Websites for ESOL and Literacy Students and Educators

Multimedia Learning Resources for Students


Quizzes, exercises, and puzzles for English language learners

Discovery Online 

Interactive science and nature news.


Free English courses for speakers of different languages. You will need to sign up with an email address or a Facebook account.

ESL Bits 

Audiobooks, news stories, short stories, songs, and radio dramas

Free Websites to Practice English at Home 

Links to different English practice materials

Learning Chocolate 

Vocabulary exercises organized by theme

Mango Languages 

Learn a new language with this interactive database that provides step by step lesson plans for 71 different languages

Many Things 

Video and audio for students to self-study


It helps adults gain the basic reading, writing, math, and science skills adults need to achieve their educational, career, and personal goals. Multimedia learning materials are distributed through television, the Internet, and literacy and community-based programs across the country.

VOA English

Multimedia source of news and information for millions of English learners worldwide


We Speak NYC (formerly We Are New York) is the City’s English Language Learning program. It provides civic-focused instruction through videos, web and print materials, and free community classes in all five boroughs.



Resources for Educators


Resources for New York State educators preparing adult students for high school equivalency and more.

From Now On

A monthly electronic journal devoted to educational technology.

Literacy Assistance Center

Nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening and expanding the adult education system.

New York City Department of Education

New York State Education Department


Lesson plans, educational resources, and sample essays for educators and students.

Teaching to the Core

TeachingtotheCoreNY is a New York State Education Department project from the Office of Adult Education Programs and Performance. The website is offered free to all New York’s adult educators. Use of any materials or resources offered on the site, including videos, is with permission from NYSED. 

Lesson Writer

An online tool that allows teachers to import digital text from a website or word document to create lesson plans and instructional materials for teaching English language skills.