This webpage contains links to a large number of Adult Basic Education (ABE) and English as a Second Language (ESL) resources for literacy tutors to use to help support their students.
Online Distance Learning Resources
Tutorials on using online platforms:
Resources that help Learners Access the Internet
Tools and Platforms
Tips for providing instruction from a distance
Zoom is an online video conferencing platform that can be used on your phone, computer, or tablet. It can be downloaded for free. With the free version you can have up to 40 minute sessions.
Articles and Video webinars produced by Zoom: (more found at support.zoom.us)
Article: Getting Started on Mac or Windows
Article: Quick Start Guide for New Users
Video: Scheduling a Meeting with Zoom website
Video: Meeting Controls
Video: Sharing your Screen
Video: Comprehensive Zoom Instruction
A video tour of Google Meet
Videos and Webinars
Why Adult Basic Education Matters
Distance Learning: Ideas From the Field
Distance Learning: Ideas From the Field 2
Distance Learning: Teaching on WhatsApp
Phonics and the ESOL Learner
Getting Started With Google Classroom
Guide to Google Classroom
Google Classroom Tips and Tricks for Teachers
Webinars on Distance Learning Instruction
ESOL Teaching Strategies: Dialogues, Drills, and Other Classroom Tips
Evidence-based Literacy Strategies for Adult Educators
Vocabulary Game Plans for Adult ESOL Teachers and Tutors
Math Strategies for Adults — At a Distance
What's New in Immigration Law? Changes to the Public Charge Rule Which May Affect Your Students
Reboot Your Digital Strategy
Library Literacy – Making a Difference in Adult & Family Literacy
Strategies for Recruiting Adult Learners
Strategies for Essay Writing – Helping Adult Learners Become Stronger Writers
Let's Speak English! Teaching English Conversation Skills
Tutor Ready, Free Online Resources for Literacy Tutors and Teachers
Roles and Goals for Adult Learners
Student Engagement through Learner Centered Lesson Planning
Helping Adult Learners Become Stronger Writers
Putting the Mystery into Teaching Reading and Writing
Follow Up Online Tutor Training Course Webinar
Online Tutor Training Course Webinar
The ESOL Writing Process: Engaging Learners Through Evidence-Based Instruction
Teaching Reading in the Adult ESOL Classroom
A Writing Toolbox: The "Write" stuff for ESOL Learners
The First 36 Hours: Making Lasting Connections
Helping Students Stay
Meeting The Needs Of Diverse Adult Learners
Developing Career Pathways for Adult Education Students: Lesson Learned
Enriching Your Financial Literacy Library
Making Financial Literacy Relevant in Hard Times
Breaking News English (beginner, intermediate):
This site gathers digestible English-language news from around the world. It offers both reading and listening options.
15 Great Tips for Learning English Quickly and Easily (all skill levels):
This article lists some helpful general advice for learning English. It includes linked resources and focuses on self-paced learners.
Five Ways to Improve Your English By Yourself (all skill levels):
This article offers some tips for those looking to supplement their education or learn English at home.
English Tutoring 101 Resources collected by a former RefugeeOne ELT instructor.
ESL for Equality Lesson plans, activities, workbooks, and blog posts about how to teach English to refugees.
ESL Cafe Online activities, lesson plans, games and FAQs for English teachers.
Literacy Works Resource Hub Lesson plans, activities, and worksheets for adult English tutors.
LINCS Learner Center Resources for English Language and adult learners.
Engoo Online English school offering free materials, activities, and lesson plans beginner to advanced.
UsingEnglish.com Library of resources, quizzes, activities, vocabulary, and more.
Chicago Public Library Online resources or visit your local branch and ask a librarian for assistance.
Multilingual Minnesota An extensive collection of teaching and tutoring resources.
The Internet TESL Journal Published articles and lesson plans; links to an article about using authentic materials from real life to teach English.
Materials for Beginner English Language Learners
Survival English Make sure your mentee knows these important skills.
Get to Know You Use these questions to get to know each other and practice English vocabulary.
Beginner English Workbook Created by ESL for Equality.
English Language Flashcard Book Created by ESL for Equality.
More Flashcards Printable pictures for everyday vocabulary words.
ESL Story Bank Stories and accompanying lesson plans for beginning readers.
News in Levels Real news broken down into simple English at different levels, highlights vocabulary.
Hopelink An extensive collection of resources specifically for tutors.
Multi-Cultural Educational Services Resources for those working with pre-literate adults.
Beginner Grammar Worksheets/Quizzes
Beginner Vocabulary Worksheets/Quizzes
Beginner Crossword Puzzles
Materials for Intermediate/Advanced English Language Learners
ESL Literacy Readers Readers, audio recordings, and accompanying teaching guides.
Engoo Intermediate/Advanced Materials
English Media Lab High Level students
Learn American English Online Links to intermediate lessons.
Simple English Wikipedia Real encyclopedia articles using plain English
The Times in Plain English Real news stories using simple English.
News for You A news source for adult ELL learners. They offer online and paper subscriptions and some free resources.
Tim's Free English Lesson Plans
Intermediate Grammar Worksheets/Quizzes
Intermediate Vocabulary Worksheets/Quizzes
Tips for English Teachers and Tutors
Lesson Plan Guide Template and sample English lesson plan.
Literacy in Life Handbook for volunteer literacy tutors.
Teaching New Vocabulary Tips for teaching vocab.
Teaching Refugees with Limited Former Schooling
How to Teach... Guides on how to teach English topics.
Improving Adult Literacy Instruction Free downloadable e-book.
Working in Adult Literacy Blog posts and articles.
Larry Ferlazzo Education Blog List of resources for
teachers and tutors of beginning older readers.