The teaching resources on the EAL Nexus website are intended to support mainstream teachers and teaching assistants in providing appropriate materials for EAL learners in their classes.
Some of the resources are suitable for beginners, for example EAL learners who have recently arrived in the UK and are at an early stage in learning English. Others are suitable for advanced EAL learners and are intended for use with the whole class. As they are intended for use by class teachers and subject teachers, as well as specialist EAL teachers, they are accompanied by full teaching notes suggesting ways of using the resources that are consistent with good practice in EAL pedagogy. These teaching notes also contain links to our Great Ideas pages, which feature teaching strategies that are particularly useful for supporting language development.
Many of the resources on the website were developed by a team of 35 EAL specialist teachers during the initial phase of the EAL Nexus project, when it was run by the British Council, in partnership with NALDIC and the Bell Foundation. Most of these resources had originally been developed by members of that team and their colleagues over a number of years, tried and tested in the classroom and then adapted to fit the EAL Nexus model. Some have been written specifically for EAL Nexus. Since 2016, the Bell Foundation has been managing the content of the website, and we are gradually adding more teaching resources using the same format. We are keen that all our resources exemplify good practice and relate to topics frequently taught in schools, so as to be of maximum benefit to teachers.
EAL Nexus teaching resources are based on the following key principles:
All our resources should:
- be explicitly linked to the mainstream curriculum
- engage EAL learners well, keeping the language accessible and the cognitive challenge high
- be appropriate in terms of the age and level of learners
- be based on relevant topics
- be culturally inclusive and avoid reinforcing stereotypes
- contain clear visuals to provide contextual support
- provide opportunities for EAL learners to extend their English language skills
- have clearly defined and well-executed language objectives integrated with the learning objectives
- make use of effective and appropriate teaching and learning methodology and strategies
- be well presented, visually attractive and accessible with appropriate layout to support meaning
- motivate EAL learners by making learning fun
- have clear and accessible instructions for any tasks and activities, at an appropriate reading level
- model EAL good practice in order to support the continuous professional development (CPD) of mainstream teachers
Many of our resources will also:
- be suitable for use in class as differentiated materials
- provide overt opportunities for exploratory talk and collaborative learning
- provide opportunities to point out key features of English explicitly
- provide opportunities for learners to make links between their first language and English
- build on cultural and prior knowledge of EAL learners
- develop academic language proficiency
- include tried-and-tested EAL strategies such as graphic organisers, substitution tables, Directed Activities Related to Text (DARTs), writing and speaking frames to scaffold learning
- give learners access to self-correction and constructive feedback if they access materials independently.
All EAL Nexus resources are free to access and download for educational purposes.
The teaching notes accompanying each resource are available to read online and also as downloads. We have provided the downloadable versions both in Word (so you can adapt them if required) and in PDF (in case you have a version of Word that is incompatible). They are intended to be useful to teachers and other educational professionals with a range of experience in meeting the needs of EAL learners. For this reason we have provided two versions of the teaching notes: a full version with more detailed explanation of teaching strategies and methodology, and a short version for more experienced practitioners.
All our teaching notes follow the same format and include:
- practical considerations such as preparation required
- curriculum objectives in terms of subject content
- language objectives, giving details of language functions, structures and vocabulary
- advice on how to use the resource to maximise its effectiveness with EAL learners
- links to our Great Ideas pages which explain the rationale behind a range of teaching strategies that are particularly effective with EAL learners
- ideas for extension activities.
How to search for resources
This website has been designed to be easy to search so that you can easily see if we have a resource you are looking for. You can search by:
- age range.
You can then narrow the search in various ways, selecting by:
- language level (beginner, intermediate or advanced)
- context (e.g. whole class, independent learning, etc.)
- language skill (e.g. speaking, writing, etc.)
- language (e.g. English, bilingual (English and Arabic), etc.)
- format (e.g. text / visual, video, etc.).