Civics lessons impart practical, everyday information, including understanding the United States system of government, its court systems, and requirements for applying for citizenship. Learning is reinforced through guided relevant discussions and activities such as cultural differences and holiday celebrations.
Information about North Carolina’s regional attractions and historical sites helps students plan trips and facilitates an ongoing dialogue about our State’s history and culture. Maps, bus schedules, and ferry fares are also addressed so that students become familiar with our transportation system.
Courses on United States history up to 1865 allow students to relate to topics such as immigration, slavery, and civil rights, and provide opportunities for discussion about individual experiences and native countries.
Intro to Citizenship (Pre-Citizenship training in Civics Facts) Curriculum was developed in 2010 as an introductory course for limited English speakers (Beginning and Low Intermediate ESL levels). To participate, students must have a stated goal of "Achieve Citizenship Skills," and they must attend Conversational English classes. In conjunction with reading skills, spelling, writing, geography, directions, and map reading, Intro to Citizenship covers eligibility requirements and focuses on Citizenship vocabulary. The Social Studies component covers the significance of major holidays, North Carolina resources, regional Civics and attractions.
Citizenship Classes are offered for students who provide proof of Permanent Residence and who have a documented goal of "Achieve Citizenship Skills." These classes are designed for students functioning at the Low and High Intermediate and Advanced ESL levels.
The following topics are covered in this class: The Naturalization Process (application, biometrics appointment, interview, and ceremony); American History, American Government, Integrated Civics (geography, symbols, holidays), Colonial period and Independence, the 1800s, Recent American History, American Indians / Native Americans, Principles of American Democracy, Systems of Government, and Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship.
Students practice pronunciation, grammar, spelling, writing, word blends, reading comprehension, and verb tenses, with a particular focus on irregular past-tense verbs. The class also builds listening skills through the practice of writing dictated sentences.