Tutoring Video Clips produced by Literacy Volunteers of Charlottesville/ Albemarle (NEW TUTORS, CLICK THIS ONE)
Includes our own tutors working on a variety of topics.
Tutoring Video Clips from Media Library of Teaching Resources
Includes clips of tutors demonstrating various methods such as the Language Experience Approach, role plays, learning vocabulary and building reading and writing skills with ESL or Basic Literacy students.
USA Learns App for smartphones or tablets: Great resource for students to use for independent study. Features videos, listening, and speaking practice.
Using Plain Language with ESL Learners Powerpoint
Great presentation from Literacy Advance of Houston
From the ProLiteracy 2015 Conference, a handout with 101 questions you can use to start conversations with your student.
More Conversation Starters
Another handout from the ProLiteracy 2015 Conference to help you get your student talking.
Writing Can Be Fun
Writing exercises to use with your ESL or BL student.
Activities for ESL Students
This website has useful information for all levels. It includes quizzes on grammar and vocabulary, listening and pronunciation practice and VOA audio podcasts. It also has crossword puzzles and over 40 quizzes in bilingual languages.
Ideas and resources for teaching about civic participation and becoming engaged in our community within the context of English-Language instruction.
ESL Games for Adults
This website features games and other activities, including conversation cards, to help adults learn English as a Second Language.
Conversation Questions for ESL
This website provides different questions to stimulate conversation for ESL learners.
English for Everyone
This website provides worksheets related to almost any question you may have about English. The pictures and readings for the lower level learners are especially good. Other topics include: U.S. citizenship, spelling, word searches and computer fundamentals. Check it out!
REEPworld’s Student Site
Lots of good listening, reading and vocabulary practice on health, work and family issues for low level learners.
Interesting Things for ESL Students
This website if full of exercises in grammar, pronunciation, listening, spelling and vocabulary development for different levels. One heading lists “Easy Things for Beginners.” Other activities and exercises are not specified by levels, but are generally intermediate.
Sounds of English
Good for pronunciation practice. Tips for teachers.
Pictures and words available from A-Z for low level ESL learners.
Short stories for ESL learners with activities for each one.
Help with rules of grammar.
Letters, Words Lists and Reading Comprehension
Website full of basic phonics exercises about letters, compound words, alphabetizing and reading comprehension. Scroll down and click on “Sight Vocabulary.” This leads to such things as word lists for vowels, syllables and most commonly used words.
Learning the Basics of Letters
Gives a free audio tutorial, cartoons and sounds for the letters and blends of letters from A-Z. Is geared toward children, but adults can also find it useful.
Very useful website for teachers/tutors that have activities at elementary grade levels, but many be applicable to adults. Categories under the Language Arts section include graded level reading and comprehension exercises, spelling, verbs, adverbs and adjectives, punctuation and social studies. There are also various word puzzle exercises to do and study materials related to major holidays.
Reading Skills for Today’s Adults
This provides readings on various topics for beginning to intermediate level learners. The print out readings can be timed and read repeatedly to improve comprehension and fluency. Questions are provided after each reading.
BL Tutoring Guidelines (pdf file)
ESL Tutoring Guidelines (pdf file
Pronunciation Workshop (pdf file)
Verb Tenses (pdf file)
Using Technology to Help Learners (pdf file)
Civics_Workshop_handouts.pdf (pdf file)
Tutor Checklist (.docx file)
Articles Workshop (Dec. 2015) (.pdf file)
Pronunciation Workshop on Southeast Asian Languages