Covid19 related information in translation

Corona Virus information in different languages on YouTube

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.

Multilingual, plain-language glossary or technical terms associated with COVID-19

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 – digital skills support in different 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 – 07864639037

Zoom instructions translated into various languages

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


British Council: Beginners

Lessons for beginners on different topics to help practise speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.

Futurelearn: elementary English course

Free online elementary course starting on 6 April 2020.

ESOL Courses

Free online course for beginners.

English My Way

English My Way activities for everyday life for beginners.


British Council: Practice key skills

Practise speaking, reading, writing and listening skills and improve your pronunciation.

British Council: practice activities

Here you can find activities to practise your listening, reading, writing and speaking skills.

Futurelearn: pre-intermediate course

Free online pre-intermediate course to improve your listening skills.  Join now or on 27 April 2020.

English Interactive

English speaking practice at different levels.

Learn English with songs

Learn English with songs.

Listening skills lessons and quizzes.

Listening Library

English Listening Lesson Library Online.  Search by level.

BBC Skillswise

BBC Skillswise resources for English and Maths.  Useful for Functional Skills exam preparation.

Grammar, Vocabulary and Pronunciation

British Council: grammar videos

Watch video presentations of grammar areas, practise your vocabulary and spelling.

British Council: grammar practice

Choose your level from beginner to advanced and practise your English grammar with explanations and practice exercises.

Learn English

Activities to help you learn the meaning, pronunciation and spelling of new words.

Future Learn: English pronunciation

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.

Cambridge Dictionary

Free online dictionary with pronunciation.

British Council: pronunciations

Pronunciation lessons.

Video lessons

Free English video lessons.  Search by topic or level.

ESL Lounge

Lots of online activities to improve your grammar, vocabulary and skills.

English Club

Many different learning activities to improve your grammar, vocabulary and skills.

Grammar Guide

A collection of many different resources to improve your grammar.

Talk English: grammar

Many different grammar resources available.

UK life

British Council: UK Life

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.

British Council: everyday English

Improve your knowledge of everyday English and the language you need for socialising.

BBC Learning English

Videos on lots of different topics.

Futurelearn: British language culture

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 resources

Life in the UK learning resources.


British Council: English for work                       

Learn new language and vocabulary for different types of jobs.

Business English

Improve your vocabulary and knowledge for your work.  Activities to develop interview skills and write clear emails.

English for work resources

Vocabulary, lessons and worksheets for English for Work.

Futurelearn: workplace English

Free online course for English for the workplace.  Available to join now.

IELTS and Trinity B1

Futurelearn resources

Prepare for IELTS Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening tests with these courses.

IELTS podcast

Free IELTS preparation tutorials and materials for different skills and topics.

Trinity College

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

Facebook learner groups including for speakers of Oromo, Amharic, Mandarin, Gujarati, Marathi, Punjabi, Korean, Telugu, Thai and Tigrinya.

British Council apps

British Council has many apps available for Android and iOS.

BBC Learning English app

All the BBC Learning English lessons are available on this app for Android and iOS.

ESOL for Children

Young children

British Council

Free online games, songs, stories and activities for children.


Free audio books for young children.

We Are Teachers

Read aloud and do activities with children’s authors.

Unite for Literacy

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

Family learning with music for young children, via YouTube

Children’s Library

International children’s digital library.  Search for books in your language by region.

Children’s books online

Children’s books online with digital activities.

Global storybooks

Read and listen to stories in different languages with your children.

ESOL for Teenagers

British Council

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.

Audible for teenagers

Free audio books for teenagers

Cockburn School

Online learning site by year group from Cockburn School.  Maybe your child’s school has something similar.