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Adult Literacy Project

In the U.S., 22 percent of adults function at the lowest levels of literacy. In Palm Beach County, that’s over 70,000 adults! Simple tasks present huge barriers:

  • Completing a job application.
  • Reading a medicine label.
  • Registering to vote.
  • Opening a bank account.
  • Helping a child with homework.

A highly rewarding experience awaits you!

  • Volunteer a few hours each week and make a difference.
  • Teach an adult to read, write or speak English.
  • Materials and training are offered free-of-charge.

Literacy Resources: Useful Links for Students

These general ESOL websites offer many types of activities (grammar, listening, pronunciation, vocabulary, reading, etc.) for language learners of all levels. We have also included some useful non-ESOL links for reading and math. Show Me

Grammar and Written English

Listening Practice

  • Advanced ESL Listening Practice - Listen to a variety of stories in English. Reading speed may be adjusted.
  • Randall's ESL Lab - Listening comprehension quizzes.
  • ManyThings - A free study site for ESL students with games, quizzes, puzzles, MP3 files with transcripts, listening practice, pronunciation and more.
  • Voice of America Learning English - This site gives students the opportunity to listen to news articles in simple English. The stories come with a transcript and a number of activities that focus on reading comprehension, vocabulary, and listening skills.
  • Learn English for Free - Video lessons by experienced teachers.

Pronunciation Practice



  • Learning Express - Study for the TOEFL and take TOEFL practice tests online. Online registration is required
  • Test Preview TOEFL Practice - TOEFL practice tests that cover grammar, reading comprehension, sentence completion, and writing. Practice tests can be printed.
  • TOEFL Test Preparation - This site provides a number of TOEFL practice questions and lessons.

Reading, Math and More

  • Learn on the Go - Practice reading, math, and learn more about computer skills.
  • Learning Express - Study for your GED, ABE test, citizenship test, and much more. To use the site you need to register online.
  • Math Review - Review your math skills at this website.
  • News For You - This site offers easy-to-read news stories that can help you learn to read, write, speak, and understand the English language. Seven new stories are posted each Wednesday, along with audio, exercises, vocabulary, a crossword puzzle and a word search.
  • Times in Plain English - Current news stories are written in plain language. Great site for advanced ESOL or non-ESOL readers to use.
  • LINCS Learning Center - The LINCS Learning Center connects you to free online resources to reach your life goals. Choose a goal to learn how to read, get job skills, and more.

Literacy Resources: Useful Links for Tutors

These links include useful resources for our tutors. Show Me

  • FCRR Literacy Games - CMCE Reads! Florida Center for Reading Research “Student Center Activities” covering kindergarten through fifth grade lesson plans.
  • Florida Literacy Coalition, Inc. - Florida's Adult and Family Literacy Resource Center offers a Tutor Help Center focusing on literacy/ABE and ESOL strategies.
  • Learning Center Study Zone - This site provides a comprehensive grammar review for all levels. Lessons are followed by quizzes. Tutors can find lesson plan ideas and print grammar quizzes.
  • Learning Disabilities Association of America - Provides support to people with learning disabilities — information on learning disabilities, practical solutions, and a comprehensive network of resources.
  • Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County - “The mission of the Literacy Coalition is to improve the quality of life in our community by promoting and achieving literacy.”
  • Southwest Adult Basic Education - Offers reading, comprehension, and vocabulary activities for use by students and tutors.
  • Math Fact Cafe - This site allows tutors to build their own math worksheets.
  • ProLiteracy Education Network - Offers reading, comprehension, and vocabulary activities for use by students. Lesson plans are also provided for adult literacy tutors.
  • School District of Palm Beach County-Community Educator - Guide to Adult and Community Education Classes with a locator map listing schools that offer ESOL and GED classes.
  • Tutoring ABE Video - This video is an example of the first tutoring session. During this session the student and tutor get to know each other and set goals.

Adult Literacy Project Monthly Tutor Timecard

English Exchange

Meet new friends and practice English! Free informal conversational sessions. Participants should have a basic understanding of English. Seating is limited.

Download the English Exchange Flier


  • Between Us Newsletter - Student newsletter written for and by students includes announcements, accomplishments, and Literacy*AmeriCorps member information.
  • Tutor Talk Newsletter - Includes upcoming events, student/tutor interviews, tutor tips, and helpful websites.

Tutor Workshops

We are recruiting volunteers who can tutor at the Acreage Branch, Belle Glade Branch, Greenacres Branch, Loula V. York Branch (Pahokee), Main Library (Summit Boulevard) and the Okeechobee Boulevard Branch. Registration is required to participate. Tutors must attend all sessions to volunteer with our program.

Workshops are based on student demand. Please call the Volunteer Desk at 561-894-7510 for more information.

Library Literacy Friends, Inc.

Library Literacy Friends, Inc. is an organization comprised of volunteers, students, and other concerned community members who recognize the basic literacy needs of adults in our community. We are committed to support, promote, and expand the presence and effectiveness of the Palm Beach County Library’s Adult Literacy Project in providing one-on-one tutoring for adult basic literacy learners.

Our members devote their time and talent to achieve the following:
  • Create public interest in the cause of adult literacy.
  • Increase awareness of the Adult Literacy Project.
  • Encourage community participation in the program.
  • Support volunteer tutor training and staff development.
  • Provide educational materials.
  • Sponsor tutor and student workshops and cultural events.

It is the mission of Library Literacy Friends, Inc. to support and fund the program in all aspects to ensure the continued success of the Palm Beach County Library’s Adult Literacy Project.