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Capital District Educational Opportunity Center
The Capital District EOC offers community-based academic and workforce development programs. Qualified applicants may attend tuition-free. Classes include: academic enrichment, college preparation, English as a Second Language (ESL), High School Equivalency exam preparation, National Work Readiness Credential Examination preparation, and career training programs.

Literacy Volunteers of Rensselaer County
Free services include: basic literacy tutoring, basic English language learning tutoring, English civics literacy classes, workplace literacy classes, money management classes, math tutoring, High School Equivalency exam preparation coaching and tutoring, and telephone conversation partners. The site’s Tool Kit is an excellent compilation of web resources.

QUESTAR III Adult Education and Workforce Development
QUESTAR III’s Adult Education and Workforce Development program offers literacy training, career and technical education, community education classes, and training for business and industry. Literacy programs include High School Equivalency (HSE) and Pre-HSE preparation, basic education, and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).

Rensselaer County High School Equivalency (HSE) Preparation Programs
A listing of High School Equivalency (formerly GED) preparation programs in Rensselaer County, from the New York State Testing Office.

U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, Albany Field Office
USCRI Albany offers new refugees interpretation and translation services, training, workshops, and a Job Club.

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ESL (English as a Second Language) / ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)

These sites include learning activities, quizzes, tips, and links to many other sites.


The East Greenbush Community Library is pleased to offer language learning through Pronunciator.  This online language learning program offers the largest ESL curriculum online, with courses taught in 50 non-English languages. It also offers citizenship preparation.  Pronunciator may be used in the library or at your own computer at home.  East Greenbush/Schodack library card required for access.

EL Civics for ESL Students
A site rich with resources for American civics and English language learners. Lessons include civics, holidays, geography, famous Americans, ESL lessons and worksheets.

English as a Second Language: Resources for Students, Teachers, and Tutors
From Purdue OWL: Online Writing Lab

Merriam-Webster Learner’s Dictionary

Merriam Webster Visual Dictionary Online

Randall’s ESL Cyber Listening Lab
Many audio (and some video) clips for English language learning.

TOEFL iBT Test Sample Questions
From the Educational Testing Service.

U.S.A. Learns
U.S.A. Learns is a free web site funded by the U.S. Department of Education to support immigrants who want to learn or improve their English skills as they become part of American society. Free registration allows students to track their progress.

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For Teachers / Tutors

Dave’s ESL Cafe
Resources and discussion forums for ESL teachers.

E-Learning PD
Online courses for educators, covering topics such as helping adult learners persist, High School Equivalency testing, health literacy, reading, college readiness, and more. While most courses are free, some charge a fee. A website of World Education, an organization that promotes education and literacy worldwide.

Eureka! Agora: Assemblage of Great Online Resources for Adults
A wide variety of classroom resources from the Ohio Literacy Resource Center.

LINCS: Literacy Information and Communication System
An extensive site, rich in full-text content, for adult literacy educators. Includes a discussion community and a directory of professional development sources.

The Literacy List
A large collection of free Adult Basic Education and ESL/ESOL websites.

National Coalition for Literacy – Advocacy Resources
Learn how to advocate for adult education and literacy.

ProLiteracy Worldwide
Explore the website of the largest adult literacy organization in the U.S. ProLiteracy’s Education Network site features free online resources for students, instructors, and organizations.

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Other Useful Sites

B. J. Pinchbeck’s Homework Helper
A list of over 400 links. The English section includes several grammar-related sites, and links to children’s stories as well as other electronic book collections.

Citizenship Quiz
The History Channel provides long and short versions of U.S. Citizenship practice tests.

Everyday Life Project from the Goodwill Community Foundation
Interactive lessons on life skills such as timesheets, prescriptions, receipts, bus maps, grill safety, and more. The site also offers lessons on reading, English, technology, math, and job interviewing.

High School Equivalency Exam: TASC
The Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) has replaced the GED in New York State. This site provides information about the TASC, test dates and times, and study materials.

Microsoft Digital Literacy
A free online training course that teaches students basic computer and internet use.

National Literacy Directory
Find local assistance in reading, writing, math, High School Equivalency exam preparation, English, and more.

New York State Online Media Connection
Provides free online resources to help you prepare for the HSE/TASC test (formerly GED) and earn a high school equivalency diploma. Brought to you by the New York State Education Department.

New York State High School Equivalency Exam Office

United States Citizenship Resources
Exam questions, guides and resources for the US Citizenship Exam compiled by the San Francisco Public Library. Content is offered in seven major languages.

U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service
Here you can download study material, and find eligibility and application/process information.

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