Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Citizenship Resources for Constitution and Citizenship Day (September 17)

uscitizenpod: The U.S. Constitution

A basic introduction to the Constitution for ESL/Citizenship students. This video is based upon a ppt that I made in 2005 and modified in 2008. 

ListenAndReadAlong is an AWESOME resource that produces videos that highlights words as they are heard from VOA news reports and features.
National Constitution Center: Constitution Day - Lesson Plans and Activities

si.edu: Preparing for The Oath


USScourts: U.S. Courts: Constitution Day and Citizenship Day Live Coverage (video)
Live coverage of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day from the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, and Ellis Island in New York, NY, begins at 10:45 a.m. ET on 9/16. Watch new American citizens take the oath of allegiance at naturalization ceremonies.  Hint: This video is 1 hour 40 minutes.  It is very inspirational, but a bit too long for class.  Check out the US Courts' 40 seconds preview here.

VOA Learning English: What's So Important about Sept. 17?

VOA Learning English: The U.S. Constitution
An outstanding collection of articles, videos, and audio files, including the standard and simplified version of the constitution and the amendments.  

Thanks for studying the U.S. Constitution--I know that you will be a great American citizen!

Check back for updates!

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Citizenship Resources for Hispanic Heritage Month 2019

New for 2018: Mix-and-Citizenship Interviews en Español!

NEW: Mezclar y Combinar Entrevistas y Exámencitos de Ciudadanía (2018)
Los maestros pueden crear una variedad de entrevistas de práctica para sus estudiantes al combinar una entrevista con un examen y luego hacer copias a doble cara. Cada nivel tiene 5 versiones de la entrevista. Cuarenta pruebas basadas en las preguntas de educación cívica del Examen de Naturalización de USCIS también se incluyen. Envíe sus comentarios a uscitizenpod@gmail.com. También vea los siguientes pdfs:

Citizenship Resources for Hispanic Heritage Month from US Citizenship Podcast
More Resources
Also watch:

USCIS and US Courts: 

Check back for more resources!

Monday, September 9, 2019

California Admissions Day

uscitizenpod: Love and Citizenship from the Heart of California: An US Citizenship Interview with Rene Smith ESL/Citizenship Instructor Madera Adult School

Teacher Jennifer does a practice US Citizenship interview with Teacher Rene (Madera Adult School), then Rene about her own experience about becoming a US citizen and preparing students to become US Citizens.

Today is California Admissions Day!

I have created and uploaded a simple .docx about the State of California. I included info about our local government officials for the students of Milpitas Adult School.  Edit the docx for your own officials.

  • USCIS 100:20. Who is one of your state’s U.S. Senators now?*
  • USCIS 100:23. Name your U.S. Representative.
  • USCIS 100:43. Who is the Governor of your state now?
  • USCIS 100:44. What is the capital of your state?*

Monday, September 2, 2019

Thursday, August 29, 2019


Hello Citizenship Class students,

There will be NO Citizenship Class Tuesday, 8/20/19, and Thursday, 8/22/19,  Tuesday, 8/27/19, and Thursday, 8/29/19.

We will email you when the class will start as soon as we have the dates available.

Please do not hesitate to call me at 408-635-2692 ext# 4555 if you have any questions.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Please watch our interviews on YouTube or study civics at si: Preparing for the Oath.

SI.edu/USCIS: Preparing for the Oath: U.S. History and Civics for Citizenship

This web resource provides online videos and activities on the 100 civics questions from the naturalization test and highlights museum objects from the Smithsonian Institution. Visit the “Geography” and “Symbols and Holidays” themes.

Monday, August 19, 2019

2020 Census Resources for Adult Education

Find 2020 Census resources for Adult Education students from Census.gov, CASAS, US Citizenship Podcast, VOA and more at http://bit.ly/2020-AE. Frequently updated!

Sunday, August 18, 2019

US Citizenship Ceremony 2019

Shackara Anderson: US Citizenship Ceremony 2019

To was my big day! Thanks to all my family members for taking the time off to witness this day!

Follow me on instagram @shackaraa

Friday, August 16, 2019

Few Employers Held Accountable in US Immigration Raids

VOANews: Few Employers Held Accountable in US Immigration Raids

Immigration raids in the U.S. led to the apprehension of more than 1,500 undocumented immigrants at job sites last year. They are among about 250,000 immigrants deported in 2018 by the Trump administration. On average about 15 employers per year face criminal charges for hiring undocumented workers. As VOA's Brian Padden reports, advocates and opponents of tighter immigration restrictions argue that raids do little to deter illegal immigration as long as employers are not held accountable.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

US Commemorates 400th Anniversary of Slavery in America

VOANews: US Commemorates 400th Anniversary of Slavery in America

This August marks the 400th anniversary of the landing of the first enslaved Africans in Virginia. Their arrival was the start of what would become one of the darkest chapters in U.S. history, 224 years of slavery. VOA's Chris Simkins takes us to the place history was made and reveals how these first African slaves, along with the many who followed, and their descendants, shaped the course of a nation.


USCIS 100:60. What group of people was taken to America and sold as slaves?

USCIS 100:64. There were 13 original states. Name three.

USCIS 100:73. Name the U.S. war between the North and the South.

USCIS 100:74. Name one problem that led to the Civil War.

USCIS 100:75. What was one important thing that Abraham Lincoln did?*

USCIS 100:76. What did the Emancipation Proclamation do?

USCIS 100:53. What is one promise you make when you become a United States citizen?

Monday, August 12, 2019

"New Colossus" by Emma Lazarus

TED-ed: "New Colossus" by Emma Lazarus

An animated interpretation of Emma Lazarus' poem "New Colossus"

For an analysis of this poem, watch this video: http://bit.ly/TEDEdColossusAnalysis

This animation is part of our series, "There's a Poem for That," which features animated interpretations of poems both old and new that give language to some of life's biggest feelings. Check out the full series here: http://bit.ly/TEDEdTheresAPoemForThat

Poem by Emma Lazarus, directed by Eoin Duffy.

Sunday, August 11, 2019



I’m sharing with you my experience on my U.S. Citizenship Naturalization Application, Naturalization Interview and Oath-taking Ceremony here in Las Vegas Nevada (MARCH 2019). I filed my application a few months prior to my Permanent Resident Card expiring. Been a Permanent Resident for 15 years before I applied for Naturalization. I hope you’ll enjoy watching this video and you'll find it helpful. Peace and love to you all. Thank you so much.

General Website to visit : www.uscis.gov
#uscitizenship #uscitizenshipinterview #buhayamerica

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Disclaimer : Information shared on this video is from my own personal experience. You need to do your own research if you need additional information.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Huong Nguyen Talks about her U.S. Citizenship Interview

uscitizenpod: Huong Nguyen Talks about her U.S. Citizenship Interview
Huong and her daughter stopped by my house to talk by her July 18, 2019 Citizenship interview. Later, Mr Wong answers some civics questions.

A “Regular” Citizenship Interview Based on the USCIS N-400r
download: http://bit.ly/cit-regular

Watch Huong's other videos

Huong's Practice Interview (Aug 2, 2018)
Huong's daughter practices with Teacher Jennifer so that Huong can prepare for her Citizenship Interview while she is taking care of her son in the hospital.

Huong’s Second US Citizenship Interview (Aug 17, 2018)
In this interview, Huong has returned to class. While she was absent, she watched Citizenship interviews every day.

Huong Nguyen's Third US Citizenship Interview (Dec 28, 2018)

Huong Nguyen's Fourth Practice Citizenship Interview (June 28, 2019)

Thursday, August 1, 2019

A Buddhist’s Path: Thai Monk Walks Across US to Promote Peace

VOANews: A Buddhist’s Path: Thai Monk Walks Across US to Promote Peace

Go on a journey with Sutham Nateetong, a Buddhist monk who walked 5000 km across the United States to promote peace. Meet the people he touched along the way by teaching them the art of kindness and mindful conversation.


USCIS 100:10. What is freedom of religion?

USCIS 100:89. What ocean is on the West Coast of the United States?

USCIS 100:51. What are two rights of everyone living in the United States?

USCIS 100:55. What are two ways that Americans can participate in their democracy?

USCIS 100:90. What ocean is on the East Coast of the United States?

USCIS 100:95. Where is the Statue of Liberty?*

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

The Second 2019 Democratic Debate: Key Moments, Day 2

uscitizenpod: The Second 2019 Democratic Debate: Key Moments, Day 2

Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Senator Kamala Harris sparred while fending off attacks from fellow candidates on health care and criminal justice reform.

Also see:

VOANews: Rivals Go After Biden in Democratic Debate
Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden was center-stage for Wednesday's Democratic presidential debate, and Biden often found himself under attack by several of his nine rivals on stage. But Biden was quick to counter-attack in what was a free-wheeling debate and also made an impassioned case that he is the Democrat best positioned to defeat President Donald Trump next year. VOA National Correspondent Jim Malone has more on the second night of the second round of Democratic debates.

Monday, July 29, 2019

The 2020 Census: We are counting on YOU to make sure that WE ALL COUNT!

Today we will continue our series New Series: U.S. Citizenship and the U.S. Census 2020

Every 10 years, the federal government is required to count all residents in the United States, citizens and noncitizens alike, through a national census. The next national census is in April 2020. The information is used to make sure everyone is equally represented in our political system and that government resources are allocated fairly. It is also used to make important decisions about community programs and services, like where to build homes and parks, establish public transit routes, build new roads and offer language access services.

Participating in the Census is a civic responsibility for citizens and non-citizens similar to paying taxes and educating ourselves and our children.  In certain situations, people can refuse to pay taxes
or send their children to school, but they cannot ignore what is happening in the community.  They must learn the facts, and then make their decisions accordingly.

Today I will interview Aparna Ramakrishnan from the SMC Census Team about their Census Ambassador program.  Contact the Census team at
400 County Center
Redwood City, CA 94063
(650) 363-1800

San Mateo County is partnering with the San Mateo Adult School to pilot a Census Ambassador training program, which will be launched across the county in Fall 2019.

San Mateo County Census 2020

Census 2020 Outreach Resources--especially look at their Guides, Talking Points + Toolkits

Next Monday, I will post the podcast that I recorded at the San Mateo Adult School with the Census Ambassadors.  And over the next several weeks, I will be chopping up both of these into smaller bits, and posting the subtitled videos to the uscitizenpod YouTube channel. Let's get started!

Also see
uscitizenpod: A Quick Comparison between the USCIS N-400 and Census 2020 (7/01/2019)

uscitizenpod: No Citizenship Question on the 2020 Census BUT.... (7/13/2019)

uscitizenpod: THE 2010 US CENSUS! (3/15/2010)

uscitizenpod: The 2010 US Census in 4 minutes (3/16/2010)

An example of interpreting Language Access information from the 2010 census
uscitizenpod: An American Pentecost (6/6/2017)
podcast: http://traffic.libsyn.com/uscitizenpod/american-pentecost.mp3
pdf: http://traffic.libsyn.com/uscitizenpod/american-pentecost.pdf
video: https://youtu.be/L69nzNVlTxY

For more info about the Census, listen to Hansi Lo Wang, NPR
or follow him on Twitter @hansilowang

Also see:
Census.gov Promotional Materials and Guidelines

Census.gov Educational Resources

Sunday, July 28, 2019

SCCVote Talks to New US Citizens at their Oath Ceremony

sccvote: USCIS New Citizenship Ceremony May 5-31-19 in Campbell

"I would say that to not vote is like being not visible," said Usha Sabapathy at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Naturalization Ceremony last week. The Registrar of Voters had the pleasure of talking to Usha, Anita, Isabel and some of our other newest US citizens! It was incredible to witness how excited and patriotic they were before, during and after the ceremony. Afterwards they took the time to make sure they registered to vote and let the world know the importance of voting -- watch them in the video! We thank everyone who stopped by to register, and for reminding everyone else why we should vote.

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Mayor of Milpitas, Rich Tran, Visits the MAE Citizenship Class

uscitizenpod: Mayor of Milpitas, Rich Tran, Visits the MAE Citizenship Class

The Mayor of Milpitas, Richard Tran, stopped by the Milpitas Adult School Open House and Community Fair. While he was there, he popped by the U.S. Citizenship class and reviewed an easy version of the first part of the USCIS N-400 Application for Naturalization. He also spoke briefly in Vietnamese and English about his family and how his grandmother studied for and PASSED her Citizenship test! Chúc mừng!

For more info about Mayor Rich Tran and the City of Milpitas, CA, visit: www.ci.milpitas.ca.gov

Thursday, July 25, 2019

How Walls Ended Up Along the U.S.-Mexico Border

NYTimes: How Walls Ended Up Along the U.S.-Mexico Border

The border between the U.S. and Mexico has long been marked by barriers. But they weren’t always about deterring immigration. Here’s how the modern border came to be, starting with the year 1848.


USCIS 100:72. Name one war fought by the United States in the 1800s.

USCIS 100:78. Name one war fought by the United States in the 1900s.*

USCIS 100:79. Who was President during World War I?

USCIS 100:80. Who was President during the Great Depression and World War II?

USCIS 100: 93. Name one state that borders Mexico. 

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Mueller Testifies to Divided House Committees

VOANews: Mueller Testifies to Divided House Committees

Former special counsel Robert Mueller told members of Congress Wednesday that his probe into Russian interference in the last presidential election did not exonerate U.S. President Donald Trump of allegedly trying to thwart the investigation. As Mike O'Sullivan reports, Mueller's comments before two congressional committees drew very different responses from Republicans and Democrats.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Congresswoman Ilhan Omar 'Disgusted' By Attacks on Her Loyalty to America

VOANews: Congresswoman Ilhan Omar 'Disgusted' By Attacks on Her Loyalty to America

U.S. Congresswoman Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, who has been the target of some of President Donald Trump's fiercest attacks, has called on supporters to confront racism and false accusations while at the same time remain focused on defeating Trump in the 2020 presidential election. Omar spoke to Muslim American democratic activists Tuesday as the president continued his attacks against Omar and three other Democratic congresswomen of color. More from VOA's Brian Padden.

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Immigrants Become Newest U.S. Citizens Aboard USS Hornet Museum

KPIX CBS SF Bay Area: Immigrants Become Newest U.S. Citizens Aboard USS Hornet Museum

Seventy-six new U.S. citizens took an oath of allegiance during a naturalization ceremony aboard the USS Hornet in Alameda Tuesday. Jessica Flores reports. (7/3/18)

Saturday, July 20, 2019

MST Saleha Khatun’s Second Practice Citizenship Interview (Kazi's Mom)

uscitizenpod: MST Saleha Khatun’s Second Practice Citizenship Interview (Kazi's Mom)

This is Saleha's second's practice interview.   When she first came to our school, Saleha was in the ESL 1 class.  She studied hard and spoke more English at work.  After 6 months, her English skills improved so much that she was able to transfer into our Citizenship class.  She is so happy to study with her son and he is proud that his mother has accomplished so much!

Watch practice Citizenship interview from MST Saleha Khatun and her son, Kazi

MST Saleha Khatun’s First Practice Citizenship Interview (Kazi's Mom)

Kazi’s Third Practice Citizenship Interview

Kazi’s Second Practice Citizenship Interview

Milpitas Adult School Open House Citizenship Interview 2 (Kazi's First Interview)

U.S. Citizenship Reading and Writing Playlist

Friday, July 19, 2019

NEWS ALERT: USCIS Will Update the Naturalization Civics Test!

In this podcast, I read, comment and summarize the latest USCIS memo about updates to the USCIS Civics test.


1. USCIS has announced that they will be updating the #Civics (100s) portion of the Citizenship test.

2. This update will be implemented in December 2020 or early 2021.

3. There has been no further updates to the current N-400 Application for Naturalization.

Watch for upcoming discussions between US government agencies, adult educators, community-based organization, and stakeholders,

USCIS Announces Plan to Improve the Naturalization Test (July 19, 2019)

WASHINGTON — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is revising the current naturalization test with improvements to ensure it continues to serve as an accurate measure of a naturalization applicant’s civics knowledge and that it reflects best practices in adult education assessments. The goal is to create a meaningful, uniform, and efficient test that will assess applicants’ knowledge and understanding of U.S. history, government and values.

This spring, the former USCIS director signed the Revision of the Naturalization Civics Test Memorandum (PDF, 202 KB). This memorandum announces the revision of the naturalization test and formalizes a decennial revision schedule of the naturalization test based on adult education best practices.

“Granting U. S. citizenship is the highest honor our nation bestows,” said USCIS Acting Director Ken Cuccinelli. “Updating, maintaining, and improving a test that is current and relevant is our responsibility as an agency in order to help potential new citizens fully understand the meaning of U.S. citizenship and the values that unite all Americans.”

In December 2018, USCIS formed a naturalization test revision working group with members from across the agency. The working group has been reviewing and updating the naturalization test questions. The working group will also assess potential changes to the speaking portion of the test. USCIS is soliciting the input of experts in the field of adult education to ensure that this process is fair and transparent. After careful analysis of the pilot, and thorough officer training, USCIS will set an implementation date in December 2020 or early 2021.

Section 312 of the Immigration and Nationality Act outlines the English and civics requirements for naturalization. By law, candidates for naturalization must have “…an understanding of the English language, including an ability to read, write, and speak words in ordinary usage in the English language…” and “…knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals of the history, and of the principles and form of government, of the United States...” This test revision will comply with all statutory and regulatory requirements, and USCIS will pilot it this fall.

In Fiscal Year 2018, USCIS naturalized nearly 757,000 people, a five-year high in new oaths of citizenship. The naturalization test revision is a key part of preparing legal immigrants to fully exercise their rights and meet their responsibilities.

For more information on USCIS and our programs, please visit uscis.gov or follow us on Twitter (@uscis), Instagram (/uscis), YouTube (/uscis), Facebook (/uscis), and LinkedIn (/uscis).

Also see

USCIS Revision of the Naturalization Test (May 3, 2019)


During the podcast, I refer to it at May 9, 2019--it is May 3, 2019.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Hero’s Welcome After First Moon Landing 50 Years Ago

VOANews: Hero’s Welcome After First Moon Landing 50 Years Ago

After taking mankind's first steps on the moon, the three American astronauts departed for Earth and landed in the Pacific Ocean near Hawaii, where a Navy helicopter helped return them to a hero's welcome, July 24, 1969.

Apollo 11 Rocket Projected onto Washington Monument

VOANews: Apollo 11 Rocket Projected onto Washington Monument

An image of the Apollo 11 rocket was projected onto the Washington Monument, Tuesday, July 16, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of its launch into space. The Saturn V rocket left the Kennedy Space Station in Florida, July 16, 1969, carrying astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins. Four days later, Armstrong became the first man to step foot on the Moon's surface. Events are being held around the world to celebrate the anniversary, which coincided with a partial lunar eclipse.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Moon Landing

VOANews: 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Moon Landing

It's been 50 years since the U.S. launched Apollo 11, the first mission to land men on the moon.

On the morning of July 16, 1969, Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins launched from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, on board a Saturn V rocket.

Around 12 minutes later, the crew were in orbit around Earth. Three days later, they were orbiting the moon.

The Eagle landed in the Sea of Tranquility.

With more than half a billion people watching on television, Armstrong planted the first human foot on another world.

Aldrin joined Armstrong shortly. They spent the next two and a half hours collecting samples and taking photographs.

They left behind an American flag, a patch honoring the fallen Apollo 1 crew, and a plaque on one of Eagle's legs.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Trump to Obtain Citizenship Data From Government Agencies

VOANews: Trump to Obtain Citizenship Data From Government Agencies

U.S. President Donald Trump dropped efforts to add a citizenship question to the 2020 U.S. Census and will get the information on people residing in the United States through other federal agencies. Speaking outside the White House Thursday, Trump blamed Democrats and "unfriendly" courts for creating obstacles to what he called a legitimate question. Opponents say the question would give Republicans more seats in the House of Representatives and other advantages. VOA's Zlatica Hoke has more.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Annual United States Citizenship Ceremony at the Norman Rockwell Museum

Norman Rockwell Museum: Annual United States Citizenship Ceremony on June 14, 2019

Norman Rockwell Museum partners with the Berkshire Immigrant Center, the Berkshire Community College Adult Learning Program, and the Literacy Network of South Berkshire to host their annual United States Citizenship Naturalization Ceremony on Friday, June 14, 2019.

Now in its eighth year at the Museum, the ceremony celebrates residents of Western Massachusetts who have immigrated to the United States from around the world.

The special event will give members of the community the opportunity to welcome 20 fellow residents from 15 different countries as they are sworn-in as new naturalized citizens of our country. This year, due to increased interest and need, the Museum and the Berkshire Immigrant Center will host a second ceremony on September 20 to welcome the next group of new U.S. citizens.