ESL / EAL
These free online 'English as a Second Language' (ESL) resources
for children are a great starting point for those of you that go
by the acronym TESL, TESOL or TEFL or maybe for parents or carers
looking to boost their child's vocabulary and language skills with
regard to having English as a second language or as an additional
language (EAL). The resources all offer a variety of fun and engaging
material including free games, animations, songs and printable
worksheets. We intend to create our own set of free children's
resources to help with teaching English as a second language so
please send us your comments and suggestions for the type of
printables, worksheets, games, etc., that you'd like to see.
Our Top 5 on-line suggestions for on-line ESL resources and materials are:
Guide to acronyms:
- The British Council's
Learn English Kids
website is a colourful ESL/ESOL resource that combines music, story-telling, games and
crafts to help young children learn English as a second language.
Topics are wide ranging and include numbers, sport, seasons,
traditions, pets and even dinosaurs so whether you're a teacher that focusses on TESL or a parent who's keen
to improve reading, writing and speaking skills this website can't fail
to assist you. There's also a dedicated 'Teens' section which provides older material
for teenagers, plus there's a 'Little Kids' section which helps teach
very young children.
- Another bright and engaging site,
is perfect for young kids who are learning English as a foreign language (EFL)
or English as an additional language (EAL). (Some content can only
be accessed with a subscription but there are PLENTY of free learning
tools for children too). With clearly labelled learning areas on the website such as
'ABC', 'Learn to Read' and 'I'm Reading' young children of pre-kindergarten,
kindergarten and reception age can all benefit. We particularly like the
vowel and consonant animations in the 'Learn to Read' section which most children
will find fun and educational.
- Many classrooms around the globe already use
and it's easy to see why. The website provides teachers and learners
with a free on-line teaching program which simply and systematically
introduces the main phonetics of written English using clear and
friendly videos and graphics. There are around 50 presentations covering
over 1000 items of vocabulary to help young children with learning English
as a second language (ESL) or as an additional language(EAL). Great for
working alone, in a team, or whole class ... they say
"There is nothing else like it, free or otherwise"
and we totally agree.
- Look for the Say The Sounds box at the bottom of the
Phonics Made Easy
page. You'll find some audio files that clearly play the 44 sounds
that the 26 letters of the alphabet make. Perfect for early learners of
English the alphabetised selection also breaks down each letter into
sounds (phonemes), letters that represent the sounds (graphemes) and
examples of the sounds in words. There's a section on blending sounds too.
If you're a teacher of English as a second language (TESL, TEFL or TESOL)
we think this could be a simple but powerful tool in helping to teach
the spoken sounds of the English language.
- You may know that
Piece of Cake
is a phrase or saying that means something is easy to do. Well
'Piece of English Cake' is a website dedicated to helping ELL students to
learn how to read and speak English. Choose from beginner, intermediate or
advanced and take advantage of their well constructed program which covers
many phonics topics including consonant digraphs and blends, prefixes and suffixes,
long and short vowels, hard 'c' and soft 'c', etc. There are matching games,
colourful photo slide-shows, reading comprehension tests, fun puzzles and loads more
ESL resources on this website.
ESL - English as a Second Language
ESOL - English for Speakers of Other Languages
EAL - English as an Additional Language
EFL - English as a Foreign Language
ELT - English Language Teaching
TESL - Teaching English as a Second Language
TESOL - Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
TEFL - Teaching English as a Foreign language