ESOL success story: Eleven of our students have become US citizens so far this year!


Some of Literacy Together’s adult learners are eligible to apply for US citizenship One of the many ways their tutors can support them is by helping them prepare for the naturalization exam, which tests their English proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing, as well as their knowledge of US history and civics. Each year we have around thirty students studying for the exam, and in the course of a given year, about ten of them will be scheduled to take the test. Eleven of our students have become US citizens so far this year! Congratulations to all of them! Here is Carmen, who talks a little bit about her ESOL success story in the video below.


Would you like to become an ESOL tutor to support a neighbor who wants to become a US citizen and write their own success story?

The English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program teaches oral English, reading, and writing to adults who have immigrated to the U.S. from around the world. ESOL is the largest program at Literacy Together, serving approximately 250 students annually. Our students’ most common goals in learning English are to improve their employment prospects, help their children in school, and pass the U.S. Naturalization exam.

Each student works with a trained volunteer tutor, either individually or in a small group of up to ten people. Tutoring takes place for two hours each week at times and locations that are mutually convenient for students and tutors. Tutors may choose to teach one (1) two-hour session or two (2) one-hour sessions each week and may do so online or in person.

ESOL students with a short-term goal of becoming United States citizens may choose to receive citizenship-specific tutoring and learning materials in the ESOL program. This curriculum focuses on U.S. history and civics, as well as the rights and responsibilities of citizenship and civic participation. One hundred percent of students who received citizenship tutoring from Literacy Together and took the U.S. Naturalization Exam have passed it! 


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