Here are some free, easy to use websites to help adults improve their reading, writing, speaking, listening, pronunciation and/or test taking skills. They are fun and at many different levels!
365 ESL Short Stories
This is one of the best sites for easy conversations and stories – literally hundreds of them. It is also appropriate for ABE students. Be sure to go beyond the home page to take advantage of the wealth of lessons – some of them very life-skills oriented.
This website has a wealth of language resources and skills practice for all level students. Use either the “Teach” or “Learn” tab and watch a menu of different skill practices appear. These can be either simply displayed or printed out as PDF files. Just use the menu bar to the left to specify your student’s characteristics and wait for the list of useable resources to pop up.
American English – Stories
This is from the American English website and is a specific area where you can find many short stories. They are complete with printable activities and quizzes along with a printable PDF of the stories themselves. Great practice for intermediate to advanced students that need activities to enhance their familiarity with new vocabulary and sentence structures.
This site has fun facts, history, and photos of each of the 50 states and much more.
California Distance Learning Project
The California Distance Learning Project has compiled dozens of stories – each with a “Basic Story” or a “Full Story” version. Stories can be printed out (ctrl + P) or listened to and read on-line (some stories have accompanying videos). Follow-up activities are for online use only. (Click on “Pick Another Topic” to find hundreds of additional stories by topic area.)
EL Civics for ESL Students
This is a great website for stories with pictures and easy words on U.S. history, landmarks, holidays, and geography. Copy and paste stories into a word document and print them out.
Hands On – A Collection of ESL Literacy Activities
This site has tons of beginning-level activities with many teaching tips, plus games and flashcards. Sample topics: alphabet, numbers, time, parts of the body and weather.
This website is a rich resource for English language learners. It has so many activities for listening, speaking, vocabulary building and many, many, others. It also has great audio to use along with story reading to reinforce the way English looks and sounds. Use the many learning videos which make the lessons much more engaging!
Marshall Adult Education
The “Reading Skills for Today’s Adults” series on this website contains adult-oriented graded stories (1st – 8th grade) that can be printed out (ctrl+P). Stories have pre-reading questions, vocabulary definitions and comprehension questions.
North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles
When you are ready to prepare for the NC written driver’s test, this is the site to visit. Rules of the road, registration requirements, signs and signals, and sample test questions are available for car, truck, and motorcycle drivers.
Picture Stories for Adult ESL Health Literacy
Check out the great picture stories on Picture Stories for Adult ESL Health Literacy (for beginning literacy and ESL students)! The Center for Adult English Language Acquisition has a wealth of information on their website, and these half-dozen cartoon picture stories, complete with a one-page guide on how to use them, is one of the best.
Wise Old Sayings
Wise Old Sayings is one of the oldest collections of wise quotes, proverbs, and sayings gathered from all over the world. Since 2000, we have been providing curious visitors with hundreds of hand-picked humorous, informational, and inspirational sayings.