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Literacy Resources

Local Literacy Sites


National Literacy Sites

  • Voted by Edutopia magazine readers as the best site for accessing free downloadable lesson plans, all provided by top experts in the field of education.
  • New Readers Press: Order products and obtain information from New Readers Press, the publishing division of Laubach Literacy.
  • ProLiteracy: A national literacy organization that certifies trainers and provides instructional materials and support.
  • National Center on Adult Literacy: This site offers a description of NCAL's programs and a comprehensive and searchable database of their publications (available for downloading). The sites also offers a variety of links to other organizations and resources on the Web.
  • Adult Literacy and Technology Network: National effort dedicated to finding solutions for using technology to enhance adult literacy.
  • National Center for Family Literacy: A non-profit organization that supports family literacy services for families across the United States through programming, training, research, advocacy, and dissemination.
  • NCRVE: As the nation's largest center for research and development in work-related education, NCRVE's mission is to strengthen education to prepare all individuals for lasting and rewarding employment and lifelong learning.
  • National Institute for Literacy: NIFL offers a variety of resources on literacy issues. They feature information on conferences and forums nationwide. They also offer resource directories, newsletters, and articles available to download. They have chat-lines on many topics including workplace literacy, learning disabilities, and family literacy.
  • The Outreach and Technical Assistance Network (OTAN): This site requires registration. It has a large collection of links to national and international literacy organizations. It offers interactive on-line lessons for adult learners as well as resources on ESOL programs and distance learning. Registered users can also search and download information on many areas from legislation to grants and jobs.
  • Read Right: This program is dedicated to increasing workforce literacy, to helping students struggling with reading, and to helping learners of English as a Second Language.
  • Evelyn Renner & Associates
  • Literacy Assistance Center: New York City based nonprofit organization that provides technical assistance, training, and referrals to local literacy programs. The site includes sample lesson plans and ideas on incorporating technology into lessons. It contains recent newsletters, literacy publications, and a section on jobs in literacy.
  • PBS Literacy Link: Provides information for adult learners and educators using online interactive materials and computer technologies with videos.
  • Minnesota Literacy Council: Provides information and links for tutors.


International Literacy Sites

  • Intercultural E-Mail Classroom Connections: The IECC lists are provided by St. Olaf College as a free service to help teachers and classes link with partner schools around the world . Gather e-mail addresses and connect to other classes for pen-pals and project exchanges.



  • U.S. Department of Education: Information and resources for teachers, researchers, and program managers. They offer on-line assistance in browsing of their site. The site also contains valuable information for project managers on grants, government and legislative initiatives, contracts, and other funding opportunities.
  • Educom: This site has links to an extensive collection of higher education information technology materials assembled on the Web.
  • National Clearinghouse for ESL Literacy Education (NCLE)


ELL (English Language Learner)

  • Dave's ESL Cafe: This creative and fun site is for both ESL teachers and students. The designer, Dave Sperling, is an ESL instructor at California State University. His site features interactive quizzes, a graffiti wall, student and teacher e-mail exchange, and a help center. Questions about grammar, writing, vocabulary, and phonics can be answered quickly by teachers from around the world. This site also offers additional links to other resources, and a chance to shop for literacy software.
  • Repeat After Us: This site offers copyright-free classics with audio clips, inlcuding poems, fables, essays, soliloquies, historical speeches, memorable quotes, nursery rhymes, and children's stories from around the world.
  • National Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL): At this site you will find information about the organization and its current projects. They have information on current research and services in literacy and language education. They cover areas such as curriculum, material development, evaluation, test development, professional development, evaluation, and technical assistance. CAL also contains two Clearinghouses: The Clearinghouse on Languages and Linguistics (ERIC/CLL) and the National Clearinghouse for ESL Literacy Education. These can be browsed on-line and most information can be downloaded.
  • EFLWeb (from English as a Foreign Language Magazine): Online magazine for those teaching and learning English as a foreign language.


Lessons and Tutorials

  • Math Forum: Need some help with math? Need some teaching ideas? Come check out this site and find innovative techniques to teach math.
  • With One Stone Educational Services: This site an adult literacy grammar series combining Canadian content with instruction for writing skills for Adult Basic Education (ABE) students.
  • ESL and Bilingual Education: This site has teaching tips and lesson plans for ESOL teachers to use in elementary and secondary schools.
  • The Internet TESL Journal: This monthly web journal has articles, research papers, lesson plans, classroom handouts, teaching ideas and links for teachers of ESOL.
  • Pizzaz! A Resource for Scribblers and Teachers of ESL: Provides simple creative writing and oral storytelling activities with copyable handouts for use with students of all ages.
  • Educational Resources in ESL: This site has lesson plans, links and resources for K-12 ESL teachers.
  • English for Internet: This site features free internet "classes" for ESL students and materials for teachers.
  • English Learner: This site has tests, exercises, and games for ESL students and resources for teachers.
  • English Zone: ESL students learn idioms, verbs, spelling, etc. through exercises, games, and jokes at this site. Teacher resources available.
  • Arlington County Library: This is the Arlington County Public Library's main site. It has links to Internet tutorials and a search engine for various topics.
  • Actden: A tutorial program for the Microsoft Office suite and related products.
  • Merit Audio Visual: Develops ESL, grammar, writing, and math software for the secondary and adult education markets.
  • AutoSkill International: Provides software-based literacy interventions for students of any age and ability.
  • Tutorsystems: Provides software for 7th grade through adult students to master basic skills in reading, grammar, and math.