Teaching English as a Second Language and Civics



ESL/ESOL and civics classes are taught at schools, libraries, and community-based organizations across the United States, and they often rely on volunteers. Teaching ESL/ESOL or civics classes is a great way to support immigrant integration and work hands-on with immigrants in your community. 


ESL/ESOL and Civics Resources


Lesson Plans and Activities
By: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Lesson plans and activities with instructions and teaching strategies for both novice and seasoned ESL/ESOL and civics instructors.

EL/Civics Online
By: U.S. Department of Education
A series of online courses that assist teachers in creating interesting, effective ESL lessons in U.S. history, U.S. government, civic engagement, and the naturalization process. 

Practitioner Toolkit: Working with Adult English Language Learners
By: National Center for ESL Literacy Education
This toolkit provides materials to help language and literacy instructors who are new to serving adults and families learning English, including a first-day orientation guide, lesson plans, and research-to-practice papers on English language and literacy learning.

USCIS Study Tools
By: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
A selection of videos, publications, practice tests, and multimedia resources to help teachers supplement classroom instruction. 


Volunteer Resources


America's Literacy Directory 
By: The National Institute for Literacy
An online directory of literacy providers in all 50 states and the U.S. territories, which volunteers can use to find and connect with local organizations that provide ESL/ESOL and civics education.


Teaching English as a Second Language and Civics
Teaching English as a Second Language and Civics
Take the pledge to help protect the rights of immigrants and ensure fair treatment and due process for all.