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English Literacy/Civics

Depending on the type of local program and funding, civics (or EL/civics) may be included in a general (or other) ESL class or in specially designated classes that highlight learning English in a civics education context. In either case, for adult English language learners, civics education includes

  • Instruction on how to gain U.S. Citizenship;
  • Instruction about U.S. history and culture, including lessons on diversity and multiculturalism; and
  • Instruction and guidance on becoming active participants in their communities.


Digests & Q&As

Civics Education for Adult English Language Learners

Other CAELA Resources

Activities for Integrating Civics in Adult English Language Learning

Civics Education for Adult English Language Learners (CAELA resource collection)

EL/Civics Demonstration Grants Projects (contact information for OVAE funded curricula and professional development resources)





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