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 email@example.com. This is an evolving list and I welcome additional resources.
Thank you. Stay safe and stay strong.
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
150 online books in 30 different languages www.worldstories.org.uk
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 Childrens 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).
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 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
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)