Adult Education Reading Library

Reading resources for adult educators.

Mini Grant Projects

Reading Organizations


Adult Literacy Reading Programs

"A well-trained teacher or tutor in an adult literacy program should be trained in at least three methods, including the multisensory approach, which has proven to be effective for adult students with learning disabilities. A multisensory method uses a combination of visual, auditory and tactile-kinesthetic instruction to enhance memory and learning. Following is a list of multisensory structured language programs.This list does not include every available adult literacy reading program; however, many of the programs listed are based on the "Orton Gillingham-Stillman Approach." This approach is often described as the grandfather of many successful multisensory reading programs."

Applying Research in Reading Instruction for Adults: First Steps for Teachers

"This book is an excellent resource for adult educators. It is well organized into 9 chapters that provide explicit guidance on how to plan and deliver reading instruction in adult education. It first provides a clear and user-friendly definition of reading and the components of reading instruction. It then provides an overview of reading assessment practices. The following chapters (Chapters 4 through 7) provide guidance for assessing, planning and providing instruction in each of the reading components with specific examples and resources provided. The book ends with two chapters on how to develop a plan for a program to implement effective reading assessment and instruction with specific examples. The book was developed for practitioners and makes the daunting task of taking on adult literacy appear manageable. The translation of research and research-based principles is clear and practical."

Easy News

"Easy News is the first news magazine designed to be accessible for people with learning disabilities."

Evidence-based Reading Instruction: Fluency: Research and Teaching Strategies

"The resource is helpful in teaching instructors how to teach fluency which is often neglected in adult education classes. Even though fluency is one of the components of reading, it is probably the least known among teachers. The resource not only provides specific strategies for teaching fluency, but it also provides supporting research, references and further instructional resources. It should be stressed that fluency is best developed using easy-to-read materials (at the independent reading level) rather than those that the student might have to struggle to read. This research digest provides clear and concise information about fluency: definition, research, assessment and instructional suggestions. The assessment and instructional suggestions are well described."

Persistence Among Adult Education Students Panel. Findings from the National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy (NCSALL) Research: Adult Reading and Student Persistence

"This webcast focuses on student persistence in ABE, ESOL, and GED programs and features the findings of a NCSALL study, "Supporting the Persistence of Adult Basic Education Students." The panelists describe factors that support or inhibit student persistence, as well as examples and strategies that positively influence student persistence in adult education programs. This webinar would be most useful to teachers, program administrators, and state staff who seek to better understand barriers to learner persistence and methods to increase levels of persistence in adult education programs."


A website devoted to English, math and job skills.

Teaching Reading to Adults: A pack of resources and ideas for adult literacies tutors

"This tutor/teacher pack contains many strategies and ideas for teaching reading to adults. It covers topics such as working with low level readers, working with mixed ability groups, finding appropriate materials, teaching and learning approaches. Each topic includes at least one case study to exemplify the strategy. It provides links to resources on reading theory. Some of these are not active or may be hard to open by clicking on the link, but Do work if typed into a search engine. Resources (both online and hard copy) include books, articles on: the theory and practice of reading, effective teaching and learning, policy documents, learner texts, and learning disabilities. An abundant glossary would help to support a teacher new to reading. Pages 52-66 include information about the researchers and a short evaluation of their work. Pages 68-95 include support materials from the authors. The resource ends with a "Rights of the Reader," a simple but provocative piece, that could provide interesting discussion in an adult class."

Teaching Reading to First Level Adults

"Reading has always been a fundamental concept taught in adult basic education (ABE). The methods and contexts for reading instruction, however, have varied over time according to practitioners’ theoretical perspectives and belief systems about the reading process. For example, the teaching of reading often has been embedded in instructional content rather than addressed as a discrete skill. Because of the variations in instructional approach, it sometimes has been difficult to discern the extent to which reading is being taught in ABE programs."

Techniques for Teaching Beginning-Level Reading to Adults

"This is an excellent article for teachers of beginning level adult readers. The most useful feature is the "typical lesson plan for a three-hour class." The article is easy to read and engaging. This article could serve as a stand-alone or as an overview for an in-service on reading components and low level readers."

What Is Evidence-Based Reading Instruction and How Do You Know It When You See It?

"This particular policy brief would be most useful to program administrators, and instructors who are interested in identifying behaviors that are consistent with providing high-quality evidence-based reading instruction in adult education classrooms."


Breaking News English

2,356 Free English Lessons in 7 Levels, which includes mini lessons, dictation, and 5 speed listening.

Reading Skills for Today’s Adults

"This project was designed to create leveled reading selections that are appropriate for and valued by adult learners. These materials, combined with the research-proven strategies of repeated reading and guided oral reading, aid in building learners’ fluency and comprehension skills. The materials correspond to Casas 200 – 235. This project helps adults become better readers and more informed consumers, parents, employees, citizens and community members. The focus of these reading selections will be on topics such as: Civics, Employment, Housing, Health, School, Money, and Government. "


EL Civics for ESL Students

Do not let the name prevent you from perusing this website. There is lots of information for all readers.

English Worksheets Land

Over 34,000 Resources Ready To Print that are:

  • Kindergarten through Middle School
  • Aligned to the Common Core

Gatehouse: A Beginner Reader is not a Beginner Thinker

Literacy Connections of the Hudson Valley

Minnesota Literacy Council

"Reading for Life is a two-volume collection of worksheets and activities published by the Minnesota Department of Education and designed to enhance the teaching of life and work skills to adult ESL and ABE learners. The lesson plans included here will aid teachers and tutors in building lessons around specific competencies addressed in Reading for Life by Linda Strand.

Each lesson plan outlines three stages of addressing a competency:

  • a real-life application
  • a list and links to applicable worksheets in Reading for Life
  • links to multiple-choice worksheets and answer sheets"

National Adult Literacy Agency

Worksheets covering the areas of reading, writing, spelling, reading practice, writing practice, filling in forms, and puzzles.

Reading Worksheets and Printables

This website contains "printable reading worksheets cover a variety of reading topics including early letter recognition, sight words, fluency, and comprehension. Reading comprehension worksheets feature both fiction and nonfiction stories, and make reading enjoyable with detailed illustrations and engaging comprehension questions."