Sunday, February 28, 2021

200 people from 60 countries sworn in as U.S. citizens in San Antonio

 
 
 
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the naturalization ceremony Friday was conducted outdoors. KSAT 12 News photojournalist Azian Bermea brings us the sights and sounds from Brackenridge Park.

Friday, February 26, 2021

Congressman Joseph Rainey


VOA News: How Formerly Enslaved Man Became 1st Black US Congressman in 1870

WASHINGTON - Lorna Rainey can only imagine what it was like for her great-grandfather to walk into the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., 151 years ago. . . “I often think about what it must have felt like for him that very first day he walked into the Capitol into the assembly. And he was the only one, the only Black man,” Rainey told VOA. “My great-grandfather was prepared to be in Congress. He had a steel core but became a very moving figure through the years he was there,” she said.  (read more)

Learn more

  • US Citizenship Resources for Black History Month post 
  • 15 USCIS Civics Questions in Honor of African-American History Month.  (mp3) (pdf)
  • Kahoot: CITIZENSHIP QUESTIONS FOR AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH activity
  • Legislative Branch pdf

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Citizenship Winter Class 12

 

uscitizenpod: Thuan Thi Dieu Vo's Practice U.S. Citizenship Interview

Fall Citizenship Zoom Class is Tue and Thu 7:00-8:30 pm PDT
For one-on-one interviews 6:00-7:00 pm--email Teacher Jennifer jgagliar@musd.org

Zoom: ID: 597 738 4168, Password: 226317 
Direct Link to the Winter Citizenship Zoom Class 

Warm-up
  • read and write pdf
  • si.edu: Preparing for the Oath quiz
  • Cambridge Ventures Arcade: Citizenship Preparing for the N-400 website
  • USA Learns Citizenship website
N-400
Civics

Integration
  • Citizenship Interview Quiz with Vu Xuân Tran pdf 
Extra
  • Kahoot: CITIZENSHIP QUESTIONS FOR AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH activity

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

USCIS Reverts to the 2008 Version of the Naturalization Civics Test

 
 

USCIS Reverts to the 2008 Version of the Naturalization Civics Test

美國公民及移民服務局恢復為2008年版本的入籍公民測試
您只學習100個公民問題。
新的128個問題太難了! 我們真高興! 謝謝美國移民局!

USCIS Hoàn nguyên về Phiên bản 2008 của Bài kiểm tra Công dân Nhập tịch
Bạn chỉ học 100 câu hỏi môn công dân.
128 câu hỏi mới quá khó! Chúng tôi rất vui!  Xin cảm ơn USCIS!

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Citizenship Winter Class 11

 

uscitizenpod: Mix and Match U.S. Citizenship Interview Level C Practice

Fall Citizenship Zoom Class is Tue and Thu 7:00-8:30 pm PDT
For one-on-one interviews 6:00-7:00 pm--email Teacher Jennifer jgagliar@musd.org

Zoom: ID: 597 738 4168, Password: 226317 
Direct Link to the Winter Citizenship Zoom Class 

Warm-up
  • read and write pdf
  • si.edu: Preparing for the Oath quiz
  • Cambridge Ventures Arcade: Citizenship Preparing for the N-400 website
  • USA Learns Citizenship website
N-400
Civics

Integration
  • Citizenship Interview Quiz with Lê Thi Hiep pdf 

Monday, February 22, 2021

Happy Birthday George Washington!

 
 
George Washington's Mount Vernon: When is George Washington's Birthday?

Neither of Washington’s birth dates – February 11 nor February 22 – will ever fall on the third Monday in February. So George Washington’s Birthday is never really George Washington’s birthday.

Americans honor the first president, George Washington, in February. But the day the United States government calls George Washington's Birthday is not really his birthday. Some states consider the holiday a time to remember other past presidents, too. How much do you know about American leaders? More | Download (right-click or option-click and save)


US Citizenship Resources for Presidents' Day 2021 post 

Sunday, February 21, 2021

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Friday, February 19, 2021

Immigration Democrats Launch Ambitious Immigration Reform Proposal


VOANews: Immigration Democrats Launch Ambitious Immigration Reform Proposal 

As outlined by the Biden White House, the broad legislation would provide pathways to citizenship for 11 million immigrants, including Temporary Protected Status holders, immigrant farmworkers and undocumented people brought to the U.S. as children, sometimes referred to as DREAMers. (read more)

Thursday, February 18, 2021

The Unique Invention of the American President


VOA Learning English: The Unique Invention of the American President



Today we are not going to talk about any one president. We will instead talk about the presidency itself -- what some people call “the office of the presidency.” (read more)

Read, listen and watch
POP QUIZ:

2008 Civics Test (100 questions)

15. Who is in charge of the executive branch?

26. We elect a President for how many years?

27. In what month do we vote for President?*

28. What is the name of the President of the United States now?*

29. What is the name of the Vice President of the United States now?

30. If the President can no longer serve, who becomes President?

31. If both the President and the Vice President can no longer serve, who becomes President?

32. Who is the Commander in Chief of the military?

33. Who signs bills to become laws?

34. Who vetoes bills?

35. What does the President’s Cabinet do?

36. What are two Cabinet-level positions?

2020 Civics Test (128 questions)

17. The President of the United States is in charge of which branch of government?

36. The President of the United States is elected for how many years?* 

37. The President of the United States can serve only two terms. Why?

38. What is the name of the President of the United States now?*

39. What is the name of the Vice President of the United States now?* 

40. If the president can no longer serve, who becomes president? 

41. Name one power of the president.  

42. Who is Commander in Chief of the U.S. military?

43. Who signs bills to become laws?

44. Who vetoes bills?*

45. Who appoints federal judges? 

46. The executive branch has many parts. Name one.

47. What does the President's Cabinet do?

48. What are two Cabinet-level positions?

49. Why is the Electoral College important?

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Happy New Year, Happy New U.S. Citizen Thao Nguyen!

 
 

Before we start the interview, I share some news about the 128 civics questions (check with USCIS.gov for confirmation).  Then Thao answers N-400 and 10 civics questions, plus 1 reading and dictation question.  Happy New Year, Happy New U.S. Citizen Thao Nguyen!
​ 
For more info:
  • BuzzFeed: Biden Is Planning To Scrap Trump's Version Of The Citizenship Test That Critics Said Was More Confusing  article
  • ​uscitizenpod: Biden Is Planning To Scrap Trump's Version Of The Citizenship Test! video

Monday, February 15, 2021

US Citizenship Resources for Presidents' Day



uscitizenpod: Presidents' Day Quiz (2018)
Over 40 USCIS Civics and History Questions about our Presidents

  • US Citizenship Podcast 
    • Presidents’ Day Quiz 2011 Part A: Washington and Lincoln pdf
    • Presidents’ Day Quiz 2011 Part B: Executive Branch and Federalist Period pdf
    • Presidents’ Day Quiz 2011 Part C: The 1800s pdf
    • Presidents’ Day Quiz 2011 Part D: Recent History pdf
    • Presidents’ Day Quiz 2012 pdf
    • Angelica Mendoza (Veracruz, Mexico) (Presidents' Day 2013)  pdf  |  video
    • The Presidential Valentine's Day Quiz pdf  | form | video
    • Anh Thi Vu (Vietnam) (Presidents' Day Quiz 2015 and 2016) pdf | mp3
    • Carol Lin (Taipei, Taiwan) mp3
  • Presidents' Day 2017 interviews
    • Hushang Ansary (Iran) pdf
    • Rend al-Rahim (Baghdad, Iraq) pdf
    • Esam Omeish (Tripoli, Libya) (Presidents' Day 2017) pdf
    • Nimco Ahmed (Mogadishu, Somalia) pdf
    • Louay Safi (Damascus, Syria) pdf
    • Safa Aldabyani (Sana'a, Yemen) pdf 

Check back for updates!

Sunday, February 14, 2021

A Presidential Valentine's Day Citizenship Quiz



uscitizenpod: Ten questions about the Presidents and their First Ladies pdf

VOANews: Bidens Deliver Message of Hope as Valentine’s Day Approaches video

shubotube: Every US president's and first lady's official portraits video

Saturday, February 13, 2021

Happy Birthday Susan B. Anthony!



uscitizenpod: Susan B. Anthony Day!

Susan B. Anthony was born on February 15, 1820. She was a school teacher who became a social reformer. She worked against slavery and fought for women's rights. The 19th Amendment, which guarantees a woman's right to vote, was named in honor of Susan B. Anthony.

Coin image source:
By US Mint (coin); Heritage Auctions (image) - Heritage Auctions Lot 1449, 29 April 2010, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=38677785

USCIS 100:77 What did Susan B. Anthony do?
  • fought for women's rights
  • fought for human rights
USCIS 128:99. Name one leader of the women's rights movement in the 1800s.
  • Susan B. Anthony
  • Elizabeth Cady Stanton
  • Sojourner Truth
  • Harriet Tubman
  • Lucretia Mott
  • Lucy Stone
More resources
  • Archives: Susan B. Anthony and the Struggle for Suffrage lesson
  • ESL Library: Susan B. Anthony lesson
  • Google Arts & Culture: Susan b. Anthony collection
  • Listen and Read Along: Biography - AS - Susan B Anthony - Leader of Women's Rights Movement video
  • LOC: Susan B. Anthony Papers website
  • NPS: Susan B. Anthony website
  • NPS: Women's Rights National Park website
  • Senate: Woman Suffrage Centennial Suffrage Timeline
  • susanb: Susan B. Anthony Museum and House website 
  • VOANews: Pioneers of Women's Voting Rights Highlighted in New Exhibit video
  • VOA Learning English: Flashback: The Fight for Women's Right to Vote multi-media
  • Susan B. Anthony, 1820-1906:  She Led the Fight to Gain Equal Rights for Women, Including the Right to Vote radio transcript
  • VOA Learning English: Susan B. Anthony, 1820 - 1906 quiz
  • uscitizenpod: American Women who Fought for the Right to Vote mp3 / pdf 
  • uscitizenpod: Four American Women in Honor of Women’s History Month pdf
  • VOA Learning English: Thousands Visit Anthony Gravesite on Election Day article
  • Voices of Democracy: Susan B. Anthony, “Is It a Crime for a U.S. Citizen to Vote” (3 April 1873) text and lesson plan
updated 2021-02-04

Friday, February 12, 2021

Citizenship Resources for Lunar New Year



During 2019-2020, we posted over 40 Citizenship videos from Vietnamese, Chinese, and Taiwanese!  We look forward to posting even more during the Year of the Ox 2021.

NEW: White House: A Lunar New Year Message From The Bidens video
NEW: U.S. Department of State: Lunar New Year 2021 video 
  •  Lunar New Year Citizens video playlist (over 40 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
  • Hung Do talks about his U.S. Citizenship Interview video
  • Hùng Đỗ nói về cuộc Phỏng vấn Quốc tịch Hoa Kỳ của mình 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
  • N-400 Part 12 Vocabulary Review PLUS Clarification Questions video
  • Nga Tran's 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
  • Tam Thanh Thai's 1st U.S. Citizenship Practice Interview video
  • Tam Thanh Thai's 2nd U.S. Citizenship Practice Interview video
  • Tam Thanh Thai's 3rd U.S. Citizenship Practice Interview video
  • Tao Guangfang’s First Practice Citizenship Interview video
  • Thanh Dinh's First Practice Citizenship Interview video
  • Thi Nhung Phan's 1st Practice U.S. Citizenship Interview video
  • Thi Nhung Phan's 2nd Practice U.S. Citizenship Interview video
  • Thien Thi Kim Phan--New Citizen!  video 
  • Thoa Dao's Practice U.S. Citizenship Interview video
  • Thuan Thi Dieu Vo's Practice U.S. Citizenship Interview video
  • Thuan nói về cuộc phỏng vấn thi công dân Hoa Kỳ của cô 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 N-400 and Civics quizzes
Updated 02/10/2021

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Citizenship Winter Class 10

 


Fall Citizenship Zoom Class is Tue and Thu 7:00-8:30 pm PDT
For one-on-one interviews 6:00-7:00 pm--email Teacher Jennifer jgagliar@musd.org

Zoom: ID: 597 738 4168, Password: 226317 
Direct Link to the Winter Citizenship Zoom Class 

Warm-up
  • read and write pdf
  • si.edu: Preparing for the Oath quiz
  • Cambridge Ventures Arcade: Citizenship Preparing for the N-400 website
  • USA Learns Citizenship website
N-400
Civics

Integration
  • Mei-Lin Chen: A Quick Interview for Lunar New Year 2015 pdf 
  • A Citizenship Quiz in Honor of the Lunar New Year Part 2 pdf | video

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Biden’s Executive Orders on Immigration Set Stage at Future Action

 
VOANews: Biden’s Executive Orders on Immigration Set Stage at Future Action 

U.S. President Joe Biden’s executive orders this week reversing Trump administration immigration policies change little on the ground now but set the stage for future action, experts told VOA. (read more)


VOANews: Biden Administration Suspends Trump Asylum Deals with El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras 

 In a statement, State Department Secretary Antony Blinken said the United States had "suspended and initiated the process to terminate the Asylum Cooperative Agreements with the Governments of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras as the first concrete steps on the path to greater partnership and collaboration in the region laid out by President Biden." The so-called "safe third country" agreements, inked in 2019 by the Trump administration and the Central American nations, force asylum seekers from the region to first seek refuge in those countries before applying in the United States. (Read more)

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Citizenship Winter Class 9

 

uscitizenpod: Felipe Toledo’s Practice Citizenship Interview

Fall Citizenship Zoom Class is Tue and Thu 7:00-8:30 pm PDT
For one-on-one interviews 6:00-7:00 pm--email Teacher Jennifer jgagliar@musd.org

Zoom: ID: 597 738 4168, Password: 226317 
Direct Link to the Winter Citizenship Zoom Class 

Warm-up
  • read and write pdf
  • si.edu: Preparing for the Oath quiz
  • Cambridge Ventures Arcade: Citizenship Preparing for the N-400 website
  • USA Learns Citizenship website
N-400
Civics

Integration

Extra Credit
  • VOANews: From Africa to America (Special Report--multiple articles and videos) (2019)
    • In 1619, the first Africans were brought to colonial Virginia – in bondage – beginning more than two centuries of slavery in America

Monday, February 8, 2021

What Did Democracy Mean to the US Constitution’s Writers?




VOA Learning English: What Did Democracy Mean to the US Constitution’s Writers? 

A Committee of Five, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman and Robert Livingston, worked together to write the U.S. Declaration of Independence. They are among the leaders known as America’s Founding Fathers. (read more) (mp3)

Words in This Story

consent –n. permission for something to happen or to be done

sort (of) —n. a certain kind of something

framers –n.(pl.) often used to describe the writers of U.S. Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution; literally people who build the structure, frame, of a house

frenzy – n. wild or uncontrolled activity

ratification –n. the process of making a major legal document official by signing or voting on it so it becomes law

beholden –adj. owing to a favor, gift or loyalty to someone or something

delighted –adj. pleased, happy with something

adversaries –n. (pl.) an enemy or opponent

reactionaries –n. a person who strongly opposes new political or social ideas

Sunday, February 7, 2021

Citizenship ceremonies resume in St. Louis

 
 
 
As United States citizenship hearings begin anew, a Russian immigrant thinks St. Louis immigrants are finally getting their chance to swear-in as US citizens again, after months of delays.

Saturday, February 6, 2021

N-400 Part 12 Vocabulary Review PLUS Clarification Questions.

 
 

This is an extended N-400 Part 12 vocabulary review with Quynh. When she doesn't understand a questions, she asks for clarification. This interview is based on N-400r Part 12 Overview Quiz (27 questions) pdf 

Friday, February 5, 2021

African-American History Month activities from Learning Chocolate


Learning Chocolate: U.S. Citizenship 31: African-American History Part 4  activity (in review)

February is African-American History Month.

For more information, see http://www.africanamericanhistorymonth.gov/

For a list of the USCIS 100 History and Civics Questions, see USCIS Test page

Kamala Harris is the first African-American and Asian-American to serve as Vice President.

USCIS 100:30. If the President can no longer serve, who becomes President?

Representative Ilhan Omar (MN-5) was the first Somali-American elected to Congress.

USCIS 100:16. Who makes federal laws?

Rev. Raphael Warnock was the first African-American elected to the U.S. Senate from Georgia.

USCIS 100:24. Who does a U.S. Senator represent?

Stacey Abrams has served in the Georgia state government for many years and recently led a voting rights organization.

USCIS 100:48. There are four amendments to the Constitution about who can vote. Describe one of them.

Michelle Obama was the first lady of the United States and continues to inspire many people.

USCIS 100:28. What is the name of the President of the United States now?*

More African American History Month from Learning Chocolate:

Thursday, February 4, 2021

Citizenship Winter Class 8

 


Fall Citizenship Zoom Class is Tue and Thu 7:00-8:30 pm PDT
For one-on-one interviews 6:00-7:00 pm--email Teacher Jennifer jgagliar@musd.org

Zoom: ID: 597 738 4168, Password: 226317 
Direct Link to the Winter Citizenship Zoom Class 

Warm-up
  • read and write pdf
  • si.edu: Preparing for the Oath quiz
  • Cambridge Ventures Arcade: Citizenship Preparing for the N-400 website
N-400
Civics

Integration

Extra Credit

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

US Citizenship Resources for Black History Month 2021

Happy Black History Month! 
During the month of February, US Citizenship Podcast explores the connection between the USCIS History and Civics questions and African American History.  Let's get started!



Citizenship Interview and Civics Quizzes:

Activities
  • ESL Library
  • LearningChocolate.com 
    • U.S. Citizenship 21: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day activity 
    • U.S. Citizenship 22: African-American History Part 1 activity
    • U.S. Citizenship 23: African-American History Part 2 activity
    • U.S. Citizenship 24: African-American History Part 3 activity 
    • U.S. Citizenship 31: African-American History Part 4 NEW (in review)
  • Kahoot.it: 
    • Martin Luther King, Jr Day activity
    • CITIZENSHIP QUESTIONS FOR AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH activity

LISTEN UP!  US Citizenship Podcast African-American History Series
  • USCIS 100:60 Slaves, Slavery, and Olaudah Equiano mp3
  • USCIS 100:61 Colonists, Taxes, Crispus Attuks, Lemuel Haynes, and the American Revolutionary War mp3
  • USCIS 100:62 the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson, and Sally Hemings mp3
  • USCIS 100:69 George Washington, Phillis Wheatley, and Columbia mp3
  • Feb 05 USCIS 100:65 The Constitutional Convention, the Great Compromise, and Slavery mp3
  • USCIS 100:94 Washington DC, Benjamin Banneker, and Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson mp3
  • USCIS 100:71 Louisiana Territory, Missouri River, and York mp3
  • USCIS 100:09 Life, Liberty, and La Amistad mp3
  • USCIS 100:77 Susan B. Anthony, Sojourner Truth, and Civil Rights mp3
  • USCIS 100:99 July 4th, Slavery, and Fredrick Douglass mp3
  • USCIS 100:74 Slavery, the Supreme Court, and Dred Scott mp3
  • USCIS 100:75 Abraham Lincoln, Harriet Tubman, and the Underground Railroad mp3
  • USCIS 100:76 The Emancipation Proclamation and Juneteenth (mp3)

VOA News
(recent videos)


MORE RESOURCES (check back for updates)

    Citizenship, Immigration, and Government Resources in African Languages
    Updated 2021-02-13