Tutor Informative Links
There is an abundance of information on the Internet that can be of use to literacy coordinators, instructors, tutors and/or learners. Each of the sites below will lead you to lesson plans and curricula, research in the field, promising practices, publications, interactive sites for learners, and more.
This ESL site has a great collection of resources for tutors and students. Some of the topics include: grammar, idioms, spelling, vocabulary, writing and reading. There are many interactive pages for students to complete online.
The ESL Cafe (www.eslcafe.com)
This is also known as Dave's ESL Cafe. You can access many sections such as idioms and verb tenses. Also, your student can listen to and practice English pronunciation. This site has a fountain of ideas and help for tutors and students.
The Free Dictionary (www.thefreedictionary.com)
This site gives you free access to a dictionary, thesaurus, and encyclopedia. The user can hear how words are pronounced in English. The site can be translated into 12 other languages.
Literacy Connections (www.literacyconnections.com)
This site provides a wealth of information on reading, teaching and tutoring techniques, ESL literacy, and adult literacy. Topics include the language experience approach, phonics, and word study.
Thinkfinity Literacy Network (www.thinkfinity.org)
This website from Verizon offers more than 40 free online courses for literacy instructors, community-based organizations, and volunteers. It also includes resources, activities, lesson plans and more for adult literacy and ESL instructors.
Citizenship and Immigration Services (www.uscis.gov)
The official site and source of all the necessary information about citizenship, visas, and other naturalization issues. It includes all of the required forms, as well as, a helpful education and resource section.
ESL Gold (www.eslgold.com)
This site provides hundreds of pages of free English teaching and learning materials for both students and teachers. All resources are organized by skill and level for quick and easy access. The site can be accessed in 15 other languages.
PBS Literacy Link (litlink.ket.org)
After completing the free registration, tutors and students have access to an extensive collection of Workplace Pre-GED and GED resources. The GED Connection includes internet activities, learning modules and practice tests.
National Institute for Literacy (NIFL) (www.nifl.gov)
The Institute serves as a focal point for public and private activities that support the development of high-quality regional, state, and national literacy services. NIFL's goal is to ensure that all Americans with literacy needs have access to services that can help them gain the basic skills necessary for success in the workplace, family, and community in the 21st century.
ProLiteracy Worldwide (www.proliteracy.org)
ProLiteracy Worldwide is represented in the U.S. and 45 developing countries and serves more than 350,000 new adult learners around the world each year. Its purpose is to sponsor educational programs and services to empower adults and their families by helping them acquire the literacy skills they need to function more effectively in their daily lives and participate in their communities.
National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL) (www.famlit.org)
NCFL supports family literacy service providers across the United States through programming, training, research, advocacy, and dissemination of information about family literacy.
National Center for Adult Literacy (NCAL) (www.literacy.org)
The National Center on Adult Literacy was established in 1990 with a major grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The Center is currently supported by federal, state, and local agencies as well as by private foundations and corporations. NCAL is part of the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, and is registered as a nonprofit in the state of Pennsylvania.
National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy (NCSALL) (www.ncsall.net)
The goal of NCSALL is to help the field of adult basic education define a comprehensive research agenda; to pursue basic and applied research under that agenda; to build partnerships between researchers and practitioners; and to disseminate research and best practices to practitioners, scholars, and policy makers.
Wisconsin Literacy (www.wisconsinliteracy.org)
Wisconsin Literacy is a statewide agency that was initially formed in 1982 as a coalition of adult, family and workplace literacy providers for the purpose of supporting one another through resource development, information and referrals, trainings and advocacy. Wisconsin Literacy's vision is to strengthen Wisconsin's workforce, families and communities through literacy.