Tutor Resources

These free, multi-level websites provide lots of teaching materials and ideas for tutoring adults. They include reading, writing, grammar, English as a Second Language (speaking and listening practice) and real life skills.

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.

American English

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.

Awesome America

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.)

Cell-Ed – 1 Million Learners (NEW! Free through December 2020)

3-minute lessons in: English on the Go, SkillBuilder Reading, Civics & Citizenship, WorkReady Skills, SkillBuilder Math, Vamos a Leer, COVID-19, SkillBuilder Writing.  This program is accessible by call-in, texting, smartphone app, and computer.

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.


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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.

Many Things

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.

Resources for Adult Educators (NEW!)

Includes resources for:

  • Civics in Context
  • History in Context
  • Keeping it Real at Work I:  Contextualized
  • Keeping it Real at Work II:  Contextualized
  • Prospective Child Care Providers Transition Course

Union Test Prep – GED Preparation

NEED HELP WITH THE GED® TEST?  Our Practice Tests, Flashcards, and Study Guides will help you get a better score in less time – for FREE.

USA Learns – English & Citizenship Prep (NEW!)

This 100% FREE educational website has:

  • Video lessons and 1000s of activities
  • English speaking, listening, vocabulary, pronunciation, reading, writing and grammar
  • New U.S. Citizenship course!

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.