English Learning Resources

ALL SKILLS – Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking

  • Mango Languages (beginner, intermediate) – https://mangolanguages.com/
    • All skills areas (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking)
    • App can be downloaded on cellphone
    • Students can make a free profile through their library website. If they don’t have a library card but their tutor does, the tutor can create an account through their library and can create a “Family Profile” for their student, creating a unique username and password that their student can use to log in with. There can be 5 family profiles created, which can support multiple students.  
  • Duolingo (beginner, intermediate)https://en.duolingo.com/course/en/es/Learn-English
    • All skill areas 
    • App can be downloaded on cellphone
    • Interactive lessons that build up conversation skills
  • USA Learns – beginning –  https://www.usalearns.org/  
    • Skill – All skill areas and Citizenship course
    • Has Ads – make sure students doesn’t confuse advertisement as part of assignment
    • Some content small on cellphone, better viewing on computer


Tutor can create supplementary materials to engage other skills.

  • Culips (all levels) – https://esl.culips.com/           
    • Skill – Listening, Grammar
    • “Each Culips episode is designed to teach you the natural English vocabulary, idioms, expressions, slang, phrasal verbs, pronunciation, and grammar that you need to take your English to the next level.”
    • “Listen to real English conversations between native speakers as we talk about current events, share funny stories, or interview fascinating guests. Become a fluent listener, get exposure to Western culture, and learn the ins and outs of natural English conversations all at the same time.”
  • Cell-Ed (beginners, low-intermediate) – https://www.cell-ed.com/
    • Skill – listening, reading, writing
    • App available on cell phone through Google Play or the Apple App Store
    • Students send a text message to communicate with a personal instructor.


Tutor can create supplementary materials to engage other skills.

  • StoryCorps (Intermediate, Advanced) – https://storycorps.org/stories/
    • Skill – Listening
    • Hundreds of people sharing real life, engaging conversations about 2-3 minutes long with transcripts and sometimes animations.  
    • “StoryCorps’ mission is to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world.”
  • Storyline Online – (for Parenting students K-4th)  https://www.storylineonline.net/library/
    • Skill – listening
    • For Parents to listen with their children as a way to bond and improve literacy during this time
    • Actors read aloud popular children’s stories along with simple animations


Tutor can create supplementary materials to engage other skills.

  • Quizlet (all levels) – https://quizlet.com/topic/languages/english/
    • Skill – Reading (developing vocabulary)
    • App can be downloaded on cellphone
    • Create flash cards or find a set of flashcards 
    • Has games and quizzes to test the flash card content 
  • News for You(Intermediate)https://www.newreaderspress.com/news-for-you-online
    • Skill – Reading
    • Free limited time – Use the courtesy password 22667F through April 30, 2020, to access News for You Online
    • Weekly publication for adult learners that uses current event articles and human interest stories to engage learners’ interest while building skills in reading, comprehension, and vocabulary. 
    • Tips for Teachers section where instructors can find the video How to Use News for You Online and more.
  • Times in Plain English – (high beginning, Intermediate) –  https://www.thetimesinplainenglish.com/
    • Skill – Reading
    • Includes Tips for Teachers HERE
  • ReadWorks – (High beginning, advanced) –  https://www.readworks.org/
    • Skill – Reading
    • Tutors can assign readings. Each reading has the text written and an audio reading. There are comprehension questions already prepared for students to answer and the tutor can view how the student performed. 
  • Common Lit – (Upper intermediate, Advanced) –  https://www.commonlit.org/
    • Skill – Reading
    • Free fiction and non-fiction text passages available for on-line viewing or download
    • Come with passage guide, assessment, and study questions


Tutor can create supplementary materials to engage other skills

  • Something to Write About – (Intermediate, Advanced, tutor can modify for beginners) Link here
    • Skill – Writing
    • Over 50 colorful writing prompts to write about a wide range of topics, from personal life reflections to imaginary situations 
  • Make Beliefs Comix – (All levels) –  https://www.makebeliefscomix.com/esolliteracy/
    • Skill – Writing
    • Fun and creative outlet for students to express themselves through drawing and writing
    • Available in 13 languages
    • Requires people to be willing to play around and make mistakes 



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