Tutoring Resources

Feel free to browse the links below for additional information and helpful resources related to tutoring and literacy.

Online Resources

English Only Thematic Vocabulary

This site has several different thematic categories. Each category has vocabulary presented in sentence form and picture form and a practice section that requires typing in the correct word for each picture.

Longman Online Dictionary

This is a wonderful dictionary that gives real-world definitions, example sentences, and shows the many ways to use a particular word.

Image Search

Google Image searches can help provide visual clarification for words that are difficult to explain. Images can also be found on Google’s main search page after searching for a word or subject, my clicking “Images” at the top of the page, under the search bar.

Online Typing Lessons

TypingWeb is a free online typing tutor & keyboarding tutorial for typists of all skill levels. TypingWeb includes entertaining typing games, typing tests, and free official typing certification. To access the lessons, click “Typing Lessons,” in the yellow box. Students may sign up for free, if they would like to track their progress.


This is the official U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services site. It has the most current information and study materials for the naturalization test.

Citizenship Study Materials

This website has a variety of study materials for the English and Civics tests.

Spanish-English Cognates

This site has a list of English/Spanish cognates. These are very useful if your learner is a Spanish speaker, because these are words that they already use in Spanish that are similar to words we use in English. This helps students build vocabulary confidence.

Bilingual Language Learning

This site is in English and Spanish and has beginning and intermediate level lessons that learners can do independently, as well as specific topics related to the Citizenship Test.

Dolch Frequency Words

Fry’s Frequency Words

Spalding Phonograms

Word Families

Experience Story

Minimal Pair Practice

Minimal Pairs are two words that differ in only one sound (a phoneme), such as hit and hid.

Breaking News English

This site has free, 13-Page, Ready-to-Print EFL/ESL Lesson Plans on Current Events.

GED Practice

This site has free GED practice tests.

Non-Stop English

This site has advanced grammar and vocabulary exercises

ProLiteracy Network

This website is designed to support adult educators from professional teachers to volunteer tutors, from pre-service instructors who have yet to begin working with adult learners to experienced instructional staff looking for new ideas.

National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA), Tutor’s Corner

This website provides tips and lessons that are specifically written for individuals who are teaching adult learners. Subjects include basic reading, writing, spelling, and math. The site also has information about family literacy, integrating literacy, and workplace basic education.

English Lesson Plans

This site has ready-made lesson plans for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level learners dealing with grammar, writing, reading, vocabulary, multiple intelligences, pronunciation, conversation, and more.

Adult ESL Activities

This website is from the School of Continuing Education in Santa Ana. Clicking on the link brings you to a pdf that is printable for use with your learner(s) It has many activities for low level adult ESL students. There are activities for listening, peaking, reading, and writing.

ESL Links for Students and their Teachers

This site has links for students and for teachers that deal with a variety of skills and topics, such as: culture, dialogs, dictionaries, games, grammar, idioms & slang, listening sites, podcasts, pronunciation practice, quizzes, reading, spelling, and vocabulary.


This site has numerous fun audio-video interactive activities that a tutor can do with a learner. Types of categories: Vocabulary, Grammar, Sentence Patterns, Slang & Idioms, Pronunciation, Listening, Spelling, Tongue Twisters, and more.

Web English Teacher

This website is one used by many high school English teachers. On the left side are many types of links, such as: book reports, drama, ENL/ESL, grammar, journalism, just for fun, literature, media, mythology, poetry, reading/literacy, speech, vocabulary, writing, etc. Some are links for tutor reading to improve their knowledge base and others are links for learner resources and lesson plans.

LITSTART: Strategies for Adult Literacy and ESL Tutors

This is an excellent book for Adult Literacy and ESL tutors. We have copies available to check out from our library, or you can purchase your own on Amazon.

Online Training via ProLiteracy

This website has tons of free courses available for instructors, from general instruction to citizenship and more.

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