Interactive websites for tutors and students

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In today’s digital world, there is a wealth of online resources for learning and teaching English. Here is a small selection of useful sites.

Interactive Websites for both Tutors and Students

  • The New York Times Learning Network contains resources for students and teachers to use New York Times materials to develop listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Learn more about how to use the site HERE.
  • Lots of different types of quizzes (grammar, vocabulary etc.) to do with your student.
  • Resources including lesson plans, flashcards & warm-ups. All levels. Downloadable PDFs. Login as a teacher or as a student. Call English In Action staff for login credentials.
  • Resources for adult learners and tutors. The website has separate sections for different ages, including adult students. Each section features a huge variety of interactive lessons, videos, games and podcasts to learn just about any skill.
  • Includes quizzes, word games, word puzzles, proverbs, slang expressions, anagrams, a random-sentence generator and other computer assisted language learning activities. It is interactive and has sound.
  • An attractive, user-friendly website including grammar, pronunciation, reading and listening practice and an interactive picture dictionary.
  • This site provides adult English language learners with level-appropriate, web-based activities that target life skill areas, while also preparing students to use the Internet as a tool for learning and participating in their communities. There are resources for both students and teachers.
  • A well-designed site with interactive tutorials for everything from operating an ATM machine to reading food labels. If you click on the main page icon and then click on reading, the site has resources for English language learners as well, including stories to listen to and read along, and picture dictionaries.

Websites for Tutors

  • The Minnesota Literacy Council has developed the Classroom Activities for Adult ESL Learners video series, which features professional teachers leading adult ESL classes through common classroom activities. Teachers and tutors can watch these videos in order to develop their teaching practices and become more comfortable introducing new activities to their learners.
  • Free downloadable worksheets arranged topically.
  • Check out the Internet TESL (Teachers of English as a Second Language) Journal’s large database of conversation starters, arranged topically.
  • Easy to print worksheets for multiple levels. Not an interactive site.
  • Extensive website for ESL teachers and tutors with many resources, lesson plans, activities and more.
  • Emojis have changed the way we communicate. Check out this resource for lesson plan ideas using emojis.
  • Intercambio Uniting Communities provides a wealth of teaching materials and ongoing support for tutors using their Confidence & Connections curriculum.
    1.  For PDFs, webinars, and other useful tutoring resources and tips, visit their Resource Hub.
    2. Already tutoring with English In Action and using Confidence & Connections? Become a member of English In Action’s Intercambio network for access to slides, webinars, and more. Contact your Match Advisor for registration information.

Websites for Students

  • This interactive website is in Spanish. Students can use it for self-study or tutors can help them learn to navigate it in class.
  • A website for Spanish speakers to practice English. Instructions are all in Spanish. Students can listen and practice phrases in English. Good for beginners to advanced students.
  • A free website for adults to learn English and prepare for U.S. citizenship. Here you can practice English speaking, reading, writing, listening, grammar, vocabulary and more. You can use these independently or with the help of your tutor.  This website is for beginner and intermediate students.
  • A website for Spanish speakers to practice English. Instructions are all in Spanish. Students can listen and practice phrases in English. Good for beginners to advanced students.
  • It includes videos and short quizzes, is entertaining for students, and it is easy to use on a mobile device.


  • The official website of the Department of Homeland Security provides a comprehensive overview of naturalization requirements and application processes. Information is available in Spanish and other languages. Looking to study for the citizenship exam? Find study guides HERE.
  • Free website to help refugees and immigrants. Includes information on immigration, education, work, health, and more.
  • Learn English, U.S. History, Government, Citizenship with pictures and easy words


  • An extremely useful English learning website. You can read (build your vocabulary), watch and listen (improve your listening skills and pronunciation) to the latest news in English. PLUS you can do it at different levels!
  • newsforyou: Real news stories catered to English learners. Includes vocabulary exercises, crossword puzzles, and more. Print versions are available at English In Action and Pitkin County Library. Contact your Match Advisor for online login credentials.

Phonics and Pronunciation

  • A phonics resource for ESL adults.
  • Phonograms are basic sound combinations of English, from which all words are built. View this chart for a comprehensive overview, including audio and video.


  • Is an online foreign language dictionary. It includes English definitions for words in 15 different languages, including Spanish, French, Arabic, and Chinese. These definitions often include examples to help you understand how the word is used in context. Many of these examples come from the WordReference forum, where native speakers answer questions about various words and phrases.


  • What’s going on in this picture? Spark conversation using these caption-free photos from the The New York Times. Click HERE to learn more.
  • Ask and answer questions about the Photo of the Week in The Atlantic.
  • The Teacher James agrees that images can be very useful conversation starters. Learn more HERE.


  • New to Zoom? Visit their comprehensive online help desk HERE.
  • Need custom support? Contact English In Action’s Digital Literacy Coach at 970.963.9200.