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Do Now #80: What Makes a Good Citizen?

Do Now | May 10, 2013 | 87 Comments

Do Now #80: What Makes a Good Citizen?

The idea of citizenship inevitably comes up when examining immigration reform. What makes a good citizen? What should be required of a citizen? Does the current application system measure worthiness or should different criteria be taken into consideration? Do you feel you meet these criteria yourself?

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Students Debate Immigration Reform — Do Now Round Up

Community Voices | May 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

Students Debate Immigration Reform — Do Now Round Up

As the immigration reform bill begins to consume lawmakers in Washington in the coming months, students around the country had a head start to debate the issue online. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), the lead Democratic negotiator, explains, “The American people have told us to do two things. One, prevent future flows of illegal immigration, and then come up with a common sense solution for legal immigration. And that’s what our bill does.”

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Do Now #75: Immigration Reform – The Path to Citizenship

Do Now | April 19, 2013 | 1,130 Comments

Do Now #75: Immigration Reform – The Path to Citizenship

The Gang of Eight, as the eight bipartisan US Senators have been termed, has managed to reach a compromise on immigration reform after months of negotiating. Their immigration reform bill is a trade off between the four Republicans and four Democrats allowing many of the 11 million undocumented immigrants to seek U.S. citizenship, in exchange for way stricter border security standards.

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Will the Real Generation 1.5 Please Stand Up?

ESL Insights | February 27, 2013 | 0 Comments

Will the Real Generation 1.5 Please Stand Up?

by Julia McGurk If you grew up in California, the chances are you went to school with someone who would be categorized as Generation 1.5, and the chances are that you wouldn’t be able to pick them out from students who spent their whole lives in the US speaking English. In fact you have probably […]

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The Billion Dollar Question: How Will Immigration Reform Affect Adult Education?

ESL Insights | February 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

The Billion Dollar Question: How Will Immigration Reform Affect Adult Education?

By Lori Howard Business and labor leaders are showing support for an immigration reform bill proposed by a bipartisan group of U.S. senators which would affect approximately 11 million undocumented immigrants who already live in the U.S. The reform being discussed includes the “Dream Act” which would create an expedited path to citizenship for young […]

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In and Out of Shadows – Stories about Undocumented Youth

ESL Insights | February 14, 2013 | 2 Comments

In and Out of Shadows – Stories about Undocumented Youth

Courtesy The Marsh Immigration reform is center stage right now – a top priority for President Obama’s second term in office. It is also centre stage for so many young people, many of our students here in California, who may be among the 11 million people in the U.S. without documents. They either came to […]

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ESL from the Inside

ESL Insights | February 12, 2013 | 2 Comments

ESL from the Inside

by Gregory Keech Imagine yourself in Beijing, or Cairo. You did not finish high school in your home country. You know nothing of the language, and you don’t even know the script. You are working full-time, perhaps at two or more jobs. You have a partner and several children, and maybe an elderly relative to […]

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Work Voices 9: Siripat Nengchamnong, Restaurant Owner

Work Voices | November 1, 2012 | 0 Comments

Work Voices 9: Siripat Nengchamnong, Restaurant Owner

Download Educators’ Activities Here Transcript (English) Transcript (Spanish) Siripat Nengchamnong is from Thailand and came to the US in 2005. She studied English at San Jose State University and took a Hospitality Management course at Mission College to prepare her for opening her own restaurant, the White Elephant in Santa Clara. Siripat describes how she […]

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Work Voices 7: Henri Gonnet, Solar Engineer

Post-Secondary ESL | September 5, 2012 | 0 Comments

Work Voices 7: Henri Gonnet, Solar Engineer

Download Educators’ Activities Here This is the seventh interview in our Work Voices series for ESL educators. Henri Gonnet is from France and came to this country 25 years ago. He now works in the green tech field at Solar City, having been fascinated by the world of electricity, and in particular the growing world […]

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Do You Have ID?

ESL Project Highlights | August 14, 2012 | 4 Comments

Do You Have ID?

In a close presidential election, the new state voter ID laws could have a real effect. In the presidential election this year, some states will require that voters show a photo ID, such as a driver’s license or passport, to be eligible to vote. What is more, the address on the ID needs to match […]

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