Tutor Resources

Literacy and ESL Website Links



  • NewsForYou Online - Easy-to-read news stories to learn to read, write, speak, and understand English. New stories posted weekly, along with audio, exercises, vocabulary, crossword puzzles, word searches, and polls. Subscribers have the ability to read and / or listen to each news story. Free online subscription for CLC students and tutors.

  • Newsela - Free articles on current news, sports, math, and science topics. Each article can be geared toward a learner's reading level by adjusting the Lexile level of each article (lower Lexile level for beginners, higher Lexile level for more advanced readers). Easy to print. Free, but must join Newsela to have access.

  • BBC - Learning English - Part of BBC World News Service offering free audio, video, and text materials to English learners. Full-length language courses for three levels of intermediate language learners. This site uses British English, so some spelling, idioms, and pronunciation are different than American English.

  • Breaking News English - Free, ready-to-use EFL / ESL lesson plans on the latest breaking news in seven levels.

  • News in Levels - World News for students of English available in three learning levels with written and audio news.

  • Voice of America - Learning English - VOA's multimedia source of news and information for English learners. Audio programs and captioned videos are written using vocabulary at the advanced beginner and intermediate level. Programs are read 1/3 slower than normal English.

Learning English

Students: reading, writing, math, everyday skills, test preparation (GED and U.S. citizenship)

Tutors: videos, online courses, lesson plans, techniques

  • Dave's ESL Cafe - Includes grammar, lesson plans, and quizzes for ESL students

  • Daily ESL.com - Practice for English listening and speaking with free English lessons

  • Duoligo - Game based site for learning how to read, write, speak, and listen to English

  • English Club.com - ESL website designed for students or teacher where you can study English grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation, as well as play games and complete quizzes

  • English & French YouTube Channel - The channel has weekly new videos and includes themed vocabulary, idioms, phonics, and grammar. There are interactive activities for the students, such as fill in the blanks, role-play for "real world" conversations, quizzes, pair questions, and more.

  • EL Civics - Learn Civics with great pictures and easy words. English Language Civics provides an easy way to learn about American history, geography, holidays, life skills, and English language. New lessons are added elcivics.com every week.

  • English Daily - Online site with resources for learning English, including exercises for idioms, abbreviations, and slang

  • English for Everyone - Printable English worksheets

  • English Grammar 101 - Free grammar and writing lessons

  • English Hints - ESL lesson plans, games, and worksheets

  • ESL Library - Thousands of English lesson plans available at various literacy levels. Many lessons are printable as well as audible and sharable. There is a monthly fee for access to lesson plans.

  • English Page - ESL grammar, vocabulary, and weekly lessons

  • ESL Gold - Vocabulary and grammar practice with audio

  • Flo-Joe - Practice testing for Cambridge First and IELTS exams

  • Larry Ferlazzo's ELL Resources - An English language learner educator who shares some of his "best practices" for teaching. There are lots of blogs and articles to help educate and motivate the ELL tutor. Here's a link to sign up for his monthly newsletter: there is usually a section devoted to ESL/ELL: https://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/about/subscribe-to-a-monthly-newsletter/

  • Let's Talk About Education ESL - ESL video worksheets and lessons

  • Learn American English Online - Helps students with English grammar and vocabulary with seven different levels of instruction.

  • LINCS Learner Center - Features a variety of web-based resources from reputable organizations for adult learners. Topics include learning math, science, English, job skills, and U.S. civics / citizenship.

  • LINCS Resource Center - Literacy Information and Communication System (LINCS) funded by the U.S. Dept. of Education. High quality instructional resources for use by adult educators, searchable by topic.

  • Linguistic Fundland! - Offers activities, exercises, and multiple links to other helpful ESL websites.

  • MIchigan Educational Library resources - No cost online resources. Check out "eResources", then K-12 Britannica School. The site allows users to search for topics, change the reading level of articles, change the font size, listen to portions or all of an article, and email articles. This is good source of conversation topics too.

  • PBS Literacy Link - Adult literacy information for students, including college and career preparedness

  • Randall's ESL Cyber Listening Lab - English listening comprehension quizzes and activities compiled by Randall Davis, an ESL instructor.

  • Reading Skills for Today's Adults - Ready-to-use conversation topics organized by reading level. Stories can be printed or read online. Reading selections for adult learners with topics on civics, employment, housing, health, school, money, government, and more.

  • Talk English - Free English listening practice with lessons and exercises

  • Ultimate Grammar Cheat Sheet - Assistance with common grammar mistakes and help with broadening vocabulary.

  • USA Learns - Learn beginning and intermediate English with videos and activities. Focus on reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. Also, includes a section on how to prepare to become a U.S. citizen.

  • Using English - This site specializes in resources for learning English grammar for English as a second language students.


  • Speechling - This site allows the user to record their speech and receive feedback on their pronunciation. The Base Level is free.

  • Top 10 Tips for Teaching Pronunciation

  • YouGlish - YouTube based site that provides videos that pronounce whatever word you are trying to learn.


  • Home Safety Council - Free downloads of easy-to-read home safety education materials on necessary home fire safety skills including fire protection and disaster preparedness measures in the home. The project materials are designed for adults who read at lower level and / or who are learning to speak English.

Driving Information and Practice Written Driving Tests

U.S. Citizenship Information and Practice Tests

Additional Tutor Resources

Conversation Starters - Websites

Determining Learner Level

ESL Speaking and Learning Strategies

Michigan Immigration Rights Center

Resources for Beginners

Traffic Laws and Personal Safety

Using Books with ESL Learners