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Civics Instruction

According to the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), civics education is an integral component of adult education services and includes instruction related to rights and responsibilities of citizenship and civic participation. 

The language in WIOA is purposefully not limited to citizenship. In fact, it is intentionally broader, referring to instruction on the rights and responsibilities of citizenship and civic participation. To support broader civic participation, this topic also highlights the many other ways that programs can promote and support learners in becoming full and engaged members of their communities.

Instruction on the rights and responsibilities of citizenship and civic participation includes providing information and practicing tasks related to:

  • Navigating American systems of government
  • Individual freedom
  • Responsibilities of citizenship

Civics is also a required instructional component of Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education (IELCE) programming.

The following video (2021) shows the components for teaching a Civics Education lesson. You’ll see Robert Lee teach a lesson about the Flint Michigan water crisis to intermediate and intermediate-high (NRS levels) English language learners in his distance learning class. Robert Lee is a Teaching Skills that Matter Coach in addition to being an ESL teacher and ESL Tutor Trainer with the Delaware County Literacy Council in Pennsylvania. In the video, you’ll also hear from Betsy Parrish, an adult education subject matter expert and a TEFL/TESOL professor at Hamline University.


Understanding Civics Education

Civics Education & IELCE Programs

Civics Instructional Resources