Resources – Language Arts

ESL Resources:

  1. Voice of America: Multimedia source for ESL readers
  2. PBS Learning Media: Videos, lesson plans, and resources for ESL and low level readers
  3. English in the Real World by Catherine Brett: A Book of Problem-Based Lesson Plans for ESL Tutors
  4. Varsity Tutors: ESL lesson plans and useful resources

Writing Resources:

  1. Noredink: Writing activities and lessons to help strengthen weak writers
  2. Kibin: Fun, easy explanation for transition sentences
  3. Compchomp: Grammar instruction with attitude

Reading Resources:

  1. Newsela: Multi-grade level articles with questions. Articles also available in Spanish
  2. Readworks: Multi-grade level articles with questions and audio reading
  3. Achieve the Core: Classroom resources that align to College and Career Readiness (CCR) standards
  4. engVid: Free English Video Lessons-Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Levels
  5. ReadWriteThink: Classroom resources and lessons for reading
  6. K12 Reader: Reading worksheets
  7. kitzkikz: Free Printable Flash Card Maker (Great for vocabulary words)

Additional Tools for Tutors:

  1. Teaching Literature: Learn more about reading teaching strategies
  2. Engageny: Learn more about evidence-based writing

Tutor Textbooks available at ALA:

  1. Teaching Adults-A Literacy Resource Book -Developed by ProLiteracy America 2013 & 2003.  Great resource for new tutors/classroom aides working with adults with lower reading levels. Includes information on the needs of adult learners, assessments, using language experience, oral reading, reading for meaning, writing for meaning, spelling, lesson planning and evaluating progress.
  2. Teaching Adults-a 2014 GED Test Resource Book – Developed by ProLiteracy America.  An overview of preparing students for the GED Test using an Interdisciplinary Approach.

Multi-Level Student Textbooks available at ALA:

  1. Achieving TABE Success in Reading – Developed by McGraw Hill Wright Group-2006 (Easy, Medium, Difficult, and Advanced Levels).  Areas covered are: Words in Context, Recalling Information, Graphic Information, Constructing Meaning and Extending Meaning. Using the students’ TABE test, the tutor or classroom aide can find out which level book to use and what areas to target. Each book has an answer key in the back.