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General Information

ProLiteracy America http://www.proliteracy.org/
Includes statistics and resources related to adult literacy issues nationally and internationally, along with advocacy information, and links to literacy programs throughout the United States, a variety of literacy and tutor resources, including New Readers Press publications.


ProLiteracy Education Network
http://www.proliteracyednet.org/
Adult literacy resources formerly provided by Thinkfinity.org, including online courses for adult learners, tutors, and other literacy volunteers.


Outreach and Technical Assistance Network (OTAN)
http://www.otan.us/
The adult education and literacy providers’ support services, which include electronic collaboration, access to information, and technical support.  For tutors, this site provides teaching and training tools, a lesson plan builder, information about distance learning, an adult education dictionary, and adult education links.

Citizenship & Civic Education

US Citizenship and Immigration Services http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site...xtchannel=a2ec6811264a3210VgnVCM100000b92ca60aRCRD
Information on the citizenship process, official forms, video presentations, free study materials including the 100 tests that will appear on the citizenship test.


Easy Voter Guide
http://www.easyvoter.org/
non-partisan, easy-to-read information about elections, how to contact elected officials, and how to participate as an involved citizen in your local community


Orange County Registrar of Voters
http://www.ocvote.com/
Information on voter registration, vote-by mail, location of polling places, or volunteer to work an election

Community Services

Orange County 2-1-1 http://www.211oc.org/
Information on community services in OC – how to get and give help

Computer Skills

Mouse tutorial http://pbclibrary.org/mousing/intro.htm
Easy to follow mouse tutorial for beginners, as well as games to practice mouse skills


Typing tutorial
http://bigbrownbear.co.uk/learntotype/
Learn to type with basic sequential exercises for beginners.


Power Typing
http://www.powertyping.com/
Typing lessons and games for Qwerty and Dvorak keyboards

Dictionaries

Merriam-Webster’s Learner’s Dictionary http://www.learnersdictionary.com/
Search for definitions, audio pronunciation of words, and word usage

Employment & Job Skills

OneStop Centers http://www.careeronestop.org/
Sponsored by the US Department of Labor. Explore career options, review your resume, start a job search, and find local services.


California Employment Development Department (EDD)
http://www.edd.ca.gov/ 
Employment skill resources and helpful information for job searches, resumes, job applications, interview and employment skills.  


WorkSmart
http://www.worksmart.ca.gov/ 
Sponsored by the California Employment Development Department (EDD). Provides employment skill resources and helpful information for job searches, resumes, job applications, interview and employment skills.

ESL

USA learns http://www.usalearns.org/
Free self-guided courses for beginning through intermediate ESL learners. Users will need to create a free online account.


ESLFast
http://www.eslfast.com/
Extensive list of dialogues, short stories, grammar exercises, and readings for adults.


English Listening Library Online
www.elllo.org/english
Text, videos, audio, quizzes, vocabulary, games, and more.

 
The Internet TESL Journal for Teachers of English as a Second Language  http://iteslj.org/ 

Articles, research papers, lessons plans, classroom handouts, teaching ideas, and links for ESL teachers. Much of this material applies primarily to a classroom setting, but some can also be used to enhance tutoring.


EL Civics http://www.elcivics.com/
Lessons and resources on civics, history, government, life skills, etc. for ESL learners.

 

Family Literacy & Parenting Resources

Sesame Street “Happy, Healthy, Ready for School” Program http://www.pncgrowupgreat.com/educators/happy_healthy_ready_for_school.html 
Free downloadable school readiness kits, including math and everyday learning activities.


Discovery Education
http://www.discoveryeducation.com/   
Provides free family learning resources for teachers, parents and children of all ages. Includes homework help, webmath, and puzzlemaker programs.
     

Financial Literacy

My Money http://mymoney.gov/
Financial education basics from various federal agencies help make smart financial choices for events such as buying a home, balancing your checkbook, or investing in your 401(k).


Practical Money Skills
http://practicalmoneyskills.com/
Articles, calculators, lesson plans, games, and more for tutors and learners.

Games & Puzzles

Puzzlemaker http://www.puzzlemaker.com/
Puzzlemaker is a puzzle generation tool for teachers, students and parents. Create and print customized word search, criss-cross, math puzzles, and more, using your own word lists.


Puzzle-Maker
http://www.puzzle-maker.com/
Generate free crossword puzzles or word searches using your learner’s own sight words.

GED

GED Testing Service http://www.gedtestingservice.com/ged-testing-service 
The official GED Testing Service website includes information about the structure and background of the test, as well as resources for students and educators.


CA Department of Education GED site
http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/gd/
Information about local testing centers and FAQ’s.

Health Literacy

Medline Plus http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/
Simple articles on a wide range of health topics from the National Institute of Health.


KidsHealth
http://kidshealth.org/
Articles, answers, and advice for parents, kids, teens, and educators.

Newspaper

News For You http://www.newsforyou.org/
Easy reader newspaper for adults. Call READ/OC at (714)566-3070 for this week’s password.

Stories with Audio

California Distance Learning Project http://www.cdlponline.org/ 
Stories with audio and/or video for adult learners on a variety of life skills and adult interest topics.


English Listening Library Online
www.elllo.org/english 
Text, videos, audio, quizzes, vocabulary, games, and more. Intended for ESL learners, but may be appropriate for a wide range of adult learners.

Volunteering & Community Engagement

VolunteerMatch http://www.volunteermatch.org/ 
Find local volunteer opportunities in your area of interest. A great way to practice English conversation with like-minded community members.


OneOC
http://www.oneoc.org/
Formerly the Volunteer Center of Orange County. Find local volunteer opportunities in your area of interest. A great way to practice English conversation with like-minded community members.


Orange County United Way
http://www.unitedwayoc.org/
Find local volunteer opportunities in your area of interest. A great way to practice English conversation with like-minded community members.

Meetup http://www.meetup.com/
Connect with local clubs of individuals that share your interests. A great way to make friends and practice English conversation.

Writing

Purdue University Online Writing Lab http://owl.english.purdue.edu/
Writing assistance, grammar and mechanics, exercises, style guides, and other resources ranging from college level through resources for parents and adult learners.