Tools for Tutors

Volunteer Tutor Training Handbook

CLICK HERE to download the Volunteer Tutor Training Handbook in PDF Format

Community Resource Guide for Immigrants in Central Arkansas

CLICK HERE to download the Community Resource Guide for Immigrants in Central Arkansas (produced by El Zocalo) in PDF format.

The following is a list of resources available to supplement tutoring or refer your student to. Please visit our Student Self-Study page for more recommended websites.

Ventures Audio

This site contains all audio segments that accompany the Ventures series’ student books. You can use them with your student in several ways: via podcast, download, or in-browser playing. We like to save this link on the notes app of our phone and play it easily from there. This audio is also found on the CDs in the back of the student books. Ventures Online Link

Ventures Resources

The Ventures website has a large collection of materials for teachers to use along with the books, including worksheets, teaching tips, and lesson planners. You will need to create a free account to access the resources. Ventures Resources

Confidence and Connections Resources

We are using a new ESL curriculum called Confidence and Connections with many of our students. If you are assigned this curriculum, we suggest you watch this video by Intercambio, “Unlocking the Power of Confidence and Connections,” before you start tutoring to learn how to get the most out of these great books, while also getting some great ESL teaching tips. Confidence and Connections link

Cypress Resume

Create a professional resume, cover letter, and references list quickly by simply entering basic information about yourself. Cypress Resume link

Word Academy

Word Academy is a great tool/game, much like Free Rice, that you can download onto a smart phone. It’s a fun way for your students to learn vocabulary and practice spelling! Get the App for Android or Apple.


Pronunciator provides both guided and self-directed instructions for 80 foreign languages, and ESL for 50 non-English languages, along with a Course Designer which allows for the creation and deployment of custom courses by educators. Pronunciator link

Accent Reduction

UAMS College of Health Professions Speech and Hearing Clinic provides accent reduction services for a nominal fee. Contact Connie Bracy at 569-3155.

Books, Puzzles, and Games

Literacy Action offers lots of supplemental materials and resources for tutors – both ESL and ABL. Please come by the office and check out our reading books, workbooks, games, vocabulary exercises, icebreakers, instructor books, CD’s, pronunciation aids, and dictionaries. Some of the materials are consumable and do not need to be returned; some are available to borrow and use; some are available to copy. We can help with suggestions and recommendations for you and your student(s).

Driver’s License

If you are working with students on obtaining a driver’s license, this link will take to you to a helpful resource: CALS Driving Test link


iCitizen is a great social studies/citizenship app that allows you to stay informed about happenings in Congress and provides a great platform for students to voice their opinions on issues that are important to our country: iCitizen link

ProLiteracy’s Education Network

Proliteracy’s Education Network has great information and resources for volunteer tutors. You can find online courses, lesson plans, podcasts, articles, and other resources to help infuse your lessons with new ideas and approaches that keep students engaged. ProLiteracy Ed Net link

Soft Skills to Pay the Bills: Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success

This is a curriculum focused on teaching “soft” or workforce readiness skills to youth, including youth with disabilities. Created as an introduction to workplace interpersonal and professional skills, the curriculum is targeted for youth 14-21, but may be useful for adult literacy students: Soft Skills link


Create your own teaching resources by making quizzes, match ups, word games, and more: WordWall link

Tesol “Engage, Support, Connect: Leveraging Digital Tools to Meet the Needs of our Diverse Learners”

Download the full PDF here.

Learning Disability Tools

These are some fantastic tools to help students with serious learning disabilities who need text read aloud to them:

Natural Reader

This free text-to-speech software allows you to experience listening to any text on your PC: Natural Reader link


Prizmo is an app you can download to a smart phone where you can take a picture of any text and it will read it out loud: Prizmo link Understand What You Read lets you read more, understand more, learn more words, and teach more effectively. It simplifies English, teaches vocabulary, creates learning materials, and lets you create documents to teach a global audience: Rewordify link