ELPA21 Resources for Remote EL Instruction

ELPA21 Practice Tests

Tests to familiarize learners with the ELPA21 testing system and allow learners to practice answering questions and content similar to the ELPA21 test. We will be releasing comprehensive lesson plans for families and teachers soon to go along with our practice tests.

ELPA21 Technology Skills Checklist

Instructions for Using the Practice Tests

In an effort to meet the immediate need for translations of resources for families and educators, we have produced practice test instructions in the languages you see below. In some cases, we abbreviated the review process to save time and make the resources available more quickly; users may find dialect or grammatical disparities in the translations.


Instructional Video with English Subtitles
Written Instructions in English


Instructional Video with Spanish Subtitles
Written Instructions in Spanish


Instructional Video with Arabic Subtitles
Written Instructions in Arabic


Instructional Video with Chinese Subtitles
Written Instructions in Chinese


Instructional Video with Russian Subtitles
Written Instructions in Russian


Instructional Video with Somali Subtitles
Written Instructions in Somali


Instructional Video with Vietnamese Subtitles
Written Instructions in Vietnamese

ELPA21 Resources for Remote EL Instruction

Additional Resources for English Learners

The list of resources below contains examples and resource materials for families and educators of English learners. The inclusion of any resource is not intended to reflect its importance, nor is it intended to endorse any views expressed, products, or services. These materials may contain the views and recommendations of the provider as well as hypertext links, contact addresses, and websites to information created and maintained by other public and private organizations. The opinions expressed in any of these materials do not necessarily reflect the positions or policies of the Regents of the University of California. The Regents of the University of California does not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of any outside information included in these materials. Mentions of specific programs or products in these examples are designed to provide clearer understanding and are not meant as endorsements.

Activities for ESL Students

Grammar, vocabulary, crossword puzzles, and bilingual quizzes in 20+ languages of instruction.

Amazon Audible Free Audio Books

Free children’s books across 6 languages available to stream instantly.

Colorín Colorado!

Guidelines for schools, administrators, educators, parents, and students to keep in mind to help facilitate remote EL instruction.


Supports English language acquisition, vocabulary etc.

“Eight excellent digital resources for English language learners” Kate O’Brien (Teacher Zone Blog)

Links to resources to improve EL reading, writing, speaking, listening, grammar, pronunciation, vocabulary, and test prep skills.

EMHS Distance Learning Planning Template for Remote Instruction – 8 Days

Guide for educators to assist in developing 8-day remote learning lesson plans.


Grammar, reading comprehension, vocabulary and listening at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels.

ESL at Home – No Tech Needed – 8 Weeks

8 Week instruction for K-8 learners with lesson plans translated in Spanish, Portuguese, Somali, Arabic, Chinese, French, Urdu, and Vietnamese.

Fran Zabaleta

Site in Spanish that allows learners to virtually explore notable historical sites and learn the histories of them.

“Helping English Language Learners Excel In School And Beyond” Community for Accredited Online Schools

Resources including vocabulary, quizzes, grammar, 20-minute lessons, podcasts, and forums for EL Parents and their students.

Homeschool Academy

Tips for developing lesson plans for English learners at home.

Kids Activities Blogpost

Long list of education companies offering free subscriptions/resources. 

Pulitzer Center Lesson Builder

Provide free lesson plans for teachers and educators, focused on current events and world issues in the news today.

Resources that Support Distance Learning: English Language Development Learning, Games, and Activities

California Department of Education list of resources to promote remote English language learning as a part of COVID-19 Guidance for K-12 Schools.

Riverside County Office of Education Remote Learning Guide

Developed by CA county education offices and districts. Examines 5 categories of online teaching and learning for families, educators, and students.

Scholastic Learn at Home

Day-by-day projects, videos, readings, and activities for students grades preK-9.

Ten Strategies for Teaching English Language Learners Online

Strategies for educators to help facilitate effective remote EL instruction.

“130+ Amazing Online Learning Resources” Jill Staake (We Are Teachers blog)

Pre-K-2nd grade resources with more than 850 self-guided lessons across 10 levels. Additional K-2 literacy program focusing on phonics and comprehension.