Mayor's Office For Adult Literacy

Literacy Resources

As our city faces the unprecedented challenge of the Covid-19 pandemic, Houston area adult literacy programs must close their doors temporarily, and adult learners must continue their education from their homes.

In response, our partners and friends in adult literacy and educational technology have shared several free resources to facilitate literacy provider programming of virtual lessons for their students and for adult learners to engage in learning at their own pace.


Adult Educator and TCALL Trainer Theresa Sands presents “Bridging From ESL to Adult Basic Education: Building Academic Vocabulary.” Hosted by MOAL, the Objectives are:

  • Identify different types of language/vocabulary students need to understand emphasizing Tier 2 words.
  • Examine ways to promote language/vocabulary development through integrating activities that support ESL students in ABE.
  • Engage in an explicit vocabulary routine.



Coalition on Adult Basic EducationCoalition on Adult Basic Education
Action Items for State Leaders



Texas State Library and Archives CommissionTexas State Library and Archives Commission


Upskill Houston GraphicCrowdED Learning


Upskill Houston GraphicUpskill Houston


EdTech Center World Education Graphic EdTech Center World Education


Red and Bla GraphicEducating Others


Google Classroom GraphicGoogle Classroom


Khan Academy GraphicKhan Academy - Teachers: How To Use Khan Academy


Cisco Webex GraphicTeaching with WebEx


TED ED GraphicTed ED In Your Classroom


Resources for content in the virtual classroom

El Civics Graphic EL Civics (English Language and Civics)



(Note: Access to the products listed below is provided solely by the respective publishers, not by the City of Houston.  Any use or access beyond the free 90 days as specified below will be solely between the program/user and the technology provider.)

Comcast Internet Essentials Graphic Comcast Internet Essentials
Internet Essentials from Comcast brings you affordable, high-speed Internet. You may be eligible for 2 months of free Internet Essentials service. Available for new Internet Essentials customers only. Apply by December 31, 2020.


AT&T Access Graphic Access from AT&T
AT&T will continue to offer you an affordable way to connect. In response to the public health crisis, Access from AT&T is temporarily (1) Expanding eligibility based on income* and to households participating in the National School Lunch and Head Start programs and (2)Waiving home internet data overage fees until September 30, 2020. (Does not apply to DSL)


Cell-ED GraphicCell-Ed offers FREE ACCESS TO ALL OFFERINGS for 90 Days for a limited number.

For more information click here (.pdf)


Learning Upgrade GraphicLEARNING UPGRADE OFFERS 90 Days of unlimited free access to learners and programs.

For more information click here (.pdf)

Para información en español, haga click aquí (.pdf)


Work Ready GraphicWork Ready Mobile OFFERS 90 Days of unlimited free access to programs and their learners.

For more information click here (.pdf)



Resources for Adult Learners

Houston Public Library Graphic Houston Public Library - Learning Express Library (the reason to get a library card)


MAM Houston Graphic MAM Helping Houston, Fall 2020 ESL Schedule



Baker Ripley Graphic Baker Ripley 2020 Fall Classes


Neuhaus Academy Graphic Neuhaus Academy


Hello English App Graphic Mobile App ... Download the Hello English app on your phone.

When you open the app, you will take a short English test. You can practice reading, writing, listening, and speaking in English.


Duo Lingo App Graphic Mobile App ... Download the Duolingo app on your phone, or practice from the website

You can practice reading, writing, listening, and speaking in English.


Typing Dot Com Graphic Go to the website

Click on the yellow button For Students >>

If you create a free account, your information will be saved. If you do not have an account, you can still practice, but your work will not be saved.


GCF Global Graphic Go to the website

From this website, you can practice many skills in English. Practice Basic Computer Skills, English for everyday activities, English for work, and much more.


Randalls ESL Graphic Go to the website

Put your mouse over the words Listening Activities at the top of the screen. A long list of choices will appear. You can practice listening to easy, intermediate, or difficult conversations and take quizzes to check your understanding.


Many Things Dot Org Graphic Go to the website

This website has many easy activities for beginners. Or, you can choose more difficult listening and vocabulary activities.


Reference in this site to any specific product, process, or service, or the use of any trade, firm, or corporation name is for the information and convenience of the public and does not constitute endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the City of Houston or the Mayor’s Office for Adult Literacy (“MOAL”).  The software and materials are provided in this site as a service to learners who may need to continue their education from home during the Covid-19 crisis.  While MOAL strives to make the information on this site as timely and accurate as possible, MOAL makes no claims, promises, or guarantees about the accuracy, effectiveness, completeness, or adequacy of the contents of this site or in reaching learner goals relative to any other product not presented here, and expressly disclaims all liabilities for errors and omissions in the contents of this site.  No warranty of any kind, implied, expressed, or statutory, including but not limited to the warranties of non-infringement of third-party rights, title, merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose or freedom from computer virus, is given with respect to the contents of this website or its links to other Internet resources.