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This session models ten effective strategies for introducing civics into the adult ESOL classroom that teachers can begin using immediately. The presenter will share variations that are appropriate for English learners at beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels.

Please note: This course will take place in Blackboard where you will find all virtual session information, course materials, and additional resources. You cannot access the online course from the SABES website. You will receive an email with further instructions as the course date approaches.


    This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • ESOL Instructors of adult English learners at all levels of language proficiency

Civic literacy provides adult English learners with a fundamental understanding of what they need to participate effectively in the U.S. democracy and what their rights and obligations are as citizens and residents. This foundation is critical to learners’ civic efficacy and engagement.

In this session, you will be provided with ten effective strategiesaligned with the civics standards in the MA ELPS and the Teaching Skills That Matter (TSTM) curriculumfor introducing civic literacy into the adult ESOL classroom. The session will include concrete examples of the strategies for all language proficiency levels. It will also include some best practices, pertinent handouts with ideas and resources, and ample time for discussion. A later session in early 2023 will focus on the perceptions, attitudes, and behaviors associated with civic efficacy and engagement.

    Learning Objectives

    Upon completion of this professional development activity/course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the key concepts of civic literacy, civic engagement, and civic efficacy
  • Explain how civic literacy and related language development contribute to adult immigrants’ societal participation
  • Adopt and adapt the strategies, resources, and tools presented to incorporate civic literacy into your adult ESOL learning environment
Presenter(s) / Facilitator(s)
12/02/2022 - 1:00 pm to 12/02/2022 - 3:00 pm

United States

PD Center
SABES English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Curriculum & Instruction PD Center
Topic Area
Civics and Citizenship
Self-Paced Monthly Offering