Resources for Teachers

This page provides links to websites for teachers of children with English as an additional language.

Topcs on this page include:

EAL in the Early Years Foundation Stage

‘This advice and guidance booklet is drawn from existing good practice developed by practitioners working with babies, young children and their families. This guidance is set within the themes, principles and commitments of the EYFS’

‘The following materials will support Early Years Providers in meeting the needs of children and their families’

Improving support for children with English as an additional language

‘The new research highlights the benefits which such children receive from growing up in mixed-language social groups, and gives an impression of the pace at which they start to feel a sense of belonging as well as academic achievement’

Ethnic Minority and Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Achievement Service 

‘The EMGRT Achievement Service provides advice, training and tutor support for schools who wish to ensure that they are providing the high quality support necessary to ensure that new arrivals and other EAL learners achieve their full potential’

Assessments for bilingual children

‘This website includes a wide range of resources for Speech and Language Therapists Working with Children & Families from Diverse Communities. It provides detailed resources from bilingual theories, culture, to language development, assessment, intervention’

The DAPPLE (Dynamic Assessment of Preschoolers’ Proficiency in Learning English) was developed in response to a clinical need to obtain information about bilingual children’s English language learning ability, particularly in the absence of detailed information regarding their proficiency in their other languages’

‘These pages contain advice, activities and general resources to help with the development of children and young people’s speech, language and communication skills’

‘Effective identification of language impairment among ESL children requires comparing an ESL child’s test scores to those of other ESL children. The information in this section was obtained by analyzing test scores from ESL children with and without language impairment. This section describes how to use the Language Development Calculator sheet to estimate the probability that a child has language impairment, based on scores from different combinations of tests’

This paper highlights the challenges of assessing bilingual children and reviews available speech and language assessment procedures and approaches for use with this client group. It evaluates different approaches for assessing bilingual children to identify approaches that may be more appropriate for carrying out assessments effectively’

‘In this review we discuss data on language acquisition from several sources including cross-linguistic studies of typical first language acquisition and LI in monolingual and bilingual children. Based on this literature we discuss problems with current assessment approaches. We then propose a decision-making framework for identification of bilingual children who are at risk for LI’

‘[this] post is divided into 4 sections:

1) What do we know about bilingualism

2) Why is research with this population so complex

3) Assessment Issues

4) Intervention Issues’


QCA step descriptors

‘The NASSEA EAL Assessment system has been developed to support teachers in recording the progress children learning EAL make towards full social and academic fluency, in both oracy and literacy. The process runs alongside their progression through the National Curriculum for English levels, but affects the rate of that progression. We strongly believe that it is only when EAL pupils are assessed as fully fluent and independent users of the English language for academic purposes, that they can be assessed fairly using National Curriculum English level descriptors alone’

Language brokers

‘The Young Interpreter Scheme (YI) provides additional support to pupils who are learning English as an additional language, to their families and to schools’ 

Support for Children using their Interpreting Skills   from MotherTongue at Reading


Useful resources

Online and evidence-based resources for teachers:

EAL Nexus 

Mesh Guides 

Word Generation– Evidence-based and free teaching materials to teach vocabulary and
communication strategies
• Primary (year 4-5)
• Secondary – Weekly, Science and Social studies

Further resources to look up academic words to teach:
Academic word list for quick reference:
Just-the-word for how words are used in constructions:

BBC Bitesize- Teaching materials across grades and subjects, often with glossaries or
hyperlinks for vocabulary and text-related exercises and videos
For Keystage 2

OxfordOwl– collection of resources  (free resources mixed with references to those you can purchase- often good ideas even
without buying the exact book it refers to)

Project X Comprehension Express – classroom exercises to teach and use strategies that support reading comprehension

Oxford reading tree– free primary school reading materials to accompany books that are for purchase, with focus on vocabulary and decoding, for guided and independent reading

Read Write Inc. – Excel spreadsheets and tests for assessment of reading and writing at primary school, different materials for Literacy and Language, Phonics, and Spelling

Enchanted Learning– Resources to print for language and other activities in primary schools

NAPLIC– Resources to identify and support specific communication and language

Children’s Library– Free E-books in many languages, often same book translated
Additional information how to use Children’s Library in classroom

European Centre for Modern Languages- Resources and information to involve parents in
language learning To support first language development / family involvement

Additional online course on community approaches

Learn English Kids– Online resource for primary school level, for children’s self-study, with
parents, or to integrate in classroom activities (e.g. word of the week, printable worksheets)

Story bird– Online resource to read and design picture books, may incite motivation to read


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