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Adult Literacy Resources

Instructor: Eric Campos

Eric has tutored in English, writing, history, and other subjects.

Whether you are looking to improve your grammar, vocabulary, or reading comprehension, or learning to read English as a second language, there are a number of resources available that can help you boost these skills. Many of these learning resources are easily accessible for people who work full time schedules and are looking for a flexible learning option. Learn about a few of these resources below.

Study.com

Study.com's online lessons cover ESL, literature, writing, and other key topic areas that can help expand adult literacy. We also offer resources that can help you with anything from homework to preparing for exams. These courses are equipped with video lessons and written transcripts that outline the material, as well practice quizzes and tests to help track your progress. If you have questions, you can submit them to the lesson instructors. Below is a small sampling of what Study.com offers:

ProLiteracy and GCF Global

If you're looking to practice your English skills, the online resources ProLiteracy and GCF Global offer small tutorials and exercises that allow you to practice reading and grammar. These resources can also be valuable if you're looking to improve your understanding of English as a whole or are learning the language for the first time.

ESL Courses

To become more fluent in English as a non-native speaker, you may want to consider taking ESL courses. These courses go over the fundamentals of English and focus on speaking and literacy for practical use. ESL and basic literacy courses are offered at many junior colleges and universities. Several of these courses are even offered totally online or in blended formats that combine online and in-person aspects.

OpenCourseWare

Being able to read, write, and communicate effectively in a world of mass communication and social media is essential to many professions. As literacy evolves, you may want to consider courses that instruct you on how to navigate the growing world of communication. Some colleges offer OpenCourseWare (OCW) classes which are free, online, and completely open to the public. These classes can offer detailed instruction on a variety of topics, though they don't provide school credit or give access to instructors. For example, MIT offers classes that teaches students how to navigate new literacies such as social networking, collective intelligence, and more. Other literacy-related courses offered by MIT include literature and writing.

Library Of Congress And Project Gutenberg

In addition to libraries, many online resources allow free access to vast amounts of literature and other writings. If your goal is to explore American literature or simply develop your reading skills, the Library of Congress provides free access to some of the most influential novels that shaped American culture. You'll also find links to specific resources for adult readers.

Another good resource is Project Gutenberg, a virtual library stocked with over 50,000 free e-books available to download. This site also includes some titles in audio format.

Purdue Owl

One of the most useful resources for writing, ESL, and research help is the Purdue OWL. The Purdue OWL also has informational pages that can help improve grammar, punctuation, and other literacy areas. The also offer free video lectures on grammar, rhetoric, and APA and MLA formatting.

Earning College Credit

Did you know… We have over 95 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 2,000 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.

To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page

Transferring credit to the school of your choice

Not sure what college you want to attend yet? Study.com has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.

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