Volunteer English Teaching Resources

I’ll try and update this list as I hear of other beginner adult English teaching resources. Please get in touch  and let me know of other helpful resources I can add.

US sites

https://www.literacymn.org/educator-resources – Literacy Minnesota has LOTS of free educator resources:)

https://multilingualsforward.org/ – Orly Klapholz and SLIFE.

https://www.leslla.org – Literacy Education and Second Language Learning for Adults has links to research and resources.

https://www.leslla.org/professional-development – excellent PD resources and links for teachers.

https://lincs.ed.gov/resource-collection – US link to LINCS (Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada) resources.

https://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/2008/12/06/the-best-online-resources-for-teachers-of-pre-literate-ells/ – Larry Ferlazzo thankyou for all your hard work curating this!

http://teachingrefugees.com/instructional-programming/resources/ – Resources for teaching refugee learners from Alberta Education and Calgary Board of Education.

https://mnliteracy.org/classroomvideos – Minnesota literacy council has put together some excellent videos of classroom teaching strategies.

https://www.literacymn.org/– The Minnesota literacy website.

https://worklifeenglish.com– The Rubins’ US resources site for beginner adult ESL. Some free resources, others to purchase.

https://atlasabe.org/resources/esl/ – Hamline University ESL resources for adult beginners (ABE – US adult basic education programs).

https://www.abceng.org/ – Jennifer Christenson’s fantastic resources for adult learners.

https://writing.colostate.edu/guides/teaching/esl/ – Colorado State University has an excellent ESL Teacher’s volunteer guide.

https://www.camdencountylibrary.org/sites/default/files/files/Making_It_Real%20-%20teaching%20refugees.pdf –Making it Real curriculum from Seattle.

https://globalaccess.bowvalleycollege.ca/learners/readers.php – Printable English readers from Bow Valley College.

https://www.emergentreaders.org -Shirley Hale Lee’s books are excellent.

http://reepworld.org/ – Arlington Education and Employment Program, a wealth of resources for adult education.

https://represources.org– Volunteer resources from Tennessee.

https://www.theliteracybug.com/using-the-language-experience-approach – Eric Brace’s excellent information about LEA.

UK and European sites

https://padlet.com/rachel_oner/megaESOLPadlet – Rachel Oner’s ESOL padlet.

https://www.esolqueen.co.uk/2020/08/my-journey-of-teaching-illiterare-and.html?m=1 – Sarah Queen’s blog.


https://www.esolcourses.com/ – Free English lessons online.

learningenglishplus.org.uk –  a specialist online hub for English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) tutors, volunteers and providers and an extension of Learning English in Yorkshire and Humber (LEYH).

https://emilybrysonelt.com/ – Emily Bryson’s site with links and resources.

http://steppingstonescic.org.uk – ESOL Stepping stones course materials from UK free to download.

https://www.esoluk.co.uk/index.php -Stephen Woulds and team – ESOL UK site.

https://freerice.com/about – Vocabulary learning site linked to UN world food program.

https://www.natecla.org.uk/content/635/Useful-ESOL-teaching-websites – Resource links on the national association for teaching English and community languages to adults.

https://esol.excellencegateway.org.uk/ – UK adult ESOL resources collated here.

https://languageforwork.ecml.at – Resources from the European Centre for Modern Languages relevant to those teaching adult migrants.

https://www.uniteforliteracy.com/# – free digital beginner English books.

http://ourlanguages.co.uk – Kings College London resources for ESOL.

https://handsupproject.org – Scott Thornbury and the Hands Up volunteer English teaching project – wonderful project, teaching resources link here too.

https://eninfo.diglin.eu – Digital literacy instructor project from The Netherlands.

https://globalstorybooks.net/– Global Storybooks is a free multilingual literacy resource for children and youth worldwide.

https://www.languagevolunteers.com/vime/#Project – The volunteers in migrant education project.

https://www.englishmyway.co.uk/ – resources to support adult beginner EAL learners.

https://www.learningunlimited.co/publications/ – Learning Unlimited’s ESOL resource page.

https://www.uniteforliteracy.com/– Bilingual beginner level readers.

Australian sites

https://ameponline.homeaffairs.gov.au/ – Adult Migrant English Program online resources.

https://www.englishexpress.com.au – Bernard Miles’ great Australian resources.

http://boyereducation.com.au – Susan Boyer’s resources.

https://www.read-write-now.org/resources – Links to adult literacy resources for tutors in Australia.

https://clareharris.com – Great English resources from Clare Harris.

https://tinyurl.com/y3uqofzl – The Smith Family volunteer tutors’ handbook for teaching preliterate adult refugee learners.

http://www.urbanlyrebirds.com/ – Excellent publications from Australian EAL teachers Carmel Davies, Maggie Power and Sharon Duff.

https://www.carringbush.org.au/resources – Teacher training videos for adult English educators from Carringbush adult education

http://www.sugarbagondamper.com/ – Hazel Davidson’s resources.

https://ameponline.homeaffairs.gov.au/- AMEP volunteer tutor resources.

http://www.hubbardscupboard.org/ – Printable reading resources for beginner readers.

http://www.ercwa.org.au/community-education/language-for-living-in-australia/ – Edmund Rice Australia has downloadable resources, great for beginning adult learners.

http://www.cnlchub.org.au/ – Carlton literacy hub resources.

https://www.speld-sa.org.au/services/phonic-books.html – Phonics readers from South Australia.

https://www.anglicare.org.au/what-we-offer/cross-cultural-services/learning-english-esl/ – Sydney Anglicare ESL resources (Christian faith focus – incl bible readings etc)

https://www.lostinbooks.com.au/ – Multilingual bookshop and cafe in Sydney.

https://www.vetres.net.au/New-to-Australia-Understanding-tax-and-super-CSWE-Cert-II-free-download.html?fbclid=IwAR29Z5uM9pmvmaU7UhZOdiDUuwSkVACyspvlve25q66_ONvdcfF6DXr1LCc – Australian financial literacy resources for free download.

https://www.readmeagainpress.com.au/ – Karen Barber’s site with books for adult literacy and ESOL.

Canadian sites

https://duckduckgo.com/?q=language+instruction+for+newcomers+to+canada+(linc)+program&atb=v59-1&ia=web – Canadian link to LINCS resources.

https://lincs.ed.gov/professional-development/resource-collections/profile-763 – Transitions Integration Framework for educators.

http://www.bestofthereader.ca/– Downloadable readers for adult literacy.

New Zealand sites

https://www.englishlanguage.org.nz/– English language partners site.

https://esolonline.tki.org.nz/ – ESOL online from New Zealand.

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