Monday, May 8, 2017

CCAE 2017 Report-Back 1: The Citizenship Interview

This week, we are LIVE from Long Beach at the 2017 CCAE Conference. CCAE is the California Council for AdultEducation (, a professional organization which advocates for the needs of Adult Learners so that they may acquire the necessary English language, civics, and vocational skills to full integrate in California and beyond.

At the conference, I was honored to present a workshop entitled, "Tech Up Your Citizenship Class" ( which includes ten tips on how to use digital resources in a Citizenship classroom. The ideas ranged from using EMMA, to answer student most pressing questions while familiarizing them with the website, to downloading apps to inform students about their civil rights and enabling them to contact their government representatives.

After the workshop, I recorded a quick podcast with Kathy Martin,the Citizenship teacher from Beaumont Adult School ( After this quick interview, Teacher Kathy talked about the I-912, Request for Fee Waiver and I-942, Request for Reduced Fee. She used an idiom to give a very important piece of advice--listen closely and try to identify the idiom and what it really means. The idiom's definition is also included in the show notes.

Visit during the week for more Citizenship resources from the CCAE conference including a new Citizenship and civics books for Spanish Speakers from

USCIS Forms Page
USCIS FORMS ARE FREE: Download them on this site (forms can be filled out using the latest version of Adobe Reader.) You can also order forms by mail or phone. Don't pay anyone for copies of USCIS forms. Don't forget to sign your forms! Failure to sign will result in rejection.

I-912, Request for Fee Waiver

I-912P, HHS Poverty Guidelines for Fee Waiver Request

I-942, Request for Reduced Fee

I-942P, Income Guidelines for Reduced Fees

I-912 | Solicitud de Exención de Tarifas

I-912P | Guías de Pobreza de HHS para de Solicitud de Exención de Tarifas

I-942, Petición de Reducción de Tarifa

I-942P, Guías de Ingreso para la Reducción de Tarifas

The idiom graphic is from American English at State.
Go to the American English at State Facebook page and check out their whole collection of idiom and grammar cards. Look under photos.

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