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Skill Boosters for English Speakers (ABE) 


Writing, Spelling, and Grammar 


Daily Grammar

This information-packed site has explanations and exercises about all aspects of grammar.


Eleven Rules of Writing  

The site is a concise guide to some of the most commonly violated rules of writing, grammar, and punctuation. It is intended for all writers as an aid in the learning and refining of writing skills. Explore each of the rules to see examples of its application, and use the references to find additional explanations and examples on the Web or in print. Look up grammatical terms in the glossary. For a wider variety of information, check related FAQs and other writing resources. Click on the Word of the Day until you've learned a few new words. If you would like to use this set of rules as an aid in your own teaching, see the teacher’s note.


Guide to Grammar and Writing 

The Guide to Grammar and Writing is sponsored by the Capital Community College Foundation. The main page has six drop-down menus, each with several selections to choose from.

Spelling: A Key to Good Communication 

Literacy at Kent State offers spelling and vocabulary programs including homonyms, possessive nouns, commonly misspelled words, and guide words.  The site is, of course, sponsored by Kent State University.



School  Express 

This website offers a wide range of worksheets in basic skills in reading and writing. Although designed for children, the materials here can be used for adults also.


Phonics Worksheets

These free printable worksheets are well-designed and also come with answer keys. Print out these online worksheets and practice your reading and phonics skills.


Media Learning

TV 411

TV 411is a top pick of the advocacy group Voice of Adult Learners United to Educate. The television series is designed for adults seeking to strengthen their literacy skills and is produced by the Adult Literacy Media Alliance.

CNN Learning Resources 

Literacy Net offers stories from its archives in adventure, business and economy, crime, culture and society, disasters, education, environment, health, politics, religion, science & technology and other stories.  The site has an instructor page, a current story, help, and the archives.  The site is sponsored by CNN and CBS.


Literacy Works 

The Learning Resources site offers web-delivered instruction using current and past CNN San Francisco bureau and CBS 5 - KPIX (CBS Broadcasting) news stories. Western/Pacific LINCS (part of the National Institute for Literacy's LINCS Project), and Literacyworks has partnered with news agencies to develop an online literacy site that benefits all learners and instructors. This material is intended for adult literacy and educational purposes. Though the intended audience is adults, instructors and learners (of all ages) are encouraged to use this material to promote better literacy.

Each module includes the full text of each story and interactive activities to test comprehension. The learner can choose to read the text, listen to the text, and view a short video clip of the story. Each module is designed for ease of use so the learner can use it independently. The instructor can also incorporate any story into class activities and lesson plans.


National Geographic 

A great resource for interesting articles for both ESL and native speaking learners.


News for You 

This site offers great articles based on current events and written at reading levels 3-6 and ESL levels high-beginning and low-intermediate. One of its best features is that learners can click on sentences and then hear them read aloud. Crossword puzzles and comprehension building exercises that accompany  the articles are available and can be downloaded and printed as well.


Life Skills 


Learn About Charts and Graphs & More 

This series of lessons is designed to help with various types of charts and graphs. Learn how to extract information from graphs and charts and how to build them. This site also includes sections on reading, vocabulary, letters/memos, demonstrations, grammar, spelling, numeracy, and the Gunning Reading Formula. 


Project Money 

Project Money is a website in plain English that focuses on financial matters that people encounter in everyday life.   



This is a web site with online flash cards and games for practicing addition, subtraction and multiplication and other math skills.