Category Archives: EAL News

News and updates presented in a range of languages as we receive it.

Adult English Classes on Teams

ESOL: Adults who live in Edinburgh and for whom English is not a first language can apply to join one of our English (ESOL) classes. These classes are currently online using Microsoft Teams. Learners can improve their everyday communication skills, for exam­ple for their personal lives; for work and study; to help children with homework and to com­municate with teachers, doctors, shopkeepers, neighbours and others. The classes also help learners understand more about life in Scotland and feel more included in their communities.

Weekly online English classes at different levels are available to adults for whom English is not a first language. New learners are invited to a language assessment meeting and then placed in an appropriate class or on a waiting list. New learners can be accepted into classes at the start of each term, provided there are spaces.

For general enquiries please email: | Tel: 0800 085 7672

For more details contact Karen –


If you need support to read this webpage or online letter via translation into an additional language please contact the translation service using this link

COVID 19 Test Trace and Protect Translations

TEST and Protect information in community languages:

MECOPP have been working with Scottish Government to produce updated advice on Test and Protect information in community languages. They have produced voice-overs in community languages for the infographic which can be accessed here:

Cantonese version

Arabic version

Urdu version:

8 Translations of Edinburgh Council letter from 29th May

Please find linked below translations of the letter sent out on 29th of May from Edinburgh council.

Letter to Parents 290520 ARABIC

Letter to Parents 290520 Chinese SIMP (mainland China)

Letter to Parents 290520 Chinese TRAD

Letter to Parents 290520 ENGLISH

Letter to Parents 290520 POLISH

Letter to Parents 290520 ROMANIAN

Letter to Parents 290520 SPANISH

Letter to Parents 290520 TURKISH

Latest Covid-19 Advice in Multiple Languages

How people whose first or preferred language is not English can access
COVID-19 information on NHS inform channels

People whose first or preferred language is not English can get information about
coronavirus (COVID-19) in Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Polish, Romanian, Slovak and Urdu on
NHS inform. Spanish and Punjabi translations will be added shortly.

All the translations are
published here:– please keep checking for updates.

People living in Scotland who don’t have any symptoms but are looking for general
information can call the coronavirus helpline. If you’re a non-English speaker you can still use
this service. Phone: 0800 028 2816, tell the call handler that you need an interpreter, give the
name of your preferred language and you will be connected to Language Line interpreter.
You will not have to pay for this