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Easy English Times: Your ESL and adult literacy newspaper!

Free Online Access in Response to COVID-19

The staff of Easy English Times understands that many schools and libraries are still closed due to COVID-19. Our print versions were mailed as usual (unless you requested we do not send them).

To serve all readers now sheltering in place, here is FREE online access to

July edition and July Learning Activities, Answer Key and Pre-Crossword Exercise.

June edition and June Learning Activities, Answer Key and Pre-Crossword Exercise.


Click here for free access to Easy English Times July issue online


In response to COVID-19 and the closure of schools, libraries and other adult literacy and ESL programs, we have made Easy English Times available online for free since March to help support distance education. We have continued to print a limited number of copies for subscribers still able to use them. As we write this, many schools, libraries and other programs remain closed. The future is uncertain. At this time, the most practical, realistic option for us is to retire and stop publication after this July, 2020 issue.

We will miss the process of creating the newspaper. We will miss all of you. Most of all we will miss learning and sharing the students' stories.

In our July issue...

Black Lives Matter protests have been held coast to coast. A new march on Washington, D.C. will be held Aug. 28. There is a national debate on the removal of Confederate statues and monuments. The raised fist is a symbol seen at protests. What does it mean? Athletes use First Amendment freedoms to protest inequality, including taking a knee. The Supreme Court made a ruling that keeps the DACA program safe, for now. Coronavirus cases are increasing. Resources are included. Headlines about the pandemic and about the protests are explained. Is it the end of handshakes? Our readers write from Florida and California. Students in San Mateo, California, help others understand the Census. The Women's Suffrage centennial celebration is extended. An astronaut who also just dove to the deepest point in the ocean is an inspiration to girls and young women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). Citizenship questions focus on amendments, the Civil War and related topics. Why do we celebrate the 4th of July? Sheltering at home has meant spending more time with the family. The family is the topic for Compelling Conversations. The idiom activity is on "couch potato." A movie/DVD review is on "Little Women." All this and more in our July edition.

Student Writing of the Month is from Florida. Bonus Student Writing is from California.

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It is our hope that you will start by reading this newspaper then "graduate" on to reading community newspapers.
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TEACHERS AND TUTORS - Don't forget - A pre-crossword puzzle worksheet is available to give your students additional practice! Answer keys are posted for Learning Activities and can be printed out!

Easy English Times in the news

In a hyperpartisan era, a Napa newspaper brings unbiased news to readers learning English

Our 20th anniversary was in 2016!  

Easy English Times aims to improve adult literacy

Our readers write from Chicago, Illinois

Students from Allison Lewis' ESL class at the Pui Take Center in Chicago.   
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We love to print student writing! Every month we receive more student writing than we have room to print so we are featuring a few more stories here under "Bonus Student Writing." Also see "Student Writing of the Month."
Short-term orders are available. Email us about bulk discounts at  easyenglish@aol.com.

It's easy to start teaching or tutoring from the paper. Do you want tips on using any newspaper in? Click here.  A Teachers' Corner is included. Easy English Times has instant activities for reading, writing and conversation. This newspaper is published to present relevant information and current events in an easy to read format for English language learners and adult literacy programs. Easy English Times can be used in multi-level ESL or adult literacy classes. Tutors can use the paper. It also works for self-study.  Do you need easy content for beginning readers? See page 3 of each issue for "Easy, Easy English."

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Citizenship -  Easy English Times has a focus on citizenship! Citizenship information is included in each issue.

Our readers write from Bakersfield, California

Students from Bonnie Vaughn's class at Bakersfield Adult School in California.

A newspaper in easy English!

Easy English Times brings a world of information to high school and adult learners. It's a newspaper written in easy English for those in English as a second language (ESL) classes and adult literacy programs. It is used in library and workplace literacy projects, jail and prison literacy programs. Published 10 times a year, Easy English Times is used in ESL classes in high schools, adult schools, colleges, and other sites. It is used in family literacy projects and faith based programs. It is used by English as a second language (ESL) teachers and literacy tutors. It is used in citizenship classes and EL Civics programs. It is also used in EFL classes.

Classroom and individual subscriptions are available. Discounts are given for class sets. We accept school purchase orders and credit card payments. You can order this English as a second language (ESL) and adult literacy newspaper by mail, by the issue or by the year (10 issues). Contact us for international mail rates. We have added an online edition, especially for the convenience of international readers.

In a past issue... Why should you "Wear Red for Adult Ed"? Learn why and see the story and photographs of California ESL students and a teacher wearing red. (Click HERE for a special copy of the complete story and additional photographs.) Pictured here above, students from San Mateo Adult School in California.  "Adult Education Matters" is the message on the red shirts.  

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You can receive this newspaper at your home. The cost for an individual subscription is $40/year for 10 issues. You will receive a newspaper almost every month. (There is one newspaper for August and September. There is one newspaper for November and December.)

Usted puede recibir este periódico en su casa. El costo por una suscripción individual es $40/ano. Recibir un periódico casi todos los meses. (Hay un periódico por agosto y septiembre. Hay un periódico por noviembre y diciembre.)