Volunteer Resources

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Adult Tutoring Program Event Calendar

Check out the events for this month!

Tutor Library Database

Explore the list of materials in our Tutor Library! Find out which textbooks and books are appropriate for your learner and what support materials we have available for your own learning. Check the last edition of the Tutoring Manual (Edition 2018-2020) for a tutorial. If you have any doubts, please contact your Literacy Coordinator.

Tutoring Material Exchange Station

Share and access the materials that you and other tutors have created for your lessons. All the materials have been classified according to type and level, and they are in a format that is easily downloadable from any computer, ready to be printed! To share your materials, please send them to your Literacy Coordinator. To access materials, just click on the link, find what you need and click Download. If you have any questions about how to download files, please contact your LC.

MyGRcitypoints

Earn points by volunteering with the Adult Tutoring program! Create an account at this link, volunteer, earn points and redeem your points here. For more information, contact your Literacy Coordinator.

Reading Practice

News for You

Online newspaper for tutors and learners; email info@literacycenterwm.org for login information or contact your literacy coordinator.

The Change Agent  

Online magazine for tutors and learners about social justice; email info@literacycenterwm.org for login information or contact your literacy coordinator.

Breaking News English

Current events presented at a beginner's English level

Lit2Go

Lit2Go is a free online collection of stories and poems in Mp3 (audiobook) format. Many of the passages also have a related reading strategy identified. Each reading passage can also be downloaded as a PDF and printed for use as a read-along or as supplemental reading material for your classroom. You may search for books by genre, authors, and more importantly, readability level! Look at your Training Manual for more on readability. The link goes straight to that section of the webpage.

English Club

Various exercises to help ESL learners learn and practice the skill of reading English

Writing Practice

Lang-8

A collaborative site in which learners may have their texts corrected by learners of other languages while correcting texts of individuals who are learning the language of the learner; account creation needed

Busy Teacher

Writing strategies for the ESL learner

Listening Practice

News for You

Online newspaper for tutors and learners; email info@literacycenterwm.org for login information

The Change Agent

Online magazine for tutors and learners about social justice; email info@literacycenterwm.org for login information or contact your literacy coordinator.

Breaking News English

Current events presented at a beginner's English level

Randall's ESL Cyber Listening Lab

Listening tracks and exercises for learners of different levels

Youtube channel: English Speaking Course

This is a Youtube channel for English language learners. You may have your learner listen, repeat, work on their pronunciation, discuss, among other tasks. It is for all levels but directed more specifically at beginners.

Grammar Practice

ESL Blues

Grammar exercises for various levels

Sites with various kinds of exercises

Dave's ESL Café

Fun, creative site for both ESL teachers and students with interactive quizzes, a graffiti wall, student and teacher e-mail exchange, literacy software for sale and a help center. Teachers from around the world can quickly answer questions about grammar, writing, vocabulary, and others.

ProLiteracy Education Network

Resources for non-native and native learners

English Learner

Various activities for learners of several levels

Lesson Plans

The Change Agent

Online magazine for tutors and learners about social justice; email info@literacycenterwm.org for login information or contact your literacy coordinator.

English Is a Piece of Cake

Free lesson plans and teaching resources for intermediate, upper intermediate, advanced and proficiency level English; lessons for conversation classes, reading lesson plans, ESL listening exercises, lessons that use videos and multi-media, grammar lessons, tips on vocabulary revision, general teaching techniques, as well as ideas on how to write your own lesson plans

ESL Notes

Activities about movies in English

5-Minute English

Lesson plans and Q&A for a variety of grammar and other topics

Further Tutor Training

Minnesota Literacy Council

Free online training courses for new teachers and volunteers

ProLiteracy Education Network

More online courses for tutors

Other Organizations

Grand Rapids Public Library

The Grand Rapids Public Library is our community’s foremost source for information, viewpoints, resources, and programs.

Kent District Library

Kent District Library is a public library system operating 18 branch libraries.

Michigan eLibrary

Catalog of free online resources, such as GED practice tests and tutorials, career preparation, computer literacy tutorials, and citizenship resources. All that is required is an email to register for a free account!

Coalition on Adult Basic Education

The Coalition on Adult Basic Education is organized to advance national and international adult education and literacy opportunities for everyone.

Digital Tools

Duolingo

Website and smartphone for language learners to study English through games and other tools, using the learner's first languages. The first languages included are German, Catalan, Esperanto, French, Guarani, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and Russian

Elevate

Smartphone application that helps native speakers (or advanced level ESL learners) improve their vocabulary, reading and writing skills. Look for this application in your smartphone store (directly on your phone). The basic version is free of charge.

Word Reference Online Dictionary

Website with an easy-to-use dictionary

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