This is the third and final article about Integrating English Language instruction with Civics Education by including citizenship information. (IELCE)
First, I would like to suggest teaching a unit which focuses on Citizenship information each term. One possibility is a Welcome to America/Symbols of America Unit which could include information about the Statue of Liberty, American Flag, and National Anthem. Another unit could be a Government Unit which covers the Legislative, Judicial and Executive Branches. A Constitution Unit would be great for more advanced classes.
In addition, here are some classroom activities which also integrate Citizenship into English Language instruction.
- · Create a Class Constitution
- · Have a mock Senate and write class 'laws'
- · Have a debate about a controversial issue - Right to Bear Arms
- · Conduct mock Citizenship Interviews
- · Invite a police officer to speak in class
Lastly, you can host an event in which the whole school can participate. Invite a government representative to talk about their job. Have your USCIS representative explain the naturalization process. Invite local Scouts to teach about the American flag. My school invited the community to a Civics Day and provided naturalization information.
I hope that these three articles have provided you some practical ideas of ways to Integrate English Language instruction with Civics Education.