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The Literacy Council recommends the following resources to help tutors plan lessons and for students to use for practice

  • Citizen Friend Videos – Over 40 videos for practicing citizenship test questions.
  • Dave’s ESL Cafe – Many resources for both tutors and students.
  • EL Civics for ESL Students –  Lesson plans, videos and worksheets on many topics including government, history, holidays and life skills.
  • English Club – Includes lesson plans, games and quizzes for ESL.
  • ESL About – Includes lesson plans, vocabulary and grammar.
  • ESL Yes – Short stories with exercises and audio for ESL learners.
  • Five9 – NEW – ESL resource guide for students – tips and tricks.
  • Jane Strauss Grammar videos – Use this link and then search for “Jane Strauss Grammar videos”. You will get a list of many short videos on various grammar subjects that you can use for good explanations of grammar rules and usages, or you can have your student watch on the computer with you.
  • Kahn Academy – Offers free math exercises from very beginning to advanced levels.
  • Learn English Feel Good – Online exercises, printable worksheets, listening exercises and other resources.
  • Mid-America Books – Publishes books at a low reading level on many subjects. We have many, but we may be able to order books of interest to your student on request.
  • NewsELA – Select a topic and then a reading level for news articles written at the student’s level.
  • New Readers Press – New Readers Press is the publishing arm of ProLiteracy and publishes many books for beginning readers and ESL students. Our council library contains most of these. Browse the catalog to find materials for your student. If we do not already have what you want, we may be able to order them for you. This is also where you can get free downloadable components for the various book series. Also check out their Facebook page at You’ll see new products, special offers, useful links, and more.
  • ProLiteracy – Offers online courses, instructional videos, lesson plans & activities, and techniques & strategies for tutors. Offers practice for students.
  • Purdue University – Online Writing Lab with materials and resources for students and teachers covering ESL, grammar, spelling, punctuation, and more.
  • Quizlet – Free, easy access to thousands of ready-made flashcards on a variety of subjects, including learning English, or create your own! It can also speak. You can access the cards on your electronic device, including Android, iPhone, Windows Mobile, Nook and Kindle.

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