Literacy Resources

Reading Horizons is a self-directed internet-based learning program to assist struggling readers. VCLA learners use this program at home (if they have internet) or at one of our two main locations in the Valley. If you think this program may work well for you, ask your instructor or contact the main office at [email protected] or 679-5252.

Lexia Learning is another self-directed internet-based learning program to assist struggling readers. VCLA learners use this program at home (if they have internet) or at one of our two main locations in the Valley. If you think this program may work well for you, ask your instructor or contact the main office at [email protected] or 679-5252.

Speakonia – free text reader – Speakonia is a Text-To-Speech Program which is controlled through a graphical user interface (Similar to Notepad). Speakonia reads aloud any given text. The reading can be paused, resumed and can be exported to wave file. Speakonia is able to fetch webpages through an internal http interface and read them aloud for you. You can gave your emails read to you using the ‘Clipboard Reading’ feature.

Assess your Canadian Language Benchmark level online with this test. – The CLB-OSA is an online self-assessment tool for people who are interested in assessing their English as a Second Language (ESL). These tests are based on the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) and will assess your language proficiency in reading and listening.

Elllo has hundreds of dialogues with transcripts and exercises – Learn English for Free with elllo.

Breaking News offers 6 different levels of news coverage in English, from easier to harder. All lessons come with questions and exercises. – FREE, Interactive & Printable English Lessons in 7 LEVELS

Rachel’s English offers tips on how to pronounce most sounds of the American English alphabet. –  Rachel’s English is your online American English pronunciation resource. All videos have closed captioning to help non-native speakers understand. New videos added every week!

Perfect English Grammar has a lot of exercises and explanations.

GCF Learn Free – This website has great tutorials for learning how to use computers! – If you are new to the computer, don’t worry. We can help. These tutorials will allow you to become comfortable with technology in no time!

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