Engaging with LGBT and migrant equalities: Activities for the ESOL Classroom


This learning resource is designed to facilitate an exploration of LGBT lives and an engagement with issues of sexual and gender diversity in the adult ESOL classroom. It explicitly addresses three protected characteristics under the 2010 Equality Act: sexual orientation, gender identity and marriage status. It draws on interview material collected for a project on LGBT migrants in Scotland. It includes a few real life stories from LGBT migrants that touch upon themes such as families and relationship, gender identities and homophobic, transphobic and racial prejudice and discrimination. It explores real LGBT lives and issues from a migrant perspective, and also addresses issues of span migrant equality and belonging.

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English Across the Fracture Lines

Screen-Shot-2018-01-06-at-15_02_56-214x300This book provides new insights into various communicative needs and shows the impact and potential of programmes promoting English as a means of reconciliation, resilience, environmental sustainability and intercultural understanding.  . It offers a space for reflection on how English language teaching can nurture learners’ wellbeing by equipping them with a language in which not only injustice and pain are articulated and expressed to the wider international community, but also forgiveness and empathy.

Creativity in the English Language Classroom


The focus of this book is on practical activities which can help to nurture, develop and motivate our students. The activities will help teachers to explore the role of creativity in the classroom both in the sense of helping students to express their unique creative identity and also by helping them to think about and use language in a creative way. The activities are suitable for a broad range of students from young to old and from low to higher levels and can be used alongside your existing syllabus and course materials to enhance your students’ experience of learning English. 

Creating an Inclusive School Environment


This publication draws together research and learning from around the world, in papers which highlight the need for inclusive education and some of the steps being taken to implement it.

The settings brought to life here reveal the work of teachers, leaders and policy makers in geographically and culturally diverse situations. In each of the chapters we see the challenges they face and the significant efforts they make to ensure access to, and engagement with, a quality education for all children.

Managing the Lesson

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In this self-study guide, teachers will find some useful theory and practice on managing lessons effectively, including short case studies and professional development activities to do individually and with colleagues.


Innovations in Education: Remote Teaching

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Remote Teaching is a collection of articles, research papers and case studies that offer practitioners and policymakers insight into live online language teaching and teacher training. 


Video in Language Teacher Education


This report details and evaluates the range of video-based practices currently being used in language teacher education.


Classroom Assessment: the development of teachers’ cognition


This research project investigated teacher cognitions and assessment. The researchers wanted to develop an understanding of how teachers develop their cognitions and how these cognitions influence classroom assessment practice.


Journeys of Reflective Practice


This non-academic research book demonstrates ten teacher educators’ professional reflective journeys through action research.


A Handbook for Exploratory Action Research



This is a practical handbook, written in a non-academic, teacher-friendly style, to show teachers how they can engage in research for their own continuing professional development and for the benefit of their students.


Teacher Evaluation: Global Perspectives and their Implications for English Language Teaching


This review assesses an international body of educational literature on teacher evaluation and draws on this to make recommendations for the evaluation of teachers in English language teaching.

Teaching in Low Resource Classrooms: Voices of Experience

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Throughout the world English is often taught in ‘low-resource’ classrooms, but there are few training materials which are derived from and which reflect this reality. This book, with associated video, is intended to help fill the gap.


Integrating Global Issues in the Creative English Classroom

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This publication has a twofold aim – to help students learn a language creatively whilst at the same time raising awareness of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals through bringing together a range of innovative ideas for teaching creatively and addressing these key issues. The activities include enabling students to think creatively about sustainable food and food supplies, creating energy which does not harm the environment, and collaborating with other students globally to diminish the digital divide.

Language for Resilience: cross-disciplinary perspectives

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The Salzburg Statement for a Multilingual World, launched on World Mother Languages Day in February 2018, reminded us that all 193 UN member states are multilingual and that 23 languages dominate as they are spoken by over one half of the world’s population ( Thus, our world is truly multilingual, yet many education and economic systems, citizenship processes, and public administrations disadvantage millions of people due to their languages and language abilities. This disadvantage is most apparent in the lives of displaced people. Escaping conflict or political strife, individuals and families may have also left many resources behind them including their home languages. This Language for Resilience Research Hub publication extends the original research findings from 2016 by bringing together responses from a group of specialists working in each of five areas: home language and literacy, qualifications and training, social cohesion, trauma, and institutional strengthening.

Understanding Emotional and Social Intelligence Among English Language Teachers


This paper explores the nature and role of emotional and social competences as key components of effective classroom practice.


Language for Resilience: the role of language in enhancing the resilience of Syrian refugees and host communities



The Language for Resilience report examines the impact of language on refugees and host communities affected by the Syrian crisis, identifying the different ways that language skills enhance resilience and providing suggestions for programme responses that address key needs.



NATECLA Resources


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Are you new to ESOL teaching and looking for some advice from the experts? Perhaps you are an experienced teacher, but would like to update your approach in the classroom a little. Whatever your level of experience, we are sure you will love NATECAL’s ESOL teacher’s toolbox suggestions – compiled by members for members.

NATECLA ESOL Classroom Activities 

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NATECLA members have supplied their most tried and trusted ESOL classroom activities and other essential information for ESOL teachers – we hope you find it a useful resource.



Useful Websites UK

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 in ESOL lessons.



English My Way

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This website is the result of a project organised by the Tinder Foundation, BBC Learning English and the British Council. English My Way is a 24 week blended learning  programme designed for teachers who support and teaching adults with no or low levels of English. it is flexible and can be delivered through a mix of tutor-led, online learning and volunteer group activity.

British Council ESOL Nexus

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This website was developed as part of a European-funded project. it has a large number of resources (including videos) for practising all aspects of English in the UK, at different levels, in different contexts. There is a CPD section for teachers. 

Learning Unlimited


These LLN 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.

Excellence Gateway

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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).

ESOL Materials Ireland


A collection of worksheets suitable for the ESOL Classroom, particularly useful for teaching low levels of English.


SQA (Scottish Qualification Authority) ESOL

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A full range of materials used in Scotland, for all levels of ESOL.


Council of Europe: Language Support Toolkit for Adult Refugees

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This on-line toolkit is designed to assist organisations that provide languages support for refugees, and especially the volunteers working for them. It offers practical resources in 3 main sections:

  • * Information on cultural and language awareness and language learning
  • * Guidance on finding out about refugees’ language needs and planning language support

* Learning activities that range from breaking the ice, learning vocabulary and thinking about language and learning, to a series of scenarios that focus on real-life communication and suggestions for interacting with the local community.

Very useful for people who are supporting refugees with basic survival language of the host country. Although intended for refugees some parts could be used or adapted for newly arrived migrants who are not refugees.

Skills Workshop

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This site holds an enormous collection of literacy, numeracy and ESOL resources submitted by practitioners.  Many are PDF or Word documents. The contextualised resources are mainly vocational.





This site hosts ESOL resources from Macmillan. Includes lessons for beginners and Cambridge ESOL Skills for Life Resources for Entry 2/3 learners.


Literacies Websites

SQA ESOL Literacies

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Specific ESOL Literacies Materials., devised by SQA.


ESOL Nexus Working with ESOL Literacies Learners

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Some information about working with these learners and further links to information and resources.




The ESOL Literacy Resource Pack (2006)

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An extensive pack of materials to teach reading and writing to adults learning from beginner level. Suited particularly to learners whose oral level of English is low. Developed in the UK. Suitable for use with asylum seekers/refugees and other immigrant groups. Multi-cultural content.


Literacywork International

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This is the website of Lietracywork International, set up by Heide Wrigley, ESOL basic literacy specialist in the USA. These are resources and videos for teachers to support them in teaching ESOL learners with low levels of literacy.

Adult Literacy Tutor

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Online training program for teaching adult literacy (USA).




Useful Websites USA

We Speak NYC

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We Speak NYC (formerly We Are New York) is the NYC’s English Language Learning program. They provide civic-focused instruction through videos, web and print materials.


EL Civics for ESL Students

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Learn EL Civics and ESL with pictures and easy words.


Stand with Immigrants

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This website hosts materials to support the teaching ESL/ESOL or civics classes to support immigrant integration and work hands-on with immigrants in your community.


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