Tutor Resources


  ELAA Curriculum: Beginning Level 



Improve your teaching skills using online training videos

New American Horizons Adult ESL Training Videos – Look for the following titles:

  • Lesson Planning for Life Skills
  • Building Literacy with Adult Emergent Readers
  • Growing Vocabulary with Beginning Learners
  • Working with a Multi-level Class
  • Developing Listening Skills with High-intermediate Learners
  • Teaching Grammar in Real-life Contexts
  • Cultivating Writing Skills at the Intermediate Level
  • Developing Reading Skills for Intermediate/Advanced Learners
  • Assessing Learning in the Adult ESL Classroom
  • Tasks to Promote Critical Thinking and Learning Skills
  • Effective Grouping Strategies in the Adult ESL Classroom
  • Tasks to Develop Oral Skills: From Accuracy to Fluency


Teaching Techniques from Minnesota Literacy Council – Videos and explanations of communicative techniques and activities to use in your classroom.


“The Pronunciation Doctor” YouTube Videos  (Marsha Chan)


Curricula, Lesson Plans and Materials

  • Tutor Tips – The Minnesota Literacy Council’s tutor blog with fun lesson ideas
  • AzarGrammar.com“This website’s mission is to support teachers who incorporate a grammar component in their ESL/EFL teaching. Our vision is a global community of ESL/EFL teachers who share resources, learn from one another, and support one another in their work.”
  • Classroom Materials free materials to download and use in your classroom, including worksheets contributed by fellow teachers and the full text of Fun with Grammar by Suzanne Woodward.


Curricula and Resources for Teaching English to Pre-literate and Non-literate refugees

  • CultureGrams “World Edition” – A Pima County Public Library database with detailed cultural information on more than 200 countries, including 174 videos highlighting cultural life. Available on all library computers and accessible from home with your library card number  and pin number.
  • Community Profiles for Refugee Health – One-page fact sheets highlighting the cultural norms, customs and beliefs of refugee populations living in Arizona.  The sheets were created by AZ Department of Health Services to ensure culturally appropriate interactions between health care providers and refugees.
  • Teaching English Language Learners: A Handbook for Volunteers – An easy-to-read guide to working with low-literacy refugees developed by Literacy Now of Tacoma Community House, a national leader in refugee language instruction.  Covers basic instructional strategies and activities, assessment and lesson ideas.
  • Pre-Beginning ESL Curriculum – A life-skills, topic-driven curriculum to develop oral and literacy skills.  Includes an ESL “Story Bank” with simple stories, photos, and related lesson materials that align to topics.
  • Youth Service Providers Handbook Fall 2015 – a youth services referral guide (compiled with refugee student needs in mind) that may be helpful to share again at this point in the year.  It often takes a few months of getting to know students, families, communities before one is able to assess strengths and challenges. With holiday and other stresses, this can be the time of year when additional supports and/or options may be needed.


News Resources to Use with your Students

  • The Change Agent – An adult learner magazine published twice a year in March and September. Includes cutting-edge resources for teaching social issues, powerful student writing that inspires discussion, and ready-to-use lesson plans. Class set available for Literacy Connects tutors – contact us for online password.
  • News for You – An adult-learner newspaper that provides adult ESL students and struggling readers with news that is easy to read and understand. These engaging, timely stories will help students build language, reading comprehension, vocabulary, writing, listening, and speaking skills.  Teacher’s guide with each issue. Class set available for Literacy Connects tutors – contact us for online password.
  • The Times in Plain English – An adult learner online “newspaper” with easy to print articles that are adapted from New York Times, Washington Post, etc.  You can sign up to receive “Tips for Teachers” as well as weekly emails listing the headlines.  


Online Classes

  • ProLiteracy – champions the power of literacy to improve the lives of adults and their families, communities, and societies. We envision a world in which everyone can read, write, compute, and use technology to lead healthy, productive, and fulfilling lives. For FREE Online Courses – Click Here


Arizona Department of Education


Articles and Research on Communicative Approach to Language Teaching

  • Literacy Information and Communications System (LINCS)  focuses on reading, writing, mathematics and numeracy resources that can improve instruction in basic skills. Resources in this Collection can be used directly in the classroom or can provide the research findings necessary to develop contextualized instruction (e.g., work, family, health, civics) to build adults’ basic skills.