Adult Learner Leadership Institute (2012)

United Literacy – Adult Learners Network (2013)


         By Learners For Learners

beginner... learner…

galwayvoice: group of adult learners based in Galway City. (Jan 2016)

Good Learning Anywhere Learner Blog: Sioux Hudson Literacy Council

Roles & Goals Curriculum (California Library Literacy Services)


Write a Letter - pdf

Learn the alphabet, letters and sounds - pdf

Read a book - pdf

Read a newspaper - pdf

Read magazines - pdf

Learn to type/use computer keyboard - pdf

Search the Internet - pdf

Pass part or all of the GED test - pdf


Fill Out a Job Application- pdf

Find a job: search want-ads/on-line - pdf

Write a resume' - pdf

Interview for a job - pdf

Get a job or get a better job or promotion - pdf

Perform current job tasks better - pdf


Interact with Schools/Teachers pdf

Plan Nutritious Meals pdf

Write checks/pay bills - pdf

Read medicine labels - pdf

Share a book with children/family - pdf

Take children to library storytime - pdf


Speak to others about the literacy program - pdf

Get involved with a community issue - pdf

Get a drivers' license - pdf

Prepare to vote/Vote - pdf

Become a volunteer - pdf

Pass the citizenship test - pdf

Activities – Exercises – Reading - ESL

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

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

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

Simple English Wikipedia: in plain English             

ELMO: Exemplary Literacy Materials Online

- database of adult and family literacy resources and reviews (Literacy BC) Exemplary Literacy Materials Online – Inactive


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

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

Englishpage: free English lessons,grammar and vocabulary exercises online

ESL Flow:  lesson plans, grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, games and activities lesson plans, activities, classroom materials

Focus on English: Listen to dialogues, learn idioms, practice conversation

Interesting Things for ESL Students: fun study site for students

LearnEnglishFeelGood: ESL/ELL Grammar and Vocabulary Tests, Worksheets Reading Sentences Listening Vocabulary

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

Real English: Short videos dialogues, conversations and interviews

The Internet Picture Dictionary: multilingual picture dictionary

Bible / Religion

Bible Gateway: Easy to Read Version ERV

Easy English Bible: for adult readers at a 1200-word vocabulary

Quran in English: clear and Easy to Read with Audio

Quran – Plain English

Torah: 5 books of Moses in child-Friendly manner; divided into stories

Sacred Stories: animated books with audio & subtitles of the world’s major religions

World Religions (Mr Donn): Lessons about Ancient & World Religions & Philosophies

World Religions for Children (Woodlands Primary School, UK)

Sacred Texts: world religions and belief systems

Books and Reviews

ELMO: Exemplary Literacy Materials Online

database of adult and family literacy resources and reviews (Literacy BC) Inactive

        Citizenship / Voting

Citizenship and U.S. History: videos and activities

Citizenship Study Guide: preparing for the citizenship test.

Civics Study – Minnesota Literacy Council

EL Civics for ESL Students


California Easy Voter Guide

unbiased, easy-to-read election information for new and busy voter in 5 Languages

Voter’s Edge California  (Smart Voter)

guide to elections covering federal, state, and local races in the state of California.



American politics and elections covering local, state and federal politics.

Can I Vote

elections in all 50 states:registration deadlines and guidelines for absentee voting

Vote Smart

information about current officials, candidates, issues, legislation, and voting.


public statements deleted by U.S. politicians. Explore the tweets they would prefer you couldn't see.


Merriam-Webster’s Learner’s Dictionary: audio pronunciation & word usage to understand with example sentences & audio pronunciations


DMV Driver Handbook

DMV Sample Tests

Department of Motor Vehicles: Choose State: general info on driver’s ed, 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

Food Literacy Center: teaching children cooking and nutrition to improve health

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

MedlinePlus Health Videos

animated videos of body parts & organ systems; how diseases and conditions affect them

Nourish: videos about food and healthful choices

Plain Language Medical Dictionary

Provides plain language translations for high-level medical terms

Plain Language Thesaurus for Health Communications [pdf] - CDC

Staying Healthy (Florida Literacy Coalition): curriculum at 4th-5th grade level

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


All About Work: How to Find a Job (NeighborhoodLink): help to apply & get that job

Business, Careers, Work & Job Skills (MoneyInstructor): resumes, job applications, interviewing, business letters, more

CWEST Job Search Resources (Purdue OWL Engagement): Résumés, Applications, and Letters

Everyday Life (Goodwill Community Foundation): Interactive; timesheets, math, and job interviewing

Workplace Skills Lesson Ideas (Hopelink Adult Education): lessons and handouts

Business English Site: general business terms, grammar and business topics

English For My Job: exercises for hotel, restaurant, and travel/tourism industries

English for Work: videos, online activities for housekeeping, dishwasher, and laundry workers

Jobs - Advanced

Career One Stop

Job Bank USA


A Day at Dollar General: learn to manage money with these games

Basic Money Skills (MoneyInstructor): coins, bills, change, banking, budgets, more

Hands On Banking: basic money tools, skills and info by age groups/

MoneySKILL: FREE Log On required - income, expenses, saving and credit

Practical Money Skills (VISA): resources, lesson plans and games

Project Money - LiteracyWorks Projects

         Newspapers and Magazines

Breaking News English: lesson plans on current events

CNN Student News: 10 minute, commercial-free, daily news program designed for middle and high school classes throughout the school year (Aug – Jun)

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

Literacy Tribune: Adult Learner Network Newsletter (2013)

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 (25 issues thru 2010)

Voice of America: read and listen to news stories


ABC Fast Phonics: simple, basic English pronunciation.

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

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

Pronunciation Symbol Chart with Audio and Animation: guide to symbols and sounds of pronunciation

Rachel’s English: more advanced pronunciation practice.

Sounds of English: Pronunciation, Lessons/Activities

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

YouGlish: hear pronunciation of English words with YouTube videos of native speakers


GameAquarium: spelling games

Interactive Spelling Bee, Grade 1-8 Grades 9-10 Grades 11-12

Spelling City: vocabulary and spelling

Spelling Worksheets, beginning & intermediate by subjects

Spelling Worksheets and Printables: by grade, topic; strategies, patterns