Free Online videos for Professional Development and Classroom Use

WIDA FEATURED VIDEOS See the many excellent videos from educators in WIDA states who placed in WIDA video contests or are being featured due to the quality of their instructional practices with ELs.

Video Clips Explaining SIOP with brief written explanations of the 8 SIOP components.

SIOP Developed by Dr. Jana Echevarría, Dr. MaryEllen Vogt, and Dr. Deborah Short, is the only empirically validated approach for implementing effective sheltered content instruction for students who are acquiring English as a second (or multiple) language

Project CONNECT, TITLE III National Professional Development Resource provides support for ELLs aligned with standards. Multiple strategies and videos are available. See other resources in Project CONNECT.

Best Practices for ELLs Videos Select the videos from the drop-down list from the video tab at the top, not from the list on the page.

Includes elementary and many secondary examples.

ELA Unit Video Release in Partnership with Teaching Channel & Denver Public Schools!
See this new six-part video series showcasing an exemplar unit that focuses on ELA instruction for middle school English Language Learners. This showcases a 5-wee lesson plan on Persuasion and includes scaffolding use of complex texts. Rec. by Tricia Blanco.

Word Generation Videos demonstrating the sample interdisciplinary components of the Word Generation Units See Vocabulary page for more info, free resources.

This list contains links to free videos for Professional Development collected by J Gordon. Some are preview segments of videos on sale.

Standford University Video Library provides free videos for training teachers working with ELLs. Rec. by Pat Reynolds

Watch & Learn in the ELL Classroom

Colorín Colorado is pleased to present this online professional development series for middle and high school ELL educators featuring strategies from secondary ELL classrooms and interviews with experts on ELL best practices. Scroll down to see the 3rd and 4th video. (I like those the best.)

VA free videos for WIDA Scroll down to Resources. These videos, with permission from WIDA to use as free resources for teachers, give examples of how teachers teach language functions for each of the standards. Caution: When viewing Standard 5 Social studies, give the students important aspects of comparison to compare and contrast the executive branch and the legislative branch. Examples: 1st aspect of comparison How they get in office and for how long. Students identify the similarities first. For this example, "Both are elected by the people for terms", then do the differences, "president for a 4 year term, max. 2 terms", "senators for 6 years unlimited, reps, 2 years unlimited terms". 2nd aspect. laws Both have power related to laws. Leg. makes laws and can override the veto. Pres. can veto laws, support and suggest laws, etc. Teachers need to scaffold insight into which aspects would be important to compare and contrast by giving them first and progressing to independent use of a Venn.

Tch Teaching Channel This free teacher resource is not specific to ELLs, but the videos that provide hands-on activities, constructivist teaching methods, effective modeling. Those in the Differentiation Category may be the most appropriate. See Common Core for help with the new standards.


Downloading Videos from UTube and other Video Databases Info on ways to download videos that are blocked. See also the resources below that are not blocked. See lots of video resources, particularly for science. Science Videos

Teachers' Domain

Teachers' Domain is an extensive library of free digital media resources produced by public television, designed for classroom use and professional development.

PBS LearningMedia™ is the go-to destination for instant access to tens of thousands of classroom-ready, digital resources including videos, games, audio clips, photos, lesson plans, and more! You can search, save, and share with ease. Best of all, PBS LearningMedia is free for educators

Storyline Online

"The Screen Actors Guild Foundation records well-known actors reading children’s books and makes graphically dynamic videos so that children around the world can be read to with just the click of a Storyline Online video book image." This site is not ESL specific, but the readings are powerful and a helpful resource for ELs.

FREE VIDEOS FOR CLASSROOM USE Showtime TV Showtime TV offers free television online. News and SciTech and Nature Categories would be the most appropriate for classroom use. In SciTech and Nature, don't miss the Kids section for 3 great video sources. Direct links to each follow.
How2Kidswhere kids teach kids, a great resource for "How To" speeches, Discovery Channel Kids to see kids videos from the Discovery Channel, and National Geographic Kids with great educational videos for children. This last site includes some videos in Spanish and Mandarin.

The Best Movie Scenes To Use For English-Language Development selected