It is critical for low-literate or immigrant adults to become proficient in English literacy (EL)/civics. With improved literacy skills, adults are more likely to be productive in the workforce and in society. With civics education, the same adults learn about the rights and responsibilities of being a U.S. citizen.
These points highlight the goals of adult basic education (ABE) programs. These are reasons why volunteer literacy tutors and instructors commit hundreds of service hours each year to help adults realize their dreams of literacy.
In case you thought otherwise, EL/civics is serious business. The government allocated $8,688,722 federal dollars to New York State for EL/civics education services, as reported in the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act of 1998 Annual Report to Congress: Program Year 2006–07 (U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education,Washington, DC; 2011).
If you teach English as a second language (ESL) or English for speakers of other languages (ESOL), do you need more information about EL/civics content (e.g., Bill of Rights, the three branches of government, voting amendments, and Statue of Liberty)? Do you need effective teaching strategies?
Organizations throughout NYC and Westchester offer EL/civics information. In downtown Manhattan, at 39 Broadway, the Literacy Assistance Center (LAC) is an excellent resource for ABE information and workshops.
On August 29, LAC presents the two-part workshop “U.S. Civics for Immigrants: From Native Language to English Literacy.” To register for this all-day (9:30 am to 4:00 pm) workshop, go to NYCharities.org.
“This two-part workshop will prepare participants to teach the U.S. Civics for Immigrants curriculum. Participants will learn about English learners with little or no literacy in their native language and how this student population learns best. The workshop will also cover basic strategies for teaching ESOL. Participants will receive the curriculums lesson structure, contents, and materials.”
For more information about the workshop, or EL/civics education and citizenship resources, contact LAC.
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