Friday, January 31, 2020

First Votes in 2020 US Presidential Campaign About to be Cast



VOANews: First Votes in 2020 US Presidential Campaign About to be Cast

The first votes of the 2020 U.S. presidential election will be cast Monday, February 3, when the state of Iowa holds its first-in-the-nation caucuses. For the last 50 years, America’s political parties have used a series of caucuses and primary elections to determine their presidential nominee. VOA’s Steve Redisch explains the process.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

U.S. Citizenship Class 06, Spring 2020, Milpitas Adult School



uscitizenpod: A Citizenship Quiz in Honor of the Lunar New Year Part 2

N-400: (5:45-6:30)
  • Mix and Match Interview C2 (20qs) pdf
  • A Citizenship Quiz in Honor of the Lunar New Year Part 2 pdf
    • model the interview with a student volunteer, then pair-up students to practice
    • check in with practicing pairs
    • as they are ending their interviews, distribute red flash cards to allow them practice 5 -10 more minutes

Civics (6:30-7:30)
  • si: Preparing the Oath: Establishing Independence
  • Citizenship Passing the Test by Lynn Weintraub
    • quick review Ch 3 13 Colonies 
      • round-robin read aloud Ch 4: A New Nation
        • give students time to complete handout, then discuss and correct
      • The Founders Quiz

    Integration (7:45-8:30)
    • 8:10 Mei-Lin Chen: A Quick Interview for Lunar New Year 2015 pdf
      • give students time to complete the quiz, then discuss and correct
      • 8:30-8:45 Ask the students if they want to practice with you one-on-one and use this quiz to ask them the questions

    Wednesday, January 29, 2020

    They Also Count: A Listening Activity for Beginning ESL Students



    They Also Count: A Listening Activity for Beginning ESL students

    Tuesday, January 28, 2020

    U.S. Citizenship Class 05, Spring 2020, Milpitas Adult School



    N-400: (5:45-6:30)
    • Elementary Interview based on the Revised N-400 (21qs) (updated 04/18/2016)
    • Colonial Quiz
      • model the interview with a student volunteer, then pair-up students to practice
      • check in with practicing pairs
      • as they are ending their interviews, distribute red flash cards to allow them practice 5 -10 more minutes

    Civics (6:30-7:30)
    • si: Preparing the Oath: A Growing Nation 
    • Citizenship Passing the Test by Lynn Weintraub
      • review Ch 3 13 Colonies 
        • give students time to complete handout, then discuss and correct

    Integration (7:45-8:30)
    • 8:10 Elementary Interview Quiz pdf
    • A Citizenship Quiz in Honor of the Lunar New Year Part 1 pdf 
      • give students time to complete the quiz, then discuss and correct
      • 8:30-8:45 Ask the students if they want to practice with you one-on-one and use this quiz to ask them the questions

    Saturday, January 25, 2020

    Citizenship Resources for Lunar New Year



    During 2019, we posted over 30 Citizenship videos!  We look forward to posting even more during the Year of the Rat.

    2019 Citizenship Videos featuring Vietnamese, Chinese, and Taiwanese students
    • Lunar New Year Citizens video playlist (over 30 video!)
    • 黎潔芳談她的美國公民資格考試 video
    • 2020 U.S. Citizenship Interview with Yinghong Xu video
    • A Quick Citizenship Interview for Two October Birthday Girls video
    • Candy Tran’s First Practice Citizenship Interview video
    • Candy Tran's Second Practice Citizenship Interview video 
    • Candy Tran's Third Practice Citizenship Interview video
    • Candy Tran Talks About Her U.S. Citizenship Interview video
    • Candy Tran nói về cuộc phỏng vấn thi công dân Hoa Kỳ của cô video
    • Chengyu Wang’s Practice U.S. Citizenship Interview video
    • Chengyu Wang Practices the N-400 Part 12 video
    • Chúng tôi đã phỏng vấn đậu quốc tịch Mỹ video
    • Hieu Thanh Nguyen’s First Practice Citizenship Interview video
    • Hieu Thanh Nguyen’s Second Practice Citizenship Interview video
    • Huong Nguyen's Fourth Practice Citizenship Interview video
    • Huong Nguyen Talks about her U.S. Citizenship Interview video
    • Mayor of Milpitas, Rich Tran, Visits the MAE Citizenship Class video
    • Minh Nhu Nguyen’s First Practice Citizenship Interview video
    • My Ngoc Thi Thach Practices for her U.S. Citizenship Interview video
    • Nhung Thi Hong Tran's Practice U.S. Citizenship Interview video
    • Oanh Thi Kim Do's First Practice Citizenship Interview video video
    • Oanh Thi Kim Do's Second Practice Citizenship Interview video
    • Oanh Thi Kim Do Practices the USCIS N400 Part 12 video
    • Oanh Thi Kim Do Talks about Her U.S. Citizenship Interview video
    • Phuong Thi Le's First Practice Citizenship Interview video
    • Phuong Thi Le’s Second Practice Citizenship Interview video video
    • Tao Guangfang’s First Practice Citizenship Interview video
    • Thanh Dinh's First Practice Citizenship Interview video
    • Thoa Dao's Practice U.S. Citizenship Interview video
    • Thuong Phan's First Practice Citizenship Interview video
    • Thuy Thu Pham’s First Practice Citizenship Interview video
    • Thuy Thu Pham’s Second Practice Citizenship Interview video video
    • Trick or Treat! A Halloween Citizenship Interview video
    • Van Thi Bach Thach Practices for her U.S. Citizenship Interview video
    • Van's Practice U.S. Citizenship Interview video
    • Xiao Mei Cen’s Practice U.S. Citizenship Interview video
    PLUS
    • A Citizenship Quiz in Honor of the Lunar New Year Part 1 pdf / video
    • A Citizenship Quiz in Honor of the Lunar New Year Part 2 mp3 / video / pdf
    • Mei-Lin Chen's Quick Interview Based on the N-400r for Lunar New Year  pdf

    More videos, pdfs, and mp3s are available at Citizenship Resources for Lunar New Year 2019


    Friday, January 24, 2020

    Step Up to 2020: Census, Civics, Citizenship



    Step Up to 2020: Census, Civics, Citizenship
    2020 EL CIVICS CONFERENCE
    1/24/20 Pasadena City College
    3035 E. Foothill Blvd, Pasadena

    Jennifer Gagliardi
    OTAN.us
    jgagliar@musd.org

    CASAS Assessments for Citizenship Preparation



    CASAS Assessments for Citizenship Preparation
    2020 EL CIVICS CONFERENCE
    1/24/20 Pasadena City College
    3035 E. Foothill Blvd, Pasadena

    Jennifer Gagliardi
    OTAN.us
    jgagliar@musd.org

    Wednesday, January 22, 2020

    U.S. Citizenship Class 04, Spring 2020, Milpitas Adult School



    uscitizenpod: Interview Based on the N 400r for Lunar New Year

    N-400: (5:45-6:30)

    • Warm-up with Easy Vocab Quiz pdf: http://goo.gl/50NyZu
      • give students time to complete the quiz, then discuss and correct
    • Second Easy Interview
      • model the interview with a student volunteer, then pair-up students to practice
      • check in with practicing pairs
      • as they are ending their interviews, distribute red flash cards to allow them practice 5 -10 more minutes

    Civics (6:30-7:30)
    • USCIS Early America Intermediate Level Citizenship Lesson Handout 
      • round-robin read aloud page by page
      • Check for understanding, and explain vocabulary/concepts
        • this story is basically a repeat of Ch 3 but at a higher vocabulary/concept level
      • give students time to complete handout exercises on the page
      • move on to the next page

    Integration (7:45-8:30)

    • 7:45-8:10 Finish civics discussion
      • EXTRA: If you have already completed the civics material, pass out ESLLibrary: Columbus
        • read, discuss, complete, correct
        • stop civics discussion by 8:10 and move to the next task
    • 8:10 Mei-Lin Chen: A Quick Interview for Lunar New Year 2015 pdf
      • give students time to complete the quiz, then discuss and correct
      • 8:30-8:45 Ask the students if they want to practice with you one-on-one and use this quiz to ask them the questions

    2020 U.S. Citizenship Interview with Maya Gomes via Guatemala Part 2



    uscitizenpod: 2020 U.S. Citizenship Interview with Maya Gomes via Guatemala Part 2

    This is Maya's second practice US Citizenship Interview. Includes civics questions and dictation sentence.

    Monday, January 20, 2020

    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:


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      Sunday, January 19, 2020

      See and hear 41 New Americans take their oath



      NJ.com: See and hear 41 New Americans take their oath

      Friday, January 3, 2020 - - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Mount Laurel Field Office Director Ya-Mei Chen administers the Oath of Allegiance to 41 citizenship candidates during a naturalization ceremony at the Trenton City Council Chambers on Tuesday. Michael Mancuso | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com (NJ Fife and Drums music)

      Saturday, January 18, 2020

      Explainer: Impeachment Managers



      VOANews: Explainer: Impeachment Managers

      What role do the managers play in the impeachment trial? VOA explains the process.
      –––––––––
      READ MORE: U.S. President Donald Trump violated the country's spending law last year when he temporarily withheld $391 million in congressionally approved military aid to Ukraine while at the same pressing Kyiv to launch investigations to benefit himself politically, a government watchdog agency concluded Thursday in a decision that is at the heart of the impeachment case against the U.S. leader.

      Trump released the assistance that Ukraine wanted to help fight pro-Russian separatists in the eastern part of the country in September after a 55-day delay without Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy opening an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden, one of Trump's top 2020 Democratic challengers, and his son Hunter Biden's lucrative work for a Ukrainian natural gas company.

      But after an investigation, the Government Accountability Office ruled that "Faithful execution of the law does not permit the president to substitute his own policy priorities for those that Congress has enacted into law." It said that the Trump-controlled U.S. budget agency blocked release of the money "for a policy reason," which is not allowable under U.S. law.

      Learn more at VOANews Special Report: Impeachment

      Friday, January 17, 2020

      2020 U.S. Citizenship Interview with Maya Gomes via Guatemala



      uscitizenpod: 2020 U.S. Citizenship Interview with Maya Gomes via Guatemala

      Maya is getting ready for her US Citizenship Interview next. This video was uploaded earlier in the week, but has been edited and includes new information. Includes civics questions and dictation sentence. Check back in a day or two for correct captions.

      Wednesday, January 15, 2020

      Jan 15 is National Religious Freedom Day

      Introduced in 1779, Thomas Jefferson’s bill became law in 1786. (source)
      National Religious Freedom Day commemorates the Virginia General Assembly's adoption of Thomas Jefferson's landmark Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom on January 16, 1786. That statute became the basis for the establishment clause of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and led to freedom of religion for all Americans.
      Religious Freedom Day has been officially proclaimed on January 16 in an annual statement by the President of the United States since 1993.
      --source: Wikipedia

      Learn more about Jefferson's bill for Religious Freedom:
      POP QUIZ:
      1. What is one right or freedom from the First Amendment?*
      2. What is freedom of religion?
      3. What are two rights of everyone living in the United States?
      4. What is one reason colonists came to America?
      5. There were 13 original states. Name three.
      6. Who wrote the Declaration of Independence?

      Tuesday, January 14, 2020

      U.S. Citizenship Class 01, Spring 2020, Milpitas Adult School



      Preparing for Naturalization (updated 04/18/2016)
      N-400
      Civics
      Integration

      Monday, January 13, 2020

      Thuy Thu Pham’s Second Practice Citizenship Interview



      uscitizenpod: Thuy Thu Pham’s Second Practice Citizenship Interview

      This is our second practice interview in 2020. This interview includes a reading and dictation sentence plus 20 civics questions. I will update the subtitles soon.

      Sunday, January 12, 2020

      US CITIZENSHIP INTERVIEW EXPERIENCE 2019/ OATH TAKING CEREMONY + TIPS



      Middleton Ohana: US CITIZENSHIP INTERVIEW EXPERIENCE 2019/ OATH TAKING CEREMONY + TIPS

      Hi everyone! I'm sharing my experience of doing my US citizenship test here in the USCIS Jacksonville, Florida. If you have questions please comment down below. Thanks for watching and hope this helps!

      Saturday, January 11, 2020

      Happy Birthday Alice Paul!

      Deeds not Words: VOTE!

      Alice Paul (January 11, 1885 – July 9, 1977) was an American suffragist, feminist, and women's rights activist, and one of the main leaders and strategists of the campaign for the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (August 26, 1920), which prohibits sex discrimination in the right to vote.

      After 1920, Paul spent a half century as leader of the National Woman's Party, which fought for the Equal Rights Amendment, to secure constitutional equality for women.

      This year, Americans will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the passage Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.  You will be learning much more about Alice Paul and women who fought for the right to vote in the upcoming year.

      Check out uscitizenpod's resources about Alice Paul and Women's right to vote:


      ps Thank you, Google!

      Friday, January 10, 2020

      Thuy Thu Pham’s Practice Citizenship Interview



      uscitizenpod: Thuy Thu Pham’s Practice Citizenship Interview

      This is our first practice interview in 2020. Thuy will have her Citizenship interview next week. I will update the subtitles soon.

      Wednesday, January 8, 2020

      Happy Birthday Carrie Chapman Catt!



      Chris Garick: Carrie Chapman Catt

      Carrie Chapman Catt (January 9, 1859 – March 9, 1947) was an American women's suffrage leader who campaigned for the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which gave U.S. women the right to vote in 1920.  Catt served as president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association and was the founder of the League of Women Voters and the International Alliance of Women.  

      source: Wikipedia


      This year, Americans will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the passage Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.  You will be learning much more about Carrie Chapman Catt and women who fought for the right to vote in the upcoming year.

      Check out uscitizenpod's resources about Carrie Chapman Catt and Women's right to vote:

      Monday, January 6, 2020

      Xu Yinghong's Practice U.S. Citizenship Interview



      uscitizenpod: Xu Yinghong's Practice U.S. Citizenship Interview

      Xu Yinghong will have her citizenship interview in week. Wish her luck!
      Check out A “Regular” Citizenship Interview Based on the USCIS N-400r (6 pgs, 75 questions) (updated 10/01/2016)

      Sunday, January 5, 2020

      Saturday, January 4, 2020

      DC Restaurant Gives The US Capital The Taste Of Immigrant Food



      uscitizenpod: DC Restaurant Gives The US Capital The Taste Of Immigrant Food

      Hundreds of new restaurants mushroom in Washington every year, but the "Immigrant Food" restaurant that recently opened just a block away from the White House is unique. On top of making a delicious statement, it also makes a political one, serving food inspired by the many immigrant communities that live in the U.S. Mykhailo Komadovsky visited the unusual venue

      Friday, January 3, 2020

      Happy Birthday Lucretia Mott!



      Dr. Ross Porter: Lucretia Mott

      Lucretia Mott (née Coffin; January 3, 1793 – November 11, 1880) was a Quakerabolitionistwomen's rights activist, and social reformer
      When she stopped from attending the World Anti-Slavery Convention in 1840, she decided to fight for women's rights along with freeing slaves. In 1848, she attended the Seneca Falls Convention where she helped write the Declaration of Sentiments which was based on the Declaration of Independence.  The Declaration of Sentiments said: "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men and women are created equal"
      When slavery was outlawed in 1865, she advocated giving former slaves, whether male or female, the right to vote. She remained a central figure in the abolition and suffrage movement until her death in 1880.  
      source: Wikipedia

      This year, Americans will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the passage Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.  You will be learning much more about Lucretia Mott and women who fought for the right to vote in the upcoming year.

      Check out uscitizenpod's resources about Lucretia Mott and Women's right to vote:

      More videos about Lucretia Mott and Women's right to vote: