What resources do you have for ESL/ESOL/EAL?
Welcome to our new Education Perfect EAL course! These resources are designed to provide level-appropriate practice of core language learning skills, as well as basic Getting Started in EAL lessons, and additional advanced EAL content for more advanced students. Let’s explore!
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Explore our available courses
To browse what’s available, first navigate to your Content Library.
In Browse mode, ensure you have toggled to the ESOL/EAL subject. Folders containing the below courses can be found under the Featured content section.
Here’s what’s available:
|Getting started with EAL||(Pre A1/A1)|| This course is designed to be an introduction to EAL for students at the beginning of their learning journey with the English language.
It offers contextual topic based units which provide scaffolded practice of key language learning skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking).
|Spelling||(A1-A2)|| The EP EAL course contains over 100 lessons which equip students with a solid foundation for spelling. It covers all the basic words they need to use for a strong start in writing and composition. Words build up into fun sentences to give context and meaning to the words taught.
It is easy and fun to use, and the Smart Lessons are accompanied by Spelling Lists to drill and reinforce the spelling of the words.
|Reading||Sight words: (Pre A1- A2)|| These lessons are a series of 48 lessons over 4 different levels. They introduce and reinforce the learning of the most common words in English which makes up to 76% of younger childrens’ books.
Once students are able to recognise the sight words, they will be able to confidently identify a large part of each sentence in their reading books. In each lesson, students are introduced to the words and then have a series of scaffolded activities to help reinforce their learning.
|Reading||Word surge (reading comprehension): (A2-B2)|| The word surge series is designed to increase student vocabulary from intermediate to advanced level. Through thematic reading, it applies their new vocabulary to critical thinking and comprehension. Each unit starts by presenting the vocabulary and then some pre-reading activities, followed by the reading text and accompanying comprehension questions.
The lessons are accompanied by a Spelling List for each story, reinforcing the spelling of key vocabulary.
Check out ideas for using these lessons below.
|Speaking||First questions: (A1-A2)|| This is a series of lessons based on the 150 most commonly used questions and answers.
Students are introduced to each question and the framework for how to answer them. They are then required to complete a number of scaffolded activities to help master the questions involving both recognition and comprehension of the questions.
Students have the opportunity to listen to the pronunciation of questions and record their own, then compare it to a model answer. They are then required to listen to the questions and record their answers to the questions to build their confidence in conversation. Teachers can listen to what students have recorded and give feedback.
|Writing||Composition construction: (A2-B2) [Released Early 2022]|| The composition construction course is a levelled course which takes students step by step through writing a wide variety of different authentic texts. It is suitable for any student with a reasonable command of English who would like to begin to engage in creative writing.
Ideas for using the course
Here are some ideas on different ways you can integrate the EP EAL course into your teaching programme:
- As part of your EAL programme, assign your students one (or a series) of EP EAL lessons each week covering one or a combination of skills. Learn how to assign a Task.
- If you have different abilities within your class, while you have teacher time with one group of students - assign independent EAL skills work to other groups of students in the class relevant to their level. Learn how to assign Tasks to specific students.
- If you have a group of students at a similar level, complete the EP lessons as a class on the projector together, then have students follow up on their individual devices. Some quiz questions in lessons can be completed as class games!
- Structure class time to have one lesson focused on a different skill each day of the week. Use the EAL lessons as the focus for these lessons or as supporting activities.
- Use an EP EAL lesson as a learning station in a series of station rotations or activities on a choice board. Learn how to retrieve a link to add to an LMS or choice board.
- Assign a Quiz or Diagnostic Test to determine the most appropriate starting level for students. then, assign recommended tasks based on their results.
- Once students have mastered a series of lessons, assign a Quiz based on these to assess their progress.
- Work individually: Assign EP EAL tasks for students to work on individually at their own pace.
- Work in groups: Students can work in pairs or groups on the EP EAL tasks.
- If you use a flipped learning model, assign level-appropriate reading tasks to be completed by students outside of class time. Ask students to complete an EP lesson before attending a Zoom session or following a Zoom session as a pre or post task.
Ideas for using the Reading course:
Try the following within a levelled group, or with an entire class (if at a similar level):
- Pre-reading Activities: Complete some of the pre-reading activities in the lessons together as a class before students complete them independently.
- Work together as a class: You can work through texts as a class with the text on a projector. Teachers can read through the text, or the students could take turns reading out loud. Then, work through the questions together as a class.
- Extension activities: For higher level students, ask students to write their own version of the text, changing some of the details. Students could also rewrite the text in their own words or present a summary in the target language of what the reading passage was about, perhaps offering their own experiences or opinions on the points raised.
- Conversation based on the text: Ask students to have a conversation based on the reading text. To prepare them for this, brainstorm some questions as a class.
- Write new questions: You could ask students to write their own questions based on the text for other students to complete or to write their own new texts.
- Ask students to keep a reading log where they record the word surge stories that they have read and how they found them/what they thought of them.
Ideas for using the Speaking course:
- Complete at their own pace: All of our speaking activities can be assigned to the students and they can complete the activities at their own pace either in class or at home. The activities work best if the student has headphones with a microphone; however, this is not essential. This provides a safe but meaningful way for students to practise spoken language without the necessity for them to produce in front of the class.
- Play back: When students complete the speaking questions, they can play back their answer and listen to what they have recorded. They can re-record until they are satisfied with their responses. Teachers can also listen to what students have recorded and provide feedback.
- Different options: All of the first questions lessons could be used in conjunction with other speaking activities you might be doing in class, such as speed dating and role plays. You could use our speaking tasks as scaffolding prior to doing the other tasks, where the students self assess before doing other “live” speaking tasks or vice versa.
- Speaking Assessments: Our platform can be easily used for speaking assessments, either by assigning our speaking tasks as an assessment or by creating your own speaking assessments within the system. This is easy to set up and a really effective way of keeping a record of students' speaking progress. Complimentary training is available to help teachers set up these assessment tasks.
- Create your own speaking activities: Teachers are also able to develop their own focused activities where students are required to produce or recite language samples, thus personalising their programmes. Complimentary training is available to help teachers acquire these skills.
- Different management options: If it is too noisy in your classroom having everyone record their speaking practice at once, you could consider the speaking activities as one activity in a “learning stations” rotation or you could have some students working outside of the classroom - in the corridor, in spare rooms, outside or in any other spare space you might have available - whichever is the most appropriate for your school.
EAL Subject support:
In the EAL subject support folder you will find a series of lessons which include an introduction to some core vocabulary to assist students with their learning in Maths, Science and Humanities.
Advanced level English content
The advanced level English folders are suitable for students who have been studying English for several years. There are large banks of lessons available to cover the following topics:
- Vocabulary and spelling
- Language conventions
- Language features
- Reading strategies
- Reading text libraries
Much of our latest EAL content is based on the Interactile Learning textbook series.