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Adult Basic Education Web Sites for Improving Reading & Writing

The Guide to Grammar and Writing
Website containing gobs of electronic pages and exercises and handouts you can print on grammar and English usage.

Learning Express Library
Learning centers for GED prep, skill building for adults, and practice tests and tutorials. This site also has learning centers for US citizenship preparation, job search, workplace skills, and jobs and careers. Go to site and click on "Learning Express Library."

Create crosswords, jumbles, and word searches.

The Change Agent
Reading activities (and materials for teachers) exploring social justice through news articles, opinion pieces, classroom activities and lessons, poems, cartoons, interviews, project descriptions, and printed and web-based resources.

Learning Resources
The Learning Resources website utilizes current and past CNN San Francisco news stories. The website is interactive, providing comprehension and other exercises related to each story for the student.

Repeat after Us
Files of well-known literature, good for reading along.

Adult Learning Activities (CDLP)
The purpose of this site is to help adults improve basic skills like reading and spelling using real-life stories on topics of interest to adults. There is a separate section for teachers and adult educators that can be accessed by selecting the For Adult Educators link at the top of the homepage.

Writing activity ideas for ESL and ABE
“Traci’s lists of ten” creative writing assignments
“Finish me” stories*, monster stories*, machine stories
topics for writing (divided by level); electronic postcard, grammar and editing practice by level
guided practice with writing paragraphs and essays

Sites for Improving MATH skills

A Plus Math
A web site developed to help students improve their math skills interactively. There are games and
worksheet generators for Addition, Decimal Addition, Subtraction, Decimal Subtraction, Multiplication, Decimal Multiplication, Division, Decimal Division, Fractions, Order Of Operations, Counting Money, and Basic Algebra.

Math Is Fun
On-Line worksheet generator to practice Subtraction, Multiplication, Long Multiplication, Division, Long Division, Decimals, Decimal Fractions, Fractions, and Telling Time. You can generate worksheets that can be completed on-line or printed out. Answer sheets are available. 

This website shows pictures of different variety of coins and bills and student is able to determine amount. Immediate feedback. 

Change Maker
Figure out how many of each bill or coin that you expect to get back when you pay for something. 

Mr. Myer's Math Mania
Interactive site where you and print tests or take test online and race against the timer. 

Money Instructor
Teaching money and money concepts


National Institute for Literacy Evidence-Based Research Database
Explore the evidence-based research on reading instruction using this database.

Applying Research in Reading Instruction for Adults
First Steps for Teachers (December 2005). "This book seeks to build adult literacy instructors' knowledge of scientifically based reading research and provide basic guidance on how to use it in the classroom"

Teaching Adults to Read (Fall 2005)
"The emerging principles and trends explicated in Research-Based Principles for Adult Basic Education Reading Instruction are here distilled into a short booklet. Teaching Adults to Read addresses each component of reading-alphabetics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension-from the teacher's perspective, defining each term, highlighting its importance, describing how it is assessed, and exploring its implications for teachers" (taken from NIFL's Adult Resources Website:

Research-Based Principles for Adult Basic Education Reading Instruction (Fall 2002)
"This publication represents the best information available about how adults learn to read. It is designed to serve two primary audiences: educators and policy makers who make decisions about the content of adult basic education reading instruction and researchers eager to identify new avenues of study to add to our understanding of this field" (taken from NIFL's Adult Resources Website:

U.S. and International Adult Literacy Statistics\

National Assessment of Adult Literacy Survey – NAALS (2003)
Survey conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics in 2003 to assess the English language literacy skills of American adults

National Adult Literacy Survey – NALS (1992)
Earlier estimates of adult literacy proficiency nationally and by state using  NALS and 1990 U.S. Census.  Note: after selecting a state and an area type, click on the name of the state again on the next screen.

International Adult Literacy Statistics
United Nations Literacy Decade 2003–2012: Information about the United Nation’s literacy initiative

International Adult Literacy Survey (1994–1998)
Information on this 22-country initiative conducted to find out how well adults use information to function in society and investigate the factors that influence literacy proficiency.

Basic Literacy Resources for Tutors

American Association for Adult and Continuing Education

American Council on Education: GED Study and Testing Service information 

Adult Literacy & Technology Network

American Library Association

Bartleby: Literature and reference books online

Basics of Adult Literacy Education
Online course in Basics of Adult Education

Center for Literacy Studies at the University of Tennessee

Clearinghouse on Reading, English, and Communication

Commission on Adult Basic Education, Inc (COABE)

Council for Advancement of Adult Literacy

International Dyslexia Association

International Reading Association

National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy

ProLiteracy America

System for Adult Basic Education Support (SABES)
Massachusetts Adult Education's professional development opportunities, instructional resources and publications


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