Project Second Chance Useful Links
Here are a few of our favorite sites for adults who are learning to read. If you find new links that you would recommend to either learners or tutors, please notify us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Monthly Tutor Calendar
- Literacy Connections
Take a look at ideas and resources from around the country.
- ProLiteracy Education Network
Provides free instructional resources to adult literacy tutors and students.
- Bright Solutions for Dyslexia
Information about dyslexia and ADD/ADHD for kids and adults.
- Decoding Dyslexia CA
This grassroots organization offers information on dyslexia and updates on California legislation related to dyslexia.
- International Dyslexia Association
- Learning Disabilities Association of California
- National Center for Learning Disorders
- Irlen center
Information about Scotopic Sensitivity
Recordings for blind and dyslexic learners.
- Yale Center for Dyslexia
Useful site from Sally and Bennett Shaywitz with tips and answers about dyslexia for all age groups.
ESL (English as a Second Language)
- Daily Conversation Reading Practice
32 dialogues to click on. (Be sure to scroll down and look at the whole page.) Each is printed so you and your learner can go through them together.
- Interesting Things for ESL Students
Explore. There is so much here --word games, quizzes, slang, reading, vocabulary, and proverbs are just the tip of the iceberg.
- U.S.A. Learns
The U.S. Department of Education has launched this free Web site to teach basic English skills and help adults improve their English proficiency.
- OneLook Dictionary Search
Access most online dictionary entries for a word in one search.
- Spelling Practice
All exercises labeled "a" require sound, but "b" has the same words and just asks the learner to make a choice.
- Reader's Digest
Click on "In This Issue." If none of the stories there appeal, click on any of the subjects along the top, Health, Money, Family, Home, Inspiration, or Fun
- Reading Practice
Try the Mini-Stories with Cloze Exercises. Tutors, you may want to use the mouse so the learners can concentrate on reading. After you have tried Mini-Stories, look at the other sections. Click on the newspaper links to read papers from around the world.
- Teacher/Tutor Materials
The site has many links dealing with materials, curriculum, and resources.
- Make Beliefs Comix
Create a comic strip – a fun writing activity for hesitant writers.
- OWL (Online Writing Lab)
An online writing lab from Purdue University offers study materials and more for ESL students.
High School Equivalency (HSE) and Other Test Preparation
Testing & Education Reference Center
A database offered by the Contra Costa County Library; useful for those preparing to take tests for licenses (ex. cosmetology, nursing, real estate, etc.), for educational purposes (ex. TOEFL, GED, etc.),or for citizenship.
- High School Equivalency Tests (HSET)
The California Department of Education compares three options adults can choose from to earn a high school equivalency certificate.
- GED Testing Service
Information on the GED exam.
- High School Equivalency Tests (HiSet)
Information on the High School Equivalency Test (HiSet), an alternative to the GED.
Information on the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC), another alternative to the GED. (Currently, there are no TASC testing sites in the Bay Area.)