Tuesday, January 22, 2019

U.S. Citizenship Class 05, Spring 2019, Milpitas Adult School




VOA Learning English: A Brief History of Presidential Addresses to Congress

N-400

Civics
  • Voices of Freedom by Bill Bliss Ch.11 National Holidays and US presidents (pg 185-197)
  • Preparing the Oath: The Presidency

Integration
  • Citizenship Interview Quiz for Safa Aldabyani pdf

Homework (watch these videos at home)

Monday, January 21, 2019

Citizenship Resources for Martin Luther King, Jr Day



uscitizenpod: Three Questions for MLK Day
Three Citizenship Questions for MLK Day focused on the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.  Read/listen to the whole quiz below.

14 USCIS Questions in honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
This quiz matches 14 USCIS civics questions with speeches and events from Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who worked for equality for all Americans and for all those who thirst for peace and justice throughout the world mp3 and pdf




Interview with Krestos Negasi (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia) on MLK Day mp3 and pdf





A Quick Interview Based on the N-400r of Juah Sarwee from Fish Town, Liberia plus 10qs about US Geography and Symbols (2017) pdf  

A Citizenship Interview Quiz for Paulette Poujol-Oriol (Port-au-Prince, Haiti) (2018) pdf

Kahoot: Citizenship Questions in Honor of Martin Luther King, Dr Day! 


Learning Chocolate: Martin Luther King Jr Day

MLK Day Special mp3

uscitizenpod: US Citizenship Resources for African-American History Month
During the month of February, we explore the connection between the USCIS History and Civics questions and African American History. We also include Citizenship, Immigration, and Gov't Resources in African Languages! 





VOA Learning English: Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial


VOA The King Legacy Marching Forward series:


More from VOANews:


Also check out:

    Sunday, January 20, 2019

    MY OATH OF ALLEGIANCE CITIZENSHIP CEREMONY



    Juan Palacios: MY OATH OF ALLEGIANCE CITIZENSHIP CEREMONY

    I became a U.S citizen on June 7th 2018, at Faneuil Hall in Boston Massachusetts, and i wanted to share a little bit of my experience, the whole process only took 3 months and 1 week (from the day i submitted my application Form N-400) till the day of my ceremony where I took the OATH OF ALLEGIANCE.  I hope you like the video, feel free to comment and share

    Saturday, January 19, 2019

    Undocumented Immigrants at Trump National Golf Club




    VOANews: Undocumented Immigrants at Trump National Golf Club

    Hear the story of undocumented immigrants Victorina Morales and Sandra Diaz, former housekeepers at Trump National Golf Club. Reporter: Ramon Taylor; Camera: Ramon Taylor, Celia Mendoza

    VOA Connect brings together stories of people across the United States. It's a place to meet street artists and high tech innovators, and everyone in between.
    For more: https://www.voanews.com/connect

    Friday, January 18, 2019

    Citizenship Prep 101 at EL Civics Conf, Pasdena



    b>Jan 18, 2019 EL Civics Conference, Pasadena
    • Pasadena City College, 3035 E.Foothill Blvd, Pasadena
    • Parking in Lot C (corner of Foothill and Maple) is free.  Enter the building from that lot. 
    • 7:30 Registration
    • 8:00-8:45 Breakfast with Publishers
    • 8:45-9:00 Welcome

    Citizenship strand:
    • 9:10-10:00  Tech Up Your Citizenship Class, Jennifer Gagliardi - OTAN, Room 138
    • 10:10-11:00 Teaching the 100 Ques - Thematically, Mark Herbst - MtSAC, Room 228
    • 11:10-12:00 Naturalization Process, Ivan - USCIS, Room 228
    • 12:00-1:20  Citizenship Networking Lunch
    • 1:30-2:20   USA Learns, Andrea Willis, Room 228
    • 2:30-3:20   Citizenship Prep 101, Jennifer Gagliardi - OTAN, Room 228
    • 3:30-4:00   Wrap up


    Tech Up Your Citizenship Class at EL Civics Conference, Pasadena



    Jan 18, 2019 EL Civics Conference, Pasadena
    • Pasadena City College, 3035 E.Foothill Blvd, Pasadena
    • Parking in Lot C (corner of Foothill and Maple) is free.  Enter the building from that lot. 
    • 7:30 Registration
    • 8:00-8:45 Breakfast with Publishers
    • 8:45-9:00 Welcome

    Citizenship strand:
    • 9:10-10:00  Tech Up Your Citizenship Class, Jennifer Gagliardi - OTAN, Room 138
    • 10:10-11:00 Teaching the 100 Ques - Thematically, Mark Herbst - MtSAC, Room 228
    • 11:10-12:00 Naturalization Process, Ivan - USCIS, Room 228
    • 12:00-1:20  Citizenship Networking Lunch
    • 1:30-2:20   USA Learns, Andrea Willis, Room 228
    • 2:30-3:20   Citizenship Prep 101, Jennifer Gagliardi - OTAN, Room 228
    • 3:30-4:00   Wrap up

    Thursday, January 17, 2019

    U.S. Citizenship Class 04, Spring 2019, Milpitas Adult School



    uscitizenpod:  A Practice Citizenship Interview for Mrs. Muthurajan

    The Muthurajans visited Milpitas Adult School to record a practice interview for the mother. 
    • 5:45-6 pm show this video as a warm-up
    • play the video on the computer  (click the link above)

    N-400
    • Overview of the Revised N-400 Part 12
      •  (6:00-6:10) Hand out N-400r Basic Interview Quiz Part 12 (20 vocabulary words) http://goo.gl/U0aGKQ (the Overview Interview)is on the back); Give students time to complete the quiz
      •  (6:10-6:15) Show N-400r Part 12 Overview pptx via Google Slides (30 vocabulary words) https://goo.gl/yWvD4Q to correct the quiz.  Prompt the students to ask the appropriate question for each slide.  Correct pronunciation as needed
      • (6:15-6:30)  Overview Interview of the Revised N-400 Part 12 https://goo.gl/3vwQNY divide students into pairs and let them interview each other using Overview Interview which is on the back of the quiz they just took; monitor their progress; pass out 10-12 red civics flash so they can quiz each other after the interview--this approximates the citizenship interview)
      • Equipment note: you may need to more the video cable back and forth between the computer and the document camera.  Simply unplug the cable and move it to the correct port.  I will mark the port.  If there is a problem, please ask another teacher.

    Civics
    • Voices of Freedom by Bill Bliss Ch.11 National Holidays and US presidents (pg 185-197)
      • 6:30-7:30 students take turns reading the textbook aloud (The President Profiles take a long time--go slowly and discuss thoroughly)
        • display the textbook via the document camera!
        • Let the students re-read the page silently after you finish the page.  
      • At the end of each page, give students time to read the page silently or in pairs.  Let the students pair-practice the questions.
      • 7:30-7:45 Break time!
    • Preparing the Oath: The Presidency
      • 7:45-8:00 watch the videos after completing the textbook reading
        • play the videos via the computer
      • note--enable Flash by clicking Yes
    Integration

    Homework (watch these videos at home)

    Wednesday, January 16, 2019

    My Ngoc Thi Thach Practices for her U.S. Citizenship Interview



    uscitizenpod: My Ngoc Thi Thach Practices for her U.S. Citizenship Interview

    My Ngoc Thi Thach visited my home to practice on more time for her U.S. Citizenship Interview on Monday.

    Watch her sister, Van Thach, also has a video:

    Milpitas Adult School Open House Citizenship Interview 7
    https://youtu.be/bQ_xvjhPCSI

    I will post a new video from Van Thach later this week.

    Tuesday, January 15, 2019

    U.S. Citizenship Class 03, Spring 2019, Milpitas Adult School



    VOA Learning English: Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

    N-400r Part 12 (was Part 11) Resources (updated 06/12/2016):

    Civics
    • Voices of Freedom by Bill Bliss Ch.10 Recent History MLK and more 176-184
    • Preparing the Oath: Rights

    14 USCIS Questions in honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
    This quiz matches 14 USCIS civics questions with speeches and events from Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who worked for equality for all Americans and for all those who thirst for peace and justice throughout the world mp3 and pdf

    Monday, January 14, 2019

    Partial US Government Shutdown Enters Week 4





    VOA News: Partial US Government Shutdown Enters Week 4

    A partial U.S. government shutdown is in its fourth week, becoming the longest federal work stoppage in American history. VOA's Michael Bowman reports from Washington, where finger-pointing abounds amid President Donald Trump's continuing demand for border wall funding and congressional Democrats' refusal to approve it.

    Read more about the Government Shutdown at VOANews: US Politics

    Sunday, January 13, 2019

    USCIS CITIZENSHIP OATH TAKING CEREMONY PROCEDURE



    Prinz Elliot: USCIS CITIZENSHIP OATH TAKING CEREMONY PROCEDURE

    USCIS CITIZENSHIP OATH TAKING CEREMONY PROCEDURE

    Here is what to expect at your naturalization ceremony:

    1. Receive a Notice to Take the Oath of Allegiance
    You may be able to participate in a naturalization ceremony on the same day as your interview. If a ceremony is unavailable, we will mail you a notice with the date, time, and location of your scheduled naturalization ceremony on a Form N-445, Notice of Naturalization Oath Ceremony.

    If you cannot attend your scheduled naturalization ceremony, return the notice, Form N-445, Notice of Naturalization Oath Ceremony, to your local USCIS office, along with a letter requesting a new date and explaining why you cannot attend the scheduled naturalization ceremony. Failing to appear more than once for your naturalization ceremony may lead to a denial of your application.

    2. Check in at the Ceremony
    Once you arrive at the ceremony, check in with USCIS.

    A USCIS officer will review your responses to the questionnaire, Form N-445, Notice of Naturalization Oath Ceremony. Please complete your responses to the questionnaire before you arrive.

    To see what items are prohibited on federal properties, you can check the Federal Protective Service’s frequently asked questions web page.

    3. Return your Permanent Resident Card
    You must return your Permanent Resident Card to USCIS when you check in for your naturalization ceremony. This requirement is waived if you provided proof during the naturalization interview that the card has been lost and you have attempted to recover it, or if, because of your military service, you were never granted permanent residence. You will no longer need your Permanent Resident Card because you will receive your Certificate of Naturalization after you take the Oath of Allegiance.

    4. Take the Oath of Allegiance
    You are not a U.S. citizen until you take the Oath of Allegiance at a naturalization ceremony. You will receive your Certificate of Naturalization after taking the Oath of Allegiance.

    5. Receive Certificate of Naturalization
    Carefully review your Certificate of Naturalization and notify USCIS of any errors before leaving the ceremony. You may use your Certificate of Naturalization as official proof that you are a U.S. citizen.

    Saturday, January 12, 2019

    Renewed Focus on Press Freedom 100 Days After Khashoggi's Death




    VOANews: Renewed Focus on Press Freedom 100 Days After Khashoggi's Death

    The death of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, killed just moments after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, sparked widespread condemnation of Saudi Arabia and renewed fears for the safety of journalists worldwide. VOA's congressional correspondent Katherine Gypson reports on how U.S. lawmakers are keeping the focus on press freedom 100 days after Khashoggi's death. Priginally published at https://www.voanews.com/a/renewed-focus-on-press-freedom-100-days-after-khashoggis-death/4738436.html

    Also see:

    VOA Learning English: News Literacy

    The VOA Learning English's News Literacy series is based on the course at the Center for News Literacy at Stony Brook University. For more information on how to become a news literate citizen, go to http://www.centerfornewsliteracy.org/getting-started/

    Friday, January 11, 2019

    Q and A: How the Government Shutdown Might End

    Workers rally at the White House
    for an end to the government shutdown.

    Source
    VOANews: Q and A: How the Government Shutdown Might End

    A look at how the impasse might be resolved:

    Q: What’s the easiest solution?

    A: None is easy. Trump’s conservative base strongly backs his fight for wall money, even if it has meant a partial government shutdown. Democrats’ liberal stalwarts just as ardently oppose giving in. Trump and Democratic leaders have been so insistent on not surrendering that each would risk rebellion by supporters if they agreed to something viewed as a capitulation. (read more Q / A)

    Read more about the Government Shutdown at VOANews: US Politics

    Thursday, January 10, 2019

    U.S. Citizenship Class 02, Spring 2019, Milpitas Adult School



    Congratulations, Lan Do!


    N-400
    Civics
    • Voices of Freedom by Bill Bliss Ch.10 Recent History
    • Preparing the Oath: The 1900s

    Integration
    • Citizenship Interview Quiz for Tasanee Rungteranoon pdf 

    Wednesday, January 9, 2019

    USCIS is OPEN for Business--UPDATED!



    uscitizenpod: USCIS is OPEN for Business!
    This podcast is a super-quick reminder from USCIS Public Affairs Officer Arwen FitzGerald.



    You can read the full USCIS alert:
    or listen to/watch our podcast:

    uscitizenpod: US Immigration and Travel Services during the Government Shutdown
    Also new from USCIS:

    Note: USCIS 100:47 The Speaker of the House is Nancy Pelosi.

    Later in the week, we will listen to an extended conversation with USCIS Officer Arwen FitzgGerald about immigration scams.

    Monday, January 7, 2019

    US Immigration and Travel Services during the Government Shutdown



    uscitizenpod: US Immigration and Travel Services during the Government Shutdown

    Lets begin with USCIS.gov The Government Shutdown does not affect Citizenship services.
    source: https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/lap... 12/22/2018 USCIS will continue to process USCIS Form N-400 Applications for Naturalization and interview applicants for U.S. Citizenship. USCIS offices will remain open, and all individuals should attend interviews and appointments as scheduled. USCIS will continue to accept petitions and applications for benefit requests. Read more in the notes here.
    During the government shutdown, what can you do?
    1. Check government websites or their social media accounts to find out how the shutdown will impact immigration and services that are important to you. 2. Carry the correct ID as you travel to and from you destination. This includes your state-issued ID (such as driver's license), passport, and Legal Permanent Resident card. 3. Make copies or take photos of your ID and record the number and keep the images and info in a secure, but accessible place. 4. Take the same precautions for your family members. Note: new federal requirements, commonly known as REAL ID, begins on October 1, 2020. See https://www.dhs.gov/real-id 5. If you have an opinion about the budget, immigration, travel, or any other topic, contact your representative by phone or email via Senate.gov or House.gov. Frequently, the website will ask about your Zip + 4, which is your zip code plus your route number, which you can find by following the link to USPS.com and entering your street address You can also write or call the President https://www.whitehouse.gov/get-involv... The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20500 202-456-1111

    Twitter: @realDonaldTrump

    Recent VOA videos about the shutdown:


    2019-01-09 No signs of Compromise in Dueling Addresses (articles, video, and more)
    https://www.voanews.com/a/no-sign-of-compromise-in-dueling-addresses/4735048.html

    Frustrations Run High in Third Week of Shutdown
    https://youtu.be/OiLi003CTq42019-01-09 

    Trump Asserts He Has "Absolute Right" to Declare National Emergency to Build Border Wall
    https://youtu.be/p7rkW5nvzeU

    2019-01-09 Trump Sees Border Wall Promise as Key to Re-Election
    https://youtu.be/6LZ5sAWY4yw

    2019-01-09 Trump Demands Border Wall in Speech
    https://youtu.be/I4w_znw1BX0

    2019-01-08 Trump Address Followed by Democratic Response
    https://youtu.be/7hRM8GKI34Y

    2019-01-08 WaPo: Schumer and Pelosi's full response to Trump's border address (with subtitles)
    https://youtu.be/Gyb-DjVT5_c

    2019-01-08 WaPo: Trump's full address to the nation on border security (with subtitles)
    https://youtu.be/_MsEj4Ymy2g

    2019-01-08 Trump Address Followed by Democratic Response
    https://youtu.be/7hRM8GKI34Y 

    2019-01-08 What's Really Going on at the Southwest Border (infographics, and more!)
    https://www.voanews.com/a/4677046.html

    209-01-06 US Government Shutdown, Funding Impasse Drag On
    https://youtu.be/Mqpx-P6I_OA

    2019-01-05 Shutdown Talks Led By VP Pence Break Up https://youtu.be/DhVPXvE6-xw 2019-01-05 Talks Resume as US Govt Shutdown Continues https://youtu.be/Se6fDzjlqTw 2019-01-04 Trump, Lawmakers Again Fail to End Shutdown https://youtu.be/AFCHGPbrOWg 2019-01-04 Trump Doesn't Think Shutdown Will Last Years https://youtu.be/vD2O9omPD7Q 2019-01-02 No Deal to End Shutdown From Trump and Lawmaker https://youtu.be/8Os9VjjGWGg 2019-01-02 Trump Stands By Demand for Complete Wall at Border https://youtu.be/YRYiYVb5-nU Watch more VOANews videos about the Shutdown, New Congress, the Border, and more at https://www.youtube.com/user/VOAvideo/videos

    Sunday, January 6, 2019

    Actualizaciones de las respuestas del Examen de Civismo

    ¿Se está preparando para el examen de naturalización? A medida que estudia para el examen de historia y gobierno de Estados Unidos (civismo), asegúrese de que conoce las respuestas actualizadas de esas preguntas.
    Periódicamente, las respuestas al examen de civismo cambian para reflejar los resultados de las elecciones federales y estatales, así como los nombramientos, o para clarificar contenido y asegurarse de la consistencia en terminología.
    Pregunta
    Actualización
    20. ¿Quién es actualmente uno de los senadores estadounidenses de su estado?La respuesta a esta pregunta podría cambiar como resultado de las elecciones, nombramientos o retiros.
    Provea el nombre de uno de los senadores actuales de su estado. Para una lista de los miembros actuales del Senado de Estados Unidos, por favor visite senate.gov.
    Las respuestas podrían variar. (Los residentes del Distrito de Columbia y residentes de los territorios de Estados Unidos deben responder que D.C. [o el territorio donde vive el solicitante] no tiene senadores estadounidenses).
    23. Nombre su representante en Estados UnidosLa respuesta a esta pregunta podría cambiar como resultado de las elecciones, nombramientos o retiros.
    Provea el nombre del representante actual de su estado. Para una lista de los miembros actuales de la Cámara de Representantes  de Estados Unidos, por favor visite house.gov.
    Las respuestas variarán. (Los residentes de los territorios de Estados Unidos con delegados sin voto pueden proveer el nombre de ese delegado o comisionado. También es aceptable cualquier declaración de que el territorio no tiene representantes con voto en el Congreso).
    43. ¿Quién es el gobernador actual de su estado?La respuesta a esta pregunta podría cambiar como resultado de las elecciones, nombramientos o retiros, dependiendo de las fechas de inauguración.
    Provea el nombre del gobernador actual de su estado. Para una lista de los gobernadores actuales, por favor visite  usa.gov/states-and-territories
    Las respuestas variarán. (Los residentes del Distrito de Columbia deben contestar que D.C. no tiene gobernador).
    47. ¿Cuál es el nombre del(la) portavoz actual de la Cámara de Representantes?La Cámara de Representantes generalmente elige el(la) portavoz de la Cámara el primer día de cada nuevo Congreso. La respuesta a esta pregunta podría cambiar después de la elección.
    Provea el nombre del(la) portavoz actual de la Cámara. Visite uscis.gov/citizenship/testupdates para obtener el nombre del(la) portavoz de la Cámara de Representantes.

    Saturday, January 5, 2019

    Civics Test Answer Updates

    Are you preparing for the naturalization test? As you study for the U.S. history and government (civics) test, make sure that you know the most current answers to these questions.
    Periodically, answers to the civics test change to reflect the results of federal and state elections and appointments or to clarify content and ensure consistency in terminology. The revised answers to the questions below are effective immediately.
    QuestionUpdate
    20. Who is one of your state’s U.S. Senators now?The answer to this question may change as the result of elections, appointments, or retirements.
    Give the name of one of your state’s current U.S. senators. For a list of current members of the U.S. Senate, please visit senate.gov.

    Answers will vary. [District of Columbia residents and residents of U.S. territories should answer that D.C. (or the territory where the applicant lives) has no U.S. senators.]
    23. Name your U.S. Representative.The answer to this question may change as the result of elections, appointments, or retirements.
    Give the name of your current U.S. representative. For a list of current members of the U.S. House of Representatives, please visit house.gov.
    Answers will vary. [Residents of territories with nonvoting delegates or resident commissioners may provide the name of that delegate or commissioner. Also acceptable is any statement that the territory has no (voting) representatives in Congress.]
    43. Who is the Governor of your state now?The answer to this question may change as the result of elections, appointments, or retirements, depending on inauguration dates.
    Give the name of your state’s current governor. For a list of current governors, please visit usa.gov/states-and-territories
    Answers will vary. [District of Columbia residents should answer that D.C. does not have a governor.]
    47. What is the name of the Speaker of the House of Representatives now?The House of Representatives generally elects the speaker of the House on the first day of every new Congress. The answer to this question may change after the election.
    Give the name of the current speaker of the House. Visit uscis.gov/citizenship/testupdates for the name of the speaker of the House of Representatives.