Tutor Resources

Literacy and ESL Website Links

Dictionaries

News

  • 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

  • EdPuzzle - Allows tutors to use videos to teach help teach various topics in English. Tutors are able to add their own comprehension questions and / or edit the video as needed, or use the the many videos already created by instructors.

  • 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.

  • Ellii - 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 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

  • 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.

  • Literacy Minnesota - Free ESL and ABE resources. Theses resources include videos, worksheets, and workshops for ESL and citizenship.

  • 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

  • TEDx Talks - TEDx Talks are a fun way to learn English by listening and reading. TEDx Talks can be assigned to students prior to a tutoring session, then discussed. Here are a couple of TEDx Talks to try: Andrew Tarvin, The Skill of Humor - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdZAMSyn_As and Jia Jiang, What I Learned from 100 Days of Rejection - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vZXgApsPCQ

  • 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.

Pronunciation

  • 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.

Safety

  • 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

Civics Test Questions:

1. All 100 Civic questions, with answers. Good to use when quizzing a student. From USCIS. (PDF)

https://www.citizenshipstudyguide.com/member/citizenship-test-questions-quiz.php

2. Gives multiple choice answers to 20 Civics questions per quiz. Can play audio to listen to the question. Also gives some explanation of the US history relevant after the question is answered. Provided by the USCIS.

https://www.uscis.gov/citizenship/civics-practice-test-2008

3. Multiple choice Civic test. Can listen to audio of the question.

https://www.citizenshipstudyguide.com/member/citizenship-test-questions-quiz.php

Writing and Reading Test Prep:

Interactive quiz using the words on the English writing test. Has two levels. First level has you move words into the proper sequence. Second level has you type the complete sentence:

https://www.citizenshipstudyguide.com/member/citizenship-test-civics-writing-exercises.php

Preparation for Citizenship Interview:

1. This is a video from USCIS that shows you what to expect on the day of your interview.

https://www.uscis.gov/citizenship/learn-about-citizenship/the-naturalization-interview-and-test

2. This is a citizenship interview video where a woman asks a question and gives you time to answer. I suggest that you Stop the video after each question. Then, you answer the question out loud. If you did not understand the question, you can replay it. Re-start the video after each of your answers to hear her next question.

https://youtu.be/NmfkFMPaRyE

3. Common questions asked during citizenship interview. Two videos.

Part 1; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2XtwabagYYg

Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nbuP_-F8BvA


4. What to bring to your citizenship interview.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GhSl-AZuePo


5. Video describes the common mistakes to avoid during your interview.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gaiud_xt50M

6. These 4 videos will help you understand the vocabulary (words used) in Part 12 of the N-400 interview questions. The end of the link title lists the question numbers that are talked about in that video.

7. Video example of citizenship interview:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PM_eDPDRnw

8. This video is an example of a woman having her citizenship interview.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTxzysQ17hc&list=WL&index=3

9. This video is of a woman who just finished her citizenship interview. She tells about her experience and the questions she was asked.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ktMoKgksOBg&list=WL&index=6

10. Examples of "small talk" questions that an officer may ask before your interview. Examples of answers to the questions. (9 minute video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kvdJFe0xUAo&list=PL9kfEuXF6wYGjTO3033fsQFJp5fOSBqRF&index=3

11. Several different versions or ways that the USCIS officer may ask the same questions. (9 minute video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HBLYhZ_-e4&list=PL9kfEuXF6wYGjTO3033fsQFJp5fOSBqRF&index=9

12. Video has 12 tips to pass your citizenship interview: (11 min video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxKoWft3BqM

Oath Ceremony Prep:

1. Oath of citizenship read for you to hear and repeat (6 minutes)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CuT4RtK5rdc

2. Video of what to expect at the Oath Ceremony. Mentions how to prepare, what to expect at the ceremony, and what needs to be done after you become a citizen: (15 min video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CuT4RtK5rdc


3. Oath of citizenship written down. Vocabulary words defined. From USCIS (PDF)

https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/document/n-400-topic-exercises/The-Oath-Of-Allegiance.pdf


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