This site is created for beginning, high beginning, and intermediate level ESL students.

Click a topic on the navigation bar on the right to work on different basic life-skills activities for preliterate and beginning students.

Click a topic on the table below to work on different basic grammar activities for beginning to high-beginning students.

The Preliteracy page is designed for students who are preliterate and low-literate learners in their first language. Most of the exercises there involve listening and reinforcing vocabulary learned in class.

The High-Beginner page is appropriate for the higher level beginning literacy learners and beginners who learn at a faster pace. The exercises there can also be used for review by higher level students.        


The Intermediate page is appropriate for the more proficient learners who have improved basic English literacy skills. The intermediate section of this website has its own life-skills, grammar, and other activities.

I hope you enjoy using this website as much as I enjoyed creating it. Have fun learning and using the activities in this site!

Teachers and Tutors should proceed to the link below before students initially use this website. 



Photos and images are taken from Microsoft Clip Art, Royalty-Free Getty Images, Shutterstock, and Cielito Brekke's photos.

For Teachers and Tutors



The exercises in Cielito’s ESL Literacy Website are chosen to reinforce and supplement each life-skills unit and basic grammar unit learned in ESL literacy classes. The website is appropriate for low beginning, high beginning, and intermediate level ESL literacy students. The exercises are mostly collected from royalty-free ESL sites on the internet.
      The Preliteracy page is designed for ESL students who have no formal education or limited schooling from their native countries due to the following reasons: their first language is not written or has recently been written, or poverty, war, and other socioeconomic and socio-political factors have prevented schooling opportunities. The preliteracy page is also initially beneficial for ESL students who are literate in their first language but have no knowledge of English at all. Most of the exercises there involve listening and reinforcing vocabulary learned in class. To learn more about how to help adult preliterate ESL learners, read the Curriculum Guide for Adult ESL Preliterate Learners. You can find this curriculum guide on  COABE Adult Educator Resources or this link.  
The High-Beginner page is appropriate for the higher level beginning literacy learners and beginners who learn at a faster pace. The exercises there can also be used for review by higher level students.        
The Intermediate page is appropriate for the more proficient learners who have improved basic English literacy skills. 
          For each web page, initially lower-level students may need instruction on how to click the mouse, and where to click to go to the next question or exercise. Click the Computer Tutorial page to teach students how to use the mouse. They may also need to know how to click the Back/Forward arrow when moving from one window to another, or to click the X to close windows when needed. Also, students may need a lot of instruction with exercises that require typing. For students who do not have any experience with typing, initially it is best not to have them work on exercises that require typing. Once students have mastered these skills, they will be able to continue on their own.
         The exercises are arranged according to difficulty. For the most part, they become increasingly challenging from top to bottom. Most exercises allow students time to learn the information as they work their way through the pages.    
         I hope you enjoy using this website with your students as much as I enjoyed creating it.  It is my intent that this website becomes more helpful, useful, and relevant for the students. Please feel free to email me at  Cielito.Brekke@scc.spokane.edu for any comments and suggestions regarding this website. 

Thank you,