Though MRNUSSBAUM has many rich features to it, I would like to focus on the academic games first. Often times, ELLs spend countless hours trying to hold on to all the content data teachers delivered throughout the year, but sometimes fall a bit shy of retaining most of it when they are under pressure in taking tests.
Here students are offered a wide range of content based online activities to build self-confidence and thereby demonstrate their competence to their teachers (and to themselves). Since the activities here resemble video game formats, students jump at the chance to WIN. How does one win? By getting the highest number of correct answers possible, students need to avail themselves of all the skills they were taught during the year by their teachers. It is also amazing to see them coach each other navigate the more challenging questions. My favorite was TORTURE THE TEACHER. Here spelling is the focus. In selecting incorrect answers, students can force the teacher to resign. Academically, students are reviewing spelling rules, but having fun doing so.
The video section is also quite impressive. Take the one on TRAVEL (for GEOGRAPHY). What could be more exciting than actually seeing stunning shots of Yosemite, or checking out a woman's trip around the world, and much more? Breathe life into any curriculum with such video clips. For ELLs, it provides vital context and that context makes content accessible.
Think of this as one more tool to add to your library of student supports:)
ELL TEACHER PROS