The Teaching and Workshop Guide for ESL Teachers and Settlement Counselors

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The overall theme of The Citizenship Handbook and this Guide is citizenship, and its rights and responsibilities.  We hope to encourage citizens – both individually and in groups – to become involved in the democratic life of their communities.  The Handbook and related Guide activities fit into programs and curricula on citizenship, law, the Canadian government, Canadian history, human rights, and other related topics.

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Intro and acknowledgements

Chapter 1
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This chapter provides an overall introduction to the subject of citizenship. It can stand alone as a general review of the subject if you have time for only one chapter and activities, but it is meant to provide a basic background for the more detailed chapters that follow.

Chapter 2
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This chapter highlights the ideas and values that have been most important to the development of Canadian society.

Chapter 3
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Chapter 3 looks at the structure of the political system in Canada, and gives people a chance to become familiar with the different players in that system.

Chapter 4
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This chapter focuses on how to protect our rights by introducing relevant laws, agencies, and prodedures and setting strategies to solve some of the problems citizens face in their daily lives.

Chapter 5
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This chapter is the heart of both The Citizenship Handbook and this Guide. Its focus is participation, and how citizens can become involved in supporting community issues they think are important.

Chapter 6
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This chapter focuses on how to deal with government agencies and, like chapter 4, includes information on relevant laws, agencies and procedures.

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