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Good Learning Anywhere Learner Blog: Sioux Hudson Literacy Council

         Activities – Exercises – Reading

Activities for ESL Students: quizzes, exercises and puzzles to help you learn

American Folklore: read and listen to tales and legends

Breaking News English: lesson plans on current events

California Distance Learning Project: build reading and life skills

Dave's ESL Cafe: grammar Lessons, idioms, pronunciation, quizzes and slang worksheets on reading comprehension, parts of speech, spelling, matching, vocabulary, synonyms ...

First Find: Easy to find - easy to use websites in plain & simple English

Interesting Things for ESL Students: fun study site for students

Randall's ESL Cyber Listening Lab: build vocabulary and pronunciation

The Internet Picture Dictionary: multilingual picture dictionary

Skillswise: quizzes and games you can do alone. It comes from England, and the spelling is British English. (BBC)

USA Learns: basic skills: reading, writing, math, life skills; Log In

Welcome to TV411: TV series for literacy skills

Wikipedia in plain English

Books and Reviews

ELMO: Exemplary Literacy Materials Online

- database of adult and family literacy resources and reviews



Civics Study – Minnesota Literacy Council

EL Civics for ESL Students


Merriam-Webster’s Learner’s Dictionary

Search for definitions, audio pronunciation of words, and word usage

easy to understand dictionary with example sentences, famous quotes and audio pronunciations.


DMV Driver Handbook

DMV Sample Tests

Grammar / Writing

BBC Skillwise: Writing, Spelling, Grammar, Sentences parts of speech, spelling, matching, vocabulary, synonyms ...

Daily Grammar: fun way to learn grammar

Grammar Gorillas: beginners and advanced

Guide to Grammar and Writing - Capital Community College Foundation

Purdue University OWL Online Writing Lab: Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling

WritingDEN's: Tips-O-Matic – Sentences, Paragraphs, Essays



Adult Learning Activities - Health & Safety

Provides stories that you can see and hear about various health and safety topics.

Ask Me 3

Activities to study and practice questions before going to a medical appointment. The 3 questions will help you make the most of your time with a health care provider.

Easy-to-Read: a list of easy-to-read materials by condition - MedlinePlus

Healthy Roads: You can read, listen to, or watch the health information here.

MedlinePlus Health Videos

These animated videos show the anatomy of body parts and organ systems and how diseases and conditions affect them

Plain Language Medical Dictionary

Provides plain language translations for high-level medical terms.

Plain Language Thesaurus for Health Communications [pdf] - CDC

Visiting the Doctor

Dialogues to rehearse potential conversations with doctors and activities to increase your health vocabulary. May be useful for ESL students and for native speakers of English.


Project Money

         Newspapers and Magazines

Inspiration Lane: online magazine for all levels of ESOL, ESL and EFL classes

Literacy Tribune: Adult Learner Network Newsletter

News For You: read and listen to selected articles from newspaper

The Times in Plain English: easy to read articles

Topics: online magazine for Learners of English

Voice of America: read and listen to news stories


American English Pronunciation Practice: Minimal Pair Practice w/ Flash and MP3 Files

English Pronunciation/Listening: Okanagan University College

-need Quick Time Shockwave Acrobat Reader Unit One: TH, as in THINK, BATHROOM, and TEETH

Eva Easton pronunciation: consonant and vowel sounds - uses IPA symbols

Words Aloud: 2249 recordings of single high-frequency words; Alpha order


Spelling City: vocabulary and spelling


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