Tutor Resources: Reading & Writing

Online Resources:

  • 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.

  • Easy Reading - Short stories for ESL learners with activities for each one.

  • ESL-Bits - Listening, Reading, Audiobooks, Short Stories, and Songs for intermediate-level students. Students can listen and read along with the text. 

  • Newsela | Nonfiction Literacy and Current Events - Newsela provides teachers, parents, and students with over 1,000 current event articles scaled at five different reading comprehension levels. You must create an account to access most of the articles. You can also pay for an account that will allow you access to quizzes and assessments on reading comprehension. 

  • News For You Online - This is a weekly newspaper written for adult learners. It includes six or seven articles, worksheets, and a teacher's guide each week. Contact Maureen for the password to access articles. 

  • Voice of America - Choose a level (Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced) and explore the categories of article choices. Some are current events focused and others are history, etc. 

  • ESL Literacy Readers - From Bow Valley College, audiobooks and PDFs of 40 low-level readers sorted by reading level.

  • EnglishClub.com - This site allows you to choose articles by topics (movies, music, environmental issues, etc.)

  • ESL Bingo Games - This website has a large variety of premade bingo cards available for download. These would best be used with a low-level student. 

  • Internet Archive - A non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more. Many of the books can be viewed without "borrowing" or "downloading". One tutor, Jackie, recommends using the screen share feature to read books together with your student. 

  • Reading Skills for Today's Adults - Reading passages with audio recordings and activities. 

  • Learning Chocolate - Aims to help students to memorize English vocabulary in an easy and efficient way, by using images, pronunciation, and games. Free and Fun!

  • Online Dictionaries for English Learners - This is a blog post from TESOL.org that explains how different types of dictionaries can be used with English Language Learners.

LVCA Workshop Presentations/Handouts:

Encouraging Student Writing: Creating Stories from Experiences (May 2021)
Experience Stories Presentation (Slides)
This workshop was recorded. Please contact us for a link to the recording. 

Experience Stories - A Strategy for Reading and Writing Practice for Low-Level Learners (May 2019)
Experience Stories PowerPoint
Extension Ideas Using Student Experience Stories Handout

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