Civics, Family and Community Resources

Below are links to Web resources for practice in English used in work and life situations (based on the Florida Adult ESOL Frameworks.)

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Environment and Community Resources

Audio Resources/Listening Practice: Weather
  1. Adult Learning Activities from the California Distance Learning Project
    www.cdlponline.org/
    • Click "Nature."
    • Read some of the stories, and complete the corresponding activities.
    • Scores can be printed or emailed.
  2. Friday's Weather Report (difficult level; includes audio, quiz and script)
    www.esl-lab.com/weat1/weat1.htm
  3. Weather Reports (related phrases and listening activities with comprehension questions at easy, medium and difficult levels)
    www.englishclub.com/speaking/weather-report.htm 
Environment: Maps
  1. Florida County Selection Map and Census Information
    https://www.census.gov/en.html
  2. United States Map (game to help you learn USA states and capitals)
    www.yourchildlearns.com/mappuzzle/us-puzzle.html
Environment: Protection
  1. Environmental Kids Club (for foundation, low and high-beginning levels; easy to understand and visually appealing)
    www.epa.gov/students/games.html
Environment: Temperature
  1. Fahrenheit to Celsius Converter 
    http://www.weather.gov/zfw/calculations
Environment: Weather and Seasons
  1. Weather and Seasons of the Year Practice Activities
    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.261207490669978.1073741846.164808476976547&type=3https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.261207490669978.1073741846.164808476976547&type=3
Hurricanes: Preparedness
  1. Hurricane Supply Kit (in printable PDF format)
    www.seminolestate.edu/media/adult-ed/els/hurricane-supply-kit.pdf
  2. Are You Ready for a Hurricane? (information in printable PDF format from the American Red Cross, National Weather Service and Federal Emergency Management Agency)
    www.seminolestate.edu/media/adult-ed/els/hurricaneready.pdf
Weather: Vocabulary
  1. Weather Vocabulary Practice (audio)
    www.esl-lab.com/vocab/v-weather.htm
  2. Weather Gap Exercise (with picture clues)
    esl.about.com/library/beginner/blweathervocabulary.htm
  3. Weather Vocabulary (a variety of word games)
    www.manythings.org/vocabulary/lists/c/words.php?f=weather-2
  4. Weather-Related Phrases and Catchy Song Reviews: It's _____ outside today (raining, sunny, windy, snowy, cloudy, hot)
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=SA_zWo5LGF0

Family and Parenting

Audio Resources/Listening Practice: Family and Parenting
  1. Adult Learning Activities from the California Distance Learning Project
    www.cdlponline.org/
    • Click "Family" or "School."
    • Read some of the stories, and complete the corresponding activities.
    • Scores can be printed or emailed.
  2. Our Family Roots: Genealogy (audio)
    www.esl-lab.com/roots/rootsrd1.htm
  3. Family Relationships (audio)
    www.esl-lab.com/family1/fam1.htm
Education: Home/School Communication
  1. What Parents Can Do to Help Their Child at Home and School (30-question quiz)
    www.projectappleseed.org/reportcard
Education: Scholarships
  1. Seminole State College's Financial Aid Information
    www.seminolestate.edu/financial-aid
  2. Office of Student Financial Assistance (links to student loans, scholarships and state grants from the Florida Department of Education)
    www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org/SSFAD/home/uamain.htm
Family and Parenting: Vocabulary
  1. Family Members (a scrambled word game)
    a4esl.org/q/h/ck/sw-family.html
  2. Vocabulary on Family and Relatives
    www.englisch-hilfen.de/en/words/family1.htm
  3. Family (an easy word search)
    www.abcteach.com/documents/word-search-family-3788

Government and Community Resources

Government: Audio Resources/Listening Practice
  1. Adult Learning Activities from the California Distance Learning Project
    www.cdlponline.org/
    • Click "Law and "Government."
    • Read some of the stories, and complete the corresponding activities.
    • Scores can be printed or emailed.
Government: Jury Duty
  1. Jury Duty in the U.S. (select the incorrect part of the sentence)
    https://www.wyzant.com/resources/lessons/english/esl/activities_and_quizzes/quizzes/civics/jury_duty
Government: U.S. Constitution
  1. American History Series: The Heart and Spirit of the Constitution (Voice of America News; includes text and audio)
    learningenglish.voanews.com/content/a-23-2008-03-26-voa1-83137512/128697.html
  2. The U.S. Constitution was Written in: 1776? 1787? 1904? (Voice of America News; includes text and audio)
    www.voanews.com/english/news/a-13-2009-09-08-voa21-68793822.html
  3. United States Constitution (from Cornell University Law School; includes the Preamble, articles and amendments)
    www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/
Government: U.S. Federal, Voting and Elections
  1. USA Elections (an interactive crossword)
    www.abcteach.com/wordpuzzles/onlinepuzzles/election.html
Government: State Government
  1. Fifty States (includes information about each of the states in the U.S. and related links)
    www.50states.com
Government:  U.S. Citizenship Study Resources
  1. 100 Questions from the INS Study Guide (answers included)
    www.uscis.gov/citizenship/learners/study-test/study-materials-civics-test
  2. EL Civics for ESL Students (PowerPoint slides on U.S. citizenship; includes questions and answers)
    www.elcivics.com/esl_powerpoint_lessons.html

Holidays

Holidays: Information
  1. EL Civics for ESL Students (PowerPoint slides on various American holidays; includes a list of links)
    www.elcivics.com/esl_powerpoint_lessons.html
  2. Holidays, Celebrations and Fun Days Practice Activities
    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.243664149090979.1073741840.164808476976547&type=3https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.243664149090979.1073741840.164808476976547&type=3
Holidays: Martin Luther King Jr. Day (the third Monday in January)
  1. Biographical Information on Martin Luther King Jr. (with reproducible questions on the reading)
    www.abcteach.com/Reading/comps2/mlk1.pdf
  2. "I Have a Dream" (audio recording and transcript)
    www.wyzant.com/resources/lessons/history/hpol/mlk/ihaveadream
Holidays: Valentine's Day (February 14)
  1. Valentine's Day (videos and reading from the History Channel)
    www.history.com/topics/valentines-day
  2. St. Valentine's Day (a printable article with questions and an answer key)
    www.abcteach.com/documents/valentines-day-comprehension-early-elementary-holiday-reading-valentine-comprehension-51692
Holidays: Independence Day (July 4)
  1. Fourth of July (videos from the History Channel)
    http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/july-4th/videos/history-of-the-fourth-of-july
Holidays: Halloween (October 31)
  1. Pumpkins: Not Just for Halloween (Voice of America - Special English, 31 October 2005; includes transcript and audio)
    learningenglish.voanews.com/content/a-23-2005-10-31-voa2-83124187/124110.html
  2. Halloween (videos and reading from the History Channel)
    www.history.com/topics/halloween
Holidays: Veterans Day (November 11)
  1. Veterans Day (a reproducible article with comprehension questions)
    www.abcteach.com/free/r/rc_veteransday_elem.pdf
Holidays: Thanksgiving (the fourth Thursday in November)
  1. Thanksgiving and Christmas: Holiday Traditions (listening exercises with audio)
    www.esl-lab.com/tradition/traditionrd1.htm
  2. Thanksgiving Dinner Logic (create a printable family tree)
    www.edhelper.com/Thanksgiving_Logic68.htm
Holidays: Christmas (December 25)
  1. Christmas is Coming! (listening exercises with audio)
    www.esl-lab.com/santa/santard1.htm
  2. The Christmas Gift (listening exercises with audio)
    www.esl-lab.com/gift/giftrd1.htm
  3. Thanksgiving and Christmas: Holiday Traditions (listening exercises with audio)
    www.esl-lab.com/tradition/traditionrd1.htm 
  4. Christmas World Traditions (videos from the History Channel)
    www.history.com/topics/christmas/christmas-traditions-worldwide
  5. Christmas Traditions Quiz
    a4esl.org/q/h/vc-traditions-lb.html
  6. Christmas Day (listening activity with script and audio)
    www.dailyesl.com/christmas.htm

U.S. Concepts of Time and Money

Audio Resources/Listening Practice: Money
  1. Adult Learning Activities from the California Distance Learning Project
    www.cdlponline.org/
    • Click "Money."
    • Read some of the stories, and complete the corresponding activities.
    • Scores can be printed or emailed.
Measurements
  1. Fahrenheit to Celsius Converter
    www.weather.gov/ama/conversions
Money: Banking
  1. Money-Related Vocabulary (includes pictures and audio)
    www.languageguide.org/im/money/eng/
  2. Currency Converter
    https://finance.yahoo.com/currency-converter/#from=USD;to=EUR;amt=1
Numbers
  1. Numbers (with audio)
    www.languageguide.org/im/num/eng/
  2. Numbers (with audio)
    literacycenter.net/play_learn/numbers_en/numbers_en.php
Time: Calendar
  1. Calendars (interactive activity; Voice of America - English News)
    www.voanews.com/MediaAssets2/classroom/activities/beginner/b_numbers/deploy/activity/index.html
  2. Writing the Date (vocabulary list)
    www.englishclub.com/vocabulary/time-date.htm
  3. Days of the Week (vocabulary list with abbreviations)
    www.englishclub.com/vocabulary/time-days-of-week.htm
  4. Months of the Year (includes vocabulary, abbreviations, the number of days in each month and information about seasons in North America)
    www.englishclub.com/vocabulary/time-months-of-year.htm
Time: Telling Time
  1. Telling Time (quiz with audio)
    www.esl-lab.com/time.htm
  2. Learn to Tell Time
    http://www.abcya.com/telling_time.htm

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