Website Resource List

For Word Study, Reading, Writing, ESL, and Life-Skills

ALL AREAS

TV411: http://www.tv411.org/

collection of videos and web activities on reading, writing, vocabulary, math, and science

 

IXL: https://www.ixl.com/

exercises from kindergarten to grade 12 in Math, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, Spanish, and Common Core. Self-pacing and intuitive.

 

Khan Academy: https://www.khanacademy.org/

videos and tutorials

 

Reading Skills for Today’s Aduts: https://www.readingskills4today.com/ 

Texts on civics, employment, housing, health, school, money, and government. Each text has three audio recordings of the reading at increasing speeds, helping learners develop their fluency skills, along with an activity supplement that includes vocabulary, language, speaking, comprehension, and writing activities. 

Star Fall: http://www.starfall.com/

alphabet, phonics, and very beginning reader texts with audio and images

 

Free Online Learning: http://www.gcflearnfree.org/

great tutorials on reading, math, technology, work & career, life-skills

English For Everyone: http://englishforeveryone.org/

reading comprehension exercises, grammar, writings prompts and more

 

PHONICS

Sounds of English: http://www.soundsofenglish.org/

diagrams and videos for tongue placement, lessons, activities, and flashcards for phonics

 

ABC Fast Phonics: http://www.abcfastphonics.com/

tutorials with sound and cartoons

 

Phonics Literacy: http://www.phonics-literacy.com/

first hand advice and tips on teaching phonics

 

BBC Skillswise English for Adults: http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/game/game-phonics-tool

great videos for each sound, but be aware of differences in British English

 

VOCABULARY

Merriam Webster, Word Central: http://www.wordcentral.com/games.html

Merriam Webster’s site of games for vocabulary practice

 

Free Rice: http://freerice.com

select the correct definition and website will donate 10 grains of rice for each correct word

 

Dolch: http://mrsperkins.com/dolch.html

Dolch words for most commonly used words

 

Fry: http://www.k12reader.com/subject/vocabulary/fry-words/

Fry’s 1000 most commonly used English words

 

Cram: http://www.cram.com/

printable flashcards or create your own

 

Visual Thesaurus: http://www.visualthesaurus.com/

interactive dictionary and thesaurus which creates word maps – limited without subscription

MacMillian Dictionary: http://www.macmillandictionary.com/language-games/

visual and interactive language games

DICTIONARY

Merriam Webster Learner’s Dictionary: http://learnersdictionary.com/

word of the day, quizzes, core vocabulary, question/answers, dictionary with simple definitions

 

Oxford Dictionary: http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/us

fun facts about language, articles about words, grammar overview, wordlists, games & quizzes

 

READING

News For You: http://www.newsforyouonline.com/index.asp

newspaper written for adult learners with audio, exercises, crosswords – access with our code

CommonLit: https://www.commonlit.org/en 

Collection of nonfiction and literary texts that can be filtered by reading anchor standards, 

Lexile levels, genres, themes, and more. Texts can be read in read-aloud mode and are linked to related texts and media to deepen student understanding and extend concepts. 

Read Theory: https://readtheory.org/

reading quizzes for intermediate to higher levels

East Of The Web: http://www.eastoftheweb.com/short-stories/indexframe.html

short stories with comprehension questions

 

Cengage Learning Reading Quizzes: http://www.wadsworth.com/devenglish_d/templates/stripped_features/devreadingquizzes.html

quizzes that offer self-assessment in comprehension

 

RHL School: http://www.rhlschool.com/reading.htm

short texts with comprehensions exercises

 

Marshall Education: http://resources.marshalladulteducation.org/reading_skills_home.htm

short reading passages according to grade levels, with audio assistance, pre-reading and after-reading questions

 

Reepworld Reading Practice: http://www.reepworld.org/studentsite/ReadingPractice.htm

texts for beginners, intermediate, and advanced students, with comprehension exercises

 

Bible Study Tools: http://www.biblestudytools.com/

Bible reading and study

WRITING

Quillhttps://www.quill.org/ 

activities include diagnostics, instructor-led lessons, sentence writing activities to develop grammar, and passage proofreading tasks to practice spotting common errors, all of which are interactive, allow students to practice typing, and provide personalized feedback based on student work. 

Learning Center: http://literacycenter.net/parents_teacher/

for beginners: practice with paper, pencil, and keyboard

Tar Heel Reader: http://tarheelreader.org/

write your own books using pictures from the huge collection at Flickr or pictures you upload

Freeology: http://freeology.com/journal/

printable worksheets and ideas to get writing flowing – see also “Writing” column on the left

 

GRAMMAR

English Grammar 101: http://englishgrammar101.com/

Road to Grammar: http://www.roadtogrammar.com/

English Maven: http://www.englishmaven.org/index.html

Cengage Learning Grammar Quizzes: http://www.cengage.com/devenglish/discipline_content/grammarquizzes.html

Grammar Check Infographics: http://www.grammarcheck.net/infographics/

Grammar Check Editor: http://www.grammarcheck.net/editor/

 

FOR EDUCATORS

TED-Edhttps://www.ted.com/watch/ted-ed 

TED-Ed is the educator subdivision of TED with educational videos

TEAL Just Write! Guide: https://teal.ed.gov/tealGuide/toc

guide to effective instruction in the area of writing for adults

 

Freeology – Free worksheets and more: http://www.freeology.com

printable worksheets for all areas and graphic organizers

 

Using English: https://www.usingenglish.com/

lesson plans, reading activities, quizzes, and grammar overview

Puzzle Maker: http://www.discoveryeducation.com/free-puzzlemaker/?CFID=158912&CFTOKEN=99230441

make your own word-search, criss-cross and math puzzles, and more

 

Readability Formulas: http://www.readabilityformulas.com/

calculate grade level of any text

 

Cloze Exercise Generator: http://l.georges.online.fr/tools/cloze.html

generate your own cloze exercise

Education Place: https://www.eduplace.com/graphicorganizer/

printables of graphic organizers

 

CalendarLabs: http://www.calendarlabs.com/

printable calendars, including templates, religious calendars, and national calendars

ESL

History Channel Videoshttp://www.history.com/ 

ESL learners can practice their listening skills and learn about historical events, holidays, etcetera with engaging videos 

Story Corpshttps://storycorps.org/ 

Story corps has a collection of real-life stories that learners can listen to and relate to

Listening & Dictation Projecthttps://www.seminolestate.edu/adult-ed/els/listening-and-dictation/ 

A project by Seminole State College of Florida. Provides listening exercises organized by topics, which include Family & Parenting, Consumer Education, and more

 

Listening Practice: http://www.listeningpractice.org/

Listen to an audio clip (either at normal speed or slowed down), then type what you heard. Also offers verb conjugation quizzes and other great references.

English Daily: http://www.englishdaily626.com/index.html

dialogues, idioms, proverbs, grammar, etc.

Learn English Feel Good: https://www.learnenglishfeelgood.com/eslvideo/ 

Using short movie clips, learners can practice their listening skills

 

USA Learns: http://www.usalearns.org/

real-life scenario videos with subtitles and interactive exercises

Pumarosa: http://www.pumarosa.com/

for Spanish speakers learning English

Duolingo: https://www.duolingo.com/

learn a new language with a mini placement-test and track your progress

 

ESLAN-English Speak Like A Native: http://englishspeaklikenative.com/resources/common-pronunciation-problems/

overview of pronunciation issues and phonics under “Free Resources”

 

REEP Gateway: http://www.reepworld.org

animated stories in health, work, and family with reading, listening, vocabulary, and lifeskill practice

 

Learning Chocolate: http://www.learningchocolate.com/

vocabulary on different topics with images and audio

 

Using English: http://www.usingenglish.com/handouts/

grammar and vocabulary worksheets and printable handouts

 

DYSLEXIA

Beating Dyslexia: http://www.beatingdyslexia.com/

Bright Solutions For Dyslexia: http://www.dys-add.com/

International Dyslexia Association: http://eida.org/

British Dyslexia Association: http://www.bdadyslexia.org.uk/dyslexic/dyslexia-and-specific-learning-difficulties-in-adults

 

CITIZENSHIP

USCIS Study Materials: http://www.uscis.gov/citizenship/learners/study-test/study-materials-civics-test

Homeland Security Website: https://www.uscis.gov/

US Service and Help Center: http://www.800citizen.org/us_citizenship_test/

Reep World Citizenship Resources: http://www.reepworld.org/studentsite/citizenship.html

GED

4Tests: http://www.4tests.com/exams/examdetail.asp?eid=38

New Reader’s Press Test information: http://www.newreaderspress.com/hse-test-information

GED Testing Service: http://www.gedtestingservice.com/educators/freepracticetest

My Career Tools: https://mycareertools.com/ged-practice/

HEALTH

Healthy Roads Media: http://www.healthyroadsmedia.org/index.htm

Medline Plus Health Videos: https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/anatomyvideos.html

Multi Cultural Educational Services: http://www.mcedservices.com/online.html

FDA-Medicines in My Home: http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/BuyingUsingMedicineSafely/UnderstandingOver-the-CounterMedicines/ucm092139.htm

Visiting the Doctor: http://www.literacynet.org/vtd/ 

 

VOTING

Easy Voter Guide: http://www.easyvoterguide.org/

non-partisan information about elections, candidates and issues in short and easy language

CA Secretary Of State: http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/

information about elections, etc.

Cal-Access: http://cal-access.sos.ca.gov/campaign/

reports about money expenses

Official Election Site of Alameda County: http://www.co.alameda.ca.us/rov/

includes information on your registration status, polling place, sample ballot, status of vote by mail

DRIVING RESOURCES

Free DMV Practice Tests: http://freedmvpracticetests.com/

Official DMV website: https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/detail/pubs/interactive/tdrive/exam

I Drive Safely – Driving Resource Center: https://www.idrivesafely.com/driving-resources/?vID=z3Xc&eID=827

WORKPLACE & EMPLOYMENT

Job Hunter’s Bible: http://www.jobhuntersbible.com/

tips and resources from the author of ‘What Color Is Your Parachute’

 

Job Hunt: http://www.job-hunt.org/

advice, guides, and free templates

Bureau of Labor Statistics: http://www.bls.gov/k12/students.htm

student resources on careers, maps on relevant statistics, economic information for cities, states, and the nation

Family Literacy

Book Pals: http://www.storylineonline.net/

books read by famous people, with lesson plans for each story

Reading Rockets: http://www.readingrockets.org/

research-based reading strategies, lessons, and activities designed to help young children