For EAL, children with English as an additional language, Wordshark is particularly useful for introducing everyday vocabulary, and includes a ‘course’ for this.  The words are illustrated with photos/videos and grouped under headings such as colours, clothes, food etc.

There is a host of educational games to reinforce the words including sentence games which put the words into context.

The structured courses provide a thorough and disciplined way of learning English spelling. Students can make rapid progress – especially those who are already fluent in their first language.


  • The words can be split up into their phonic parts, and the same for syllables – together illustrating how English words are constructed.
  • There is a facility to add your own lists, and pictures and recordings.
  • The games practise different aspects of learning vocabulary.
  • For those who also have special educational needs, Wordshark can be tailored to match their needs.

I find that Wordshark offers a good way to extend vocabulary for children coming in with no English.

Claire Gaston – Learning Support, Barrow Hill Junior School, North London