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Literacy/English Language Development (ELD) Websites

The websites below are periodically reviewed to ensure that the content is useful, reliable, and current. For tablet or mobile devices, use the App List for English language learning tools to download from any online App store.

For more information, contact Jean Demas, Literacy Outreach Librarian at literacy@lislelibrary.org or 630-971-1675, x1002. 

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Dictionaries & Idioms

  • Dictionary Help: Basic dictionary to help to learn English words and their meanings
  • EZ Slang: Master the meanings of popular idioms and slang that are difficult for English language learners
  • Idiom Connection: Explanations of hundreds of idioms with quizzes to practice learning their meanings
  • Idioms for You: Site contains all types of idiom information for ESL learners; ESL worksheets and vocabulary lessons for intermediate and advanced levels; exercises on idioms
  • Language Translation: Links to foreign language dictionaries for translating words into English
  • Learners Dictionary: Online dictionary from Merriam-Webster including word of the day, quizzes and core vocabulary
  • Library Words in Spanish/English: Learn library vocabulary words, such as literacy, librarian, overdue notice, information desk and more as translated from Spanish to English
  • The Internet Picture Dictionary: Includes practice activities such as flash cards, fill-in-the-blanks and word scrambles to learn English; program also has vocabulary in Spanish, French, German and Italian
  • Word Reference: Online word translator from English to many other languages and from other languages to English

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Grammar

  • Business English: Over 200 free exercises covering a wide variety of Business English topics (accounting, sales & marketing, information technology, medical English, general business English and many others); includes two listening comprehension sections (video and audio), as well as a special section to practice business English grammar
  • Dave's ESL Cafe on the Web: Helpful pages on grammar, pronunciation, slang, test preparation advice, and links to other ESL Web sites
  • English Central: Learn the correct pronunciation and grammar by selecting videos to watch online to record your voice and compare it to correct speech patterns
  • English Grammar: Annotated links to exercises, quizzes and lessons for practicing English
  • ESL PDFs: Over 200 free English grammar and vocabulary worksheets for the classroom or self-study; includes special sections such as phrasal verb training and holidays
  • ESL Lessons and Help: Learn how to use nouns, verbs, adverbs, prepositions and other parts of speech to construct correct sentences
  • Grammar Guide: Build English grammar and vocabulary skills
  • Learn English: ESL portal with a wide variety of exercises and resources for students and teachers of English; over 300 free grammar and vocabulary exercises, 120 free printable grammar worksheets, media-based listening comprehension exercises, lists of American idioms and phrasal verbs, an English for Travelers section, and much more
  • Learn English Online: Grammar, listening, vocabulary lessons and exercises for all levels of English learners
  • Train your Accent: Listen to short recorded speeches on various topics to help reduce the accents in new English language speakers

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Jobs

  • All About Work: Includes getting ready for interviews, what to do at an interview, filling out a job application and more
  • English for the Job: English practice exercises for hospitality industry workers, with separate sections for those working in the hotel, restaurant, and travel/tourism industries; includes a special politeness training section
  • Go Natural English: Watch videos to learn what not to say at work and other workplace information
  • Illinois Worknet: Use this site to find a job, connect to job training to improve your skills and receive email notices about jobs that match your needs

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Language

  • 5 Minute English: Use this general language site to learn the basics of English quickly with short and easy explanations and exercises
  • Basic ESL: Improves an individual’s listening, speaking, reading and writing skills through a simple to follow, and instructionally proven curriculum. Students learn English quickly and effectively on relevant topics including: family, home, school and many other topics. In each lesson students learn key vocabulary and how to use that vocabulary in conversation. 
  • Activities for ESL Students: Vocabulary, bilingual quizzes, tests, exercises and puzzles to help adults learn English
  • English as a Second Language Home Page: A starting point for ESL learners who want to study English using the Web; contains a lightly annotated directory of links in categories including Listening and Speaking; Reading with Understanding; Grammar and Writing; ESL-related Information; English Language Schools; and More ESL Sites
  • English Club: Helps students to learn English and instructors to teach English; includes lessons for learners and teachers, including fun pages like games, quizzes, and chat
  • ESL Gold: Provides thousands of free resources and information for both students and teachers; all materials are organized by skill level for quick and easy access to speaking, vocabulary, listening, reading, writing, flashcards and other practice pages
  • Interesting Things for ESL Students: This large site links to word games, puzzles, quizzes, slang, proverbs and much more
  • LEARN: LEARN, Libraries English and Reading Network, offers resources on its website for ESL and basic reading adults and tutors; marketing tools for promoting English language learning in Libraries
  • Literacy DuPage: Local agency for ESL and adult basic education offers tutor training, adult learner assignment to a tutor and sponsors English Conversation Groups at local libraries
  • Peoples Resource Center: Community agency providing basic skills tutoring, computer training, food pantry and other resources
  • ProLiteracy Worldwide: A worldwide nonprofit international literacy organization to provide literacy and English as a second language support to agencies, libraries, government entities and other organizations interested in advancing the vision of helping adults and families to succeed
  • School and Tutors on Wheels: Receive ESL or basic skills tutoring at different suburb locations and also train to become a tutor though the Congregation of St. Joseph Church ministry
  • Topics: An online magazine for English language learners where they can express their ideas and opinions on topics of interest to them such as international foods, festivals, dances, superstitions, proverbs and more
  • Tower of English: Internet resource guide is for students learning English as a second language including interest categories and several hundred Web sites in an A-Z list that use games and fun activities to learn English
  • Tune Into Learning: General language site to help adults gain skills they need to achieve their educational, career, and personal goals

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Life Skills

  • Building Conversations: Practice conversation skills through questions under many topics such as food/eating, school, secrets, animals/pets, goals, healthcare and more
  • Computer Basics: Learn how to use a computer, Facebook, email, Word, Skype and other features with online courses in English and Spanish; register for a free password at this service from the Chicago Public Library
  • Conversation Cards: Download conversation questions that can be cut into index card-sized paper to be used as conversation cards for discussion and building speaking skills
  • ESL America: Comprehensive site includes information about safety, health, nutrition, banking, shopping, computers and government
  • English for your Health: Learn about health issues, your medicines, health emergencies, doctors and dentists
  • GFC LearnFree: Check out this site to learn about everyday life skills such as shopping, basic math, banking, how to use computers and more
  • Illinois Driver License Practice Tests: Use this site for practice tests to pass the written part of the driver license exam; tests are also available in Spanish
  • Learn Free  Offers everyday life learning around real life situations such as using an ATM machine, food and cooking, making a bank deposit or reading safety information
  • Money Management: Site uses clear and simple language to explain a variety of money related topics including saving money, bank accounts, credit cards, income tax and others
  • Passport to English: Lessons on practical topics such as greetings, food, health, banking in beginner, intermediate and advanced levels; includes audio and a companion site for Spanish speakers
  • USA Learns: Helps adult learners understand how to ask questions, read signs, speak to doctors, and to communicate in English about life skill needs

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Reading

  • Learning Using the News: Provided by CNN, adults can read, view, or listen to current news stories. Reading and vocabulary activities are included with each story
  • Marshall Adult Education: Improve reading by using the research strategies of repeated reading and guided oral reading, aid in building adult learners' fluency, and increasing comprehension skills
  • New York Times Learning Network: Learn about United States current events and more using the New York Times learning network
  • News For You Online: Easy to read weekly online newspaper including participation in polls, teachers’ guides, voting guides to learn about upcoming political elections and new vocabulary words; Password: D812FC

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Stories

  • Boggle's World: Site includes many stories, exercises and games for improving English language skills
  • Center for the Study of Adult Literacy: Adult stories in beginner, intermediate and advanced levels including topics such as health, food, babies, teenagers, families, history and others
  • ESL Yes: More than 1600 stories in beginner and intermediate levels that include games, puzzles and the ability to listen to the audio parts at normal and slow speeds
  • Stories Online: Select many stories to read on the computer, iPad or Smartphone in topics such as work, family, school, law and government, housing, money/banking and others
  • We Are New York Practice English: Read stories at the beginner level about everyday activities that can occur in any city. Download readers, study guides, new words and use instructions/translations from Arabic, Chinese, Russian, Spanish language into English

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Tests 

  • Learning Exercises: Offers online English lessons, interactive tests  and exercises at all levels
  • Exam English: Contains free online practice tests for the most important international ESL exams: IELTS, the TOEFL® and TOEIC® tests, and the Cambridge English exams such as Advanced (CAE), First (FCE), Key (KET) and Preliminary (PET)
  • GED Prep: GED/HiSet preparation including study guides, practice tests and flashcards to earn a high school diploma
  • Self-Study Quizzes for ESL Students: A very large collection of quizzes for English study
  • Test Den: Online resource center for the TOEFL® test, TOEIC® test and Accent Reduction
  • Test Prep Review: Resources to study for the GED test
  • TOEFL Tips: Official Web site for the TOEFL® Test of English as a Foreign Language.

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Tutors & Teachers

General ESL/ELL Teaching Resources

  • English Lesson Plans: Free lesson plans for students of any level and includes printable quizzes, tests, and English learning tools
  • ESL Lesson Plans By Grade Level: Free worksheets for ESL lessons with new worksheets and activities added weekly
  • Family Worksheets: Printable worksheets by age and category including family activities
  • Flashcard Exchange: Use flashcards by subject and print or create new ones
  • Flashcards: Create versatile flashcards to print, cut, fold, and study
  • Flashcards and Worksheets: Free printable educational worksheets, flashcards, game boards, and quizzes
  • Homework Hub Flashcard Maker: Make up to four printable flashcards cards at a time
  • Internet TESL Journal: Classroom activities, games, and articles on teaching techniques
  • Lesson Plans: Worksheets, lesson plans, activities, and quizzes; also includes a worksheet generator for teachers to create custom worksheets
  • Super Teacher: Worksheets on topics including grammar, printing, cursive, phonics, reading, reading comprehension, and writing prompts
  • Worksheets: Printable worksheets and lesson plans sorted by category on Teachology site

Grades PreK-2 for ELL/ESL

  • Arthur: Sequencing activity where students hear a story and put pictures in order
  • Berenstain Bears: Great activities for young children including word games, songs and puzzles
  • Clifford, The Big Red Dog Games: Activities pre-K-2 with printable worksheets
  • Enchanted learning: Printable books and for students in grades K-4
  • ESL Lab: Improve listening, speaking and pronunciation skills by hearing everyday conversations in children’s voices; includes printable worksheets
  • Kiz Club: Stories and worksheets about a variety of topics for grades 1-3
  • Literacy Center.net: An early childhood language learning site including French, Spanish, and German translations
  • Reading is Fundamental: This site has many downloadable stories in English and Spanish for Pre-K-2 students
  • Starfall: Reading instruction and reading games for students in Pre-K-1
  • Stories Read By VIP's: A terrific site with stories read by actors from the ScreenActors' Guild; Grades 1-4
  • Teaching Resources: Online free and interesting teaching resources on many topics from the U.S. Department of Education for children of all ages

Grades 2-5 for ELL/ESL

  • Children's Learning Network: Educational videos for students
  • English for Everyone: Printable worksheets available for many teaching strategies starting with alphabetization, grammar, basic reading, writing, computer fundamentals and more
  • ESL Lab: Improve listening, speaking and pronunciation skills by hearing everyday conversations in children’s voices; includes printable worksheets
  • Funbrain: Stories for advanced beginners
  • Fun Brain - Grammar Gorillas: Practice grammar skills for advanced beginners
  • Government Guide: U.S. Government information and social studies games
  • Guide to Children's Literature: Multicultural children's stories told by famous storytellers including an interactive feature, "Listen to a story"
  • PBS Kids: Folktales and fables for advanced beginners
  • PBS Kids Songs: Grammar songs for students
  • PBS Kids Travel: See Buster’s adventures from various places in the U.S. including a video, audio, map skills and games for each U.S. city
  • Surf The Net: Coloring pages, printables, videos in different subject areas

Grades 5-8 for ELL/ESL

  • Brainteasers: Science and health fun page from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
  • English for Everyone: Printable worksheets available for many teaching strategies starting with alphabetization, grammar, basic reading, writing, computer fundamentals and more
  • ESL Lab: Improve listening, speaking and pronunciation skills by hearing everyday conversations in children’s voices; includes printable worksheets
  • Kids Story Starters: Select a story starter for students to write their own story
  • Listen and Learn: Designed for older students to help with pronunciation and listening activities
  • Translations: Students can bookmark this site to translate words from English to their native language
  • Vocabulary: A collection of vocabulary worklists and games

Grades 9-12 for ELL/ESL and Adult Basic Education/ESL

  • Adult Education ESL Teacher’s Guide: Get lots of information here for teaching adults. Lessons are broken down between beginning and intermediate
  • Adult Literacy: National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy is a good site for teachers; includes many research articles
  • Breaking News English: This website provides lessons based on current news events. This is a great tool to incorporate with your adult lessons
  • CAELA: For ESL teachers who instruct adults, this site offers resources ranging from fact sheets to bibliographies to activities for students
  • English Club: Helps students to learn English and instructors to teach English; includes lessons for learners and teachers, including fun pages like games, quizzes, and chat
  • English for Everyone: Printable worksheets available for many teaching strategies starting with alphabetization, grammar, basic reading, writing, computer fundamentals and more
  • ESL Gold: Provides thousands of free resources and information for both students and teachers; all materials are organized by skill level for quick and easy access to speaking, vocabulary, listening, reading, writing, flashcards and other practice pages
  • ESL Lab: Improve listening, speaking and pronunciation skills by hearing everyday conversations in adult voices; includes printable worksheets
  • ESL Lesson Plans for Adult Classes: Find games, crossword puzzles, power point presentations and more on this site
  • LINCS Resources: Literacy Information and Communication System has research, assessment and practice resources for adult educators
  • Literacy Connections: Provides a wealth of information on reading, teaching and tutoring techniques, ESL literacy and basic reading strategies
  • Teaching ESL to Adults: This blog is mostly geared to the freelancer who works with adults, but offers lots of good information for anyone teaching ESL to adult
  • Teaching ESL to Adults: Find links and resources for teaching ESL to adult learners
  • Top 5 Teaching Adults English Material: These books may cost a little money, but they are well worth the investment to have some extra teaching resources

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