Online ResourcesCNLC The Resource Hub 7

The Victorian Better Health Channel has quality, reliable up to date health information in an easy to understand format.

Nala Tutors’ Corner is an Irish site of worksheets under reading, writing, spelling tips, numbers, reading practice, writing practice, filling in forms, word searches and crosswords.

In Pictures uses pictures to explain how to use programs such as Word, Publisher, Excel and Powerpoint.

Readers for Adults

Best of The Reader is a Canadian series of 14 e-books and structured activities developed from past issues of the Westcoast Reader, a newspaper for adult literacy and ESL Literacy learners. The teacher’s guide has suggestions for pre-reading, listening, vocabulary development and reading comprehension tasks.

Consumer Resources Victoria has real life consumer situations grouped under commerce, consumer environmental and sustainability issues, lure of advertising and reading the fine print, health and wellbeing.

The Adults Only Spelling & Phonics Handbook was written with the needs of adult literacy students in mind by Read Write Now. There are 3 sample lessons on how to teach spelling from page 171.

At Digital Learn you’ll find clear online lessons using digital stories to cover topics including basic search, navigating a website, intro to email, and intro to Facebook.

Learn Typing is a free website catering for complete beginners to more advanced learners.

Hopelink Adult Education has reading and writing lessons to download written for Volunteer tutors.

Listen a Minute has a wide range of reading texts with audio to read along to. No picture support. Fill the gap, un-jumble words, and correct the spelling exercises with each text.

Learning Style has an online questionnaire to help you work out your learners’ learning styles. Learning style influences how you best process information and solve problems. Be aware however that for some educators, learning styles have been thoroughly discredited.

Skillswise Spelling is arranged at multiple levels under plurals, prefixes and suffixes, root words, common letter patterns, memory aids, words to watch out for.

Talk Time presents conversation topics that you can use as an introduction to writing activities (Hopelink Adult Education, Seattle USA). More topics here.

The Proliteracy Education Network has some resources for adult literacy tutors, including reading, writing, and numeracy activities. You’ll have to create an account however, and some resources are available only for paid members.

Writers’ Circles has some adult learner life stories that can make excellent reading texts and models for their own personal writing.

Skills Workshop presents free functional skills and skills for life resources arranged in learning levels and subject areas. (UK site, with a good subject search function.)

The Simple English Wikipedia is a version of the free encyclopaedia that uses simple English, although for beginners the reading levels can still be too high.

Skillswise English & Maths for Jobs – level 1 is the essential level of literacy, numeracy needed to undertake the jobs listed.

Apps & Other Tools

  • Apps for Literacy Support has more than 100 apps listed under literacy support, OCR, writing and note taking support, mind mapping, organisational, and iOS keyboards
  • In “Love Aptually” apps are listed under learning, reading, writing, oral communication, and numeracy with a separate section for accessibility. (Written in 2012!)
  • At TED Talks & TED Ed you’ll find video talks and presentations to use with more advanced learners for note taking, summarising etc.

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