Resources for Beginners

English Letter Sounds – audio files from Jolly Phonics and Highland EAL Service

Dual Language books and other resources available from CRIS (Curriculum Resources and Information Service).  You can download an information sheet CRIS-info-sheet-June-2019.docx (309 downloads) . is a free dictionary project which offers a number of resources including:

  • Basic vocabulary -Basic vocabulary of about 2000 basic meanings organized into topics and translated into many languages .
  • Bilingual dictionaries – Dictionaries are grouped by language.
  • Picture dictionary – Contains more than 2500 illustrations with translations in more than 50 languages.
  • Flashcards for basic vocabulary
  • Vocabulary trainer
    A simple game that allows pupils to test their knowledge and learn new words.
  • Many other resources also available

Maths resources

Maths Dictionary animated, interactive Maths dictionary – explains over 600 common mathematical terms.

AAA Math – American website with interactive resources

Photo Dictionaries

Longman Photo dictionary 3rd Edition by Pearson Education Ltd

The Usborne Book of Everyday Words

Macmillan Children’s Dictionary by Carolyn Barraclough

Visual Bilingual Dictionary by Dorling Kindersley

My Bilingual Talking Dictionary by Mantra Lingua

The New Oxford Picture Dictionary by Oxford University Press

Mini Picture Dictionary for younger pupils  by Milet

Bilingual Visual Dictionary by Dorling Kindersley

Basic vocabulary

Photo cards by ( lots of excellent practical materials/games you can order from here)

Smart – talk machine – available for loan from EAL Service

Useful documents and websites

Learning in 2+ Languages

Languages for Life           

Naldic                                  provides recent publications/research papers/resources/guidance/links

Diversity Toolkit – Nursery/Primary support materials and guidelines

Visual time-tables and signs/commands supported by pictures e.g or

Common word mats e.g

Resources to use in the classroom


A4 double sided word mat focusing on:- Colours/Days of week/Months/Alphabet/Seasons e.g. found on

Communication fans –

Consider using concrete items for lessons e.g Creative Writing Tubs – available from Smartkids Catalogue

Dual Language Story books e.g. contact are available on loan from EAL Service and CRIS 859722)

Photocopiable Packs

These can be purchased by individual schools and copies can be requested from the EAL Service for specific pupils.

First Resort –  worksheets and activities for beginner pupils of English  by Rosemary Picking and Margaret Prudden

First Resort EXTRA –  further worksheets and activities for beginner pupils of English  by Rosemary Picking and Margaret Prudden

“All about me” Packs in different languages available to buy from Mantra Lingua.

Key word packs by Lottie Kent -Publisher Hopscotch (4 Topics:- Shops and Shopping, At School, At Home, Out and About)

Single  Sentences Pack – can be  supplied by EAL Teacher

Writing Sentences Pack 1 – can be supplied by EAL Teacher

English as an Additional Language Excellent Education.  Vocabulary packs can be bought from:-

Signs to promote inclusion

Dual Language Signs for the classroom and around the school e.g.


Websites/On-line support

Top websites – look on GLOW at English as an Additional Language site found under GROUPS

Edinburgh EAL Service website contact details:-

Aberdeen EAL Service Website will be available soon. You can access various resources e.g. download a “Welcome to Our School” pack which can be personalised for your school.

Check EventBrite for the latest CPD Courses from the EAL Service.

ICT programmes possibly available on your school computer

J2 Easy (free on GLOW)

Clicker 6 (Writing) and you can also purchase an additional EAL Package called New to English

Education City – great for Maths and also has an EAL section which can be purchased by the school (EAL package optional extra)

Free i-pad Apps

Remember you can use your i-pad without any apps to take photos and record short videos with sound. Previous examples can be found at

Big Cats Books by Collins – short animated interactive stories and it also provides a section where the pupil can create their own story.

Doo-doo lite – package suitable to reinforce handwriting

Shadow puppet – package which enables pupils to take photos and to record an appropriate commentary.

Puppet pals – characters and settings which can be manipulated by pupils to create a short scene.

TwinklLITE – literacy app covering phonics/ common words

Spelling 1 – covers cvc words

iTranslate – translation site  – alternative communication – might be useful   – pronunciation of written sentences  – iPicto – for beginners?  – handwriting  – alphabet  – handwriting



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