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EL/Civics Online for ESL Instructors

Posted on 11/18/2008

EL/Civics Online (English Literacy and Civics Education is a collaborative project of the U.S. Department of Education/Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE) and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services/Office of Citizenship (USCIS). It is a four-part series of online courses to prepare ESL instructors and volunteers to integrate U.S. History, U.S. Government, Civic Engagement, and the Naturalization Process into adult ESL classes. The course on the naturalization process was recently added. Teachers who complete these courses will learn strategies to further their students’ knowledge about the United States along with English language acquisition.

EL/Civics Online includes:

  • The Four Main Online Courses
  • The Tutorials
  • Special Features of the Courses

The Four Main Online Courses

EL Civics

U.S. History
Explains how historical turning points affected our country’s development and shows ways to relate historical content to what students already know.

U.S. Government
Shows the workings of the U.S. Government, explains the major documents that form the basis of U.S. Government, and makes connections between the government and students’ daily lives.

Civic Engagement
Develops strategies for increasing students’ awareness of and involvement in their communities.

The Naturalization Process
Outlines skills students need to pass the citizenship interview and test and demonstrates effective classroom practices.

The Tutorials

Lesson Planning Tutorial
This tutorial shows step-by-step how to create quality lessons that integrate ESL and EL/Civics content.

Adapting Materials Tutorial
This tutorial shows how to adapt lessons to fit the levels and needs of your students.

Help your students improve their English and learn more about their new country. Registration only takes a minute, and it's free of charge. http://www.elcivicsonline.org/