Syllabus Civics 3 - Advanced

  • About our Program

    The mission of adult education and literacy is to ensure that all adults who live in Texas have the skills necessary to function effectively in their personal and family lives, in the work place, and in the community.

    NEISD Adult Education offers FREE English as a Second Language (ESL) classes for students 19 years and older, as well as high school equivalency (HSE) (aka GED) preparation classes in English and in Spanish for students 16 years and older.

    Additionally, we, in partnership with NEISD Community Education, offer Career Training Programs that lead to Workforce Certifications. Scholarships are available to those students who qualify. Visit: for more information.

    Texas Workforce Commission

    Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) sponsors NEISD Adult Education. Together, we offer ESL services that prepare you for career progression. There is no monetary cost to you, only your time and dedication! When a student leaves our program *early and/or does not take a progress test then our program may lose state and federal funds to pay for ESL classes, teachers, and building maintenance.

    *Early is defined as less than 50 hours if student takes BEST/BEST Plus 2.0 exam; less than 60 hours if student takes TABE CLAS-E exam. For exam explanation, see section: Methods of Assessment



    Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) is the state agency charged with overseeing and providing workforce development services to employers and job seekers of Texas. TWC strengthens the Texas economy by providing the workforce development component of the Governor's economic development strategy. Texas boasts an incredibly skilled workforce ready to attract enterprise to the Lone Star State. By focusing on the needs of employers, TWC gives Texas the competitive edge necessary to draw business here.

    Major Functions

    The major functions of TWC include developing the workforce, providing support services in workforce training and adult education and literacy services, providing services for people with disabilities to obtain training and employment, and administering the unemployment benefits and tax programs.

    Visit to learn more.


    Texas Certificate of High School Equivalency (formerly GED)

    The GED Testing Service provides the GED2014® that is a nationally recognized, official high school equivalency testing battery. Those who pass all four GED2014® tests earn the Texas Certificate of High School Equivalency (TxCHSE). "Earning your GED" is a branding phrase just like "getting a Band-Aid®." Students who complete the GED2014® tests will receive the TxCHSE. Please visit for more information.

    Students now have a choice of test battery: GED2014, HiSET, or TASC. All three test batteries are available in English and Spanish. GED2014 tests are only available on the computer. HiSET and TASC tests can be taken on the computer or with paper/pencil. Discover more pros and cons:,, and


    Keep in mind, no matter which high school equivalency test battery you choose, you will earn the Texas Certificate of High School Equivalency (TxCHSE). This is what you need to get into college and/or get a better-paying job. The TxCHSE is always printed in English no matter if you take the official tests in English or in Spanish.

    NEISD Adult Education offers high school equivalency preparation classes in English and in Spanish. Visit:


    English Language Acquisition also known as English as a Second Language (ESL) is defined as "a program of instruction designed to help eligible individuals who are English language learners achieve competence in reading, writing, speaking, and comprehension of the English language; and that leads to attainment of the secondary school diploma or its recognized equivalent; and transition to postsecondary education and training; or employment."

    Career Training Program

    Our Career Training Programs are carefully researched to meet the high job demands in the Greater San Antonio area.

    These certification courses are rigorous and comprehensive. We provide our students with the necessary support to ensure success.

    One of our certifications can help you demonstrate dedication and professional commitment to potential employers in your interest area.  It can also provide you with the opportunity to stay abreast of changes in your employment industry.

    NEISD Career Training Programs are open to all qualified community members. Scholarships are reserved for Adult Education students. *See Scholarships Qualifications for more details –

    Career Training Programs include the following:

    • Medical Billing & Coding
    • Certified Nurse Aide (CNA)
    • Pharmacy Technician

    NEISD Adult Education Policies and Procedures

    ATTENDANCE - All ESL students must:

    • attend at least 60 hours of instruction before taking the progress test
    • contact instructor if unable to attend for any reason or if you must leave the program, e.g. moving away


    HOMEWORK – Homework is a vital part of our ESL program. All students must complete ALL teacher-assigned homework. If a student misses a scheduled class and the homework assignment, it is the responsibility of the student to communicate with the teacher to get the assignment.

    STUDENT BEHAVIOR - All students will:

    • always be respectful to instructors, staff, fellow students, equipment, books, and facilities
    • sign in when you arrive and sign out as you are leaving every class session
    • not fight or display any similar aggression (NEISD has zero tolerance and student will be banned from

        NEISD Adult Education)

    • not use electronic devices in classroom (i.e. cell phones, headphones, or such devices), without teacher’s permission.

    DRESS CODE - All students will dress appropriately in class. Students must not wear:

    • tight clothing/spandex pants • torn clothing                         • revealing or see through clothes       
    • baggy or low riding pants • clothes displaying vulgar language         
    • hats or hoodies in the classroom (exception: religious or medical reasons)
    • tank or halter tops or short shorts • clothing that reveal undergarments – ever

    Students who do not comply will be asked to leave class until dressed appropriately. 


    • By enrolling in a state and federally funded program I will comply with all program requirements, including taking the progress test after earning *50+ or 60+ semester hours.
    • I understand that I am not guaranteed a seat in class after earning *50+ or 60+ hours and taking the progress test. I understand that I will be placed on a waiting list for the follow-on semester. I may be allowed to participate in Distance Learning depending on DL teacher’s decision.
    • I understand that if I do not earn *50 or 60 hours in the semester and take the progress test that I will be allowed 4 weeks from last day of class to complete the hours and take the test. If I do not succeed then I will not be allowed to enroll in any classes offered by NEISD Adult Education for one school year. Remember, our program can lose state and federal money when students do not earn minimum required hours and/or take the progress test.

    *50+ hours required if student takes BEST/BEST Plus 2.0; 60+ hours required if student takes TABE CLAS-E


    NEISD Adult Education Expectations

    Teachers are expected to:

    • attend all scheduled classes
    • avoid tardiness
    • avoid leaving class early
    • incorporate a variety of teaching strategies, like creating class routines, providing daily agenda and warm-up activity, using games, using technology
    • provide daily opportunities for all students to practice speaking, listening, reading and writing
    • provide feedback on students’ classroom work and homework

    Students are expected to:

    • attend all scheduled classes
    • avoid tardiness
    • avoid leaving class early
    • participate in all class activities, discussions, and presentations
    • complete all assigned homework
    • practice speaking English outside of class, at home and at work
    • complete at least *50 or 60 instructional hours then take a progress test

    Distance Learning (DL) Program Description

    The NEISD Distance Learning Program is a combination of in classroom study (traditional) and at home computer study (separated from teacher). Students interested in participating in distance learning are required to attend regularly scheduled registration and orientation sessions.

    Program Requirements

    A DL student MUST have access to a computer and to the Internet. Computers can be accessed at San Antonio Public Library.

    Students MUST have an email account, know how to access their account, and check email daily. Students must have basic computer skills such as keyboarding, opening hyperlinks, searching the Web, composing documents in Word, and attaching a Word document to an email.

    Dual Enrolled Students

    Students who are dual enrolled, meaning those who are taking a traditional class and taking online classes, are required to earn required hours in ALL classes.

    Attendance in DL is a very important part of class. Distance Learning is treated like any other class. Students must set a schedule for regularly working in the program. Attendance is equated with the amount of hours spent working "on task" in the assigned program. 

    The Distance Learning week begins on Mondays and ends the following Sunday at midnight. DL teachers closely monitor students’ hours each week. 

    Students who consistently fail to meet the minimum requirements will be counseled and removed from access to the website.

    If an emergency arises such as hospitalization of family member, illness, an unexpected business trip out of town, or computer issues, YOU MUST LET YOUR TEACHER KNOW. Students who fail to communicate in this manner for a Distance Learning class will be counseled and/or removed from access to the website. If a student does no work for two weeks and does not communicate, access to the online program will be removed.

    To enroll in ESL Distance Learning send email to Your email must include in subject line: ESL DL Registration. Your email must include: Your Name (exactly as you registered), and your teacher’s name


    EL Civics 3 Class Objectives

    Our EL Civics classes are comprised of 3 English skill levels: 1, 2, and 3. Student’s baseline assessment scores determine skill level. Class objectives are aligned with Texas Adult Education and Literacy Content Standards (2017). Reference:

    Texas Adult Education and Literacy Content Standards for EL Civics 3 Class

    Listening Skills

    Low Intermediate Language Ability. These ELLs apply increasingly complex listening strategies to comprehend conversations that include new vocabulary. Thus, they are able to participate in information gap listening activities.

    High Intermediate Language Ability. These ELLs are able to identify main ideas and supportive information and recognize the speaker’s hidden messages.

    Speaking Skills

    Low Intermediate Language Ability. These ELLs can initiate and engage in simple conversations that include descriptions, personal opinions, and inferences on familiar topics.

    High Intermediate Language Ability. These ELLs comprehend and participate in extended conversation and other verbal exchanges that go beyond personal needs and familiar topics.

    Reading Skills

    Low Intermediate Language Ability. These ELLs can read texts representing different genres to answer basic comprehension questions, identify main ideas and supporting details, and make simple inferences.

    High Intermediate Language Ability. These ELLs can analyze information and make summaries. They are able to read critically and use high level reading comprehension strategies.

    Writing Skills

    Low Intermediate Language Ability. These ELLs can write with an audience in mind and for personal and work-related communication.

    High Intermediate Language Ability. These ELLs can write about previously discussed topics, use complex transition words, and follow the basic steps of the writing process.

    This course includes life situations like traffic laws, registering for school, contacting 911, learning about other cultures, and more. In this class, you will role-play, practice life skills, and build vocabulary. You will read, write, speak and listen.


    Methods of Assessment

    Students are given formal (standardized), summative assessments such as Tests of Adult Basic Education (TABE), Tests of Adult Basic Education – Complete Language Assessment System in English (TABE CLAS-E), BEST Literacy, and BEST Plus 2.0 oral.


    Students are also given less formal formative assessments such as:

    • Spelling, vocabulary tests
    • Writing, such as essays
    • Practice tests for the HSE certificate
    • Class assignments, allowing skill practice; the teacher’s observation of student involvement with class participation, class discussions, and questioning during class; group projects; and, student presentations
    • Oftentimes, class and homework assignments are corrected by the teacher, yet not scored with a numeric or letter grade

    Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs) [Instructor, will discuss methods he/she uses]

    • Minute Paper
    • One Sentence Summary
    • Defining Features Matrix
    • Prior Knowledge Survey
    • Student-Generated Test Questions
    • Memory Matrix
    • Application Cards
    • Chain Notes
    • Other(s) ______________________, ______________________, ______________________


    Active Learning Strategies [Instructor, will discuss methods he/she uses]

    • Think-Pair-Share
    • Drill Review Pairs
    • Structured Academic Controversies
    • Guided Reciprocal Peer Questioning
    • Send-a-problem
    • Structured Problem Solving
    • Think Aloud
    • Other(s) ______________________, ______________________, ______________________


    ESL Academy


    San Antonio community members who participate in NEISD Adult Education become known as academy students and are members of the ESL academy. Academy ESL students begin on a college or career pathway that will lead to success in the workplace, at home and in the community. Academy ESL students progress through the skills levels that lead to the completion of a high school equivalency certificate, postsecondary education (i.e. college), workplace training opportunities, career training certificate, promotions, and/or higher pay.

    *English Language (EL) Civics class is required if you have lived in the United States for 1 year or less.

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    Please keep in mind that you are participating in a tuition-free program that is grant funded by Texas Workforce Commission. Your obligations are: 1) take all ancillary courses; 2) earn at least *50 or 60 total program hours; 3) take the progress test; and, 4) pass all HSE official tests to earn the Texas Certificate of High School Equivalency.

    Our obligations are: 1) instruct you to improve your English speaking, listening, reading and writing skills; 2) prepare you to take and pass the HSE official tests; 3) provide ancillary courses that will help you whether you want to start a career, progress in a career, or go to college; and, 4) provide health professions career training programs.

    When will you “finish” the ESL program?

    The answer to this question depends on your beginning skill level. It also depends on your desired English skills. All ESL students are required to achieve the Texas Certificate of High School Equivalency. Your NEISD adult education instructor and counselor will work closely with you to help determine your goals and study plan.


    NEISD Adult Education Support and Resources


    Career Counseling

    Our transition counselor is available to all NEISD Adult Education students. The counselor can meet, email, or text to discuss your desires for further education and training opportunities. She is also available to counsel your spouse and children 16+ years old regarding college and career goals.

    Mrs. Joy Felix is available at


    Texas Workforce Commission

    They offer resources, tips, and tools to build a strong Texas workforce. Go to


    Vocational Rehabilitation Services

    They offer services for people with physical or cognitive disabilities, I including blindness or visual impairment. Go to


    Workforce Solutions Alamo

    Working to strengthen the Alamo regional economy by growing and connecting pipelines to employers. Go to


    NEISD Adult Education ESL Distance Learning

    To enroll, email


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