Refugee week

17th June 2020

To celebrate refugee week here are resources and support links for you:

Learning English in Bristol website. Partners delivering courses across Bristol

Here are the websites which have info about events, podcasts and celebrations

Bristol Refugee festival

On line Conversation clubs

How it works:
1. Choose time and day that suits you
2. Join the Club, by clicking onto a link or go to you ZOOM app and enter meeting ID and password.
3. Take part, enjoy your time and make friends. Everyone is welcome.

If there is anyone who would like to join our session they should email and they will be added to our emailing list. Flyer attached.

For more information check our website

Useful websites for self-study  


Adele’s ESL Corner

Grammar, listening and vocab 

Agenda Web

BBC Bitesize

More aimed at secondary – but might be some useful stuff here

BBC drama – podcasts

Dramas for English language learners, e.g. Alice in Wonderland and Frankenstein from BBC World Service. Improve your English with retellings of stories classic and new. Each episode is 6-10 mins long.

BBC Learning English

Includes English my Way – basic level videos as well as higher level activities

BBC English in a minute

Literally what it says – a one minute video explaining a point of grammar followed by activities

BBC Skillswise

Not what it was but still there

BBC Bilingual Content (for some languages) 

Please see the appendix at the end of this list.

Breaking news English

Useful because includes listening

British Council Learn English

Lots of materials from the BC including online games etc

British Council Learn English Teens

What it says on the tin but also useful for adults.

Cambridge English Books for Students and Teacher Development titles (Temp Free Access)

Cambridge Learners’ You Tube Channel

Learn English with Cambridge. Great Videos on specific micro skills – need sound.

Daily Grammar

A collection of short lessons with questions and answers covering parts of speech, parts of sentence types of pronunciation.

Digital Literacy

Online Materials to Practice Reading Writing, Speaking and Listening for Zero/Low Literacy Students

Draw a stickman

Mouse practice for beginner IT users


Thousands of listening activities with quizzes, comprehension questions and vocabulary tasks at all levels.

English Banana

English Club

This site offers sections with lessons on grammar, pronunciation, vocabulary and grammar exercises.

English Grammar Exercises

This site offers explanations of the main rules in grammar with some practice at all levels

English My Way

Resources for Pre-Entry and New Reader Writer learners

English Online

Lots of different interactive lessons at different levels.

ESL Café

Lots of grammar lessons and quizzes.

ESL Desk

Good and Varied for confident L1+ students 


A selection of listening materials on different topics.

ESOL courses

Free ESOL courses on line from beginner to advanced level

ESOL Nexus

Includes suitable material for lower levels

ESOL Stories from Bradford College Library

Students can read stories and vote for their favorites

Could also have a class/level writing competition – #coronastories

Exam English.Com

Suitable for E3+ students with tailored practice to different EFL exams. Still worth a look to recommend some specific practice

Exams – ESB practice

Video clips of ESB exams – students can watch on the ESB website and have a phonecall/facetime with

another student to practice.

Excellence Gateway

The new to ESOL learners’ materials can help you find work suitable for Pre-Entry and New Reader Writer learners

Famous people lessons

Similar format to Breaking News English

Film English

Short films/clips for students to watch and links to on line exercises

Fun Easy English

This site covers pronunciation, conversation, slang, reading, grammar, idioms and vocabulary.

Studious. L2 up


Remember you can set challenges that learners can play on their phones or tablets remotely.

Kahoot guide to distance learning

Useful guide for teachers

Lingua Reading Low Level

English texts for beginners to practice reading and comprehension online and for free.

New Internationalist Easier English Wiki

Topical ready lessons for students and teachers

OUP Learn at Home 

Wherever you teach, wherever you learn, we’re with you. Online resources and activities to help teachers, parents and students get the most out of learning at home.


Free online books with audio that students could read with their children 


Spelling quizzes and games for all levels


Using English

Over 250 quizzes designed for ESOL learners and group into two levels.  Areas covered include adjectives, verb forms, conjunctions pronouns and spelling. Some material is suitable for general literacy use. The quizzes are multiple choice and cloze.

Wakelet to share FS English resources

You will need to sign up but it’s quick and free

For children – students could read them with their children?

Woodward English

Free courses. Colourful and appealing site

Appendix – Bilingual Content from the BBC for some Languages

Afaan Oromoo:


Chinese (Mandarin):