Presentation on theme: "The US Citizenship Interview"— Presentation transcript:
1 The US Citizenship Interview Featuring the New “100 Questions”CATESOL 201004/24/10Jennifer GagliardiMilpitas Adult Schoolppt available at
2 www.uscis.gov USCIS Blog: The Beacon N-400 100Qs & Study Resources SpanishWhere to StartUSCIS features:A New Video!Green Card!Info Pass appts.Citizenship
3 Prepare to Naturalize!Welcome to the United States: A Guide for New Immigrants (multiple languages)Redesigned (New) Naturalization Test Informational Brochure M-685A Guide to Naturalization M-476Becoming a U.S. Citizen: An Overview of the Naturalization Process videoNew Naturalization Test Video Overview videoN-400 N-400 info page
4 The 100 QuestionsRedesigned (New) Naturalization Test: Civics (History and Government) Questions 1. English MP3s (audio) Self-testPreguntas de cívismo para el Examen de Naturalización rediseñado 4.Spanish公民（歷史與政府）歸化新試題 ChineseMga Katanungan sa Sibika para sa Pinalitan ng Disenyo Iksamen para sa Naturalisasyon 6. TagalogCác Câu Hỏi về Công Dân cho Trắc Nghiệm Nhập Tịch được Tái Soạn Thảo VietnameseThese Citizenship students made and postedthe USCIS 100 hall Milpitas Adult School
5 100Qs Support MaterialsLearn About the US: Quick Civics Lessons for the New Naturalization Test M-638Civics Flash Cards for the New Naturalization Test M-623 M-623 reversed colors The Citizen's Almanac M-76 Pocket Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States M-654A Promise of Freedom: An Introduction to US History & Civics for Immigrants Video
6 English! Vocabulary List for the English Reading Test Reading Vocabulary Flash CardsVocabulary List for the English Writing Test Writing Vocabulary Flash Cards Scoring Guidelines for the English Portion of the Naturalization Test The USCISNaturalization Test and Interview (video)
7 Speak English, please!An applicant's verbal skills are determined by the applicant's answers to questions normally asked by USCIS Officers during the naturalization eligibility interview.USCIS Officers are required to repeat and rephrase questions until the Officer is satisfied that the applicant either fully under stands the question or does not understand English.If the applicant generally understands and can respond meaningfully to questions relevant to the determination of eligibility, the applicant has demonstrated the ability to speak English.From: Scoring Guidelines for the English Portion of the Naturalization Test
8 Low Intermediate ESL?USDOE Nat’l Reporting System Educational Functional LevelsIndividual can understand simple learned phrases and limited new phrases containing familiar vocabulary spoken slowly with frequent repetition;can ask and respond to questions using such phrases;can express basic survival needs and participate in some routine social conversations, although with some difficulty;and has some control of basic grammar.CASAS Basic Skill Levels for Oral LanguageSPL 4 Functions satisfactorily in basic survival and very routine social and work situations.Participates in simple face-to-face conversations dealing with familiar topics.Gives oral directions to do a familiar personal or work-related task of several steps.Participates in simple telephone conversations.Makes statements, asks and answers questions in the simple present, past and future tenses on familiar topics.
9 Textbooks Cengage/Heinle 2010 McGraw-Hill 12/08/08 New Readers Press US Citizen, Yes!, 3rd editionMcGraw-Hill 12/08/08U.S. Citizenship Test with CD/DVDNew Readers PressReady for the InterviewCitizenship Passing the TestCitizenship Literacy Skills workbookPearson-Longman 2009Voices of Freedom, 4th edition
10 Internet ResourcesCASAS Bibliography of Citizenship MaterialsEL CivicsOTAN: ESL/Citizenship/EL Civics: Sites to Use with StudentsPreparing for the U.S. Citizenship Interview (old, but good USCIS Qs) aenet.esuhsd.org/citizenship_lessons/Citizen/index.htmlUSCISUS Citizen NowUS Citizenship PodcastWelcome to USAVOANews Special English Making of a NationVOAVideo on YouTube
11 EL/Civics OnlineEL/Civics Online is a unique professional development opportunity for ESL instructors and volunteers who wish to incorporate EL/Civics content into their adult ESL classrooms.
12 The CASAS Life and Work Reading ESL Test Series Model Standard: Interpret simple authentic materials on familiar topics (newspaper articles on current events, social letters, public information notices)Pre-test 185R #4When do you need an appointment for fingerprinting?Before 7:00amAfter 3:00 pmSaturdayMonday through FridayErika’s Fingerprint Appointment Notice!
13 CASAS EL Civics Objective Example ELC: Citizenship Preparation 40.4 (Oral, Written Beginning Low – Advanced)Respond to questions about the history and government of the US in order to be successful in the naturalization process.1 *Discuss basic historical events or patriotic symbols.2 *Describe the colors and design of the American flag and discuss the meaning of the stars and stripes.3 *Identify the three branches of American government.5 *Write dictated sentences about U.S. history and government.6 *Name the President of the United States, the Governor of California, the Mayor of the city, and other government officials.7 Read, discuss, and/or write about issues relating to the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.Additional Tasks:Prepare for a USCIS InterviewStudent will participate in a mock oral USCIS interview.Practice DictationWrite a Letter or an Article related to the Constitution or Bill of Rights
14 CASAS Reading for Citizenship Tests (951R/952R) •Target population:◦Low beginning ESL students•Competencies Assessed:◦Reading comprehension in a citizenship context (These tests do not measure knowledge of the government and history of the United States.)•Test Administration:◦One-on-one or group administration◦Multiple-choice questions◦Large-print, reusable test bookletCASAS Implementation Training is required to administer the Reading for Citizenship Tests.
15 CASAS Citizenship Interview Test (CIT) The Citizenship Interview Test (CIT) is a standardized oral assessment that assesses the speaking skills of adult ESL and citizenship learners.The CIT helps programs determine if an individual is ready to pass the USCIS naturalization interview.Target population:◦High beginning to advanced ESL studentsCompetencies Assessed:◦Personal identificationTopics from the N-400 Application for Naturalization (This test does not measure knowledge of the US gov’t and history.)Test Administration:◦One-on-one interview format (approx. 15 to 20 minutes )Training is required to administer this test. A self-training manual provides a training CD and certification exercises.
16 CASAS Gov’t/History LISTENING TEST for Citizenship formerly CASAS Citizenship Field Test 889, supersedes 963/964Multiple choice listening test.Students listen to thirty recorded questions.Each question is repeated twice.The questions are based on the new 100 questions.Practice audio files are available at:PracticeRed and blackRed, white, and blueBlack and whiteWhite, gold, and greenQuestion 1John AdamsThomas JeffersonJames MadisonAlexander Hamilton
17 The End For further information, see CASAS.ORG CASAS.ORG/ELC CASAS.ORG/ELCUSCIS.GOVUSCITIZENPOD.COMThanks to the students and staff of Milpitas Adult School, SJSU MATESOL, and the USCIS.In gratitude to the immigrants to the United States!