

Fun English Games: Grammar Fun games to practice punctuation, sentence structure, prefixes, suffixes, and parts of speech.

 

Listening

Duolingo- Practice reading, speaking, and listening while having fun!

English Club: Listening- Lots of fun listening exercises with new updates weekly.

 

Math

Cool Math (grades 6-12)- Fun and visual review all middle and high school math topics.

Cool Math 4 Kids (grades K-5)- Fun and visual review all elementary math topics.

 

Pronunciation

 

English Club: Pronunciation- Interesting activities to understand and practice pronunciation in English.

 

howjsay.com- Type in English words to hear how they are pronounced

 

Language Guide: Spoken Visual Dictionary- Choose a language and a category to see pictures and hear words pronounced.

   

Reading                           

 

BBC World News- News available in 32 Languages (scroll to bottom to choose language)

 

Classic Fairy Tales- Animated video book versions of classic fairy tales with games and activities after reading.

 

Duolingo- Practice reading, speaking, and listening while having fun!

 

English Club: Reading- Interesting activities to practice reading in English.

 

English Club: Reading (grades K-2)- Interesting activities to practice reading in English for young learners.

 

Frankfurt International School (Grade 4+)- Reading activities to help you learn different reading strategies.

 

Fun English Games: Reading- Fun games to practice reading comprehension

 

Starfall: Learn to Read (grades K-2)- Interactive activities to help young students learn to read.

 

Vocabulary

 

A4ESL: Bilingual Quizzes- English vocabulary quizzes translated into over 40 languages.

 

About.com- Advanced TOEFL Practice- Collection of links to help with TOEFL study

 

Enchanted Learning- Picture Dictionary - English picture dictionary (Bilingual also available)

 

English Club: Vocabulary- A few interesting articles about important and challenging English vocabulary.

 

ESL Games: Memory Games- Games to practice different categories of vocabulary.

 

The Internet Picture Dictionary- Words sorted by category and shown with pictures.

 

Vocab Ahead- Videos to help learn advanced vocab for SAT prep.

 

Word Sift- Enter text to generate visuals for vocabulary

 

Writing

 

English Club: Writing- Interesting activities to practice writing in English.

 

Frankfurt International School (Grade 4+)- Writing activities to help you learn different writing strategies.

 

Fun English Games: Writing- Fun games to practice writing letters, stories, news articles, debates, advertising and instructions

 

Graphic Organizers- Use these awesome graphic organizers to help plan what you will write!

 

Make your own Comics!- Write your own comic using fun characters, speech bubbles, and more.

 

Teacher Resources:

Department Information

Contact Us

Carla Pennacchio
English Learner (EL) Coordinator/
PreK-12 teacher
carla.pennacchio@reading.k12.ma.us
Francine Rubano-Jones
English Learner (EL) Teacher
Grades PreK-9
francine.rubano-jones@reading.k12.ma.us
Karen Hall
English Learner (EL) Teacher
Grades PreK-8
Part Time: Monday, Tuesday, Friday
karen.hall@reading.k12.ma.us
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