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EL Civics

The English Literacy and Civics (EL Civics) per section 1000(a) (4) of the Consolidated Appropriations Act (P.L. 106-113) is funded under the 1999 Workforce Investment Act (WIA), Title II, Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA). The purpose of the EL Civics program is to support projects that demonstrate effective practices in providing, and increasing access to, English Literacy programs linked to civics education.

Congress has reserved this funding for "integrated English literacy and civics education services to immigrants and other limited English proficient populations." According to Congress, to effectively participate in education, work, and civic opportunities in this country, immigrants and other limited English proficient persons must not only master English, but be able to understand and navigate governmental, educational, workplace systems and key institutions, such as banking and health care. The California Department of Education (CDE) Adult Education Office has offered grant awards for EL Civics Education to promote the development of integrated programs that incorporate English Language and literacy instruction and civics education. The CDE has developed two program areas: Civic Participation and Citizenship Preparation.

Civic Participation: This program supports the design, creation, implementation and delivery of instructional activities that either integrates civics education content with ESL instruction. This program connects literacy to the lives of learners and reflects their experiences as community members, parents and participants in the workforce. Through these programs, adults understand and deal with social issues through community research projects, collecting and analyzing information, and interpreting findings in ways that connect school-based learning with personal knowledge and community experience.

Citizenship Preparation: This program uses ESL methodologies and citizenship preparation material to prepare learners to take and pass the USCIS (formerly INS) written and oral citizenship test. The program includes outreach services, skills assessment, curriculum development and instruction, professional development, naturalization preparation and assistance and program evaluation.

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I really appreciate all the immediate assistance. Everyone in CASAS has been very helpful. For someone who is relatively new to El Civics, I would have not survived without the guidance of the CASAS experts. ~ Joann Beshansky, Clovis Adult School, California


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