The DET website contains EAL information and resources.

The following resources may be useful in supporting EAL students in mainstream classrooms.
To view the resources click here.


EAL Digital Resources 

Speaking and Listening 



Persuasive Writing 

Recount Writing 

Report Writing 

Beginning ESL - Secondary 

No English - Don't Panic 

No English 2- Questions and Answers 

Beginning ESL (webpage)

Ten Top Tips for Primary/Secondary Teachers

Some ideas to assist teachers of New Arrival Primary students

Some ideas to assist teachers of New Arrival Secondary students


Online Resources

  • -  Very simple site with alphabetised, printable resources on a variety of topics. Best for lower primary.
  • - Clear & simple layout, thematic units, good for very basic literacy & numeracy resources. For lower primary & brand new arrivals
  • - Varied materials from simple alphabet exercises & flashcards to more advanced activities. Categorised into subject areas & themes, includes fun activities like puzzles, word searches, word scrambles & colouring pages. Appropriate from lower to upper primary.
  • -  free flashcards, worksheets and accompanying handouts, phonics cards, games, printable certificates, stickers & other activities. Also it has some flash games that go with printable materials, to reinforce vocab etc. Middle to upper primary.
  • - Free site for teachers but need to register.  Great useful, printable, literacy activities.  Activities connect to a whiteboard version and handwriting sheets.  Also interactive student activities on reading sight words.  Suitable for all primary levels.
  • - Similar to website above, also with PowerPoint lessons & videos.
  • - Includes hundreds of printable resources for ESL students. Best for upper primary; lots of written activities- grammar, spelling, punctuation, vocabulary etc. Useful if you’re looking for very specific exercises for more advanced learners, eg. verb tenses, parts of speech etc.
  • - Great site, easy to find appropriate literacy based activities. 
  • - Good ideas, printable wordlists, flash cards, fairy tale work and harder story writing and book review ideas