Online self-paced learning resources

My colleagues are hoping to create an online environment for people to use through
their local public library. They are looking for online resources that are
designed as "self-paced", and have options for:

  1. learn to read
  2. learn to write
  3. learn to speak a language.

They want the most basic of resources. The site will contain no more than five
options and will be geared toward adult learners.

Do these types of resources exist?

Any guidance would be greatly appreciated.


Hi Julie,

In the Resource Collection under Reading/Writing there is Reading Skills for Today's Adults

There are Adult Learning Activities from the California Distance Learning Project

The Learning Edge at

Those are the ones I know of but I'm sure there are more. Hope these help.


USALearns is a free website for ESL learners that would be great for an online learning environment for a library.

For those of you familiar with USALearns, there are a few new features to the site.

1. New links for supplementary materials available on the Teacher site.  

On your Teacher site homepage you can find links for free itunes video podcasts and the video scripts of the 2nd Course.  

Also find a database of free Websites that supplement the content of each of the units of all 3 Courses under "More Practice" on the teacher site homepage.

Towards the bottom of the teacher site homepage, you'll find an Intake Tool.  This intends to help independent learners decide which course they should be working in.  There are 20 questions, but if the user gets the first 8 wrong, he should be stopped and given the advice to start with 1st Course.

2.  Facebook Page

USALearns now has an official facebook page!  Please click the link below and share this link with your students so you can "LIKE" the site.  There are some questions that students could answer on the site.






So Julie, just a clarifying question (I hope).

Are you thinking that the resources for learning a language would be focused on learning English as opposed to other languages (e.g., Chinese, Spanish)?