Monday, May 30, 2016

Citizenship Resources for Memorial Day

ThingLink: Memorial Day by Susan Gaer

More Memorial Day Resources
  • American English at State: Memorial Day (pdf)
  • EL Civics: Memorial Day
  • ESOL Courses: Memorial Day
  • JenniferESL: #6 English Mini Lesson - Memorial Day
  • Memorial Day from uscitizenpod
    • A 21-Question “Salute” for Memorial Day Quiz based on the USCIS 100qs
    • Memorial Day: Vietnam Time Line (video)
      Ngo Huu Phuc reads "The Vietnam Time Line" essay in honor of Memorial Day. Mr Ngo was a mechanic in the South Vietnam Air Force and studied for US Citizenship at Milpitas Adult School. He became a US Citizen in 2009.  You can find a copy of "The Vietnam Time Line" in HOLIDAYS AND SPECIAL DAYS IN THE USA by Mary Glasgow, Scholastic Inc., 2001, ISBN 1-900702-59-2.
    • The Vietnam War Memorial, Washington DC (photos)
      The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, The Three Soldiers, and The Vietnam Women's Memorial, april 2013.  I took this picture in 2010 near the Vietnam Heritage Garden, San Jose.  May the American and Vietnamese peoples always stand together!
    • uscitizenpod (gagliajn): Sons of San Jose Vietnam War Memorial
      These photos were taken on Memorial Day 2013 at Sons of San Jose Vietnam War Memorial, Guadalupe Park, by Paula Harbor and were uploaded to Facebook. I asked Paula if I could share them. Her comments:

      I hate war. I hate violence. I hate greed. I look at this name etched into granite and wonder ... what if?

      Over the course of the couple hours I was at this memorial today people came and went. Parents, siblings, friends, vets, Vietnamese with bouquets of thanks. Everyone had a story. "Do you have someone on the wall?" The answer was always yes and the story told. A man came and put his hand on my shoulder. After several moments we spoke. He helped with find raising the memorial and talked about his buddies who are on the wall. I shared about Gus.

      For more info, see and

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Survey: US H-1B Visa Policies Too Restrictive

VOA Learning English: Survey: US H-1B Visa Policies Too Restrictive
Study of 400 US business leaders found many of them believe the program’s rules hurt the economy; they also say the process is too costly. These visas let American companies employ for up to six years people from other countries who have special skills that American workers do not. (read) (learn)

Words in This Story

lottery – n. a system used to decide who will get or be given something by choosing names or numbers by chance; a process in which a selection is made by chance, not on merit

rival – n. a person or thing that tries to defeat or be more successful than another

stage – n. a particular point or period in the growth or development of something

critical – adj. extremely important

make or break – adj. resulting in either definite success or definite failure (always used before a noun)

pervasive – adj. existing in every part of something; spreading to all parts of something

intent – n. the thing that you plan to do or achieve; an aim or purpose

To learn more vocabulary, download the FREE VOA Learning English Word Book

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Newest US Citizens, Writing the Next Great Chapter

VOANews: Newest US Citizens, Writing the Next Great Chapter

While universities across the United States honor their newest graduates this Friday, many immigrants in downtown Manhattan are celebrating, too. One hundred of them, representing 31 countries across four continents, graduated as U.S. citizens, joining the ranks of 680,000 others every year in New York and cities around the country.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

2016-05-24 Morgan Hill Citizenship: Spring Class 8

Citizenship Classes at the Morgan Hill Library!
Tuesdays afternoons, 2 – 3:30 pm
Dates: April 19, 26, May 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31
660 West Main Ave., Morgan Hill, CA 95037

*  SCCLD Citizenship Class Website



Monday, May 23, 2016

Milpitas Library Citizenship: Spring Class 5 APPLY FOR CITIZENSHIP!!!!

Monday, May 23 6:00pm to 8:30pm 

FREE!  IRC lawyers will help you fill out your N-400 application for Citizenship at the Milpitas Library. 

IRC In Northern California
1210 South Bascom Ave., Suite 227, San Jose, CA 95128, (408) 277-0255
Contact: Ketaki Srivastava, (408) 277-0255 Ext 17,
Contact: Olga Casarriti, (408) 277-0255 Ext 18,
To register for this event

Milpitas Library Citizenship Classes
Address: 160 North Main Street Street, Milpitas, CA 95035 (408) 262-1171

Milpitas Library Website:

Santa Clara Citizenship Library District Citizenship Resources Page:

Citizenship Classes at the Milpitas Library Page:

Teacher: Jennifer Gagliardi

Sunday, May 22, 2016

VOA Explainer: What is Biometrics?

VOANews: Explainer: What is Biometrics?

What do Facebook, the US government and bank security entrepreneurs have in common? They are investing millions in biometrics. Worldwide, this industry was $7 million in 2014. Will biometrics provide a unique and universal password? Still lost? Here is a brief explainer on biometrics.
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Saturday, May 21, 2016

Gilroy Library Citizenship: Spring Class 10

Gilroy Library Citizenship Classes
Address: Gilroy Library, 350 W. Sixth Street, Gilroy, CA 95020 408-842-8207

Teacher: Jennifer Gagliardi (
Gilroy Citizenship class Webpage:

First Series: Winter 2016
Saturdays 10:30 am to 12 noon January 23 - March 5

Second Series: Spring 2016

Saturdays 10:30 am to 12 noon April 9, 16, 23, 30, May 7, 14, May 21 (last class)

Click here for links to all of the citizenship classes at Gilroy Library

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