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Welcome to the EL/Civics page.  You will find links to:

  • Grant writing resources
  • Immigration data resources
  • Government web sites
  • EL/Civics instructional resources
  • Vocational ESL curricula and web sites

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Grant Resources

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act:
Recommendations for Addressing the Needs of English Language Learners. This report addresses the implications of the rapid growth of English learner (ELL) populations in areas that have had little or no prior experience serving ELL groups. (.pdf)
Guidelines for Writing an El/Civics Grant
This guide was designed to assist you in satisfying EL/Civics grant requirements and to help you keep your narrative strong and relevant.
Survey of Virginia Foreign Born Population
The Survey of Virginia Foreign Born Population contains pertinent data on the foreign born in each of 22 regions in Virginia.
United States Government Accountability Office: English Language Learning
Diverse Federal and State Efforts to Support Adult English Language Learning could Benefit from More Coordination. In this report, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) discusses the recent increase in adults who ‘speak English less than very well’ and their participation in English-language instruction programs.

Immigration Data Resources

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, Education and Resources
You will find educational resources including lesson plans and information concerning the naturalization process along with professional development opportunities.
FAIR (Federation for American Immigration Reform)
Here you can fine state-specific information about immigration in Virginia, including refugee and international student statistics.
Migration Policy Institute
Get instant access to the latest immigration statistics, maps, and numbers for the United States and other countries.
2010 Census Data by state
The Migration Policy Institute’s 2010 American Community Survey and Census Data on the Foreign Born by State.
Statistical Portrait of Foreign-born in the United States, 2007
This statistical profile of the foreign-born population is based on Pew Hispanic Center tabulations of the Census Bureau’s 2007 American Community Survey (ACS)


American Immigration Resources on the Internet
This site features a collection of websites with information about immigration services, policies and advocacy.
Welcome to the White House
Follow what is going on at the White House and with our President.
Your Government
Learn how America’s federal, state, and local governments work to enact the will of the people. is the U.S. government’s official website to provide easy access to data related to Recovery Act spending. Information about recovery funds for the Department of Education is available
United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, Education and Resources
You will find educational resources including lesson plans and information concerning the naturalization process along with professional development opportunities.

EL/Civics Instructional Resources

Charlottesville Adult Learning Center's Naturalization Curriculum
The purpose of this course is to prepare students for the naturalization interview and test.
ESOL - Civics Curriculum Framework
The Charlottesville (Virginia) Adult Learning Center ESL Curriculum is a framework for guiding instruction and addressing students' English language learning needs and goals within a sequenced program.
Our Voices, Our Lives, Our Community
This curriculum with lesson plans and resources for using a process approach for developing writing skills was written by Prince William County Public Schools Adult ESOL Program. It, also, includes multiple lesson plans on student goal-setting activities.
EL/Civics Online
This series of online courses will assist teachers in creating interesting, effective ESL lessons in U.S. History, U.S. Government, and Civics.
Civics and Citizenship Toolkit
The toolkit contains a range of useful materials to help your organization begin or enhance a collection for immigrants. It is composed of immigration and civics publications, handbooks, guidance on product usage, and multimedia tools.
ESL, Civics, and Citizenship Education Guide
This guide provides a curriculum and corresponding activities so that teachers of adult English for Speakers of Other Languages at all levels might incorporate civics and citizenship education into the regular adult ESOL classroom curriculum. (.doc)

Vocational ESL

Toolkit for ESL Teachers Supporting Skilled Immigrants
World Education Services has created a website, Global Talent Bridge, and toolkit to help ESL practitioners who work with this group of immigrants with professional backgrounds.
ESOL Resources
Policies, Guidebooks, Handbooks
Free Material from NY City Commission on Human Rights
The New York City Commission on Human Rights has published free materials, including workbooks and video, on immigrant employment rights.  Virginia programs interested in supplementing their ESL or EL/Civics programs with employment materials may find them worthwhile for classroom use or adaptation.
Citizenship Resources for Instructors
The Minnesota Literacy Council has compiled a collection of excellent resources to help prepare students for the interview and the test of U.S. history and government. The site includes links to printable worksheets, interview tips for lower level learners, study materials, and vocabulary lists for the test.
El/Civics Gateways for Teachers
A collaborative professional development website for adult English Language and El/Civics programs and teachers. The purpose of the site is to help teachers plan and implement lessons supporting students in their efforts to integrate into their communities and make successful transitions to work and education.

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