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 Local Resources


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.


Capital Region Newcomer Resource List

Lists local resources and services, such as childcare, housing, education, and emergency responders, for immigrants, refugees, and others new to the area.  Offered by the Capital District Refugee Roundtable.


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.


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 for All

Free Web-based multimedia system for adults learning English as a second language.


English as a Second Language: Resources for Students, Teachers, and Tudors

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.


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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TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)


TOEFL iBT Test Sample Questions

From the Educational Testing Service.


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For Teachers / Tutors


Dave's ESL Cafe

Resources and discussion forums for ESL teachers.


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 Toolkit

Learn how to advocate for adult education and literacy.

Professional Studies AE

Online courses for educators that cover topics such as helping adult learners persist, GED, health literacy, reading, college readiness, and more.  While most courses are free, some charge a fee.


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.



Thinkfinity is the Verizon Foundation’s free online professional learning community. Educators can connect and collaborate through themed groups, blogs and discussions, sharing resources and best practices that support 21st century teaching and learning.


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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.


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

Online Newspapers and Magazines

Find newspapers from all over the world. ESL learners will appreciate seeing newspapers from their countries of origin. From the Internet Public Library.

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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