Literacy Resource Guide
Print Collection Resources:
The FLLS system contains many resources for new readers and ESL/ESOL students. To locate materials in the catalog, search for the following subject search terms:
- High interest—Low vocabulary books
- Literacy—Remedial teaching
- New literates’ writings
- Readers (Adult)
- Readers for new literates
Learning Express: This database offers many tutorials and practice tests (including GED) for adult learners and native Spanish speakers. You can log on from any computer with internet access, all you need is a library card from a member library.
Tumblebooks: E-Books for Kids! With this early literacy tool, kids can listen and read along to animated talking picture books. Materials are available in English, Spanish and French.
Mango Languages: Mango Languages is an easy to use online language-learning system teaching actual conversation skills for a wide variety of languages, including specialized ESL courses. Mango uses real-life situations and actual conversations to more effectively teach a new language to learn how to communicate.
Free Tutoring Services:
The following organizations offer free tutoring services for adults who need help reading, writing, or speaking English. Many also offer tutoring in basic computer literacy:
- Literacy Volunteers of Cayuga County
- Literacy Volunteers of Seneca County
- Tompkins Learning Partners, Inc
- Literacy Volunteers of Broome/Tioga County
Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES):
BOCES sites offer many adult educational programs, including GED classes and ESL classes.
- Broome-Tioga BOCES
- Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES
- Onondaga-Madison-Cortland BOCES
- Tompkins-Seneca-Tioga BOCES
- Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES (includes sites in Seneca County)
The Family Reading Partnership is a local nonprofit which promotes early literacy through many family-oriented programs.
Adult Learning Activities, California Distance Learning Project – Use this free site to build your reading and life skills.
GCF Learn Free – Free online tutorials in reading, math, and technology
News For You – A weekly newspaper for adult learners. Read and listen online to the top current events stories each week.
New York State GED Testing Office – Information about how to prepare for and take the GED, including local resources and a list of upcoming test dates.
PBS Literacy Link – Free online resources for adult learners and their teachers. Resources include tutorials for developing essential workplace skills and GED preparation.
DeskBright – Free critical business skills
DigitalLiteracy.gov – free tutorials
NYS Library: Curriculum Materials – sample resources from computer classes at NYS libraries
Digital Literacy NY – a NYS initiative to create more e-citizens
TechBoomers – Tutorials for the latest digital trends.