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Primary Teaching Resources
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Up and Away EAL Curriculum for Primary School
NCCA Published EAL Curriculum for Primary School
Heinle Picture Dictionary
Heinle Picture Dictionary (Lower Primary)
Heinle Picture Dictionary for Children Workbook
Workbook that goes with the Heinle Picture Dictionary - Lower Primary
Oxford Picture Dictionary 2nd Edition - Monolingual
Upper Primary and Secondary Oxford Picture Dictionary 2nd Edition Monolingual (Also comes in many other bilingual versions) *NB: The language is American in some parts but can be adjusted to suit Irish students.
Oxford Picture Dictionary Workbook - Low Beginners
OPD Low Beginners Workbook with CD for Listening. There is also a High Beginners and Low Intermediate Workbook. This workbook is VERY American based in its language, but the images are very good and match directly to the themes in the OPD Picture Dictionary to each corresponding page.
Grammar Series (Oxford) by Jennifer Seidl (Primary/Early Secondary) A1-A2
A communicative, activity-based course, Grammar, Third Edition is now richer in resources with a new Starter level, student's audio CD, and more online support for both teachers and students. Extra vocabulary and exam-based activities help prepare for Cambridge ESOL Young Learners English Tests.
Levels are: Starter, Book 1, 2 and 3
No English - Don't Panic
'No English: don't panic' provides information and strategies for primary classroom teachers of newly arrived EAL students during their first few weeks in Australia. Advice for comunicating with students in the first stages of settling in to school and learning English as well as practical activities. Updated 2014
Copyright: State of Victoria (Department of Education and Early Childhood Development)
New Arrival Toolkit (Australia)
The basics of what you need to know if you've never taught EAL students before with a bit of pedagogy on second language acquisition, some materials and resources. A life saver!
Colourful Semantics Programme (SEN/EAL)
This is a programme often recommended for children with a diagnosis of Specific Speech and Language Disorder, however, it is very useful with children who have SEN/AEN and speak a language other than English/Irish at home.
What is Colourful Semantics
Colourful Semantics is the ‘meaning of the words’ and this is made colourful by breaking down and colour coding different parts of a sentence. Colourful Semantics is a speech and language therapy intervention that indirectly works on developing a child’s grammar through the use of:
Answering W/H questions
Use of nouns, verbs, prepositions and adjectives
Story telling skills
Written sentences and language comprehension
You will be able to work through the Colourful Semantics programme to encourage the child to create sentences. This is initially taught by focusing on sorting out colours, which will then progress to an understanding that there are different parts that make up a sentence.
The overall aim is for the child to eventually produce grammatical and informational sentences.
Colourful Semantics Starter Pack: https://integratedtreatmentservices.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Colourful-Semantics-Starter-Pack.pdf
Language Explorers - Mother Tongues Ireland
Language Explorers is Mother Tongues’ award-winning language awareness initiative for primary schools. Language Explorers activities are designed to raise awareness of linguistic diversity in the classroom and in the community and to promote an interest in language learning.
Post-School Holiday Oral Language Game with Dice
Play this paired oral language conversation game made by an ELSTA Member/Teacher to break the ice on the first day back after a school holiday. Instructions included.
Speaking and Listening Games
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Grammar Games and Exercises
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TPR: Total Physical Response Activities
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File > Make a Copy and you can rename it for your own files. Total Physical Response is a strategy used for total beginners in a language. You can read more about TPR here: http://www.theteachertoolkit.com/index.php/tool/total-physical-response-tpr
Mr. Hanberry's EAL Padlet
Fantastic Teacher-Made Padlet with lots of links to resources for Primary EAL teachers and students!
Niamh Brady's Wakelet of EAL Resources
This collection includes a range of online resources to support the planning, teaching & learning of English as an Additional Language.
Tell-a-Tale | Inis Scéal A bilingual oral narrative programme to support narrative language development in linguistically diverse junior primary classrooms
There are many children in Ireland today who speak a language other than English at home. These children are simultaneously learning two new languages when they start primary school, those being English and Irish, while also further developing their native tongue at home. Research shows that bilingual children can acquire a third language more quickly and efficiently than their monolingual peers. If we apply this knowledge to the Irish context, we can argue that non-native English-speaking children who attend an English-medium school are likely to learn the Irish language more quickly and efficiently than their monolingual English-speaking peers. This supports the rationale for a bilingual English-Irish oral narrative programme in junior infant classrooms that host speakers of languages other than English and Irish.
Tell-a-Tale | Inis Scéal is a bilingual English-Irish oral narrative programme. It aims to support oral narrative language development in junior infant classrooms through dialogic shared reading, interactive language activities and narrative retell tasks. It was initially designed by Aoife Merrins-Gallagher, primary teacher and PhD scholar at Dublin City University, and it was further developed in consultation with eleven primary teachers (mainstream and support) earlier this year. Having been theoretically designed, and practically developed, Tell-a-Tale | Inis Scéal is now a fun, user-friendly and inclusive programme that can be implemented in linguistically diverse junior infant settings.
A key feature of Tell-a-Tale | Inis Scéal is its integration of children’s native languages. Children who participate in the programme are frequently asked for vocabulary and phrases in their native languages that correlate with the stories being read. Traditional tales are focal resources, as their universality increases the likelihood of children having already been exposed to such stories in their native tongue. This PhD research is ongoing, though initial pilot findings have yielded positive effects on children’s narrative language outcomes. You can follow the progress of this research on Twitter ( https://twitter.com/TaT_InisSceal ) and Instagram ( https://instagram.com/tell_a_tale.inis_sceal/ ).
This research is possible thanks to the DCU INTO150 PhD Scholarship and it is supervised by Dr. Gillian Lake, Prof. Pádraig Ó Duibhir and Dr. Eithne Kennedy.
Dual/Home Language Suppliers List
This is a list of suppliers/sellers where schools/teachers can purchase home language/dual language materials. ELSTA encourages its members to purchase materials from Irish sellers and small businesses and posting this list is not an endorsement of any seller or supplier.
Talking Pens - Mantra Lingua UK
he ability to communicate verbally and build oracy - even among L1 chilen and parents. Use PENpal to listen to books in English and 67 languages or to voice label any object.
8gb of memory
2 rechargeable batteries
1 usb cable
1 silicon protective sleeve
100 free recordable stickers
Access to 1500+ free audio files in 40+ languages.
Use the PENpal and free stickers to add audio to any book you already own. Include L1 parents to add their voices to your favourite books. PENpal is able to speak in any language, except sign language, of course!
Key Phrases for Talking Pen - Mantra Lingua UK
This product requires a PENpal to enable you to hear the sound.
Touch the PENpal to this A3 laminated chart and hear key words and phrases to use with children and parents spoken fluently in 30 including English. Easy to access and fantastically simple, this practical resource is perfect for induction and a must for any setting with E AL children. This excellent package includes the chart, the PENpal and all the audio languages. The phrases have been tried and tested with various teachers, office administrator for the most common terms used in the school office or in class. For example, if there is a Polish child, just touch the Polish "button" and then the phrase you you want to communicate (eg Please bring your child at 9 o'clock) will be spoken in Polish. Then touch the Lithuanian hotspot and hear the same phrase spoken in Lithuanian.
The available languages are Albanian, Arabic, Bengali/Sylheti, Bulgarian, Cantonese, Czech, English, Farsi, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Kurdish. Latvian, Lithuanian, Malayalam, Mandarin, Nepali, Panjabi, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovakiana, Somali, Spanish, Turkish and Urdu. Switch between languages instantly! Simply touch the language that you want to hear with your PENpal and then touch any phrase.
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Post-Primary Teaching Resources
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Together Towards Inclusion: Toolkit for Diversity in the Post Primary School
This toolkit is organised into two broad sections: Whole School Level and Classroom Level. ... speaking children entering school may have been born in Ireland. ... The benchmarks for post primary learners cover the first three levels.
Narrell Byrne's EAL Guidance for Post Primary
Practical guidance, processes and adaptable resources to develop a whole school framework for supporting EAL learners in Post-Primary
Post-Primary Padlet (Narrell Byrne)
Practical Guidance, Processes and Adaptable Resources to Develop an Inclusive Plurilingual School Environment (for Post-Primary)
Dual/Home Language Suppliers/Sellers List
This is a list of suppliers/sellers from which schools/teachers can purchase home language/dual language materials.
ELSTA encourages its members to purchase materials from Irish sellers and small businesses and posting this list is not an endorsement of any seller or supplier.
PP Subject Resources - Compiled by Livia Healy
List compiled by Livia Healy: This is an amazing resource file with links to resources for vocab, content related language and instructional materials for Post Primary subject content suitable for EAL students
New Arrival Toolkit (Australia)
Everything you need to know for a new arrival if you have not taught EAL before!
Suggested EAL Websites for Post Primary & Primary EAL Students (Compiled by Livia Healy)
List compiled by Livia Healy
Talking Pens - Mantra Lingua
PENpal is a device that plays back audio when it touches printed books, posters, stickers giving a multisensory reading experience. Each PENpal can read over 1700 books and posters and this list is always growing as new publications are launched.
The books are all in dual language, so PENpal will play back audio every time it touches a page - in English or in a choice of over 60 languages.
there is an extensive range of videos starting from basics such as how to switch on, volume control .... to adding sound to any book. Please click here..
And that is not all. PENpal comes with 3 easy to use software, FREE.
1. Would you like to sound enable any book, be it your favourite book or a prescribed text? It is easy with CreateLINK.
2. You already have PENpal. Now you have bought a Mantra Lingua book with sound effects. How would you find the specific file for the book you bought? It is easy with FREElink. Yes, all the files are free so take as many as you wish.
3. There is a method of teaching which believes that children learn best by discussing, debating, narrating, exploring in groups. It is called "Collaborative Learning" and we have a series of learning activities using this method. With the free ShareLINK software, students with English as a second language can play the games, and with PENpal they can listen to how others playing the same game adapted it into another language.
How does it work? PENpal is a barcode reader, with a difference. It detects 'micro' barcodes, so small that you can hardly see them and therefore the barcodes do not ruin any artwork. The tip of the pen is a barcode reader and when a 'soundspot' with its unique barcode is detected, PENpal plays back the audio .mp3 file associated with it.
One final attribute is that PENpal is also a microphone. Unlike most microphones, PENpal saves the recordings inside its 8GB (expandable to 16GB) memory. Each recording is assigned to a specific barcode. There are over 4000 unique barcode stickers for you to record your voice onto, and PENpal will playback your voice everytime you touch the sticker. To playback you do not have to go sequentially through hours of recordings. Just touch the sticker and listen immediately to the recording you made.
PENpal is a flexible and portable device with great potential for both classroom and personal use. For mainstream teachers, it represents an excellent tool for group work and a fun way for pupils to add contextual detail and notes to printed materials, and outside of the education environment it can be both fascinating and comforting for a young child to hear stories and information in their own voice, or that of a friend or relative.
Multilingual eBooks in subject areas - M
eBooks (Multilingual) - This link goes to link for all eBooks. You will see some of them, but do a search for more ...some of the subjects are: Maths, Geography, English, Science
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