EL Civics for ESL Students

EL Civics Government and History Lessons for ESL Students

Learn EL Civics and ESL with pictures and easy words. The following EL Civics and U.S. History and Government lessons are now available: Statue of Liberty, Washington, D.C., American Bald Eagle, 50 U.S. States, and more. English Language Civics provides an easy way to learn about U.S. history, government, citizenship, geography, and culture. New lessons, worksheets, PowerPoint presentations, lesson plans and videos are added to www.elcivics.com every week. Holiday Lessons for October. Learn English with our ESL Video Channel. NEWEST FEATURES: Free ESL eBooks with downloadable short stories. New this year ... Literacy for Work, beginning level lessons for workplace literacy classes.

Civics and Government Civics and Government: Civics lessons with photos and fun activities for teachers and ESL students. Learn English and U.S. history and government for citizenship.
  • Worksheets
  • Citizenship Facts
  • Historical Photos


Holiday Lessons Holiday Lessons: Fun activities for every month of the year. Students learn about American culture and customs by viewing photos of holiday celebrations.
  • Fun Activities
  • Holiday Games
  • Short Videos

ESL Worksheet ESL Worksheets: Hundreds of free worksheets to help ESL students learn English. Subjects include civics, life skills, holidays, and more.
  • Short Stories
  • Writing Prompts
  • Picture Worksheets

Map of the United States State Lessons: Take a photo tour of the United States and learn about the various state flags, capitol buildings, and other state symbols.
  • State Symbols
  • Crossword Puzzles
  • State Maps

Life Skills Lessons Life Skills: Life skill lessons are perfect for EL Civics and ESL classes. Common words and useful subjects like banking, education, and emergencies.
  • Charts
  • Photo Lessons
  • Signs and Notices

ESL Lessons ESL Lessons: Learning English is fun and easy with these free online activities. Each lesson includes classroom materials.
  • Printable Games
  • PowerPoint Presentations
  • Handouts

Holiday Lessons ESL and Civics Videos: These short ESL and civics videos are about one minute long. Teachers use them to supplement their classroom lessons.
  • ESL Vocabulary
  • Civics and Citizenship
  • Cities and Countries
United States Department of Education: Located in Washington, D.C. this department's goal is to promote excellence in education. Be sure to explore the website fully. They have resources for teachers, a newsletter, budget information, and other useful services. The Adult Education page even has links to EL Civics resources, including this one. Thanks to Secretary of Education Arnie Duncan and the Dept. of Ed webmaster. I will strive to keep this site forever worthy of your trust and confidence. ed.gov

OTAN Adult Ed Teachers: California Department of Education website created to promote the use of technology as a collaborative tool, the use of technology in the classroom, and to provide access to educational resources. Special thanks to OTAN technical support for adding links to this ESL student resource. Cheerful greetings to all of the OTAN staff. otan.us

Texas Center for the Advancement of Literacy and Learning (TCALL): Literacy learning site with numerous resources created in 1988 and maintained by Texas A&M University. Teachers...be sure to read The First Lady's Family Literacy Initiative for Texas, a program of the Barbara Bush Texas Fund for Family Literacy. Thanks to TCALL directors Dominique Chlup and Harriet Vardiman Smith and technical coordinator Melaney Dodson for linking to this ESL and civics resource. A big hello to the Lone Star State of Texas from the Golden State of California. tcall.tamu.edu

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Website: This is the official U.S. government website for citizenship information. It includes forms, learning material, and links to important resources. Teachers will want to take advantage of the Education and Resources section. It has downloadable Civics Flashcards and a list of sample U.S. history and government questions for naturalization test preparation. Their materials can be used in any classroom to help students learn about American history and government. USCIS Website

EL Civics Website for ESL Students: Easy to navigate and fun to browse, students will discover picture tours, ESL photo stories, crossword puzzles, BINGO games, worksheets, quizzes, PowerPoints, and more, all for free. This is the first EL Civics website I created for ESL students, starting in July 2005, and it continues to be a work in progress. Have a look and rummage around...it's a real hodgepodge, but that's the fun. tinkerbellchime.com

English as a Second Language: Dr. Rong-Chang Li, also known as Ron C. Lee, Ph.D., has a world renowned website with something for everyone. His international, comprehensive approach has paid off as his site is in the top of the ESL/TESOL field. I especially enjoyed his delightful collection of proverbs. Be sure to send him one, if you can think of any he missed. I couldn't! Also, be sure to check out his online civics and citizenship quiz. Thanks to Dr. Lee for linking to this site. And hello to Pasadena, California, home of the Rose Parade. rong-chang.com

Sites for Teachers: Thanks to the webmasters at Sites for Teachers for approving this site to be added to their outstanding collection. Their educational links cover every subject you can imagine, and they are all of higher than expected quality. Free teaching resources. Sites for Teachers


Copyrights to the pictures and photos on this EL Civics and ESL website belong to individual photographers. We have purchased the rights to use them. Do not copy the images on this free educational website. Permission is granted to print any of the ESL worksheets for classroom or home use. Contact Christina Niven, ESL teacher, at christina@elcivics.com. Please send corrections, comments, greetings, and requests for new civics and ESL lessons. Copyright © Christina Niven, 2007.