Practical guidance, processes and adaptable resources to develop a whole school framework for supporting EAL learners in Post-Primary

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Useful sites

Action For Happiness

Ideal resource to promote Wellbeing across the school.
Monthly calendars packed with actions schools and teachers can take to help create a happier and kinder world!
Calendars available in the following languages
Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, 
Catalan, Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Esperanto, Estonian, Farsi, Filipino, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Latvian, Lithuanian, Mongolian, Polish,  Portuguese, Portuguese (Brazil), Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu and Welsh.
Download Calendars here


The English Language Support Teachers' Association of Ireland
Great site for resources, support and CPD in the area of bilingualism and multilingualism.
Access the support of other EAL teachers who are teaching English language learners.


The PPLI have recently released 'An Intercultural Look at Our schools Toolkit'.
A great toolkit for self-evaluation and supporting cultural and linguistic diversity in our schools.
Pre- translated surveys ideal for capturing the EAL learner voice.

Toolkit for Diversity

EANI Toolkit for Diversity in the Post Primary School can be accessed here

Schools of Sanctuary Ireland

Information, resources and links for schools working towards becoming a School of Sanctuary.

News in Levels / Breaking News English

World News for Students of English. 
Short news articles published every working day.
Easy reading, listening and writing materials available in 3 levels. 
Ask students to recount what they have read/heard, good for encouraging discussion. 
Look up a story from/about an EAL learners country or something that interests them to hook them in.
Handy tool to source subject specific reading material at appropriate level for Drop Everything and Read Initiative.
News in English 
Breaking news English 

BBC News in Home Languages

This is a great conversation starter site and vocabulary builder. 
EAL learners can watch local/national news from their home countries in their home language and recount in English.
Learners are more at ease as they are familiar with context and language.
Ask students to tell you 1/2/3 pieces of information. 
Simply type of choice into Google to get news in that language

Lyrics training

Great site to bring popular culture into the EAL classroom. 
Teachers choose a song, TV or movie clip
Choose a level - Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced or Expert
Students listen or watch and fill in the missing words
*Tip- To align a Lyrics training activity to the language function, structure or grammar feature the EAL learner is currently working on simply:
 •select song or clip
 •select 'Print lyrics' at bottom of the screen
 • Omit verbs/ pronouns/nouns/numbers/adjectives etc.. you want learner to listen out for
Lyrics Training
Some teachers might find  easier to use

Google Earth

Another great way to bring EAL learners' countries and cultures into the classroom. 
Great to explore capital cities, landmarks, home towns, schools in home countries.
Compare to Irish landmarks etc..
Authentic way of teaching vocabulary (directions, towns and cities etc..)

The Ideal Teacher

Choc-a-bloc full of ideas for MFL teachers.
Suggestions can be easily adapted for the EAL classroom.
These activities can continue virtually through breakout/ escape rooms.
 '25 Best 5-Minute Starters To Settle Language Students' 
 Language teaching ideas 

Education Endowment Foundation (EEF)

Great tips for Improving Literacy in Secondary Schools.
Tips can also be applied to EAL learners. 
Seven recommendations related to reading, writing, talk, vocabulary development and supporting struggling students worth covering at a staff meeting.
The main recommendations summarised in a downloadable poster can be downloaded here

EEF also has '7 Top Parental Tips to Support Reading at Home'
Tips useful for language support teachers working with EAL learners with less well developed literacy skills.


Subscribe to Flocabulary on YouTube for subtitled raps/hip hop videos on different topics in science, maths, geography etc...
Eal learners enjoy the (educational) craic.
Most videos have Closed Captions enabled, students can read along in their home language if necessary.

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