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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 adult English language learning tools to download from any online App store.

For more information, contact Jean Demas, Literacy Outreach Librarian at 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 Automation: 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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  • Business English Site: 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 Links for ESL Students: Annotated links to exercises, quizzes and lessons for practicing English
  • ESLPDF: 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 Feel Good: 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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  • All About Work: How to Find a Job: Includes getting ready for interviews, what to do at an interview, filling out a job application and more
  • English For My 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
  • GFC LearnFree: Check out this site to learn about everyday life skills such as shopping, basic math, banking, how to use computers and more
  • 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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  • 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
  • CAELA: Center for Adult English Language Acquisition has resources for teachers to help adults learn English      
  • College of DuPage Library ESL Internet Sites: College of DuPage Library helpful ESL Internet sites
  • 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
  • Internet TESL Journal: A monthly, on-line journal with teaching techniques, lessons, Web-based textbooks, projects, classroom jokes, games and conversation questions, as well as related links for both teachers and students; site is searchable and archived
  • Libraries’ English and Reading Network - LEARN: LEARN offers resources on its website for ESL and basic reading adults and tutors; marketing tools for promoting English language learning in Libraries
  • LINCS: Literacy Information and Communication System has research and practice resources
  • Literacy Connections: Provides a wealth of information on reading, teaching and tutoring techniques, ESL literacy and adult literacy
  • 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
  • NCSALL: National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy is a good site for teachers that includes many research articles
  • 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
  • Teaching Resources: Online free and interesting teaching resources in all topics from the U.S. Department of Education
  • 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 and teachers of 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
  • 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
  • Literacy List: Site for teachers and adult learners offers links to easy-to-read sites for reading, math, science, health, jobs, and more
  • 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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  • Learning Resources: 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
  • Phonetics: Learn phonetic sounds of the English language; has English, Spanish and German language translations
  • Reading Skills for Today's Adults: Practice reading skills to build fluency and comprehension using topics such as employment, health, housing, school, money, civics and government

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  • Boggles World ESL for Adults: 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
  • 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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  • English Learner: Offers online English lessons, interactive tests  and exercises at all levels
  • Exam English: Contain 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: Official Web site for the TOEFL® Test of English as a Foreign Language.

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