English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

Raising standards through staff development and the provision of effective learning resources

Useful external links

Organisations and agencies

The Education and Training Foundation

The Education and Training Foundation (ETF) was established in October 2013, has charitable status and is owned by the FE and training sector. The ETF works with teachers, trainers, leaders and employers and offers professional development programmes to improve the standards of teaching and learning in the FE sector.

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Society for Education and Training

The Society for Education and Training (SET) is the new professional membership organisation of the Education and Training Foundation for practitioners working in the post-16 education and training sector.

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NATECLA

NATECLA (National Association for Teaching English and other Community Languages to Adults) is the national forum and professional organisation for ESOL practitioners in the UK. Members range from volunteers to managers and researchers. 

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English for Action

Research and publications in the ESOL field, particularly on using participatory approaches.

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English UK

English UK is the national association of accredited English language centres in the UK. It represents small private language schools, universities and some FE providers. They offer training and advice to providers.

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Migrant Rights Network

The Migrant Rights Network brings together migrant activists and support organizations, think tanks, academics, faith groups and public sector representatives to advocate for a rights-based approach towards migration in the UK.

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The Refugee Council

The Refugee Council is one of the leading charities in the UK working directly with refugees, and supporting them to rebuild their lives.

 

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The Reading Agency

The Reading Agency promotes reading for pleasure for all ages. Find out about the Reading Ahead challenge and find links to publishers of ESOL readers.L

 

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Learning and Work Institute

LWI is a new independent policy and research organisation dedicated to lifelong learning, full employment and inclusion. It brings together the ‘National Institute of Adult Continuing Education’ and the ‘Centre for Economic & Social Inclusion’. Publications are free to downloaded.

 

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Applying for a UK visa: approved English language tests (Home Office website)

Guidance documents: list of tests and test centres approved by UK Visas and Immigration to show that applicants have the required level of English for their visa.

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Practitioner resources

British Council ESOL Nexus website

This is a free website with videos, listening activities, texts and grammar exercises for ESOL learners. The Teachers’ section has lesson plans and activities as well as other resources , e.g. for teaching beginners, teaching UK life and English for work.

 

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British Council ESOL Nexus CPD modules (self-access)

These self-access modules are designed for ESOL teachers at a range of levels, to help develop teaching skills, knowledge and professional practice. Each of the modules includes a series of interactive tasks, which will give you feedback and encourage you to assimilate what you have learnt, reflect on it and apply it in the classroom.

 

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ESOL Scotland

This website has links to a wide range of resources, including videos, on everyday situations. Many can be adapted to suit your own context.

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ESOL Scotland databank

This databank contains worksheets, activities and audio clips on a variety of topics.  It is searchable and many of the resources can be adapted to suit your own context.

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ELT Training

Online support and training for trainee and novice English language teachers

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BBC Skillswise

A maths and English website with activities that might be suitable for higher level ESOL learners.

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Learning Unlimited project toolkits

These resources were developed by Learning Unlimited as part of various projects. The Welcome to the UK materials toolkit is designed to support integration and has free downloadable resources, including initial assessment materials.

 

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Citizenship materials for ESOL learners

These materials were developed as part of the former ‘knowledge of English’ requirement for applications for settlement. However, they may still be useful in providing resources to embed citizenship content in ESOL lessons

 

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English My Way 

English My Way is a 24 week blended learning programme designed for teachers who support and teach adults with no or low levels of English. It is flexible and can be delivered through a mix of tutor-led sessions, on-line learning and volunteer group activity

 

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BBC Learning English

This website has a variety of listening material in the form of podcasts and news items (some with text). A large online listening collection with interviews, news stories and everyday conversations.  Each recording comes with images, a full transcript and multiple choice quizzes.  In addition there are listening games designed for beginner students.

 

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BBC Learning English – pronunciation tips

The BBC’s Learning English site’s pronunciation section uses phonemic symbols and covers similar sounds, the relationship between sounds and spelling, the unstressed schwa sound, connected speech and voicing.  Radio programmes and quizzes revise the information

 

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Wordweb dictionary and thesaurus

Wordweb is a free download that works as a dictionary and thesaurus which is able to look up words within a range of programmes. The software has a speech tool so words can be heard (though not definitions or lists of synonyms).

 

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Breaking news English

International website with free English lessons based on the news, at 7 levels.

 

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ESOL UK

This website was developed by teachers for those wanting to develop their English language and learn about different subject specific topics. ESOL UK aims to bring you language learning mediated by video, audio and the internet. These materials are suitable for both language and literacy learners. Many were developed in collaboration with ESOL tutors at Leeds City College.

 

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ESOL resources

This website was developed by an ESOL teacher in Leeds. Materials on a range of topics include flashcards, reading books, radio and teaching tips.

 

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NATECLA ESOL Teaching Resources

This section of the NATECLA website lists useful and relevant up-to-date resources for ESOL practitioners working in a range of settings in the UK.

 

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Using English

This website has hundreds of free English language quizzes covering grammar, usage and vocabulary for beginner, intermediate and advanced level English students.

 

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Reflect for ESOL (downloadable resource pack)

The Reflect ESOL Resource Pack is intended for anyone teaching or working with refugees, asylum seekers, or long term immigrant groups in the UK. It is based on a participatory, learner-centred approach and uses a range of ‘tools’ to help participants to develop and strengthen their language skills through practical use.

 

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Language Issues – the ESOL journal

Language Issues is NATECLA's part peer reviewed journal for language teaching professionals.  It explores the area between academic research and classroom practice, discussing teaching, training, management and research into ESOL and community languages.  Language Issues looks at broad issues and big ideas and is an invaluable resource for teachers, students, researchers and policy makers.

 

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Adult ESOL Core Curriculum - interactive version

This is an electronic version of the Adult ESOL Core Curriculum. The website is designed to enable teachers to search and explore the ESOL curriculum, then save, store and/or print relevant sections in the notebook facility for use in learning plans, schemes of work or lesson plans. The website also features page numbers from the original document for easy reference between the electronic and paper versions.

 

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