WEBSITES FOR EAL LEARNERS
The following websites have a specific EAL, English language learning or dual language/ multilingual dimension.
Websites for Supporting English Language Learning:
- British Council
For younger learners
Lots of free online games, songs, stories and activities for children to support learning of English Includes:
Games to play to practice English
For older learners
Suitable for beginner learners of English. Practice and improve English grammar with fun videos. Also online exercises and worksheets.
Games to improve English vocabulary
Learn/improve English with apps – games, podcasts, videos and quizzes to help learn English at home
- EAL Hwb
Many resources suitable for EAL learners at different stages. They also support general literacy needs. There are 3 Tiers: Tier 1 is for EAL learners at the beginning of their learning. Tier 2 focusses mainly on vocabulary development and Tier 3 looks at developing language to a further stage. There are free resources in each section, but others can only be accessed through a paying subscription.
This is a site for children who are learning English as a second/additional language. Lots of online lessons, activities, games, songs and hundreds of printable worksheets that can help with learning English.
- Breaking News English
Free, ready-to-use ESL lesson plans based on the latest breaking news. 7 different levels available across different activities. Therefore suited to different pupils at different levels of EAL acquisition. Activities are designed to be teacher led but tasks included could be undertaken by individuals. New lessons uploaded every 2 days. Each lesson includes a 26-page PDF containing all-skills activities, 5-speed listening, multi-speed scrolled reading, interactive dictation, 30+ online quizzes… and more.
- Many things
This web site is for people studying English as a Second Language (ESL) or English as a Foreign Language (EFL). There are quizzes, word games, word puzzles, proverbs, slang expressions, anagrams, a random-sentence generator and other computer assisted language learning activities.
English Language Courses for: young learners, beginners, elementary, intermediate, advanced. Includes games, video tutorials, grammar exercises etc
Suitable for use on smartphones or tablets.
- English Banana
This site offers more than 4,000 pages of free printable resources for teaching and learning English and ESL. Suitable for all ages.
- Games to learn English
A website with games to learn English. It is not focussed on curriculum content but rather focussed on English language learning. It can help to provide primary learners with exposure to listening whilst also allowing them to play games to practice vocabulary and grammar.
Website: https://www.abcy a.com/
This is an American site which provides online, interactive games. It provides exposure to subject content through an English medium with access to lots of written and spoken English language models in the games. This is especially good for narrated stories that highlight the text as its being read aloud.
For Teachers: The following sites are good for teachers to support the learning of newly arrived EAL pupils who are new to English (Stage A) and at the early acquisition stage (Stage B):
Quizlet is an American online study app that allows pupils to study information via learning tools and games. It trains pupils via flashcards and various games and tests. It is useful for vocabulary revision and consolidation.
- The Scramblinator
This can be used to create scrambled sentences for students to practise word order.
- Educandy Website: https://www.educandy.com/ and
- Kahoot Website: https://create.kahoot.it/
The above two websites can be used to create interactive learning games for vocabulary practice and reinforcement.
For Teachers: The following are good for teachers to support the learning of Secondary, EAL pupils who are developing competence and/or who are competent (Stages C and D):
- Graham Workman’s CLIL materials
Secondary Maths and Science Materials, for maths, biology, physics, and chemistry teachers, which includes language for teaching science and maths subjects.
- EAL Nexus’ Great Ideas Pages
The majority of these approaches can be used with all learners, but they are particularly important for EAL learners because they provide a rich context, additional support, opportunities for collaborative learning and exploratory talk, and all the important features of good practice in meeting the educational needs of EAL learners.
- English Language Support Programme – Ireland
Secondary EAL learners
Over 10,000 pages of activities in PDF format linked to curricular subjects and examinations (Irish Curriculum) . This website has been designed for use in post-primary schools with resources and activities designed to help all students access post-primary curriculum subjects.
All resources and classroom activities can be downloaded and printed. Activities are suitable for classroom use, homework and self-study. The PDFs can be converted to Word documents allowing activities to be completed electronically.
Primarily designed for newcomer learners of English, the Language Support Activity Units and other activities on this site are equally suited to the needs of all students as they encourage both subject and language learning.
In particular look at:
Resources for teaching English to secondary students at earlier stages of learning English.
Resources for teaching English to KS4 secondary students at earlier stages of learning English.
Also, look at the + Junior Cert Units and + Leaving Cert Units on the menu on the left hand side. When you click on these an additional menu will open up which will take you to different subject/curriculum areas. Whilst the resources/activities are based on the Irish Curriculum, there is commonality to the Welsh Curriculum in many of the areas.
B. Stories/Books/Dual Language:
- Children’s Library
– Online books for children in many languages. The website aims to enable families to have access to the books of their culture and language regardless of where they live.
- World Stories
World Stories is a growing collection of stories from around the world. The collection includes retold traditional tales and new short stories in the languages most spoken by UK children – over 30 languages available.
- Mantra Lingua
Currently, there are over 550 books and 38 languages in this library. Each book is read aloud in English and your home language. There are folk tales, myths, stories of multi-cultural life here in the UK and reference books. Each book has a video and a set of activities to help build children’s English language skills. The library covers reading ages from 3 to 15 years. This library is free of charge until 31 August 2020.
- Story Books Canada
Storybooks Canada is a free open educational resource that promotes literacy and language learning in homes, schools, and communities. There are 40 African stories available with text and audio in 29 different languages, at varying levels of language competency. Click on the Global Story Portal
Free audio books, available in six languages (Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch and Japanese).
- Global Stories
https://globalstorybooks.net/ Global Storybooks is a free multilingual literacy resource for children and youth worldwide.
- Shaun Tann’s books
This site uses picture books at different proficiency levels to give more agency to both primary and secondary learners to respond and engage at their current level and to give them opportunities to develop their higher-order thinking skills by thinking about interpretations of pictures and the story.
- Oxford university Press: English Language Teaching
This site uses Graded Readers, a series of simplified books written for different levels of proficiency in English which include questions to help learners explore language.
- Khan Academy
This site has a wide range of video lectures about different curriculum subjects, both in English and in 30 available languages.
Here you will find Twinkl‘s collection of EAL (English as an Additional Language) teaching and learning resources. The EAL worksheets, resources & activity sheets are written for teachers, professionals and parents to support them in effectively communicating and learning English as an Additional Language. Includes dual language resources. Does require a subscription to access a number of the resources.
Twinkle are offering a month’s free access to parents to help with teaching resources at home.
www.twinkl.co.uk/offer and enter the code PARENTSTWINKLHELPS
- EAL Nexus
EAL Nexus resources are differentiated teaching resources linked to curriculum topics. They are designed to engage EAL learners at all levels (Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced), keeping the language accessible and the cognitive challenge high. They exemplify good practice and link to curriculum topics frequently taught in schools.
All EAL Nexus resources are free to access and download for educational purposes. The downloads are available both in Word (so you can adapt them if required) and in PDF (in case you have a version of Word that is incompatible).
- Flash Academy – a range of EAL resources, some of which are free, in particular
Free Remote Working Packs – 4 weeks of projects
This free pack is suitable for all schools to support EAL pupils learning from home due to the Coronavirus. It covers topics from Story Telling and Literacy to Geography and UK culture, providing several weeks of work.
There is also an EAL platform which schools can subscribe to. This is mainly focussed on vocabulary development.
- Learning Village
The Learning Village provides online home and school EAL curriculum learning resources for 6 -18 year old English language learners in schools where English is the language of instruction. It facilitates easy differentiation for English as an additional language across your curriculum. It is suitable for home learning as well as blended learning in school. This is subscription based but good value for money. EAL funding could be used to purchase this resource.
- Google translate app – use a phone’s camera to translate text with the Translate app.
- Immersive Reader in Word online has a translation tool.
- OTHER RESOURCES LIST
Websites – Interactive
www.eslflow.com – KS2
www.agendaweb.org – loads of options for young and old
http://www.funenglishgames.com/ – lot of variety, good for lots of things
http://www.esltower.com/index.html -limited offer
https://pbskids.org/ – Videos and games
Polish texts taken from the Polish National Curriculum. Arranged by age phase https://lektury.gov.pl
readingteacher.com – free login due to Covid-19
https://bilingualkidspot.com/2019/02/19/free-online-books-for-kids/ – a list of online books
http://en.childrenslibrary.org/ – The International Children’s Digital Library
https://www.storylineonline.net/library/ – Stories read by authors
https://www.childrensbooksonline.org/library-translations.htm – Books in Multiple languages
https://www.mamalisa.com/?t=el -Songs and rhymes from around the world
https://www.storynory.com/ – Audio stories with script. KS2
https://pbskids.org/games/reading/ – reading games
https://www.readingiq.com/web/learning/#/home – levelled books online (US).
Worksheets, General resources for Teachers and Parents
Flashcards, worksheets and handouts to match, phonics worksheets, classroom games, certificate templates, and other activities all ready for printing http://mes-english.com/
Worksheets and activities for parents to use with early learners of English based around family routines: https://en.islcollective.com/english-esl-worksheets/grammar/present-simple-tense/jacksons-daily-routine/123121
www.learningvillage.net – EAL learning for learners in schools. Covers school specific vocabulary, as well as functional English and phonics. Fully image-based so suitable for learners of any language and SEND learners. Assessment embedded.
Glasgow EAL Services has put together a selection of resources here
http://www.collaborativelearning.org/activities.html – General classroom activities adapted for EAL learners
https://www.ealhub.co.uk/ – resources for teachers
http://www.newsinlevels.com/ – current news articles. More for older children.
https://www.ageoflearning.com/schools – this will be free to schools outside the US soon
General Literacy skills
Gill Education have made their Over the Moon Literacy books/workbooks with ebooks available to the public for free for these age groups – Junior Infants (Reception), Senior Infants, First Class and Second Class (Year3). Search here for Over the Moon. https://www.gillexplore.ie/products?Type=1&SubjectList=0&LevelList=0&fbclid=IwAR1NUWmjfo8hicnFaPvhwMUHNcUlfyX5PUOuRD-XoTYbSQKe9v1NfH1YD3o
YouTube and other Videos
Project Alpha is educational live-streaming TV for kids in Poland (schools also out), interviews, experiments and demonstrations from music through chemistry to zoology and more