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FREE Webinar on Resources for Immigrants and Refugees

The December 11th webinar is the third part in the Libraries Helping Immigrants series of webinars. If you missed the first two webinars, the descriptions and recordings are available below. 

Tuesday December 11, 2018 @3:00pm EST
Using USCIS Resources to Support Immigrants and Refugees in the Library
Is your library looking for ways to support immigrants and refugees in your community? Would you like to help people learn about United States citizenship? Are you interested in free, high-quality, and easy-to-use educational resources? The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) Office of Citizenship has developed a wealth of products and resources your library can use to help people gain information on how to become a U.S. citizen, prepare for the U.S. naturalization test and interview, as well as navigate life in the United States.

During this one-hour webinar, attendees will:

  • Learn about developing “Citizenship Corners” using USCIS materials
  • Receive information on free educational products and resources available through USCIS
  • Gain ideas on how libraries can help recently arrived immigrants and refugees

Join presenters Domminick McParland (USCIS) and Shawn Chakrabarti (USCIS) as they discuss a variety of free resources available through USCIS, while you develop ideas on ways your organization can utilize these resources to help immigrants and refugees in your community. This webinar will be of interest to: Anyone, especially library staff and volunteers, who wants to help immigrants and refugees learn English, become U.S. citizens, or navigate life in the United States.

Access more information and register for this FREE webinar. 

Recorded on Thursday November 1, 2018:
Free Online U.S. Citizenship Course – Access the Webinar Recording Now
Presented by Andrea Willis and Katy Azevedo
Does your library provide support to adult immigrants who want to pursue U.S. citizenship and need help studying for the naturalization interview? USA Learns Citizenship is a free course that helps immigrants prepare for all aspects of the naturalization interview. Developed by experts in the fields of adult education, immigration law, citizenship education and multimedia development, this course provides a robust and engaging learning opportunity that has been accessed by more than 100,000 people since it launched in November, 2017. Join presenters Andrea Willis and Katy Azevedo as they give a tour of the USA Learns Citizenship course, while you learn about ways that your organization can utilize the website to help immigrants prepare for their citizenship test.

During this one-hour webinar, attendees will:

  • Learn about the basic steps to becoming a U.S. citizen.
  • Learn ways that immigrants can study for their naturalization interview, independently or with help from library staff or tutor.
  • Check out online lessons that prepare immigrants to answer questions related to their N-400 Application for Naturalization and questions related to U.S. civics.
  • Get familiar with online activities that prepare immigrants for the English reading, writing and speaking aspects of the citizenship test.
  • Get a peek at USA Learns’ teacher side (usalearns.org/teacher), where you can easily create a course based on our content and monitor your learners’ progress through the content.
  • Start thinking about how to roll out the USA Learns Citizenship course at your library.

Access the webinar recording

Recorded on Wednesday November 14, 2018:
Free Online English as a Second Language Courses – Access the Webinar Recording Now
Presented by Andrea Willis and Katy Azevedo
Is your library looking for ways to help people learn beginning and intermediate English as a second language (ESL)? USA Learns has three ESL courses that incorporate video lessons and thousands of learning activities to teach English in an effective and interactive way. Since the site launched, it has been accessed by nearly 11 million people from every country in the world. Join presenters Andrea Willis and Katy Azevedo as they give a tour of the USA Learns English as a Second Language course, while you learn about ways that your organization can utilize the website to help immigrants improve basic language skills.

During this one-hour webinar, attendees will:

  • Get an overview of the 1st English Course (beginning ESL), 2nd English Course (intermediate ESL), and Practice English and Reading course (intermediate ESL).
  • Check out online lessons that include English speaking, listening, vocabulary, comprehension, pronunciation, reading, writing and grammar activities.
  • Hear what our adult learners say about USA Learns. (They love it!)
  • Learn about the free USA Learns English Apps, which provide vocabulary practice to support the 1st English Course.
  • Get a peek at USA Learns’ teacher side (usalearns.org/teacher), where you can easily create a course based on our content and monitor your learners’ progress through the materials.
  • Hear from Butte County Library regarding ways USA Learns is being used and start thinking about how to roll it out in your organization.

Access the webinar recording

Butte County Library and USA Learns have teamed up to provide a webinar series to introduce free online courses on Citizenship and English as a Second Language. Libraries Helping Immigrants, Services for Immigrants: A Project to Train Library Staff to Utilize ESL and Immigration Resources is supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

Webinars are free of charge, you can pre-register by clicking on the Register Now button on the announcement page. If you pre-registered you will receive an email with login link and a reminder email the day before the event.

If you are unable to attend the live event, you can access the archived version the day following the webinar.  Check our archive listing at:  http://infopeople.org/training/view/webinar/archived

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