Category Archives: EAL News

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

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

EAL Support Services and Resources for Early years

Below are links to two documents for EAL and BME support and resources.

If you are having trouble finding or understanding the support and information on this websites due to language barriers we can try to find you bilingual support if you get in contact.

Asian Language BBC COVID-19 Videos

Today the BBC ASIAN NETWORK tweeted out a video in 7 Asian languages telling you how to access their COVID-19 information videos in those languages.

That message video is linked here below

The actual information Videos can be found on the BBC Asian Network Twitter here

And on facebook.


Here are the links to the message videos in each language as below.








and Tamil

Polish Spotlight Competition

We’ve received the following information on a competition for Polish speaking families from the Stephen Spender trust.


Hi all,

We have just launched this year’s Polish Spotlight prize, which is an ideal activity for Polish-speakers to work on at home (with their parents, if they wish). Entrants translate a Polish poem into English, and write a short commentary about their translation.


We have curated a short list of fantastic poems for them to choose from, including lots by living poets. It’s a great way for Polish-speakers to engage with their heritage culture while practising the core literacy skills associated with translation.

The Spotlight is part of the national Stephen Spender Prize, which is for translation of any poem out of any language. In recent years we’ve received increasing numbers of entries from EAL pupils, and lots of positive feedback from them, EAL coordinators, parents and teachers. Please do spread the word amongst your pupils. The deadline is 17 July and we’ve made lots of virtual resources available here: