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).
  • 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.
  • ProLiteracy Education NetworkA comprehensive collection of online courses and resources for adult literacy and ESOL instructors, program staff, trainers, and adult learners. 

ESL Resources

  • ESL Story Bank: This is a collection of short stories written specifically for Adult ESL learners.  The stories are pre-beggining and are designed to be a "story of the week" focusing on topics such as work, healthcare, etc.
  • 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
  • Preparing for the Naturalization Curriculum: This curriculum is geared toward a course that meets two hours a week for three months. The curriculum includes the naturalization interview and tests, and questions on listening, reading and writing.

 Community Resource Lists

  • Quincy/Braintree Family Network's Resource Directory: This resource guide is designed to help you obtain information and locate resources in your community (i.e. for resources such as clothing, mental health services, domestic violence, furniture, housing & shelters, holiday assistance, legal services, etc.) and surrounding towns and cities.

 PreLiteracy  ABE & ESOL

  • Pre-Beginning ESOL (Minnesota Literacy Council)This curriculum builds literacy skills through regular practice with print concepts, phonological awareness, phonics and word recognition, fluency and comprehension. 
  • Making it Real - a curriculum to teach English to preliterate refugee students.
  • Reading for Life Lessons: This is a two-volume collection of worksheets and activities published by the Minnesota Department of Education and designed to enhance the teaching of life and work skills to adult ESL and ABE learners. 

Writing Resources

  • 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. 
  • 101 Picture Prompts: Reproducible photographs, cartoons and art masterpieces to intrigue, amuse and inspire every writer in your class.
  • Describing and Captioning a PictureSimply put: teachers provide a picture –preferably with lots going on—and then ask students to describe what they see.
  • 150 Amazing Writing Prompts Pictures150 amazing images to use with students to help them with inspiring their imagination.
  • Graphic OrganizersUse graphic organizers to structure writing projects, to help in problem solving, decision making, studying, planning research and brainstorming. 
  • Writing Worksheets and PrintablesFrom letter practice worksheets for preschoolers to poetry worksheets for high schoolers, these writing worksheets offer skill building for any blossoming writer. 

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. 
  • Florida Assessments for Instruction in Reading: a search tool for Links to Instructional materials.
  • 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.
  • Sight Word Games: Numerous ideas to help your student obtain a sight word vocabulary.
  • Education World: Connecting educators to what works with K-12 education resources, lessons and news.
  • Newsela: This is a new website geared towards fourth graders to high schoolers and provies ESOL-focused reading practice. 
  • ReadWorks.org: This program provides lesson plans drawn on proven research and are aligned to Common Core and State Standards. Browse their full list of free lessons and comprehension worksheets.
  • 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 and listen to the read-a-long audio that follows at a reasonable pace.  You can subscribe to it for free.  
  • The Education Cafe: Links to free books to assist in the learning of phonics especially for older children and adults.
  • Visual Thinking Strategies: "What's going on in this picture?" With this one question and a carefully chosen work of art, teachers can start their students down a path toward deeper learning and other skills now encouraged by the Common Core State Standards.


  • 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.
  • 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 Educational 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.
  • MABIDA: The 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. 


  • Aplusmath.com: Interactive math resources for teachers, parents and students featuring math worksheets, math games, math flashcards and more. 

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