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Reading Connections helps adults learn to read, write, speak and listen better.  Our students work one-on-one with a tutor or in a small group based on their needs and skills.  We want to help our students get good jobs and be good parents and neighbors. 

Adult Education
Our Adult Education program helps people (who can speak English) become better readers and writers.  We have some students who cannot read at all and others who just need a little extra help. 

ESOL
ESOL is English for Speakers of Other Languages.  This program helps adults learn to speak, read and write in English.  We have students from all over the world who speak many different languages and who want to learn English.

GED
The GED is a group of tests that someone can take if they did not get a high school diploma.  When you pass all five tests, you get a GED, which is a lot like a diploma.  We help people study for the GED.

Computers
Lots of jobs and schools need people to know about computers.  Reading Connections has a computer lab to help students learn about computers.  Plus, if you learn to use a computer, it can help you to read better.

Family Literacy
Many people come to Reading Connections because they want to be able to read to their children or help their kids with homework.  Reading Connections has small group classes for moms, dads, and other caregivers who want to improve reading and writing skills to teach your children. 

 
   
 

Self-Guided Activities
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Adult Education – Do you need extra help with reading?

http://www.lvgh.org/weblinks.html: Links to lots and lots of different websites at a variety of levels.  Some of the activities are geared more to children. 

http://www.thewclc.ca/edge/: A newspaper that beginning readers can use.

http://www.cdlponline.org/Stories that have movies and sound.  There are also quizzes to take and new words to study. Online lessons that can play audio of written text on a variety of cultural, civic, and current events topics.

http://www.nwt.literacy.ca/resources/northernedge/edge.htm:  An online newspaper for adult learners.  There are tests on subjects like math and language.  Learners can hear the articles read to them and they can read along following the text.

http://www.vocabulary.co.il/: Play a match game, hangman, do a word search, or a quiz to learn new words.  Subjects include animals, food, kitchen, transportation, vegetables, and musical instruments.  There are easy, medium, and hard levels.  This can also be used for ESOL students.

http://www.mcedservices.com/online.html: A variety of great online activities. Includes Story by Story Phonics, which features simple stories for beginning readers that focus on phonics.  Also includes life skills activities, such as how to write a check. The lessons have sound and movies. This site can also be used for ESOL students.

http://www.studioarts.net/calligraphy/italic/hwlesson.html: Includes handwriting activities. Print out letters of the alphabet, practice pages, and letter family practice.

http://www2.actden.com/writ_den/index.htm: Get help with writing skills for many skill levels and topic areas.  Topics include tips (on sentences, paragraphs, and essays), a word of the day e-mail you can sign up to recieve, and more.

http://www.tv411.org/index.shtml: This site has information on reading, writing, jobs, vocabulary, math, rulers, credit cards, learning, health, and much more.

http://www.pdictionary.com/: Basic picture dictionary with spelling activities and word games. Activities on the site include flashcards, fill-in-the-blanks, word scrambles, stinky spelling, and straight recall. French, Italian, Spanish and German versions are also available.

http://www.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/Games/mag/spelling.html: Practice word families

http://www.literacytools.ie/welcome.cfm: Learning activities you can do online or print out.

http://www.marshalladulteducation.org: Get online lessons in life skills activities

http://www.eduref.org: Lesson plans in variety of subjects for all levels. 

http://www.awesomestories.com: Online stories about a variety of topics (history, religion, art) with links to photos and video.

http://www.abcteach.com: This site features a large collection of worksheets and activities for beginning readers. Although sometimes geared toward elementary school students, it is a great resource for adult learners as well.

http://www.freerice.com: A great tool for both intermediate to advanced ABE and ESOL students, this site features online activities for vocabulary, grammar, math, geography, and more. You can choose levels of difficulty, which will adjust depending on your answers. Each correct answer donates ten grains of rice to the UN World Food Program.

http://www.hiyah.net: Under the "Software" section, you can find free online or downloadable activities which are designed for children but helpful for beginning readers.

http://www.cambridge.org/us/esl/venturesadulted/venturesarcade/index.html:This website features interactive activities at five different levels of difficulty that can help both ABE and ESOL students.

http://www2.scholastic.com/browse/learn.jsp: Scholastic's website features several online activities that are divided by grade level and subject (Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, Math, etc.).

http://www.literacycenter.net: Features activities and worksheets for beginning readers that work on letters, colors, and shapes.

http://reall-languages.com/Sightwordssoundspell.htm: Good practice with common sight words. A student can listen for the words and try to pick them out of a list.

http://www.discoveryeducation.com/free-puzzlemaker/: Create puzzles and mazes using vocabulary words.

http://www.web-evangelism.com/resources/learning.php:A helpful guide to good principles of teaching adults. This page is part of a larger resource devoted to evangelism.

http://ginaotto.com/interactive.html:Includes links to interactive reading lessons and other resources.

http://slincs.coe.utk.edu/gtelab/find.html: A variety of learning activities for adults.

http://www.free.ed.gov/: A large list of educational resources, divided by subject area. It is mostly designed with advanced learners in mind, but there are helpful links under Math and Language Arts that can be good resources for teaching math and literacy skills.

http://www.readingconnections.org/private-tutors-login.asp?p=/private-tutors-helpful-sites.asp:  An online adult literacy tutoring course through Reading Connections.

http://www.nifl.gov/partnershipforreading/publications/adult.html: Partnership for Reading Research. Includes information about various publications about adult literacy, which can be helpful for tutors who want to learn more about teaching adult literacy.

http://www.readwriteact.org/ The Student Coalition for Action in Literacy Education is a partner of Reading Connections. SCALE places workers at various non-profits devoted to literacy throughout North Carolina for a year or two of service.

http://honolulu.hawaii.edu/intranet/committees/FacDevCom/guidebk/teachtip/teachtip.htm:  An index of Teaching Tips, this website covers common teaching methods and more.

http://www.mnabedisabilities.org/guide:  The Minnesota Adult Basic Education Fully-Accessible Online Disability Resource Guide is designed to equip ABE managers, teachers, volunteers and tutors to empower, educate and improve the lives of their students with disabilities.


ESOL – Are you learning the English language?

http://www.lvgh.org/weblinks.html: Links to lots and lots of different websites at a variety of levels.  Some of the activities are geared more to children. 

www.myefa.org: English For All is for intermediate ESOL students.  It uses fun videos to teach reading, grammar and life skills.

http://www.mcedservices.com/online.htm: A variety of great online activities.Includes Story by Story Phonics, which features simple stories for beginning readers that focus on phonics. Also includes life skills activities, such as how to write a check. This site can also be used for ABE students.

http://www.pumarosa.com/ This site is good for Spanish speakers.  It uses Spanish to help teach English.

http://www.gcflearnfree.org: Interactive online tutorials about life skills like using the ATM and completing a job application.

http://cnnc.uncg.edu/immigrants/kaleidoscope.htm: The Center for New North Carolinians at UNCG has resources available to learn about cultural and historic backgrounds for immigrant and refugee groups.

http://www.englishplus.com:80/grammar/: Get a review of grammar rules

http://www.idiomconnection.com/: An extensive collection of idioms.

http://www.eslpartyland.com: A collection of lessons and activities including grammar exercises and conversation starters.

http://www.ego4u.com/en/cram-up/grammar: Overviews of English grammar, including exercises.

http://www.eslcafe.com/idioms/: Get an alphabetized list of idioms, definitions, and example sentences.

http://www.usingenglish.com/handouts/: Get handouts on a variety of grammar subjects.

http://www.eslgold.com/grammar.html: Grammar lessons divided by level

http://www.vocabulary.co.il/: Play a match game, hangman, do a word search, or a quiz to learn new words.  Subjects include animals, food, kitchen, transportation, vegetables, and musical instruments.  There are easy, medium, and hard levels.  This can also be used for ABE students.

http://www.freerice.com: A great tool for both intermediate to advanced ABE and ESOL students, this site features online activities for vocabulary, grammar, math, geography, and more. You can choose levels of difficulty, which will adjust depending on your answers. Each correct answer donates ten grains of rice to the UN World Food Program.

http://www.cambridge.org/us/esl/venturesadulted/venturesarcade/index.html: This website features interactive activities at five different levels of difficulty that can help both ABE and ESOL students.

http://www.rmpbs.org/resources/files/education/learningline/page01.htm:  Features listening activities for beginning to advanced ESOL students. The activities are tied to CASAS competencies.

http://www.manythings.org/: A good website with lots of games and activities for ESL students.

http://a4esl.org/: Another website with ESOL activities, arranged by difficulty. Includes bilingual quizzes in many different languages.

http://www.englishpage.com/: Online English lessons for ESOL students.

http://susangaer.com/studentprojects/esl.htm: A site with a few more links devoted to ESOL students.

Randall's Cyber Listening Lab. On this site, a learner may choose from among several levels and topics to hear a conversation or monologue on a specific subject, and then answer comprehension questions.

ESL Independent Study Lab. This site has a variety of activities and links to other sites.


GED – Are you studying for the GED?

http://www.citelearning.com/GED/ - This site has practice questions and study materials.

http://www.guidetoonlineschools.com/library/math-resources - A very extensive list of online math tools from basic math to algebra, geometry, and more advanced mathematics.

http://www.aaamath.com/: Math activities by grade level and by math topic.  Practice basic math, money, measurement, fractions, and more.

http://www.aplusmath.com/: This site is good for drill and practice in basic math.  Use the website to make your own flashcards and worksheets, or you can play some interesting math games.  Worksheets can be printed out for basic math, algebra, fractions, money, and decimals. 

http://www.ket.org/ged2002/: This site gives you an introduction of the GED

http://www.testprepreview.com/ged_practice.htm: Sample quizzes to help prepare for the GED with links to sample quizzes for other standardized tests as well.

http://www.greensboro-nc.gov/departments/library: Online lessons to prepare for the GED and other standardized tests that is accessible for free through Premium Services on the Greensboro Public Library website with library card number.

http://www.nlvm.usu.edu/en/nav/vlibrary.html: Online resources for hands-on math activities

http://www.coolmath.com/: Math practice activities from basic addition through algebra.

http://www.purplemath.com/: Extensive online tutorials in math, particularly algebra, with links to other math websites.

http://www.newsomeassociates.com: Clicking on "Publications" and then "Literacy List" will bring up a list of several websites for ABE, GED, and ESOL.

http://www.multiplication.com: Includes worksheets, flash cards, and online games for practicing multiplication skills.

http://www.ucalgary.ca/UofC/eduweb/grammar/: "Basic Elements of English" includes several grammar tutorials that are helpful for students preparing for the GED.

http://www.gedforfree.com: A free GED online class with practice tests. Offers help in Math, Social Studies, Science, and Language Arts.

http://www.gedprepinfo.com/: GED preparation website. Has an overview of each section of the test, as well as practice questions.


Employment – Are you looking for a job?

www.careerkey.org - Find out what jobs you might like based on your personality.

http://www.ncesc.com/splash.asp: Employment Security Commission website can help a student run a job search.


Computer - Do you want to learn to use a computer?

http://www.pbclibrary.org/mousing/mousercise.htm: Learn how to use the mouse. A fun activity for those very new to using the computer.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/webwise/courses/: Learn the basics of using the mouse, keyboard, and computer screen.

http://www.sense-lang.org/typing: A resource for improving keyboarding skills.

http://www.freetypinggame.net: Several helpful games and activities for improving typing skills.

http://www.goodtyping.com: Another helpful site for learning how to type. Requires you to register, which is free.