Learning Resources

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  • Starfall Education: practice letter sounds, listen to the sounds, read and listen to simple stories, practice your reading skills
  • Stories by Stories Phonic Lessons: stories that are part of a contextual phonics program
  • Reading BearReading Bear is a fun way to learn to read. It teaches over 1,200 vocabulary items. Fifty presentations cover all the main phonics rules. All free and nonprofit! 
  • ABCya!: Games and activities include: alphabetical order, upper-case and lower-case letters, counting numbers, connect the dots, numerical order, shapes, addition, e-storybooks and holiday games.
  • Between the LionsThis early literacy site is a tie-in for the award-winning PBS television program. Appealing characters, terrific songs and fun games combine to offer great on-line experiences.
  • Turtle DiaryThrough these phonics games online, students will gain a deeper understanding of the relationship between letters and sounds while also having fun.

Read Along Stories

  • Just Books Read Aloud: 629 children's books read aloud.
  • News for You: talking newspaper written for adult new readers with lesson plan suggestions for tutors.
  • Marshall Reading Skills for Today's Adult: health and wellness stories that help adults become better readers and more informed consumers, parents, employees, citizens and community members.
  • Voice of America, Learning English Newsletter: This website provides current news stories at level one, two or three.  Along with the story you can watch the video that goes with it and listen to the read-a-long audio that follows at a reasonable pace. You can subscribe to the website for free. 

Easy to Read or Visual Dictionaries

ESOL Resources

  • U.S.A. LearnsA site for adults to improve English speaking, pronunciation, listening, reading, spelling, writing and grammar.
  • MIRA (Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition): This section provides links and resources for the foreign-born on citizenship, healthcare, legal services, and more.
  • Talking with the Police: An English language and civics workbook for English language learners 


  • MA Literacy HotlineThe Massachusetts Adult Literacy Hotline provides referrals to over 300 adult education programs that offer one-on-one tutoring, small-group or classroom instruction to adult learners. 
  • MABIDA: The Massachusetts Branch of the International Dyslexia Association (MABIDA) is where you can learn more about dyslexia and related learning disabilities through a variety of resources-- suggested reading and other recommended web sites.
  • Testing & Education Reference Center: Over 300 practice tests and courses for popular exams including GED, SAT, GMATand NCLEX.

High School Equivalency Test

  • MA GED Connection: Anyone living in Massachusetts has free access to 90 online/anytime educational videos that include GED, Pre-GED, and Workplace Essential Skills.   
  • GED Test Preparation:offers a bunch of review videos broken out by section for the GED test. The math in particular is very helpful.
  • The HiSET Program: Get information about the new high school equivalency exam.  


  • Vocabulary.com: offers a way to improve your vocabulary. It combines an adaptive learning system (The Challenge) with the world’s fastest dictionary (The Dictionary) so that you can learn new vocabulary words.


Computer Tutorials

  • Mousing Around This tutorial will help you learn to use a mouse to interact with a computer.
  • Connect-the-Dots A fun way to practice your mousing skills!
  • Learn to Search the Web This site offers instruction on how to navigate the web. 
  • Surf the Web Includes Web-at-a-Glance, which introduces Web basics in a 10-minute tutorial.
  • In Pictures Free computer tutorials based on pictures, including Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Publisher, Access), OpenOffice, Dreamweaver, PhotoShop, and more.
  • WebTutorials online help learning the computer
  • Neela's Tech Tools Here are some fun and useful tools for learning computer literacy.
  • GCF Learn Free Free tutorials if you are new to the computer, returning for review, or want to enhance your skills.  Free on-line classes for Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access.
  • Learn to Type Typing.com is a free online typing tutor & keyboarding tutorial for typists of all skill levels.
  • Everyoneon.org This website works with Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education to provide you with the best low-cost Internet service and computer offers. You will enter your zip code and then be able to view the Internet service and computers you're qualified for, as well the closest computer and Internet training course in your neighborhood.

Resources for Accessible Learning Materials

  • National Center on Acessible Instructional Material: In order to support educators who may be interested in learning more about accessible computer applications, assessments, documents, e-book readers, e-learning systems, meeting software, multimedia, survey tools, and the web, they have begun developing a resources page that will grow richer over time.
  • DIAGRAM Center:The DIAGRAM Center has been established by the US Department of Education (Office of Special Education Programs) to make it easier, faster, and more cost effective to create and use accessible images so that students with print disabilities have timely access to the information they need.
  • Free or Low Cost Assistive Technology: These Assistive Technology tools can be used by anyone, anywhere! All programs, apps, and software on this list are free or cost less than $25.


Free Practice Tests

 Audio Driving Manuals

Reading Comprehension Resources

  • Read Theory: Read Theory is a powerful educational tool that offers online reading activities for all ages and ability levels. Their custom web application adapts to students’ individual ability levels and presents them with thousands of skill building exercises that suit their needs.

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