What Every Immigrant Needs to Know

Wouldn’t it be great if arriving immigrants knew the ins and outs for how things happen in the United States?

The Immigrant Guide is a digest of the most common laws, systems and cultural norms for living and succeeding in the U.S.
Available in 8 languages: English and Spanish (full color); and Arabic, Burmese, French, Karen, Nepali, and Somali (text only).

HOW TO USE THE IMMIGRANT GUIDE

Integrate with Adult English Classes

Weave Immigrant Guide topics into your adult English classes

Interactive English includes a culture tip in every lesson. Each tip can be expanded to the related The Immigrant Guide page or topic. Check out the Admin & Teachers Resources for complimentary Expansion Sheets to easily expand your lesson using The Immigrant Guide.

Lead Workshops

Bring adult students & community together

Use The Immigrant Guide to lead workshops. Invite members of the community such as: a local banker when discussing the finance section, a member of the police force for laws and driving, and a nurse for health and medical topics, to name a few.

Practice Conversation

Great topics for conversation classes!

The laws, systems and cultural content in The Immigrant Guide makes it a great tool for conversation classes. Adult students will learn the ways to succeed in the U.S. but can also share how it’s different from their country of origin.

“The Immigrant Guide has been integrated into Civics lessons by focusing on issues that affect our adult ESOL students daily life. It has also proven especially effective in our partnership with a K12 school; the administrator finds the topics covered in the Immigrant Guide pertinent to parents and appreciates the ability to have some input on the Civics topics covered adult ESOL classes we offer at that location.”

Tricia Baker-Sherman Adult Education ESOL Coordinator, Pinellas County Schools

131 Topics Covered

The Law and the Role of Police

1) Calling 911
2) Alcohol & Drugs
3) Drinking and Driving
4) Know Your Rights
5) Sexual Harassment
6) Sexual Assault
7) Domestic Violence
8) Stealing and Trespassing
9) Discrimination
10) Getting Legal Help
11) Becoming a US Citizen

Housing

12) Finding Housing
13) Renting
14) Getting Problems Fixed
15) The Lease
16) Moving
17) Fires & Carbon Monoxide (CO)
18) Being a Good Neighbor
19) Property & Renter’s Insurance
Jobs and the Workplace
20) How to Find Jobs
21) Résumés
22) Cover Letters
23) References
24) How to be a Good Employee
25) Interviews
26) Getting Paid
27) Benefits
28) Working Overtime
29) Minimum Wage
30) Time Sheets
31) Paychecks
32) Management Styles & Coworker Interactions

Finances

33) Tax Time
34) Form W-2 Wage and Tax Statement
35) Budgeting
36) Checking & Savings Accounts
37) Credit Cards
38) Credit Ratings & Reports
39) Saving & Growing Money
40) Check Writing & Cashing
41) Identity Theft
42) Notary Publics
43) Filing Insurance Claims
44) Home Energy Saving & Typical Bills

Health and Medical

45) The Emergency Room (ER)
46) Urgent Care Centers
47) The Healthcare System
48) Filling Out Medical Forms
49) Communicating With Doctors
50) Medication & Labels
51) Depression
52) Counseling
53) Vaccinations & Check-ups
54) HIV & AIDS
55) Spreading Illness
56) Using a Thermometer
57) First Aid
58) General Safety Practices
59) Dental Care
60) Exercise
61) Watch What You Eat
62) Cigarettes
63) Alcoholism

Driving

64) Driving Laws
65) Parking Tickets
66) What to do if Stopped by the Police 19
67) Child Seats
68) Honking 19
69) Car Insurance
70) Staying on the Right
71) Buying & Registering a Car
72) Carpooling & HOV Lanes

Children

73) Parenting in the US
74) Keeping Children Healthy
75) Child Safety
76) Family Planning
77) Pregnancy

Education System

78) Levels of School
79) Curriculum & English as a Second Language (ESL)
80) Report Cards
81) Grade Point Average (GPA)
82) SATs, ACTs, & TOEFL
83) Finding a School for Your Kids
84) Parent-Teacher Conferences
85) Parent Organizations
86) How to Help Your Kids Succeed
87) Extracurricular Activities
88) Interactive Teaching Styles
89) College, University & Vocational Schools

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Communication

90) Learning English
91) Postage & the Post Office
92) Automated Menus
93) Computers & Internet Safety
94) Names & Titles
95) Junk Mail & Phony Phone Calls
96) Document Storage
97) Answering Phones & Checking Messages
98) Cell Phone Expenses
99) Using the Phone Book
100) Daylight Saving & Time Zones

US Culture and Social Skills

101) Greetings
102) Cleanliness
103) Common Social Taboos
104) Political Correctness
105) Punctuality & Confirming Meetings
106) Personal Space and Volume
107) “Yes” Means Yes and “No” Means No
108) Small Talk
109) Humor
110) Dating & Marriage
111) Religion
112) Gender Equality
113) Asking Questions
114) Punishing Children
115) Tipping
116) Dogs
117) Crime
118) Sex

Shopping

119) Measurement Conversions
120) Reading Expiration Dates
121) Getting Store Cards & Using Coupons
122) Garage Sales & Thrift Stores
123) Returns & Rebates

Your Community

124) Public Libraries
125) Recreation Centers & Outdoor Activities
126) Community Resources
127) Transportation Options
128) Walking and Biking
129) Recycling
130) Volunteering
131) Movies

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