SIOP in Adult Education

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CAL offers professional development in the SIOP Model® for adult learner contexts. Validated by research, the SIOP Model is currently being used in adult education classes in which academic language and content are taught concurrently.

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English for Civic Life: Designing and Delivering Effective EL/Civics Instruction

The Department of Education’s English Literacy/Civics Education initiative enables adult education programs to provide targeted instruction to English learners who intend to seek U.S. citizenship. To be effective, this instruction needs to promote language learning along with knowledge of civics content. CAL’s English for Civic Life training enables educators working with adults at all levels of English proficiency to integrate language learning objectives with content learning objectives so that learners acquire both the knowledge of civic rights and responsibilities and the reading and oral skills they need to become engaged, empowered members of U.S. society.

The workshop begins with a discussion of the differences between EL/Civics and Citizenship, focusing on instructional methods, funding, expected outcomes, and the content that EL/Civics instruction should include. Through readings, activities, and strategic planning, participants prepare to assess their learners’ strengths and needs in civics content, design instruction that integrates language skill development with content learning, and assess learners’ progress. They explore online and print-based sources of information on U.S. history and government, civic participation and responsibility, and obtaining citizenship, and develop strategies for using these with their learners. As an assignment, they try out selected strategies with their adult learners and share the results with other participants. They also develop techniques for evaluating the effectiveness of EL/Civics instruction in terms of learner understanding and outcomes.


Participants are able to

  • Evaluate and adapt civics material from print and online sources for use with their learners
  • Develop and deliver EL/Civics instruction that effectively combines development of English language skills with learning of key civics content
  • Evaluate learners’ development of content knowledge and language proficiency

Expected Outcomes

Participants are able to

  • Differentiate between Citizenship instruction and EL/Civics instruction
  • Describe the needed content of EL/Civics classes and cite print and online resources that provide information and strategies to use with learners at all levels of oral and reading proficiency from beginning through advanced
  • Explain needs assessment strategies they can use to determine their students’ EL/Civics strengths and challenges
  • Evaluate the reading levels of civics content materials and select or adapt those that are appropriate to their students’ current language levels and learning goals
  • Identify 3-5 strategies for integrating language and culture instruction in the EL/Civics classroom and describe how they might use these strategies in their own instructional contexts
  • Discuss 3-5 desired outcomes of EL/Civics instruction and how those outcomes can be assessed

Related CAL Resources
English Literacy and Civics Education
Civics Education for Adult English Language Learners

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