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Online literacy resources available to public library staff supporting adult literacy programs and tutors, computer skills, early and family literacy.

Supporting adult literacy and tutors

Adult literacy resources at your library - brochure- A printable brochure with generic information about adult literacy resources available at public libraries, including who can access them and how to borrow them

BBC Learning English - Collection of resources, games and quizzes on learning English

Breaking news English - This site uses actual news articles as the basis of a suggested lesson. Activities and exercises follow the chosen article.

EnglishClub - An excellent free website for teachers of English with printable worksheets. - This free web site has worksheets, tutorials and many other useful activities

ESL for beginners - Online activities and print resources for beginning to learn English

Grammarly - a free proofreading tool that helps people grammar check their writing, from emails to essays, both on and offline.

Learn English - Developed by the British Council, contains online activities suitable for both adult and children

Livewire puzzles - Free printable word search puzzles.

Luminosity - Brain games designed to develop the functioning of the brain. Can be used with people with acquired brain injuries etc.

Massive Open Online English Course (MOOEC) - A collection of free online English lessons provided by universities and colleges initiated in Queensland

Purdue online writing lab- Resources and exercises specifically for ESL tutors and students.

Skillswize - This website allows learners to imprive their skills in reading, writing and number concepts. Contains interactive activities, fact sheets and printable exercises. Comprehensive and highly recommended.

Speak English - A wide range of materials for learning UK English. Pick up some basic phrases or expand your vocabulary

Computer skills

Be Connected is an Australian government initiative committed to increasing the confidence, skills and online safety of older Australians.

eSafety Education - The Office of the eSafety Commissioner has a collection of education resources and policies in the context of being safe online. has helped millions around the world learn the essential skills they need to live and work in the 21st century. From Microsoft Office and email, to reading, math, and more.

Go Digi - A partnership between Infoxchange and Australia Post to develop a national digital literacy program to improve the digital skills of Australians. Includes learning guides on many everyday topics. - This is a free website that teaches typing skills. You have to create their own log on. It automatically takes you to the last page you used each time you log on.

In pictures - This is an excellent pictorial site which teaches you how to use many programs including Word, Publisher, Excel and Powerpoint. If you prefer to you can learn Open Office software. It was created for people with learning difficulties so the approach is user-friendly. is a free elearning platform available to State Library members. It includes video tutorials on a range of topics such as Windows 10, Office 365, Google Docs, photography, web development, marketing, IT, business management, and job seeking.

Mousing around - A free tutorial on using a computer mouse. There is a little American content but it is excellent. Once they have successfully completed the tutorial the user can print out a certificate with their name on it. From Palm Beach County Library, USA.

Mouse tutorial - Interactive tutorial to learn how to use a computer mouse. Requires Flash player.

Telstra Tech Savvy Seniors has a range of short training videos on mobile devices, computers and online security, using email, and exploring other technology.

Early and Family Literacy

Corner Toolkit- The Corner Toolkit is designed to be flexible and easy to implement, and has been developed to provide support for anyone required to run children's programming including libraries, kindergartens, crèche or at home. For children 8 and under.

First 5 Forever - Find out more about free activities for families with children aged 0-5.

Funbrain - This website has a lot of interactive games. Care should be taken to ensure that the content is suitable for adults before using them.

Last updated
7th November 2019