ERIC Number: ED311105
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-May
Reference Count: N/A
"Teach the Students, Not the Book." A Curriculum Guide for Preparing Language Minority Adults for Legalization. Update.
Consortium on Employment Communication, Long Beach, CA.
The Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) of 1986 mandates that applicants for permanent residency either demonstrate minimal understanding of ordinary English and a knowledge and understanding of the history and government of the United States, or show that they are satisfactorily pursuing a course of study recognized by the U.S. Attorney General to achieve such understanding. This curriculum guide is intended to assist service providers to prepare educational programs for language minority adult amnesty applicants. Goals are the following: (1) understand IRCA legislation and be able to explain requirements, rights, and obligations to applicants; (2) understand applicants' overall needs, including short- and long-term goals; (3) provide a curriculum that meets Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) approval and is educationally sound and socially responsible; and (4) establish standards and policies that serve the applicants' best interests and safeguard confidentiality. An amnesty preparation program should contain the following components: (1) needs assessment; (2) counseling: (3) instructional program; and (4) policy to protect students and safeguard confidentiality. Curricula for the following types of instructional programs are outlined: (1) a 60-hour course preparing students to take the INS citizenship exam; and (2) a 60-hour course that integrates English as a Second Language (ESL) and citizenship and that leads limited-English speakers to a greater knowledge and understanding of United States history and government. The appendix comprises the following materials: (1) a list of 20 sample questions to assess literacy; (2) an explanation of INS testing options for the English-Civics Requirement; and (3) a list of 100 questions on History and Government. A list of 23 resources is also appended. (FMW)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Citizenship Education, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Guides, English (Second Language), Federal Legislation, Limited English Speaking, Second Language Programs, Undocumented Immigrants, United States History
Consortium on Employment Communication, 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Attn: IE2-117, Long Beach, CA 90840-5501 ($4.50).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Community; Practitioners
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Consortium on Employment Communication, Long Beach, CA.