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1 The US Citizenship Interview Featuring the New 100 Questions CATESOL /24/10 Jennifer Gagliardi Milpitas Adult School ppt available at

2 N Qs100Qs & Study ResourcesStudy Resources Spanish USCIS Blog: The Beacon The Beacon USCIS features: A New VideoA New Video! Citizenship Green Card! Where to Start Info Pass appts Info Pass appts.

3 Prepare to Naturalize! 1.Welcome to the United States: A Guide for New Immigrants (multiple languages) (multiple languages) 2.Redesigned (New) Naturalization Test Informational Brochure M-685 M A Guide to Naturalization M-476 M Becoming a U.S. Citizen: An Overview of the Naturalization Process video video 5.New Naturalization Test Video Overview video video 6.N-400 N-400 info page N-400 info page

4 The 100 Questions Redesigned (New) Naturalization Test: Civics (History and Government) Questions 1. English 2. MP3s (audio) 3. Self-testEnglishMP3sSelf-test Preguntas de cívismo para el Examen de Naturalización rediseñado 4.SpanishSpanish 5. ChineseChinese Mga Katanungan sa Sibika para sa Pinalitan ng Disenyo Iksamen para sa Naturalisasyon 6. TagalogTagalog Các Câu Hi v Công Dân cho Trc Nghim Nhp Tch đưc Tái Son Tho 7. VietnameseVietnamese These Citizenship students made and posted the USCIS 100 hall Milpitas Adult School

5 100Qs Support Materials 1.Learn About the US: Quick Civics Lessons for the New Naturalization Test M-638 M Civics Flash Cards for the New Naturalization Test M-623 M-623 reversed colors M-623M-623 reversed colors 3.The Citizen's Almanac M-76 M-76 4.Pocket Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States M-654 M A Promise of Freedom: An Introduction to US History & Civics for Immigrants Video Video

6 English! 1.Vocabulary List for the English Reading Test Vocabulary List for the English Reading Test 2.Reading Vocabulary Flash CardsReading Vocabulary Flash Cards 3.Vocabulary List for the English Writing Test Vocabulary List for the English Writing Test 4.Writing Vocabulary Flash Cards Writing Vocabulary Flash Cards 5.Scoring Guidelines for the English Portion of the Naturalization Test The USCISScoring GuidelinesThe USCIS 6.Naturalization Test and Interview (video)Naturalization Test and Interview

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 TestScoring Guidelines

8 Low Intermediate ESL? CASAS Basic Skill Levels for Oral LanguageOral Language SPL 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. USDOE Natl Reporting System Educational Functional LevelsEducational Functional Levels Individual 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.

9 Textbooks Cengage/Heinle 2010Cengage/Heinle US Citizen, Yes!, 3 rd edition McGraw-Hill 12/08/08McGraw-Hill o U.S. Citizenship Test with CD/DVD New Readers Press o Ready for the Interview o Citizenship Passing the Test o Citizenship Literacy Skills workbook Pearson-Longman 2009Pearson-Longman o Voices of Freedom, 4 th edition

10 Internet Resources CASAS Bibliography of Citizenship Materials EL Civics OTAN: ESL/Citizenship/EL Civics: Sites to Use with Students Preparing for the U.S. Citizenship Interview (old, but good USCIS Qs) USCIS US Citizen Now US Citizenship Podcast Welcome to USA VOANews Special English Making of a Nation VOAVideo on YouTube

11 EL/Civics Online EL/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. EL/Civics Online

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) Erikas Fingerprint Appointment Notice! Pre-test 185R #4 When do you need an appointment for fingerprinting? a.Before 7:00am b.After 3:00 pm c.Saturday d.Monday through Friday

13 CASAS EL Civics Objective Example ELC: Citizenship Preparation 40.4 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: 1.Prepare for a USCIS Interview a)Student will participate in a mock oral USCIS interview. 2.Practice Dictation 3.Write 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 booklet CASAS 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 students Competencies Assessed: Personal identification Topics from the N-400 Application for Naturalization (This test does not measure knowledge of the US govt 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 Govt/History LISTENING TEST for Citizenship formerly CASAS Citizenship Field Test 889, supersedes 963/964 Practice A.Red and black B.Red, white, and blue C.Black and white D.White, gold, and green Question 1 A.John Adams B.Thomas Jefferson C.James Madison D.Alexander Hamilton Multiple 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:

17 The End For further information, see –CASAS.ORG me.showContent&MapID=674 me.showContent&MapID=674 –CASAS.ORG/ELC APSList.welcome APSList.welcome –USCIS.GOV –USCITIZENPOD.COM Thanks to the students and staff of Milpitas Adult School, SJSU MATESOL, and the USCIS. In gratitude to the immigrants to the United States!

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