As a compliment to our Literacy Council Tutoring Program, we are pleased to provide resource links on a variety of topics helpful for adults working to improve their English language skills.
Frequently Asked Questions for Students
Do you want to improve your English reading, writing, or speaking? Or maybe you want to earn your GED, become a U.S. Citizen, or be able to complete daily tasks without the help of a translator? The Literacy Council can help! Our services are free and confidential. We will never share your information with anyone. Apply today here.
All tutoring through the Literacy Council is FREE for adults age 18 and over. Each student is paired with a tutor, and they are able to meet one-on-one at a time convenient to both the student and tutor. Students and tutors can meet at a local library, a park, or virtually. Students are asked to purchase their own books if they are able to afford it (approximately $30). But there are scholarships to cover the costs of book fees. We don’t want the cost to discourage anyone from using our services.
Students agree to:
- Set achievable and measurable goals
- Be on time
- Be prepared for each session
- Commit to or meet with a tutor at least once per week for at least six months
The Literacy Council agrees to:
- Keep information confidential
- Provide support and monitor progress
- Help find a place to learn
- Provide resources
Want to Earn Your GED or HSED?
Are you interested in getting a GED or HSED? Here’s what you need to know:
Requirements: You must provide proof that you have resided in Wisconsin for at least 10 days and provide proof that you are least 18.5 years old.
Should I get a GED or HSED?
The two most common options are the GED (Certificate of General Education Development) and the HSED (High School Equivalency Diploma). The GED is accepted by most employers and technical and community colleges. Some employers, universities, and branches of the military require an HSED. You can decide which option is best for you.
How to Study for the Tests
There are different ways to study for the tests. Two options are:
Option 1 - HSED or GED Instruction Class at LTC
You can enroll in a Lakeshore Technical College* HSED or GED Instruction class at a cost of $20 per semester. A Literacy Council Tutor can help you study for your class at LTC.
Option 2 - Self Study with or without a Tutor
You can buy the GED books and study on your own or with the help of a Literacy Council Tutor.
Tests You Need to Pass
To get just the GED in Wisconsin, you need to pass four tests plus Civics. The four tests are:
- Mathematical Reasoning
- Reasoning through Language Arts
- Social Studies
The four tests cost $33.75 each.
The Civics test costs $10.00.
Passing Test Scores
- GED Tests: It is necessary to acquire a minimum score of 145 out of 200 on each GED test in order to pass.
- Civics test passing score is 60 out of 100 questions correct.
Student Resource Links
This website was developed to help students improve their math skills interactively. It contains flashcards, games, and worksheets for a variety of math topics.
This government website includes information and resources for exploring careers, writing résumés, researching jobs and salaries, searching for jobs, and exploring education and training options. A good place to start is with the “Self assessments” tab. Here one can take a quick or long interest assessment quiz.
131 Van Altena Avenue, Cedar Grove, WI 53013 920-668-6834
San Francisco Public Library page that contains information on the naturalization process
Citizenship Study Guide to help a student prepare for a citizenship test; practice test questions and full information
This is also known as Dave’s ESL Cafe. You can access many sections such as idioms and verb tenses. Also, your student can listen to and practice English pronunciation. This site has a fountain of ideas and help for tutors and students.
40 Pine Street, P.O. Box 387 Elkhart Lake, WI 53020 920-876-2554 email@example.com
Printable English worksheets for letter pronunciation and grammar
English Grammar Reference & Exercises—grammar information and instructional ideas
Advanced English Lessons
Massive site with lists of activities, games, tests, and downloadable and printable worksheets and pictures for lessons.
This site provides hundreds of pages of free English teaching and learning materials for both students and teachers. All resources are organized by skill and level for quick and easy access. The site can be accessed in 15 other languages.
Tutorials to learn basic computer skills, financial literacy, life skills
333 Upper Road, Kohler WI, 53044 920-459-2923
112 Butler Street P.O. Box 326 Random Lake, WI 53075 920-994-4825 firstname.lastname@example.org
Worksheets, crossword puzzles, and games for adult ELL learners
This site offers lessons using CNN and CBS news stories. Each module includes an audio and video clip of the story, the full text of the story, and interactive activities to test comprehension.
710 North 8th Street, Sheboygan, WI 53081 920-459-3400
Dodge, Ozaukee, Sheboygan & Washington Counties
This site allows you to search for jobs and post your résumé, but it also includes career advice and helpful job search tools such creating cover letters and résumés
213 N 8th Street, Oostburg WI 53070 920-564-2934
After completing the free registration, tutors and students have access to an extensive collection of Workplace Pre-GED and GED resources. The GED Connection includes Internet activities, learning modules, and practice tests.
130 Division Street, Plymouth WI 53073 920-892-4416
Audio exercises to practice listening to English
330 Buffalo Street, Sheboygan Falls, WI 53085 920-467-7908
This site gives you free access to a dictionary, thesaurus, and encyclopedia. The user can hear how words are pronounced in English. The site can be translated into 12 other languages.
Tips for Spanish speakers who are learning English—addresses common issues
The official site and source of all the necessary information about citizenship, visas, and other naturalization issues. It includes all of the required forms as well as a helpful education and resource section.
U.S. Committee on Refugees and Immigrants
Interactive site that can be used by students alone or with the help of tutors. Instructional materials divided into basic, intermediate, and advanced levels.
Worksheets and resources for teachers as well as tests and interactive exercises for students in beginning through advanced levels. Has lots of printable grammar quizzes and worksheets and lots of PDF lesson plans divided by difficulty level. Easy to navigate.