Welcome to the Excellence Gateway’s English for speakers of other languages exhibition site

This exhibition site brings together some of the most effective resources for ESOL available on the Excellence Gateway including key materials created as part of the Skills for Life strategy, such as the Adult ESOL core curriculum (2001).

Most of the resources were developed as part of government-funded projects that have now closed but wherever possible we have migrated the resources from these projects to the repository of the Excellence Gateway. These include Move On and ReadWritePlus, which were closed in 2015 and the Talent website, also closed in 2015.

NB As several hundred resources were uploaded from the Talent website  the best way find a specific item is to use the search box on the main home page of the Excellence Gateway.  Key in ‘talent website ESOL’ followed by the topic, level or kind of resource you are looking for.

Featured resources

Resources for practitioners:

Resources to support practitioners in planning, delivering and assessing ESOL.

Resources for managers:

Resources for ESOL managers to support professional development and the delivery of ESOL in their organisations.

Vocational and embedded learning:

Resources to support the development of language, literacy and numeracy skills within 12 vocational areas, ranging from cleaning and retail to skills for construction.

ESOL learner materials:

Learning materials at 5 levels including learner material, associated audio files, teachers’ notes and ‘rules and tools’.


This section collects together the most important ESOL research on the Excellence Gateway, in particular summaries from the LSIS Practitioner Research Programme 2012-13.