Tools for Tutors and Learners
Improve your English with these educational resources for tutors and learners:
News for You (password required – contact LVORC for more info)
Listen and read along with RISE, WMHT’s 24-hour reading service. The Times Union is read aloud from 9 00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and again from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. seven days a week. The Daily Gazette is read aloud from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Most of the local news and some of the national news is read, along with sports, editorials, etc. The schedule of programming has more information.
Puzzles are a fun way to learn. Here are three sites that will help you to construct your own:
For help with the writing process, Write Design Online offers a good overview of types of graphic organizers and how to use them.Wordsmyth is a dictionary with extensive information in a very clear format, including synonyms and related words.
Websequiturs is a fun way to test reading comprehension and the ability to anticipate content and context.
Listen and learn with these pronunciation and listening comprehension resources for English Language Learners:
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services provides extensive resources for refugees and immigrants interested in the citizenship process, including tools for preparing for the naturalization test.
Find out more about an English Language Learner’s culture with the World Factbook.
Find newspapers from every state and from other countries at OnlineNewspapers.
Have fun building vocabulary and fighting hunger at the same time at FreeRice.
The definitions on the Photographic Dictionary site are short and suitable for beginning English learners.
ProLiteracy is the national service organization for adult literacy educators. Notebook: Resources for the Adult Educator is a 16-page resource designed especially for teachers and tutors. Each article in Notebook describes a ready-to-use teaching idea related to reading, writing, listening and speaking, numeracy, or a practical application of literacy skills such as making a budget. Most articles contain reading material and/or worksheets that can be photocopied for students to use.
Verizon’s Thinkfinity offers free online courses helping tutors to increase understanding of adult literacy and developing skills to use with learners.
New York Times Learning Pages is a resource for intermediate-to-advanced students with an interest in current events.
Upper Hudson Library System provides links to all the area libraries.