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2 Ohio TESOL November 17, 2006 Gloria W. Gillette NE ABLE Resource Center

3 Read, learn, study … make a decision and follow your gut

4 Believe in miracles

5 Something old… Where have we been in ESOL?

6 Nationally... Some numbers…..

7 Persons Naturalized During Fiscal Year 2005 Total # of Persons Naturalized 604,280 Top 5 Countries of Birth 1. Mexico77,089 2. Philippines 36,673 3. India 35,962 4. Vietnam 32,926 5. China 31,708

8 Persons Becoming Legal Permanent Residents During Fiscal Year 2005 Total # of Legal Permanent Residents 1,122,373 Major Class of Admission 1. Immediate Relatives of U.S. Citizens 436,231 2. Employment-Based Preferences 246,877 3. Family-Sponsored Preferences 212,970

9 Top 5 Countries of Birth 1.Mexico 161,445 2.India 84,681 3.China 69,967 4.Philippines 60,748 5.Cuba 36,261

10 Persons Naturalized During Fiscal Year 2005 by the State of Ohio Total # of Persons Naturalized 9,415 Total # of Persons Naturalized 9,415 Top 5 Countries of Birth 1. India 1,057 2. Somalia 546 3. China 454 4. Vietnam 345 5. Ukraine 333

11 Persons Becoming Legal Permanent Residents of Ohio During Fiscal Year 2005 Total # of Persons Becoming Legal Residents 16,897 Total # of Persons Becoming Legal Residents 16,897 Major Class of Admission 1.Immediate Relatives of U.S. Citizens 6,640 2.Employment-Based Preferences 4,544 3.Refugee and Asylee Adjustments 2,777

12 Top 5 Countries of Birth 1.India 1,984 2.China 1,271 3.Somalia 764 4.Ukraine 717 5.Mexico 700

13 Why include this?  Go to :  s/LPR05.shtm s/LPR05.shtm s/LPR05.shtm  And you can learn by city and region exactly who is coming …..and who you are missing

14 Total Immigrants in U.S. Illegal Estimated between 8 and 20 Million Legal Estimated between 24 and 25 Million

15 Some other interesting facts:  Immigrants are 11.5% of our population-highest percentage in 70years (highest rate was 14.7 in 1910)  Since 1990’s immigration has increased by 57%  #30% of immigrants lack a high school diploma  18% OF SCHOOL AGE POPULATION HAVE AN IMMIGRANT PARENT ..OR ONE IN FIVE STUDENTS IN us SCHOOLS comes from an immigrant family

16 Hmmmm…  39% of Californians do not speak English as a first language  18% of all Americans speak a language other than English in their homes  In Ohio 648,493 people speak a language other than English in their home  U.S. census

17 Just a few more thoughts…  Nationally:  39% of immigrants are citizens  6% of eligible voters are immigrants  37% of immigrants live in the West  11% in Midwest  36% in South  18% in Northeast

18 ABLE ESOL 2005

19 ESOL students served in ABLE 2005


21 Some things new……. Federal update on citizenship test

22 Test Implementation Timeline  Being developed by USCIS under Homeland security  Dr. Michael Jones is spearheading the project  Piloting will begin in January  Piloting will conclude by April 2007 (estimated)  The roll out of the new test is scheduled for April 2008 (estimated)  USCIS plans to administer 5,000 pilot tests in 10 cities

23 The New Test: Differences to Look For  For the first time, the test will be at a standard English level across the nation (NRS Level High Beginning-Level 3)  The current test is heavy on historical facts, and includes questions about the colors of the U.S. flag and the name of the form used to apply for citizenship  The new exam will ask about, for example, the Bill of Rights and the meaning of democracy  The new test will push citizens to participate in their government, not just memorize facts

24  The new test will still consist of 100 questions and will be in the public domain for study  Applicants must still answer 6 out of 10 questions correctly  A study guide will be available to help prepare for the test and encourage new citizens to learn more about U.S. civic values Civics and History

25 Speaking  Test will consist of questions routinely asked during the N-400 interview  A glossary of vocabulary words in the N-400 will be included in the study guide  District Adjudication Officers will be provided with re-phrased questions at a basic level to assist applicants with limited English

26 –Will be similar to the current exam, except it will use civics based questions –Will include a scoring rubric for District Adjudication Officers –Study materials for the English reading and writing test will consist of a vocabulary list rather than a list of study sentences –Writing test will be dictation and also use civics based questions –Actual reading and writing questions will not be released to the public but civics will be Reading and Writing

27 Support From USCIS  Additional support for relaxing backlog  Will create an online training site for teachers  USCIS will be providing a symposium at International TESOL including an overview and update of the test, strategies for successful passage  Support materials available on the web site@



30 What’s new for teaching  CNN site  Dragon Naturally Speaking  Webcasts/Podcasts  Blogging  Distance learning  Moodle (attend Greg’s session H71)  Listserv

31 New for Ohio  Revised ESOL standards available  (on ODE web site)  Snapshots will be coming soon  Multi-lingual recruitment materials are being developed  BEST Plus Refresher Toolkit (Alternative Delivery)  On Speaking and Cultural Terms is here

32 On Speaking and Cultural Terms

33 Inside… Inside…

34 New for Ohio  EL/Civics grants will be extended one more year  Professional development standards will be developed…Volunteers needed for development..Columbus Jan 11-12 Watch for news in Friday Facts  Professional Development standards will be part of a new system to meet the needs of adult ed. Professionals in Ohio… be a part of it all!

35 And…in Ohio  ESOL Summit will meet in the spring Goals will be:  Review multi-cultural materials developed and make recommendations  Establish ESOL professional development goals  Develop EL/Civics standards

36 What’s New…NE ABLE

37 Bodega

38 Alternative delivery PD

39 Something borrowed  Ta…dah….  The new library is here and online!


41 Library…

42 Something Blue

43 Federal Level  WIA up for reauthorization, may have changes  Naturalization process is changing  Of course, Immigration and the funding to support it.

44 State Level  Changes being considered: –Grants will not be competitive for at least one more year (FY09) –Discussion at state level on funding streams –Incentive grants will continue (on a path towards performance-based funding) –Transitions and Career Pathways will be more important

45 Know the issues  Federal trends  State trends  Immigration

46 And  One last interesting story on adult learning…  A well-known medical school has revamped its curriculum: it’s dropping courses, such as physiology and teaching medical scenarios contextually. There’s simply too much information! Sound familiar?

47 Your voice is important  Sign up for alerts  Respond, use your voice!  Support adult Education

48 Important Websites       –Advocacy Action Alerts

49 Read, learn, study … advocate, stay smart, work for change

50 Believe in miracles One Billion Dollars

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