EAL Nexus has the central aim of helping young migrant learners to access learning and positively engage in schools, in the community and in society, thus promoting intercultural dialogue and social cohesion. One of our four key aims is to develop a unique website with quality materials. These are intended to be primarily aimed at mainstream teachers in schools, rather than EAL specialists.
They are rooted in the curriculum and aim to exemplify good practice in EAL pedagogy. All our resources are accompanied by detailed teaching notes, describing strategies which are established good practice in EAL teaching and learning. We are keen that these resources relate to topics that are frequently taught in school and essential elements of the National Curriculum, so as to be of maximum benefit to you.
EAL Nexus has a team of two Resource Co-ordinators and more than 30 Resource Specialists, adapting and developing resources for our new website. They are all experienced EAL practitioners with a track record of curriculum development, covering the four nations of the UK.
We have developed a workflow system which is designed to ensure that our resources are high quality and meet our aims, as follows:
- The Resource Specialists suggest resources, many of which have already been tried and tested in schools.
- The Resource Co-ordinators look at it briefly and decide if it is suitable for the project, for example if it is sufficiently linked to the mainstream curriculum.
- The resource is then sent to another member of the team to review in detail and suggest improvements.
- The Resource Co-ordinators then look at the resource and the review and add their comments.
- The resource is (usually) returned to the Resource Specialist who suggested it, who adapts it and writes comprehensive teaching notes.
- The Resource Co-ordinators do a final edit before it is sent to the Web Editor for publication on the website.
In collaboration with their team, the Resource Co-ordinators have agreed some key principles for the resources that we are developing, as follows:
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.).