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
The Intermediate page is appropriate for the more proficient learners who have improved basic English literacy skills.
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
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.
Photos and images are taken from Microsoft Clip Art, Royalty-Free Getty Images, Shutterstock, and Cielito Brekke's photos.