St Francis of Assisi Catholic Primary School

Spirituality, Aspiration, Innovation, Diversity

English as an Additional Language – EAL

image001The Catholic Schools’ Cluster provides resources to help children in school with English as an additional language.

As part of this support, an EAL consultant, Samia Malik, visits the school on a regular basis to advise staff on relevant EAL issues and to assess children’s needs.

Useful EAL Resources

The following two websites are free resources which may be useful for parents/pupils who have English as an Additional Language:


World Stories is a growing collection of stories from around the world which are freely available online. The collection includes retold traditional tales and new short stories in the languages most spoken by children in our school.

The languages available include:

Akan   Albanian   Arabic   Bengali    Cantonese   Danish   English   Filipino

French   German   Greek   Gujarati   Hindi   Javanese   Kannada   Korean

Mandarin   Pashto   Persian   Polish   Portuguese   Punjabi   Somali

Spanish   Tamil   Turkish   Urdu   Welsh   Yoruba   Zulu


The books in these languages are translated into English, and you can download text as well as audio/MP3 of someone reading the book in both languages. It is a very useful collection for our students who are learning their first language as well as English, and may also be useful for parents who are learning English. There are also areas for parents and teachers with more information and exercises.

You can click on the above language, or go to the home page of the site at:


Language of the Month is a project run by Newbury Park Primary School. It is a free computer program which contains interactive videos of children teaching their home languages. It includes most of the languages above and also Malayalam, Thai, Sinhala an Shona, as well as lots of others. It has activities and information for parents and schools.