Within the context of civic participation, low English skills hamper day-to-day activities for non-native residents. Tasks such as getting a drivers’ license, applying for a job, seeking social services become incredibly complex because of the language barrier. Thanks to a grant from the Virginia Department of Education, Literacy Volunteers of Charlottesville will be providing civics education to help our ESL students fulfill their potential in our community and improve their quality of life. We’re calling this program “Community Connection” because it actively connects our students to their community.
Many of our EL/Civics students have little exposure to the rights and responsibilities of citizenship, naturalization procedures, civic participation, and U.S. history and government. By including Civics education in our curriculum, our learners gain the tools to become active citizens, informed parents who can fully participate in their children’s educational process, better employees and consumers, and engaged community members. They will begin to understand their rights and the rights of others. Our students have a variety of values, experiences, traditions and culture to share and Charlottesville and Albemarle can be enriched by their participation in our society.
Student Accomplishments (2016):
Entered employment or got a better job: 50 students
Improved work skills: 143 students
Increased involvement in children’s education: 67 students
Learned about consumer skills: 64 students
Obtained U.S. Citizenship: 13 students
Entered post-secondary education or other training: 37 students
Please be sure to make use of the following resources on the Citizenship shelf in our library. One or more of these resources will better help your learner study for the citizenship test.
Intermediate and Above
CDs, DVDs, and the Internet
"Miguel's Naturalization Interview" by Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.
“The Citizenship Test” by Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.
Civics It Up! - An instructional tool for teachers of Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education (IELCE). The purpose of the site is to help teachers plan and implement instructional units and lessons that integrate language learning with rights and responsibilities of citizenship, civic participation, and workforce training.
Video of Workshop - Tuesday, January 24