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EAL Strategies, Resources and Advice

This page was developed with thanks to Dominic Brassington, Head of EAL at a London school (@EALDominicB) who generously agreed to let us share his compiled document of resources on our website.

Organisations and People

  1.  Join NALDIC and receive the EAL Journal, it is free for all teachers studying an Initial Teacher Education course i.e. SCITT, Teach First, EYITT
  2. Join one or all of the NALDIC RIGs or SIGs
  3.  Join the EAL Google Group, with over 700 members it is a great place to ask questions, get advice and share ideas
  4. Join the EAL Bilingual Community on Twitter
  5. More than 40 other Bell Foundation webinars available on YouTube
  6. CPD is run by these organisations, amongst others Bell Foundation, EAL Academy, Hampshire EMTAS, Better Bilingual, Hounslow Language Services
  7. Useful links shared by Joanna Kolota
    and Jonathan Bifield

First and Home Language

  1. Join and run a Young Interpreter Scheme, Hampshire EMTAS is one such provider
  2. Parental guidance in 22 languages, including Ukrainian, about helping children learn and the English education system
  3. Numeracy and Literacy tests in more than 20 languages that will help you assess a students prior learning and knowledge
  4. Recommend and build links with the Complementary and Supplementary School network for the maintenance and development of the first language and culture.
  5. Encourage and support students in taking Home/Community Language GCSEs and A Levels, available in about 20 different languages. They are recognised as formal qualifications and are accepted by universities and give UCAS points at the same level as other qualifications
  6. Mother Tongues YouTube channel has many videos related to bilingualism and multilingualism and there is also a website
  7. The Peach Project supports parents and educators of bilingual children
  8. Using translation software in the classroom, e.g. DeepL Translate, Immersive Reader through Edge, Reverso, Google Translate, SayHi Translate app


  1. A myriad of free resources, you’ll only need to register. The resources come with teaching notes which are like a mini CPD session if you’re unfamiliar with working with EAL students
  2. A list of resources to help EAL learners, it was originally compiled for use during the first lockdown
  3. These are great resources from Stuart Scott
  4. As is this from Gordan Ward, and
  5. More links to online resources collated by
  6. More multilingual resources
  7. Language mats
  8. Widgit have produced free resources in a number of languages to help refugees and other students communicate
  9.  Useful resources from OLIve, the Open Learning Initiative

Advice and Strategies

  1. The EAL Assessment Framework, tracker and strategies, essential to help monitor progress
  2. Great ideas and strategies to use in the classroom to help all students, not just EAL ones
  3. A wealth of research and evidence for EAL
  4. Please avoid EFL/MFL style resources as they don’t help students to access the curriculum although the techniques are transferable, see Hampshire EMTAS Position statement on EAL resources
  5. Please avoid any site that claims to cater for EAL SEN and Literacy, again techniques might be transferable but the learners’ needs aren’t the same
  6. EAL and SEN
  7. Teaching EAL Mesh Guide
  8. Don’t take EAL students out of MFL classes or practical subjects
  9. Don’t put students back a year to catch up or learn English. They’ll lose a year of funding at post-16 when they are entitled to three years
  10. Where do you place EAL students within sets, groups and streams? See Hampshire EMTAS’ position statement
  11. Hampshire EMTAS position statement on standardised testing