Teaching Resources

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Adult Education Resources

  • Massresources.org: information about public adult basic education and ESOL programs in Massachussetts.
  • SABES events:  free in-service trainings for teachers/tutors
  • LDOnline:  the world’s leading website on learning disabilities and ADHD offers current research-based information on LD and ADHD
  • National Center for Learning Disabilities:  basic and more specific information about LD with a good section on LD in second language learners
  • Wilson Language Training: offers detailed information about certification and links to research and learning disabilities resources. This site will link you to Wilson Academy, a valuable resource for Wilson tutors for a reasonable subscription cost.
  • The Literacy Connection: offers a huge collection of reading, teaching and adult literacy resources. Some of the most notable include word games and phonic activities, suggested reading lists and step-by-step instructions on how to develop a literacy program. The site also includes links to a broad range of off-site materials.
  • McGraw Hill's Online Learning Center: offers a number of free reading and adult literacy education resources for both students and instructors. Most of the resources are geared towards the GED Language Arts, Reading Test, but they will be helpful to anyone who is trying to improve reading skills.
  • ProLiteracy: includes links to News for You (will read it aloud, teachers pages) and New Reader’s Press catalog.
  • BBC Skillswise English & Math for Adults: interactive activities (quizzes, games, worksheets, fact sheets) for students and resources for educators.  
  • GCF Learning Organization: an interactive website where you can learn what you want, when you want through a variety of templates (video, games, activities, etc.) on a variety of topics such as Everyday Life, Basic Math, Computer Training, and Reading. 
  • English for Everyone: a resource for printable English worksheets. On the left of this page you will find an index containing hundreds of quality teaching materials.
  • LINCS/Assessment Strategies and Reading Profiles:ASRP provides research-based assessment strategies to improve reading instruction for Adult Basic Education (ABE) and Adult Secondary Education (ASE) learners.
  • Using English for Academic Purposes: An academic word list (about 3,000) that gives you instructions on how to download the words into your iphone and how to install other programs so you can study them (i.e. flashcards).
  • SABES Literacy Library: The SABES library exists in one physical location — at UMass Boston — but it will enthusiastically serve practitioners across Massachusetts! (you may connect via phone, e-mail or online catalog) The collection contains several thousand books — both for professional development and for classroom use — plus curricula, lesson plans, videos and DVDs.
  • Accommodations for Cognitive and Academic Deficits: A compendium of accommodations and instructional strategies corresponding to Woodcock-Johnson III Cognitive and Achievement Clusters by John Seaman, PH.D. School Psychologist at Granite School District.

ESL Resources

  • Teach-This:Free ESL teaching activities, worksheets, games and lessons
  • USAlearnsA site for adults to improve English speaking, pronunciation, listening, reading, spelling, writing and grammar.
  • ManythingsThere are quizzes, word games, word puzzles, proverbs, slang expressions, anagrams, a random-sentence generator and other computer assisted language learning activities.
  • ESLprintables: A website where English Language teachers exchange resources (worksheets, lesson plans, activities, etc.)
  • Citizenship Resource Center: Educational tools and information for citizenship prepartion
  • ESL Literacy ReadersIn this resource, you will find a selection of theme-based readers along with an instructors guide that will support ESL literacy instructors to create comprehensive, theme-based lessons for adult ESL literacy learners.

Story Board Creator

  • Storyboardthat: A storyboard creator that is fun, free and easy to use.  By using a storyboard like a graphic organizer it helps structure students work into a linear and concise story. 

Reading Resources

  • Kidzone: Free phonics printiable worksheets and activities.
  • ABCYA: Grade level lessons incorporate areas such as math and language arts while introducing basic computer skills. Many of the kindergarten and first grade activities are equipped with sound to enhance understanding. 
  • Phonics on the Web: contains several rules for spelling and phonics, the method of teaching elementary reading and spelling based on understanding parts of words.
  • Florida Assessments for Instruction in Reading: a search tool for Links to Instructional materials.
  • FreeReading: is a high quality, open-source, free reading intervention program for grades K-6.
  • Progressive Phonics: free phonic activities from beginning to advanced levels.
  • Book Adventure: a fun, free way to motivate someone to read! You can search for books (K-8), read them offline, come back to quiz on what was read, and ear prizes for reading success.  
  • Making Sense of Decoding and Spelling:An Adult Reading Course of Study:an evidence-based course of study designed to teach adult learners to decode and spell words accurately and fluently
  • Free Word Search MakerMake your own word search worksheets.
  • Readability Formulas: Free readability tools to check for reading levels, reading assessment and reading grade levels.
  • Smart Crossword: Crossword puzzles that introduce basic sight words to the beginning reader.

Technology

  • Tech Tips for Teachers: a blog that is intended for adult education teachers and tutors looking for straight-forward help on integrating technology into instruction.

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.
  • MABIDAThe Massachusetts Branch of the International Dyslexia Association (MABIDA) was formed to increase public awareness of dyslexia in Massachusetts, to encourage teacher training in effective methods for individuals with dyslexia, and to support research in dyslexia. Western Massachusetts is a region within our branch.

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