Resources for EAL Learners During School Closures

Below is a crowd-sourced compendium of resources that can be used with EAL learners at home with their parents or independently during the school shutdown. I have tried to arrange these thematically, but have not been able to verify every site in detail so there may be some inconsistency. It’s not a pretty list, but I hope it will provide some avenues worth pursuing.

Please note that we are not responsible for the content of external sites. Please check that the content is suitable for your learners first.

Thank you to the very many members of NALDIC who have contributed to this list – as ever in times of crisis and uncertainty, community strength is all important. We want the NALDIC/EAL community to provide support and succour during these highly unusual times. Please do keep using the NALDIC forum to stay in touch with each other and to share ideas for supporting our most vulnerable children.

If you have suggestions for inclusion on this compendium, please email me at This is an evolving list and I welcome additional resources.

Thank you. Stay safe and stay strong.




Websites – Interactive– Sign in for free access due to Covid-19 BrainPOP Jr. and BrainPOP ELL also great! – KS2 – loads of options for young and old – – lot of variety, good for lots of things – archived but has good resources -limited offer – older – Videos and games

Online Books

MantraLingua has arranged to have 550 dual language ebooks in 37 different languages made available for free until August 31st. See here for info

150 online books in 30 different languages

Polish texts taken from the Polish National Curriculum. Arranged by age phase – free login due to Covid-19 – a list of online books – The International Childrens Digital Library – Stories read by authors – Books in Multiple languages -Songs and rhymes from around the world – Audio stories with script. KS2 – reading games – levelled books online (US).

Audible has made books for children free, including in French, German, Spanish, Italian and Japanese

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

Worksheets and activities for parents to use with early learners of English based around family routines: – 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 – General classroom activities adapted for EAL learners – resources for teachers – current news articles. More for older children. – this will be free to schools outside the US soon

Four huge lists of online classroom resources has been compiled by a NALDIC member here, here, here and here.

Science resources in Polish and English here and here

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.

Graphic Organisers

Youtube and other Videos

Wow English TV

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

Espresso Education

Children’s songs in a variety of different languages (Babel Babies)

Urdu Fairytales


Keywords Biology (iOS)

Keywords Biology (android)

Keywords Geography (iOS)

Keywords Geography (android)

Book Making

Advice about Coronavirus in many languages

Doctors of the World (Albanian, Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, Dari, English, Farsi, French, Hindi, Kurdish, Malayam, Mandarin, Pashto, Portuguese, Somali, Spanish, Tigrinya, Turkish, Urdu, Vietnamese)

Coronavirus explained in Somali

Big Leaf Foundation (Pashto, Arabic, Kurmanji, Sorani)

Coronavirus info in Farsi, Pashto, and English.