The Democratic Process
Civic Participation and Community Action Sourcebook, Andy Nash, ed. (1999). Published by the New England Resource Center, Boston, (617) 482-9485, www.nelrc.org. An intermediate/advanced ESL curriculum containing descriptions of actual community participation projects and activity guides for preparing students for community action.
Handbook of Illinois Government. Available from the Office of the Secretary of State, 213 State House, Springfield, IL, 62706, (217) 782-2201 or (312) 814-2975, www.sos.state.il.us. A concise guide to Illinois state government and the current elected officials.
Illinois Blue Book. Available from the Office of the Secretary of State, 213 State House, Springfield, IL 62706, (217) 782-2201 or (312) 814-2975, www.sos.state.il.us. A comprehensive guide to Illinois government, state legislators, state departments, and other statistics and information.
Key to Government in Chicago and Suburban Cook County, Alfred Saucedo, ed. (2002). Available from Citizens Information Services of Illinois, (312) 939-4636, www.cisil.org. General overview of local government system (county, township, and special districts) and a guide to the election system, voting, and taxes.
New Citizens Vote! An Educational Curriculum About Voting and Civic Engagement. Published by the Northern California Citizenship Project, (415) 621-4808 or download off the web at www.ncg.org/difference/citi_curr.html. A curriculum designed to provide new and prospective citizens with tools to become involved in civic and electoral activities.
“Illinois Students Vote” teacher's packet. Published by the League of Women Voters of Illinois Education Fund, 332 South Michigan, Chicago, IL 60604, (312) 939-5935. A set of reproducible classroom activities focused on the election process. Curriculum outline available at www.illinoisstudentsvote.org.
“Making Your Voice Heard” brochure. Published by the League of Women Voters of Illinois Education Fund, 332 South Michigan, Chicago, IL 60604, (312) 939-5935. Provides information about contacting legislators and public officials. (Also available in Spanish.)
State of Illinois: www.state.il.us
Project Vote Smart: www.vote-smart.org
Your Congress: www.yourcongress.com
Crossroads Café (1996). Unit 19, “The People's Choice,” and Unit 20, “Outside Looking In”. A 26-part video series set in a neighborhood restaurant featuring real-world social and cultural issues. Videos and tape scripts available from Intelecom, (800) 576-2988, www.intelecom.org. Textbooks available from Heinle & Heinle, www.heinle.com. Videos may be used independently of textbooks.
Community and Home Safety
Free brochures on crime prevention and street smarts are available from McGruff, 120 S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 1016, Chicago, IL 60606, (312) 793-8550.Check www.icjia.state.il.us for a complete list of free brochures.
Information and brochures (some downloadable) on preventing crime are available from The National Crime Prevention Council at www.ncpc.org.
A checklist of tips on traffic safety and other safety issues is available from The National Safe Kids Campaign, 111 Michigan Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 20010-2970, (202) 939-4993.
A complete program on school bus safety is available from the National Safety Council, 444 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611, (312) 285-1121. (Must be ordered by a teacher or a school.)
Information on hidden hazards in the home is available from the Gas Appliance Manufacturers Association, 4 West Nebraska Street, Frankfort, IL 60423, (800) 426-2811.
Safety-related information is available from the National Safety Council, 1121 Spring Lake Road, Itasca, IL 60143-3201, (800) 621-7619.
Many safety-related publications, services, and links to state and local offices are available from the Red Cross at www.redcross.org
There are many Internet web sites on specific safety issues. Often web sites designed for children are also appropriate for beginning and intermediate adult ESL students because of the graphics and simplified language. Here are a few good web sites to get you started:
Sparky the Fire Dog: www.sparky.org/
Fire Administration Kid's Page: www.usfa.fema.gov/kids/
Traffic Safety Administration: www.nhtsa.dot.gov
National Safe Kids
National Safety Council: www.nsc.org:
Crossroads Café (1996). Unit 5, “Lost and Found,” Unit 9, “Rush to Judgment,” and Unit 12, “Turning Points.” A 26-part video series set in a neighborhood restaurant featuring real-world social and cultural issues. Videos and tape scripts available from Intelecom, (800) 576-2988 or www.intelecom.org. Textbooks are available from Heinle & Heinle, www.heinle.com. Videos may be used independently of textbooks.
Plan to Get Out Alive. An excellent fire safety video and an education resource catalog. Available from McDonald's Education Resource Center, 310 Tech Park Drive, LaVergne, TN 37086, (800) 627-7646.
The Public Library
Beyond the Library Card: An ESL Curriculum for Effective Library Use, Elizabeth Minicz (1994). Adult Learning Resource Center, Des Plaines, Illinois. Available from the Curriculum Publications Clearinghouse, (800) 322-3905 or www.wiu.edu/CPC. A multilevel curriculum designed to increase adult ESL students' knowledge of public library resources as well as their ability to use the library effectively.
Improving Public Library Services to ESL Students: Ready to Use Classroom Lessons for Teachers, Library Awareness Project of South Bay Cooperative Library System. California (1986). Multilevel ESL curriculum addressing topics such as library resources, borrowing procedures, and the role of the librarian. Ideas for field trips and reproducible visual aids also included. Available to order as a book or microfiche from ERIC, Accession No. ED 3344825. ERIC Document Reproduction Services: www.edrs.com/Webstore/Express.cfm.
The U.S. School System
A Guide to Your Children's Schools: A Parent Handbook, Adult Learning Resource Center, Des Plaines, IL (2002). Can be downloaded from the ISBE English Language learning web site at www.isbe.net/bilingual. Information for parents on the U.S. school system, enrolling in school, school procedures and parental involvement. Available in English, Arabic, Bosnian, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese.
Parents as Educational Partners (PEP): A School-Related Curriculum for Language Minority Parents, Laura Segal Bercovitz and Catherine Porter (1995). Adult Learning Resource Center, Des Plaines, IL, (847) 803-3535, www.thecenterweb.org. A reproducible, multilevel curriculum designed to encourage ESL parents to take active roles in their children's education as well as increase their proficiency in English. The curriculum combines instruction about U.S. schools with participatory classroom techniques and includes numerous illustrations.
Understanding American Schools: The Answers to Newcomers' Most Frequently Asked Questions, Anne P. Copeland and Georgia Bennett (2001). The Interchange Institute, Brookline, MA, (617) 566-2227, www.interchangeinstitute.org. A book designed to help non-native parents choose schools and understand the U.S. school system.
New Learning Concepts, Inc., (800) 925-7853, www.destinationlearn.net. Catalog of parent involvement products including books, videos, and bilingual bookmarks for parents (English and Spanish).
The Center for Law and Education, (202) 462-7688. www.cleweb.org/catalog.htm The School Improvement Catalog has resources such as Urgent Message for Parents and Parents are Powerful which contain information on topics such as parent rights, advocating for your child, and improving student achievement in English and Spanish.
on Elementary and Early Childhood Education. www.ericeece.org/pubs/digests.html
National Parent Information
Crossroads Café (1996). Unit 2, “Growing Pains,” and Unit 21, “Walls and Bridges” (issues concerning high school work-study programs). A 26-part video program available from Intelecom, www.intelecom.com. Textbooks available from Heinle & Heinle, www.heinle.com.
Videos can be used independently of textbooks.
Raising Children In Troubled Times. Set of 15 videos and facilitator guides (in English and Spanish) on general parenting topics and school-related topics including Studying, Homework, and School Behavior. Pearson AGS-Globe, 800-848-9500.
Public Health Services
A Health Guide for Refugees, (2001), Illinois Department of Public Health (217) 782-4977 or www.idph.state.il.us/about/minority_hlth/default.htm. Provides basic information about the U.S. health care system, visiting the doctor, treating serious illnesses, and where to go for medical care. Booklet available at no cost or online as PDF document. available in english, Spanish, French, Chinese, Arabic, Bosnian, Russian, and Vietnamese.
American Academy of Pediatrics, (800) 433-9016, www.aap.org. Immunization Fact Sheets (in English and Spanish) available for these immunizations: Chickenpox; Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis (DPT); Tetanus and Diphtheria (TD); Polio; and Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR).
“Do You Understand?” Communicating with the Non-English Speaking Patient Handbook, (1989) Literacy Volunteers of America. Textbook with simple drawings and translations (Cambodian, Laotian, Vietnamese, Polish, Russian, and Spanish) of language used in common medical situations. Clear illustrations convey meaning; text provides many role-play ideas.
An excellent resource for use with low-level students.
Comprehensive Resources for Your Health & Safety Programs, Krames Health and Safety Education, 1100 Grundy Lane, San Bruno, CA 94066, (800) 333-3032. Catalog of brochures, booklets, and videos on topics such as the food pyramid, nutrition, and work safety.
Prevention First, Inc. State of Illinois-funded clearinghouse of materials on substance abuse, STD's, and domestic violence. Offers on-line catalog for substance abuse-related brochures and videos at www.prevention.org. Materials are free to Illinois residents and may be previewed at their libraries in Chicago and Springfield.
U.S. Federal Drug Administration Easy-to-Read Publications. Easy-to-read publications (in both English and Spanish) on topics such as “Keeping Food Safe,” “What to do for Colds and Flu,” “Use Medicine Safely,” and “Eating for a Healthy Heart.” Most can be downloaded in either PDF or HTML formats from www.fda.gov/opacom/lowlit/englow.html. Some are available free (up to 50 copies) from FDA, HFI-40, Rockville, MD 20857.
of Children and Family Services, (800) 25-ABUSE www.state.il.us/dcfs
National Center for
ESL Literacy Education's Health Literacy www.cal.org/ncle/healthlit.htm
for Literacy's Health and Literacy Special Collection
for New Americans: www.multiculturalhealth.org
U.S. Federal Drug
Administration Publications Catalog
Women, Infants and Children
Consumer Rights for Immigrants, Principal Authors: Deanne Loonin and Chi Chi Wu. The National Consumer Law Center, Inc. (2002). Boston, MA (617) 523-8089. A handbook for advocates including information on the most critical consumer issues faced by low-income immigrants.
Your Phone Bill : www.belltolls.com/information/readingbills.html
Angie's List: www.angieslist.com
Business Bureau: www.bbb.org
Exelon (parent company
of ComEd and PECO)
Federal Trade Commission
Helping People Help
Louis Equal Housing Opportunity Council
Nicor Gas: www.nicorinc.com
Office of the Illinois
Attorney General Consumer Protection Information
Postal Service: www.usps.com
Crossroads Café (1996). Unit 11, “No Vacancy” (tenant rights/discrimination) and Unit 23, “The Gift” (taxes). Videos and tape scripts available from Intelecom, (800) 576-2988, www.intelecom.org. Textbooks are available from Heinle & Heinle, www.heinle.com. Videos may be used independently of textbooks.
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