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Online Learning for Adults

Online learning uses digital platforms for English, math, reading, history, and content area instruction. 

Digital literacy teaches computer and technology skills.

Online Adult Basic Education

Online English Language Learning

All Skills


  • Listening practice
    Audio recordings of stories about love, loss, family, and friendship

  • Video speeches from experts on education, business, science, tech, and creativity
    Subtitles available in 100+ languages



  • Sounds of Speech
    Animated articulation diagram to show how English sounds are produced
    • Find “The Website Version” at the bottom of the page
    • May need to update Adobe Flash Player 


  • Purdue Online Writing Lab 
    English grammar lessons
    • For writing exercises, click on “English as a Second Language” on the left and then on “ESL Students” 
    • Find more activities at “Suggested Resources” at bottom of page – click on “OWL Exercises” and choose from list on the left

How To Move Instruction Online

Online learning can:

  • supplement group class or one-to-one instruction
  • offer flexibility to learners with schedule, transportation or childcare barriers
  • be a great way to improve workforce skills
  • feel like a safer learning environment for some learners
  • help learners with special needs (speech recognition software helps learners with visual and learning disabilities)

Learners can access a wide variety of online learning options via computer or mobile device, like a smart phone.  Make sure individual learners have access to a computer/ device and internet/data before you recommend online learning options. 

Just like you would talk with your learner before and after reading a book or working on a worksheet, interact with your learner before and after a computer-based assignment. Some learners may need more support than others, especially around technology, independent study skills and self-motivation.  

How To Move Instruction Online Webinars

  • Adapting ELL Strategies to Virtual Platforms
    Note: Recording has a delayed start.

    We tried out some classic ELL (English Language Learning) strategies in this highly interactive session on Zoom. Please bring paper, a pencil, and whatever materials you usually use in a learning session.
  • Burlington English Part 1 - Is it right for you?
    Intended for program managers and executive directors to help you decide if you want to buy seats.
  • Burlington English Part 2 - How to use it
    How Burlington English works, how to access lessons, and its features.
  • How'd They Do That? Creating Videos
    Want to learn how to turn your PowerPoint slides into interactive YouTube videos for your students?

    Learn how to add voice recordings to your PowerPoints, save them as a video, upload them to YouTube, and share them with your students.

    These videos are great for ELL students who do well with listening activities but struggle with reading skills. Interactive tools also help students practice their pronunciation skills.

    This webinar is designed for teachers of all technological skill levels.
  • How'd They Do That? Adding Quizzes and More
    Want to learn how to use Google Sites, Quizzes, and Slides for Virtual Learning?

    Learn the basics of free Google apps like Google Sites, Google Forms, and Google Slides.

    Create a digital literacy website for your lower-level ELL students, using free Google products to create accessible online resources. All Google Sites are accessible by smartphones and allow for simple access for low-level ELL students who struggle with technology.

    This webinar is designed for teachers of all technological skill levels.
  • How’d They Do That? Zoom Classroom
    Want to learn how to use Zoom with lower-level learners?

    Develop best practices in order to transition your lower-level ELL students onto Zoom and learn how to help your students become confident virtual learners.

    This webinar is designed for teachers of all technological skill levels.

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