Thursday, August 31, 2017

U.S. Citizenship Class 04, Fall 2017, Milpitas Adult School

The United States and its Territories

N-400
  • Citizenship: Ready for the Interview: NAME and PERSONAL INFO by Lynn Weintraub (publisher's website)
  • ESL 2 joined our class this evening so we will use these resources next Tuesday

Civics
Integration
  • uscitizenpod: A Quick Interview Based on the N-400r plus 10qs about US Geography http://goo.gl/TA3mXT
Homework

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Interview with Samia Amed (Yemen)



uscitizenpod: Interview with Samia Amed (Yemen)



Today we are going to listen to Nada Anasseri, a teacher and administrator from Sutter County Adult Education in Yuba City, California. We are going to practice the 5th interview from my new book, US Citizenship Bootcamp. This interview focuses on the vocabulary related to identification, travel, claim, vote, taxes, crime, deported, and attachment to the Constitution, plus 6 civics questions.

After the interview, Nada talks about the educational opportunities offered at Sutter County One Stop's Adult Education Program. At the end of the interview, we have further comments about summer and look forward to Eid al-Adha. Let's get started!


For further info, see:

Adult Education | Sutter One Stop | Yuba City, CA

https://www.sutteronestop.com/adult-education

Labor Day: Citizenship? WE CAN DO IT! Labor Day Podcast

mp3: http://traffic.libsyn.com/uscitizenpod/labor-day-podcast.mp3
pdf: http://bit.ly/1vDflrL

Citizenship Interview Quiz for Presidents’ Week 2017: Safa Aldabyani (Sana'a, Yemen)

pdf: https://goo.gl/A5dfam

International Rescue Commitee: Yemen

https://www.rescue.org/country/yemen
Yemen is facing the largest humanitarian crisis of our time: two-thirds of the population are at risk of starvation, with thousands gripped by a deadly cholera outbreak. The International Rescue Committee provides lifesaving emergency aid, clean water and medical care to millions of people in Yemen affected by violent conflict and a growing health crisis.

Red Cross Hurricane Harvey - You Can Help Make A Difference‎

https://www.redcross.org/Disaster-Relief/Hurricane‎

LISTEN to US Citizenship Podcast

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

U.S. Citizenship Class 03, Fall 2017, Milpitas Adult School



N-400

Civics
  • Citizenship: Passing the Test: CH1 WELCOME TO AMERICA  by Lynn Weintraub (publisher's website)
Integration
  • Easy Interview plus Geography Quiz  (from Mix-and-Match Citizenship Series--will be posted next week)
Homework

Monday, August 28, 2017

Ho Lien and Hoa Quan talk about their Citizenship Interviews



uscitizenpod: Ho Lien and Hoa Quan talk about their Citizenship Interviews

Ho Lien and Hoa Quan talk about their Citizenship Interviews, share food, and take one last photo with their classmates.

A "Common" Citizenship Interview with Hoa Minh Quan
LISTEN: http://traffic.libsyn.com/uscitizenpod/quan.mp3

Independence Day Citizenship Interview with Lien Ho (2017)
LISTEN: http://traffic.libsyn.com/uscitizenpod/2017-independence-day.mp3
WATCH: https://youtu.be/NA0uSi5CEdc

Easy Interview 2 based on the Revised N 400r Plus USCIS 100 Twos with Lien Ho
LISTEN: https://youtu.be/QUWfMBWfe0o 

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Jewish Museum of Maryland hosts Naturalization Ceremony for 20 new citizens



ABC 2 News - WMAR: Jewish Museum of Maryland hosts Naturalization Ceremony for 20 new citizens


Tuesday the Jewish Museum of Maryland is hosting a Naturalization Ceremony for 20 new citizens. The ceremony is part of a celebration for World Refugee Day.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Military and Selective Service: An Interview from US Citizenship Bootcamp


Today we are going to listen to Francisco Pinedo a teacher and administrator from Soledad Adult School. We are going to practice the 9th interview from my new book, US Citizenship Bootcamp. 

This interview focuses on the vocabulary related to military service which can be a difficult conversation. Just as a person was a good soldier in the country of their birth, so can the same person be a good citizen in their chosen country, the United States.

Also, we depart a little bit from the interview script to have an extended conversation about registering for the Selective Service, a potentially problematic topic for men who come to the United States when they were young. At the end of the interview, we include further comments about Selective Service in English and Spanish.

Note from SSS.gov:

The Selective Service System has not now, or in the past, collected or shared any information which would indicate a man's immigration status, either documented or undocumented.  
The Selective Service System has no authority to collect such information, has no use for it, and it is irrelevant to the registration requirement. Consequently, there is no immigration data to share with anyone.
Read more about The Selective Service and Immigrants 

SSA.gov Registration - Fact Sheet

LISTEN to US Citizenship Podcast

Friday, August 25, 2017

Thursday, August 24, 2017

U.S. Citizenship Class 02, Fall 2017, Milpitas Adult School



Preparing for Naturalization 

N-400: Easy Interview based on the Revised N-400 (15qs)

Civics

Check Back for updates!




    Wednesday, August 23, 2017

    Citizenship Classes




    2017-2018 Citizenship Classes

    On August 21, 2017, Milpiitas Adult School started our Fall semester.  I am teaching a Citizenship class Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:45-9:00 pm. If you would like to attend the class, you must register and take a CASAS placement test (score ESL 4 or higher).  Contact Milpitas Adult School for further information.  

    If you cannot attend the class, I will post resources from each class  on Tuesdays and Thursdays at uscitizenpod.com.  You can also watch our class videos on uscitizenpod YouTube channel, subscribe to our podcast via iTunes or Stitcher, or download our free app for your Android or Apple iPhone.  

    You can also buy my new book US Citizenship Bootcamp: Exercises and Quizzes to Pass the Naturalization Interview as an EBOOK from Smashwords or Apple iBook or you can buy the new PAPERBACK edition from ESLPublishing.com.


    2016-2017 Citizenship Classes

    From August 15, 2016 to June 1, 2017 I taught a Citizenship class at Milpitas Adult School. We used a combination of resources from USCIS and SI.edu, textbooks such as "Voices of Freedom" and Lynn Weintraub's "Citizenship:Ready for the Interview," and many uscitizenpod's pdfs, mp3s, and videos. See the 2016-2017 Citizenship Classes for each class lesson plan and resource.


      From July 5-July 21, 2017, I taught a combined ESL 2 and 3 class at Milpitas Adult School.  We took this opportunity to study ESL/Citizenship and read "Holding the Bag," an ESL novel set in Washington DC that had many links to study for the Citizenship interview.  After the class ended, we continued to post EdPuzzles of the VOA Learning English Presidents videos.  On August 21, 2017, we started the new school year.  ESL 1 students will continue to study a little citizenship every day.  For more info, see: Beginning Level Citizenship Classes 



      SCCL Citizenship Classes

      2015-2016 lessons and resources which I used in the SCCL Citizenship Classes


      Correlation between USCIS Lesson Plans and Preparing the Oath for an 8 Week Citizenship Course

      STUDY UP for the USCIS Civics and History with these resources from USCIS and the Smithsonian American History Museum.


      USCIS Resources for Adult Citizenship Educators
      To help programs and educators develop high quality citizenship instruction courses, USCIS has created a series of products to provide support at every stage of course development.  The Guide to the Adult Citizenship Education Content Standards and Foundation SkillsThe Sample Citizenship Curriculum for an Adult Low Beginning ESL Level Course, and the USCIS Civics Lesson Plans cover subjects ranging from naturalization eligibility requirements to the naturalization interview and test. 

      Monday, August 21, 2017

      NEW VIDEO: US Citizenship Bootcamp Episode 3 of 5: She Built Ships in World War II (w/photos and CC)




      Jennifer Gagliardi interviews author Jeane Slone about She Built Ships During WWII, a historical novel about the courageous women welders who built ships while their husbands fought in World War II. The women overcome racism and sexism as they do work of national importance under civilian direction in the Richmond Shipyards.

      Along with US Citizenship Bootcamp, She Built Ships During WWII is also available from ESLPublishing.com in an ESL edition with a workbook.

      Listen to all the episodes about the NEW paperback edition of US Citizenship Bootcamp:


      Listen to all our podcasts at uscitizenpod.libsyn.com.
      Subscribe to US Citizenship Podcast via iTunesStitcherYouTube.
      Download the US Citizenship Podcast at the Apple or Google Play stores.
      Keep up with the latest citizenship news and resources at www.uscitizenpod.com.

      Sunday, August 20, 2017

      U.S. Citizenship Oath Ceremony - The Pivotal Moment



      arc707.org: U.S. Citizenship Oath Ceremony - The Pivotal Moment

      U.S. Citizenship Oath Ceremony = The Transition From Legal Permanent Residents to New Americans.


      "I hereby declare, on oath, 
      that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; 
      that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; 
      that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; 
      that I will perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by the law; 
      that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law; 
      and that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; 
      so help me God."

      Note: In certain circumstances there can be a modification or waiver of the Oath of Allegiance. Read Chapter 5 of A Guide to Naturalization for more information.
      The principles embodied in the Oath are codified in Section 337(a) in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), which provides that all applicants shall take an oath that incorporates the substance of the following:
      1. Support the Constitution;
      2. Renounce and abjure absolutely and entirely all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty of whom or which the applicant was before a subject or citizen;
      3. Support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic;
      4. Bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and
      5. A. Bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; or
        B. Perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by the law; or
        C. Perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law.
      The language of the current Oath is found in the Code of Federal Regulations Section 337.1 and is closely based upon the statutory elements in Section 337(a) of the INA.

      Saturday, August 19, 2017

      Rural America Braces for Labor Shortages After Immigration Crackdown



      VOA News: Rural America Braces for Labor Shortages After Immigration Crackdown

      A rural county in Pennsylvania is facing the consequences of the Trump administration’s crackdown on illegal immigrants, as businesses in the agricultural-based economy experience labor shortages. Some orchard owners and local pro-immigrant activists are lobbying state and federal lawmakers to raise awareness of the contributions by immigrants. Bill Rodgers has this report on what is happening in Adams County, Pennsylvania.
      Originally published at https://www.voanews.com/a/rural-america-labor-shortages-immigration-crackdown/3989781.html

      Friday, August 18, 2017

      US Citizenship Bootcamp 5 of 5: The Interview


      US Citizenship Bootcamp 5 of 5: The Interview 
      with Jennifer Gagliardi, uscitizenpod.com and Jeane Slone, ESLpublishing.com

      Jennifer and Jeane demonstrate a Naturalization Interview from US Citizenship Bootcamp and make final comments about both of their books.

      US Citizenship Bootcamp and She Built Ships During WWII are available from ESLPublishing.com.

      Listen to all the episodes about the NEW paperback edition of US Citizenship Bootcamp:
      Listen to all our podcasts at uscitizenpod.libsyn.com.
      Subscribe to US Citizenship Podcast via iTunesStitcherYouTube.
      Download the US Citizenship Podcast at the Apple or Google Play stores.
      Keep up with the latest citizenship news and resources at www.uscitizenpod.com

      Thursday, August 17, 2017

      US Citizenship Bootcamp Episode 4 of 5: Mini-Dialogues about Work



      US Citizenship Bootcamp Episode 4 of 5: Mini-Dialogues about Work
      with Jennifer Gagliardi, uscitizenpod.com and Jeane Slone, ESLpublishing.com



      Jennifer and Jeane demonstrate two mini-dialogues from US Citizenship Bootcamp about Financial Support and Work of National Importance Under Civilian Direction by using examples from She Built Ships During WWII.

      US Citizenship Bootcamp and She Built Ships During WWII are available from ESLPublishing.com.

      Listen to all the episodes about the NEW paperback edition of US Citizenship Bootcamp:


      Listen to all our podcasts at uscitizenpod.libsyn.com.
      Subscribe to US Citizenship Podcast via iTunes, Stitcher, YouTube.
      Download the US Citizenship Podcast at the Apple or Google Play stores.
      Keep up with the latest citizenship news and resources at www.uscitizenpod.com

      Wednesday, August 16, 2017

      US Citizenship Bootcamp Episode 3 of 5: She Built Ships in World War II



      US Citizenship Bootcamp Episode 3 of 5: She Built Ships in World War II
      with Jennifer Gagliardi, uscitizenpod.com and Jeane Slone, ESLpublishing.com



      Jennifer Gagliardi interviews author Jeane Slone about She Built Ships During WWII, a historical novel about the courageous women welders who built ships while their husbands fought in World War II. The women overcome racism and sexism as they do work of national importance under civilian direction in the Richmond Shipyards.

      Along with US Citizenship Bootcamp, She Built Ships During WWII is also available from ESLPublishing.com in an ESL edition with a workbook.

      Listen to all the episodes about the NEW paperback edition of US Citizenship Bootcamp:


      Listen to all our podcasts at uscitizenpod.libsyn.com.
      Subscribe to US Citizenship Podcast via iTunes, Stitcher, YouTube.
      Download the US Citizenship Podcast at the Apple or Google Play stores.
      Keep up with the latest citizenship news and resources at www.uscitizenpod.com.

      Tuesday, August 15, 2017

      US Citizenship Bootcamp Episode 2 of 5: Vocabulary


      US Citizenship Bootcamp Episode 2 of 5: Vocabulary
      with Jennifer Gagliardi, uscitizenpod.com and Jeane Slone, ESLpublishing.com



      Jeane Slone interviews author Jennifer Gagliardi about the vocabulary exercises in the new paperback edition of US Citizenship Bootcamp: Exercises and Quizzes to Pass the Naturalization Interview (Updated August 2017) available from ESLPublishing.com

      Download a free pdf the Interview 8 Vocabulary Exercises from US Citizenship Bootcamp.

      The NEW PAPERBACK EDITION of US Citizenship Bootcamp is available from ESLPublishing.com.

      Listen to all the episodes about the NEW paperback edition of US Citizenship Bootcamp:


      Listen to all our podcasts at uscitizenpod.libsyn.com.
      Subscribe to US Citizenship Podcast via iTunes, Stitcher, YouTube.
      Download the US Citizenship Podcast at the Apple or Google Play stores.
      Keep up with the latest citizenship news and resources at www.uscitizenpod.com.

      Monday, August 14, 2017

      US Citizenship Bootcamp Episode 1 of 5: Introduction


      US Citizenship Bootcamp Episode 1 of 5: Introduction
      with Jennifer Gagliardi, uscitizenpod.com and Jeane Slone, ESLpublishing.com



      Jeane Slone interviews author Jennifer Gagliardi about the new paperback edition of US Citizenship Bootcamp: Exercises and Quizzes to Pass the Naturalization Interview (Updated August 2017).

      Prepare for the US Citizenship interview by completing a series of 10 interviews based on the USCIS N-400 Application for Naturalization (rev 03/26/16). The first interview includes 10 simple questions; the subsequent interviews gradually introduce new vocabulary and grammar patterns. Includes vocabulary and civics quizzes, 2 glossaries, Citizenship resources, a new chapter about the Oath of Allegiance and more!

      The NEW PAPERBACK EDITION of US Citizenship Bootcamp is available from ESLPublishing.com.

      Listen to all the episodes about the NEW paperback edition of US Citizenship Bootcamp:
      • Mon 8/14/2017 US Citizenship Bootcamp Episode 1 of 5: Introduction
      • Tue 8/15/2017 US Citizenship Bootcamp Episode 2 of 5: Vocabulary
      • Wed 8/16/2017 US Citizenship Bootcamp Episode 3 of 5: She Built Ships in World War II
      • Thu 8/17/2017 US Citizenship Bootcamp Episode 4 of 5: Mini-Dialogues about Work
      • Fri 8/18/2017 US Citizenship Bootcamp Episode 5 of 5: The Interview
      Listen to all our podcasts at uscitizenpod.libsyn.com.
      Subscribe to US Citizenship Podcast via iTunes, Stitcher, YouTube.
      Download the US Citizenship Podcast apps at the Apple or Google Play stores.
      Keep up with the latest citizenship news and resources at www.uscitizenpod.com.

      Sunday, August 13, 2017

      Special US Naturalization - Arlington VA (with Deaf Performance of the Star Spangled Banner)



      arlington county: Special US Naturalization - Arlington VA (with Deaf Performance of the Star Spangled Banner by Mayari Loza)

      This special US Naturalization Ceremony was recorded at the Arlington Public Library on March 30 2017. Speakers included Jay Fisette, Chairman of the Arlington County Board and Katie Cristol, Vice Chair. Mayari Loza sang the National Anthem. The ceremony was hosted by US Citizenship and Immigration Services.

      Deaf Performance of the Star Spangled Banner by Mayari Loza minute 8:56 to 10:31

      Saturday, August 12, 2017

      Court Case: Is It Lawful to Repatriate Someone Who May be Tortured?



      VOANews: Court Case: Is It Lawful to Repatriate Someone Who May be Tortured?

      A court case in Detroit, Michigan, involving 114 Iraqis, asks whether it is lawful to send foreign nationals back to their countries of origin if there is a high likelihood they will be tortured or killed. As VOA immigration reporter Aline Barros reports, the case could have far-reaching consequences for thousands of other foreign nationals from a variety of countries.
      Originally published at - https://www.voanews.com/a/is-it-lawful-to-repatriate-someone-who-may-be-tortured/3980857.html

      For more info, read the VOANews article: Detroit Iraqi Christians Fearful After Deportation Raids

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      Monday, August 7, 2017

      Summer School Practice Citizenship Interview #4 with Erika Marrufo



      uscitizenpod: Summer School Practice Citizenship Interview #4 with Erika Marrufo

      Today we are going to listen to Erika Marrufo (Mexico) new versionsof the Easy Interview--15 questions based on the N-400 plus some civics questions. These interviews are part of the Round-Robin series of interviews and listening quizzes that will be release Labor Day 2017.

      Watch our previous Summer School Interviews:

      Sunday, August 6, 2017

      Naturalization Oath Ceremony in Seattle




      King 5: Annual 4th of July naturalization ceremony
      At the naturalization ceremony in Seattle, more than 500 people celebrated the Fourth of July as new American citizens.