Sunday, November 18, 2007

Thanksgiving Day Special!


Today we will review the 96Qs (50, 53, 68, 69, 70) and the new 100Q (10, 58, 59, 87, 100) related to Thanksgiving.

  1. Thanksgiving mp3
  2. Q50 and 53 Class Handout
  3. Q68-70 Class Handout
  4. Thanksgiving Quiz: USCIS 96Qs & new 100Qs
  5. Thanksgiving Quiz Answers (Qs with answers--perfect for practice)
  6. Thanksgiving Cloze Essay


  1. All people want to be free.
  2. Many people come to America for freedom.

There are many links listed on the handouts. Of special interest are

  • Thanksgiving
  • The 13 Original Colonies
  • American Indian Tribes
  • ESLPodcast 91 – Thanksgiving
  • HeadsUp English: Thanksgiving
  • TimePage: 13 Original Colonies Time Line
  • VOANews: Thanksgiving Day: Filled With Family Traditions and, Oh Yes, Food
  • VOANews: American History Series: A Clash of Cultures in the New World
  • Not on the handouts, but still good practice:

    1. Thanksgiving Quiz 1 - Thanksgiving in the USA (Charles Kelly) 35 medium to difficult multiple-choice questions
    2. Thanksgiving Quiz 2 - The First Thanksgiving in America (Charles Kelly) 30 medium to difficult multiple-choice questions
    3. Thanksgiving Quiz 3 - How Thanksgiving Becomes a National Holiday in the USA (Charles Kelly) 10 medium to difficult multiple-choice questions

    Monday, November 12, 2007

    VOANews: 25th Anniversary of the Vietnam Veterans Wall

    Last night, I listened to the VOA's Names Are Read to Mark 25th Anniversary of Vietnam Veterans Wall. All of a sudden I thought, "I wonder what happened to my POW/MIA?".

    When I was freshman in high school, the Viet Nam war was coming to the end. A classmate, Molly Olds, who was an "army brat", convinced me, a Catholic "peacenik", to wear a POW/MIA memorial bracelet. The name on my bracelet: Richard R. Perricone.

    I never knew what happened to this POW, so I "googled" Perricone. There he was on the POW Network--free and alive--living in New York with his wife. Wow! I hope he is in Washington DC this weekend with his fellow vets. I hope he knows peace.

    The VOA story also brings to mind one of my students, Nguyen Kiem Long, formerly of the South Viet Nam Air Force and the Milpitas Adult School Senior ESL Class. He is currently in New York attending to family business, and I and his classmates miss him so much. He is a living example of a free and prosperous Viet Nam.

    I also honor Do Ngoc Xuan, a farmer forced to flee the South and join the army. After working the night shift, he comes to the Senior ESL class every day in preparation for US Citizenship--the ticket to freedom for his relatives still in Viet Nam. His goal is shared not only by the Vietnamese students at our school, but by the immigrant communty at large.

    On Veterans Day, let us remember the US service men and women, and our allied commrade-in-arms, fighting for the freedom of their own country.

    Sunday, November 11, 2007

    Veterans Day and USCitizenPod N-400 Military Wikispace

    My church, St Joseph's Cathedral, is located in the heart of downtown San Jose. As I was coming out of church this morning, I looked down the street towards the Plaza de Cesar Chavez. There were two fire trucks on either side of the street with their ladders fully extended skyward. Strung between the ladders was the largest American flag I have ever seen! Wow, it was amazing! Volunteers, city workers, and police were busily preparing the streets for the Veterans Day parade scheduled for later in the day.

    I have assembled some podcasts and audio clips related to the N-400 Section 10 Part F (Military) and G (Selective Service) at US CitizenPod N-400 Military Wikispace. The mp3s are appropriate for Veterans Day and Memorial Day. The audio stories from focus on the immigrant contributions to the US Military.

    When you say "veteran" or "soldier," the words "grandmother, reservist, and anniversary" usually don't come to mind. Here is a story and video from the SJ Mercury News that shows a different veteran's face:
    Capt. Susan Max comes home from Iraq to celebrate her 35th wedding anniversary

    Saturday, November 10, 2007

    Angela Tirado sings a Star-Spangled Welcome to Citizenship

    Star-spangled Welcome to Citizenship: Volunteer Leads Anthem At Campbell Ceremonies
    By L.A. Chung, Mercury News 11/10/2007 [Video]

    Angela Tirado has been singing the National Anthem for naturalization ceremonies since March 2006 at the Heritage Theatre in Campbell, Calif.

    A beautiful, inspiring story! This is the woman who leads my students in the Star Spangled Banner at their Oath Ceremony.

    Wednesday, November 7, 2007

    Vietnamese 100 Citizenship Questions: Những Câu Hỏi Mới Trong Kỳ Thi Quốc Tịch Hoa Kỳ

    Here is a Vietnamese/English translation of the new 100 questions 100Qs--Vietnamese (added 9/11/2012) 
    Các Câu Hỏi Được Gọi là Điều Khoản Miễn Trừ 65/20 (added 1/14/2013), SFPL.org100Qs--Vietnamese / English  (added 2/25/2012)

    (updated 01/14/2013)

    Tuesday, November 6, 2007

    Spanish 100 Questions: El nuevo examen de ciudadanía: 100 preguntas (espanol)

    QR for PDF
    QR for Page
    USCIS en Espanol

    Examen de Ciudadania Americana

    Información sobre el proceso de naturalización para convertirse en ciudadano.

    Recursos de la Ciudadanía en la Biblioteca

    • ·         SCCL: Recursos de Ciudadanía en Español
    • ·         Inglés en 100 días para laciudadanía 428.3461 INGLES CD
      • o   An intro to English for Spanish which offers one hundred brief lessons.
    • ·         Ciudadanía americana ¡hecho fácil! SPANISH 323.62 ROQUE
      • o   Preguntas típicas de historia y de la aplicacíon N-400.
    • ·         Inglés sin barreras. 12, El curso de ciudadanía 428.3461 INGLES DVD 12
      • o   El curso de ciudadanía [el video-maestro de inglés conversacional]
    • ·         Su guía para ser ciudadano de los EE. UU SPANISH 342.7308 BIASE con CD-ROM
      • o   Examen de ciudadanía estadounidense
    • ·         LearningExpress Recursos para Hispanohablantes
      • o   Resources for citizenship preparation, GED, and English as a Second Language study, in Spanish. Check if your library has a subscription to Learning Express. Note: First time users will need to create an account.

    (updated 06/15/2016)

    Monday, November 5, 2007

    Sobrato CET Citizenship Day 11/10/07

    CET (Center for Employment Training) has helped many Mexican immigrants acqire permanent residence and citizenship.

    Besides having job training, ESL, and Citizenship classes, CET hosts a huge Citizenship Fair in March

    CET will have Fall free Citizenship workship on Saturday, November 10 9am-3pm. Lawyers, paralegals, and translators in nearly twenty languages will be available to guide people through the naturalization process.

    For further information, contact Sobrato CET Center701 Vine StreetSan Jose, CA 95110 408-287-7924.

    Good job, CET!

    Sunday, November 4, 2007

    SJ Mercury News: 70% of California's Mexican population are U.S. citizens

    My hometown newspaper, the San Jose Mercury News, just published an interesting article (with accompanying video) about the high rate of citizenship among California's Mexican population. See:

    Census figures show 70 percent of California's Mexican population are U.S. citizens 11/04/2007
    Summary: For the first time in the most current wave of immigration, U.S. Census figures show that 70 percent of California's Mexican population are U.S. citizens, blunting widespread belief the state is overrun by illegal immigrants.

    [VIDEO] A ceremony for 450 new U.S. citizens at the Heritage Theatre in Campbell, Calif., on Wed., October 24, 2007.

    Saturday, November 3, 2007

    USCitizenPod Goes Wiki!

    USCitzenPod has a new wikipage dedicated to keeping track of all the links mentioned in the blog and class handouts. Check out:

    Students who want to bridge the gap between Citizenship preparation and "real life" can listen to podcasts that "talk" about N-400 topics: personal information, addresses, jobs, marital status, etc. Each N-400 section has a link to podcasts from:


    Randall's ESL-Lab



    VOANews Special English