Covid19 related information in translation
Leeds City Council have been working to provide translated and audio materials in Polish, Romanian, Urdu, Arabic, Czech, Punjabi, Tigrinya, Farsi, Slovak, Kurdish Sorani and Bengali.
There are three different videos which focus on:
Spot the signs – This short film contains information to help people spot the signs of coronavirus and gives advice for households with possible coronavirus infection.
Handwashing advice This short film contains information about how you can help stop the spread of viruses, like coronavirus, by practising good respiratory and hand hygiene.
Essential advice – This short film contains information for households with possible coronavirus infection. Please be aware that this is an evolving situation and public advice may change.
Aims to improve communication between responders and affected communities by providing accurate translations of useful terminology related to the disease outbreak. By Translators Without Borders, currently translated into Vietnamese, Simplified Chinese, Tagalog, Burmese, Kurmanji, Arabic, Swahili, Kibaku, Waha, Bura Pabir, and Mandara.
Digital skills support for speakers of other languages
The Tech Ladder has confirmed that they are able to support speakers of other languages (as well as English) as they are able to pair learners and volunteers by language. If you’d like to refer someone please could you speak to Elsie on the learner’s behalf in the first instance – firstname.lastname@example.org 07864639037
These basic guides to making Zoom online video calls were created for refugee and migrant communities in the UK and those working with them who are using Zoom to do remote support work and education during the Coronavirus pandemic, but they are free to be used and shared by anyone. Many thanks to those in the refugee and migrant support sector who have helped to create these guides. The original English guide was created by the Leeds team of the British Red Cross/Refugee Council Surviving to Thriving Project.
General resources available in other languages
PressReader: Free international newspapers and British newspapers in translation
A free tool accessed via app or web browser using a Leeds Libraries login. Over 100 countries in 60 languages provide must-have newspapers, and with a press of a button, you can translate your favorites from their original language into more than 16 languages. How to access PressReader. If you’re not a library member you can join online.
Online resources for ESOL Learners, compiled by Leeds City Council’s Language Hubs Team.
ESOL for Adults
Lessons for beginners on different topics to help practise speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.
Free online elementary course starting on 6 April 2020.
Free online course for beginners.
English My Way activities for everyday life for beginners.
Practise speaking, reading, writing and listening skills and improve your pronunciation.
Here you can find activities to practise your listening, reading, writing and speaking skills.
Free online pre-intermediate course to improve your listening skills. Join now or on 27 April 2020.
English speaking practice at different levels.
Learn English with songs.
Listening skills lessons and quizzes.
English Listening Lesson Library Online. Search by level.
BBC Skillswise resources for English and Maths. Useful for Functional Skills exam preparation.
Grammar, Vocabulary and Pronunciation
Watch video presentations of grammar areas, practise your vocabulary and spelling.
Choose your level from beginner to advanced and practise your English grammar with explanations and practice exercises.
Activities to help you learn the meaning, pronunciation and spelling of new words.
Free course to improve your English pronunciation skills and learn about speaking English in today’s globalised world. Available to join on 6 April 2020.
Free online dictionary with pronunciation.
Free English video lessons. Search by topic or level.
Lots of online activities to improve your grammar, vocabulary and skills.
Many different learning activities to improve your grammar, vocabulary and skills.
A collection of many different resources to improve your grammar.
Many different grammar resources available.
Learn about different places in the UK, culture, history and law. Practise language that will help you in your daily life, in the home and with your children.
Improve your knowledge of everyday English and the language you need for socialising.
Videos on lots of different topics.
Free online course looking at British culture and examines English in use to help improve you English language skills. Available to join now.
Life in the UK learning resources.
Learn new language and vocabulary for different types of jobs.
Improve your vocabulary and knowledge for your work. Activities to develop interview skills and write clear emails.
Vocabulary, lessons and worksheets for English for Work.
Free online course for English for the workplace. Available to join now.
IELTS and Trinity B1
Prepare for IELTS Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening tests with these courses.
Free IELTS preparation tutorials and materials for different skills and topics.
Information about the Secure English Language Test (SELT) offered by Trinity at level B1 in Speaking in Listening for Indefinite Leave to Remain (to settle) or British Citizenship.
App to learn English on your phone or online.
Facebook learner groups including for speakers of Oromo, Amharic, Mandarin, Gujarati, Marathi, Punjabi, Korean, Telugu, Thai and Tigrinya.
British Council has many apps available for Android and iOS.
All the BBC Learning English lessons are available on this app for Android and iOS.
ESOL for Children
Free online games, songs, stories and activities for children.
Free audio books for young children.
Read aloud and do activities with children’s authors.
American site with books to listen to and read. Different languages are available – click on the pencil at the top of the page on the left where it says English.
American site to listen to children’s books.
Family learning with music for young children, via YouTube
International children’s digital library. Search for books in your language by region.
Children’s books online with digital activities.
Read and listen to stories in different languages with your children.
ESOL for Teenagers
Improve your English with reading, writing and listening practice, tips for exams, grammar and vocabulary exercises, games and videos. Interact with teenagers from all around the world.
Free audio books for teenagers
Online learning site by year group from Cockburn School. Maybe your child’s school has something similar.