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

Tutor Aids

Learning Disabilities


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.

Learning Aids

  • 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.

Reading Practice

  • 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.

  • TASC
    Information on the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC), another alternative to the GED. (Currently, there are no TASC testing sites in the Bay Area.)