Online GED Resources and Information

Interactive Online Activities for ESL and ABE / GED

ESL Activities

Approved Distance Learning Curricula

  • USA Learns - www.usalearns.org  -1st Course for beginners now approved (SP0-3)
  • English For All  - www.myefa.org - Great for workforce and life skills as well as general English – SP2-5
  • California Distance Learning Project - www.cdlponline.org  - Lots of reading and vocabulary, also good for lower level ABE (SP4-7)

With Spanish Support

  • Puma Rosawww.pumarosa.com – Student favorite, multi-level including civics instruction.  Great for computer novices.
  • Saber Ingléswww.saberingles.com.ar – Good grammar explanations and activities
  • Curso Ingléswww.curso-ingles.com – Lots of activities and instruction, but may be hard to navigate for inexperienced users.
  • e-Aprender Inglés - www.e-aprender-ingles.com – Very similar to Curso Inglés.  Lots of activities that may be overwhelming for beginners
  • Hello Worldwww.hello-world.com –Designed for kids, but has great activities.  Includes other language groups as well.  However, to access all the activities, you have to have subscription, and they require that you email them details before they give you the subscription cost.
  • GCF ® for Everyday Life - http://www.gcflearnfree.org/everydaylife -Everyday Living takes a while to load, but it is very interactive. For ABE or ESL with teacher support.  Involves an easy signup.  

No Spanish Support

  • Many Things - http://www.manythings.org/ - Fairly easy to use.  Some activities are designed for pair work, so it’s great for classrooms with limited computer access.
  • Real English - http://www.real-english.com/ - Good videos, with and without subtitles.  Activities and exercises.  Recording with a microphone.  I suggest starting with the lessons page (/new-lessons.asp).  All levels.
  • Activities for ESL Students - http://a4esl.org/  - Lots of activities but mainly grammar and vocabulary.  I like the bilingual quizzes with a wide range of languages included.
  • Starfall - http://www.starfall.com/ - Designed for children, but great for emerging readers of all ages.  This is phonics basic, however, so students should have some level of vocabulary before starting.
  • ESL Gold - http://www.eslgold.com/ - Lots of activities broken down first by skill and then by level.  The biggest drawback is navigation for literacy and low beginning students.  There are many pages with multi-language support, but not all.
  • Literacy Works - http://literacyworks.org/learningresources/ - lots of reading and/or video for comprehension practice.  Best for low intermediate and up.
  • Randall’s ESL Cyber Listening Lab - http://esl-lab.com/ - Lots and lots of listening comprehension opportunities divided by levels and different topics.
  • Botspot  - http://www.botspot.com/pages/chatbots.html - Practice chatting with virtual intelligence characters.  My favorite is ALICE – the original.  She’s one of the oldest.  Explain that she is learning English as a second language, too,  (her first language is binary), so she sometimes misunderstands what you say.  You have to help clarify your meaning.  Great fun.

 
 

Interactive Online Activities for ESL and ABE / GED
 

ABE/GED Activities
 

Approved Distance Learning Curricula

  • California Distance Learning Project - www.cdlponline.org  - Lots of reading and vocabulary, also good for lower level higher level ESL (SP4-7)

GED TEST Prep

·Steck-Vaughn Practice Test On-Line - http://steckvaughnadult.hmhco.com/en/gedpractice.htm -A sampling of test items to familiarize you with the types of items you will see on the actual GED test.

·4Tests.com: GED - http://www.4tests.com/examdesc.asp?examid=38 - Review questions to prepare for the GED Tests.

Lesson Plans

Multiple Skills

  • Fun Brain – http://www.funbrain.com - Students will find activities and games for spelling, math and grammar. A teacher guide is available to help review the skills and levels of the numerous educational games. 
  • BBC Education Scotland Bitesize - http://www.bbc.co.uk/scotland/education/bitesize - “Bite size” content reviews and a quiz for many subject areas in a very attractive and fun format.
  • GCF ® for Everyday Life - http://www.gcflearnfree.org/everydaylife -Everyday Living takes a while to load, but it is very interactive. For ABE or ESL with teacher support.  Involves an easy signup.  Spanish courses

Reading and Vocabulary

  • Cepstral Text-to-Speech  - http://www.cepstral.com/demos/ - For students who may need text to speech assistance, this allows you to copy or type text in a box and choose the speed and pitch for the speech output.
  • The Learning Edge - http://thewclc.ca/edge/ - A multi-media, interactive online newspaper from Canada with many learning activities.
  • Learning Resources - http://literacynet.org/cnnsf/ - Abbreviated news stories with audio and some video. Vocabulary, sequencing, comprehension and writing activities follow each story.

Grammar and Punctuation

 
 

Interactive Online Activities for ESL and ABE / GED
 

ABE/GED Activities (continued)
 

Writing

Math

  • AAA Math  - http://www.aaastudy.com/ - K-8th grade math concepts offered in discrete, self-checking modules.
  • A+ Math - http://www.aplusmath.com/ - Interactive web site with basic math skills and concepts. Flashcards and games for students. Teachers can print out worksheets or create their own to print out on the fly.
  • Powers of Ten - http://microcosm.web.cern.ch/Microcosm/P10/english/P0.html - This website using a view of the earth at distances that are powers of ten. Helps create the concept in a fun way.
  • Visual Fractions - http://www.visualfractions.com/ - Instruction and practice in identifying, renaming, and operating on fractions. All fractions are modeled with number lines or circles. A few games are included.
  • National Library of Virtual Manipulatives - http://nlvm.usu.edu/en/nav/vlibrary.html - Interactive, web-based virtual manipulatives to help students engage in math concepts.  PK – 12 levels.
  • Consumer Jungle  - http://www.consumerjungle.org/ - Consumer Jungle features consumer education curriculum with interactive student activities and printable materials.

Geography

U.S. Government and History

 
 
 

World History

Science