Resources for English Language Learners

The population of English Language Learners (ELLs) in the United States is on the rise. In the 2012-2013 school year, there were 4.85 million ELL students in U.S. schools.

More and more children are entering the classroom with limited knowledge of the English language. Many difficulties arise for ELL students, such as learning new letters and sounds and mistaking words that sound the same in two different languages but have different meanings, like the English word “soap” and the Spanish word “sopa” (meaning soup).

Help your child confidently master English with VocabularySpellingCity’s ELL resources. Our games and activities help with vocabulary, spelling, phonics, and writing.


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ELL Vocabulary Activities

Vocabulary is an important part of ELL students’ language development. Children need to be exposed to both social and academic vocabulary to strengthen their reading comprehension skills.

Build your child’s vocabulary with our learning games and activities, like FlashCards. English Language Learners can hear vocabulary words read in complete sentences to understand the word in context as well as see pictures of their vocabulary words.

ELL Spelling Activities

Spelling is a challenge for ELL students because of the different letters and sounds in the English language. Children may transfer previous knowledge from their native language to English and make spelling errors.

Have your child practice spelling with our learning games and activities, like Missing Letter. This letter recognition game is a valuable ELL resource that provides students with the opportunity to identify letters and sounds and their relationship in the building of new words.

ELL Phonics Activities

Phonics is a key component of learning how to read. ELL students must learn to sound out words while reading and writing.

Provide phonics practice to your child with our learning games and activities, like Sound It Out!. In this game, ELL students can practice letter sound and sound spelling relationships by clicking sound blocks in the right order to spell a word correctly.

ELL Writing Activities

ELL students may struggle with writing because English’s sentence structure may differ from their native language. For example, in English, the adjective comes before the noun, like in “the blue car.” Spanish flips the order, with the noun first, followed by the adjective, “el carro azul.”

Get your child to understand sentence structure with our learning games and activities, like Sentence Unscramble. In this game, English Language Learners have the opportunity to hear appropriate English adjective and noun placement and ELL students can even practice word placement themselves. Once your child becomes familiar with forming sentences, he/she can get to writing with our Sentence Writing and Paragraph Writing activities.

How We Help English Language Learners

Strengthen your child’s English skills with VocabularySpellingCity. Our 40+ learning games and activities cater to ELL students’ needs:

  • Allow children to see, hear, break down, and play with words
  • Provide audio cues and visual aids
  • Include printable worksheets for extra spelling practice

46.5% Increase in Reading Comprehension for ELL Students
Just 10 minutes of practice a day is research-proven to boost ELL students’ reading comprehension and vocabulary retention.