What are EL Civics Classes?

Improve your English skills while learning about U.S. Civics.

Goodwill’s EL Civics program integrates civics education with English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction. Students acquire the skills and knowledge they need to become active and informed parents, workers, and community members.

How do the EL Civics Classes work?

Flexible class schedule

The classes will introduce you to civics-related content and provide you with opportunities to apply that knowledge in your daily life, while building your English language and literacy skills. Morning, afternoon, and evening classes are available in Lawrenceville or South Side.

Students set goals to do things such as:

Achieve U.S. citizenship skills 

  • U.S. history and/or geography
  • U.S. governmental structure and function
  • Naturalization process
  • Rights and responsibilities of citizenship
  • U.S. workplace culture and basics of employment laws
  • U.S. legal system

Register to vote or vote for the first time

Increase involvement in the community 

  • Attend or organize neighborhood, community, or political meetings
  • Volunteer to work for such organizations
  • Contribute to the support of such organizations
  • Volunteer to work on community improvement activities

Who is eligible for EL Civics Classes?

  • Students must need English language services (cannot be an English native speaker).
  • Students must either be a U.S. citizen or be eligible for citizenship (i.e. have a green card/social security number).
  • Students must complete an orientation prior to the start of class.

Who to contact:

Phone: 412-632-1820
Email: english@goodwillswpa.org

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