Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Citizenship Resources in Honor of Nowruz






Practice Citizenship Interviews with Farsi-Speaking Americans

uscitizenpod: Citizenship Interview Quiz for Presidents’ Week 2017: Hushang Ansary (Iran) (pdf)
A citizenship multiple-choice quiz based on the N-400 Application for Naturalization plus 10 civics questions.

uscitizenpod: 2016 Spring Citizenship Interview with Ali Akbari (Iran/Malaysia) (mp3)
A practice citizenship interview recorded in honor of Persian New Year (2016)

uscitizenpod: A Basic Citizenship Interview with Pari Akibari (Esfahan, Iran) (mp3) (video)
A practice citizenship interview recorded in 2007. Note: N-400 Part 10 is now N-400 Part 12 and the Civics questions are obsolete (ex: George W Bush was the current president in 2007).

uscitizenpod: Citizenship Interview with Osman Nejat (Kabul, Afghanistan) (mp3) (video)
A short citizenship interview with "examiner" with Osman Nejat (Kabul, Afghanistan), the Citizenship and GED/HiSET teacher from New Haven Adult School.  After the interview, Teacher Osman reflects on being bi-lingual and bi-cultural in America.

uscitizenpod: New US Citizen Sardar Habibi's report-back in Farsi  video
Milpitas Adult School student, Sardar Habibi (formerly of Afghanistan) talks about his US Citizenship Interview on Thursday, March 7, 2011. (Also in English)

More ESL/Civics Resources in English and Farsi

ACLU: Immigrants' Rights: What To Do If Stopped (IN FARSI) (video)

ACLU: What To Do When Faced With Anti-Muslim Discrimination (in Farsi) (video)

CA DMV: California Driver Handbook (pdf)

CLINIC: 100 Civics Questions in Farsi (pdf)

ESL Library: Nauruz (Norooz) Festival (article)
In this lesson, students read about the Persian New Year's festival (New Day). They learn about the ceremonial table, and create their own in small groups. Students also learn idioms related to nature. Note: A number of different English spellings are used for this holiday. The UN recognizes March 21 as the International Day of Nowruz

John Q. Khosravi Law Firm (JQK Law Firm): Naturalization for Iranians (Farsi/Persian) سیتیزنشیپ وتابعیت امریکا برای ایرانیان (video)
More Citizenship and Immigration videos in English and Farsi at John Q. Khosravi Law Firm (JQK Law Firm) (YouTube channel)

K-vonComedy: Famous Comedian Explains PERSIAN NEW YEAR Perfectly (K-von on Nowruz) (video)
Want to learn about a new holiday? Persian New Year is in March.  K-von breaks it down in this video w/ fun animation.  Check out K-von on YouTube (especially his Cleaning for Nowruz videos and his trailer for the Nowruz movie) and his TEDx Talk.

MedicinePlus: Health Information in Farsi (فارسی) (web page)

Must See Iran 
FB page that introduces Iran's cultural, historical, and natural tourist attractions.  Many good Nowruz videos in English and Farsi.

PARS Equality Center
Pprovides free or low-cost legal immigration services to qualified individuals.  We provide community members with integration support by offering immigration education, representation and advocacy.

Quartz: Nowruz: How millions celebrate the Persian New Year (video)
During Nowruz, the Persian New Year celebration, each vibrant item on the haftseen table has its own symbolic meaning.

SSA: Social Security Resources in Farsi (web page)

Sahar Zand: What is Nowruz? How to celebrate Persian New Year
BBC Persian's Sahar Zand visited Little Persia in London to explain how her family celebrate the Persian New Year.

ShareAmerica: Nowruz in the United States: Rising with the spring sun (article, video)
Every year, Americans with roots in Eurasian countries organize public festivals featuring music, dancing, and food to mark the Nowruz holidays. In cities from New York to Los Angeles, Chicago to Houston, Americans introduce and inspire others unfamiliar with Nowruz and its celebrations.

ShareAmerica: First Lady Michelle Obama Nowruz Address (2015) (article, video)
“I think it’s so fitting that we’re holding this celebration here today, because one of my favorite things about the White House is how it is truly the People’s House — a house that reflects the diversity of culture and traditions that make us who we are as a country,” the First Lady said. “And Nowruz is one of those traditions.”

SJ Mercury News: Saratoga: Iranian-American community celebrates Persian New Year amid political anxieties (article)
Persian New Year or "Nowruz," typically a time of celebration for the Iranian-American community, undoubtedly will be tempered this year by the climate of fear and anxiety created by the Trump administration's travel ban.

TEDx Talks: Iran from a Different Lens | Maryam Ghadiri | TEDxPurdueU (video)
When only one side of a story is told, the truth can be blurred or completely disjointed. When Maryam arrived in the U.S. she encountered stereotypes and predisposed opinions causing her to hide her own identity as Iranian. She now describes how she rekindled the pride she once had for her motherland, Iran, through curating a photo exhibit that celebrates Iran's rich culture, diversity and beauty.

The Obama White House: President Obama’s Nowruz Message to the Iranian People (video)
President Obama sends best wishes to everyone celebrating Nowruz, March 20. 2016.

White House: Statement by President Donald J. Trump on Nowruz 2018 (article)

USIP: Iran Primer: Nowruz: Traditions for Persian New Year (article)
Ironically, the most widely celebrated holiday in the Islamic Republic of Iran long predates the official religion. Nowruz, literally “New Day” in Farsi, marks the first day of spring and the Persian New Year. The holiday, which falls on March 20 this year, is widely celebrated across the Middle East and Central Asia.

VA Health: Public Health Info in Farsi (webpage)

VOANews: New in Farsi (web page)
News in Farsi from the Voice of America

VOANews: Iranian-Americans Nurture New Generations After Revolution (2019) (article)
Sharifan and others from her generation seek to build a connection to their Iranian heritage and culture among their American children and grandchildren.

VOANews: Iranian Americans Confused and Angered Over Trump Travel Ban (video)
President Donald Trump’s revised executive order banning entry to the U.S. from six Muslim majority countries is due to take effect on March 16. Among the six countries is Iran. Even the threat of the revised order is causing major disruptions, not only there, but in Los Angeles, home to the largest group of Iranians living outside of Iran. VOA’s Elizabeth Lee reports from the neighborhood called Persian Square. Originally published at - http://www.voanews.com/a/3766574.html

VOANews: Iranians Prepare For Traditional New Year Celebrations (video)
Iranians around the world are preparing to celebrate their traditional new year, Nowruz, which falls on Thursday. The ancient tradition is also celebrated by Kurds and marks the arrival of spring. Zlatica Hoke reports.

VOANews: Iraq Norwuz (video)
It's time for celebration in Iraq. Men and women rang in a new year, as millions of Kurdish people celebrated Nowruz. The celebration falls on the first day of spring, symbolizing the passing of the dark season and the arrival of the season of light. 

VOANews: Kurds Celebrate 'Nawroz' - New Years (video)
Kurdish residents of the northern Syrian city of Kobani are marking the New Year festival Nawroz. Celebrations were held along the border with Turkey, where many of Kobani's citizens fled when the city came under attack by Islamic State militants. Video by VOA Kurdish service reporter Mahmoud Bali.

VOA Learning Engish: Once a US Soldier, Iranian Immigrant Now Serves Veterans (article, mp3, video)
Assal Ravandi knows service. First, as a soldier in the United States Army in Afghanistan. Now, as a soldier for soldiers at the organization she founded: Academy of United States Veterans. Read, listen to, and watch more great stories from VOA Learning English series: People in America

VOA Learning Engish: Mahsa, English Teacher in Iran, Talks About Spending Nowruz With Family (video of Skype interview)
Avi Arditti from VOA Learning English and Mehrnaz Sami from VOA's Persian Service (and an English teacher) talk to a Skype caller about the Persian New Year (2013)

VOA Learning Engish: Mohsen, Engineering Student in Iran, Talks About Nowruz (video of Skype interview)
Avi Arditti from VOA Learning English and Mehrnaz Sami from VOA's Persian Service (and an English teacher) talk to a Skype caller about the Persian New Year

VOA Learning English: Vernal Equinox: The Arrival of Spring (article)
An overview of many holidays associated with the Vernal Equinox (the Arrival of Spring) including Nowruz.

Vox: Persian New Year, or Nowruz, explained for non-Persians (article)

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

U.S. Citizenship Class 19, Spring 2019, Milpitas Adult School



uscitizenpod: What makes us American?

N-400 
  • Mix-and-Match Series C interview (20 questions) for Intermediate Low ESL 3 students.
    • 3 and 4 plus USCIS Quiz 7: Civics "Name one"
  • Future U.S. Citizens  
    • Unit 3 Lesson 4: How Long and How Many pg 138-139
Civics (6:30-7:30 choral reading(7:30-7:45 break)
Integration (7:45-8:45)
  • uscitizenpod: Citizenship Interview Quiz for Presidents’ Week 2017: Hushang Ansary (Iran) (pdf)
    A citizenship multiple-choice quiz based on the N-400 Application for Naturalization plus 10 civics questions.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Border Agents Train in Virtual Ports of Entry



VOANews: Border Agents Train in Virtual Ports of Entry

In his proposed 2020 budget, U.S. President Donald Trump asked Congress for $8.6 billion more for the construction of a border wall. With that in mind, Vice President Mike Pence visited an advanced Border Patrol Training Center in Harper's Ferry, W.Va., two days later. Thousands of soon-to-be Border Patrol agents receive training there in high tech scenarios that include a virtual reality room, border wall prototypes and a replica of a vehicle customs entry. Cristina Caicedo Smit reports.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

A Citizenship Quiz in Honor of St Patrick's Day and Irish-American Heritage Month




A Citizenship Quiz in Honor of St Patrick's Day and Irish-American Heritage Month mp3 / pdf (10Questions)

03. From 1820 to 1860, almost 2 million Irish immigrants came to America to escape "The Great Hunger." What is one reason colonists came to America?

Q4: The "Know-Nothings" (1850s) was a group of native-born Americans which tried to stop Irish immigration.  The "Know-Nothings" thought that the Irish were “alien” and would not support US democracy because of their Catholic religion.  The "Know-Nothings" became too violent and failed. The Irish persevered and overcame discrimination and exploitation.  100 years later, what movement tried to end racial discrimination? 

The fight against xenophobia based on religious belief continues. See the #NoBanNoWall Citizenship Interviews  (Presidents's Week 2017)

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Marriage Fraud



WMBB News 13: Marriage Fraud

A recent marriage fraud case in Florida and Alabama

Review the marriage section of the N-400

Friday, March 15, 2019

US Senate Rejects Trump’s Emergency Order, Veto Expected


The wall at the border of Tijuana, Mexico and San Diego; the crosses represent migrants who have died in crossing attempts.  © Tomas Castelazo, www.tomascastelazo.com / Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0, Link

VOANews: US Senate Rejects Trump’s Emergency Order, Veto Expected

Twelve Republican senators on Thursday joined Democrats to vote against American President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency. (read more)



Thursday, March 14, 2019

U.S. Citizenship Class 18, Spring 2019, Milpitas Adult School

No, not Learning Chocolate, we will be taking CASAS.org Assessments

Tonight, Citizenship students will take a CASAS test 


Today we give 2 (or possibly 3) CASAS tests to our current Citizenship Students


  • The Citizenship Interview Test (CIT) is a one-on-one oral assessment that simulates the citizenship applicant's English-language interview with a USCIS examiner (This test will be given to students who have been in class for several months).
  • The Government and History for Citizenship tests reveal how much students know about American government and history. (All citizenship students will take this test)

Life and Work Reading Sample Test  (Some citizenship students will take this test)

Use these sample test items to:
  • familiarize students with CASAS items
  • help reduce student test-taking anxiety
These items are samples to familiarize students with CASAS test formats. Since they are not actual tests, they are not predictors of student performance, and are not valid for level placement, assessment, or for reporting standardized scores.
Printable Version
PowerPoint Version



Wednesday, March 13, 2019

The Historic Women’s Suffrage March on Washington



TED-ed: The Historic Women’s Suffrage March on Washington

Explore how the Women’s Suffrage Parade on Washington in 1913 helped women secure the right to vote in the United States through the 19th amendment.

Also see:
  • American Women who Fought for the Right to Vote mp3 / pdf 
  • Women in the Executive Branch LISTEN / READ
  • Women in the Legislative Branch Quiz LISTEN / READ (fixed)
  • Women in the Judicial Branch LISTEN / READ
  • More Citizenship Resources for Women's History Month post
  • The Political Year of the Woman Proves True post

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

U.S. Citizenship Class 17, Spring 2019, Milpitas Adult School



N-400 
  • Mix-and-Match Series C interview (20 questions) for Intermediate Low ESL 3 students.
    • 1 and 2 plus USCIS Quiz: Name 2 or more
  • Future U.S. Citizens  
    • Unit 3 Lesson 2: Yes/No Questions in Present Perfect pg 136-137
Civics (6:30-7:30 choral reading(7:30-7:45 break)
Integration (7:45-8:45)
  • 7:45-8:15 Distribute handouts and read aloud with the students.  Have students take turns reading a page.  Give them time to complete the questions on each page (approx 5 min per page), then continue to the next page.
    • ESL Library: Statue of Liberty (pdf)
  • Quiz.  Review the quiz orally with the class
    • Citizenship Interview Quiz with Antonio Vazquez Gonzalez pdf

    Monday, March 11, 2019

    Vandana Yadav’s Third Practice Citizenship Interview




    uscitzenpod: Vandana Yadav’s Third Practice Citizenship Interview

    Download the pdf of the script and follow along. The closed captions have been updated!

    A “Typical” Citizenship Interview Based on the USCIS N-400r (4 pages)



    Watch Vandana's previous interviews.

    Vandana Yadav’s Second Practice Citizenship Interview



    Vandana Yadav’s First Practice Citizenship Interview

    Thursday, March 7, 2019

    U.S. Citizenship Class 16, Spring 2019, Milpitas Adult School




    N-400
    • 5:45 Show the slide show above.  Ask students read the appropriate question from the "Regular" citizenship interview below.  
    • 6:00 Hand out "Regular interview (see below).  Pick one student and interview them in from of the class.  You can change students at each section
    • 6:15  Pair up students.  A “Regular” Citizenship Interview Based on the USCIS N-400r (6 pgs, 75 questions) (updated 10/01/2016)
    • Note: while students are interviewing each other, circulate through the classroom and correct their pronunciation.  Also take this time to quickly review the LESSON PLANS below.
    Civics:

    • 7:00-7:30 Distribute handouts and read aloud with the students.  Have students take turns reading a page.   Help the student s with pronunciation and defining words.  Give them time to complete the questions on each page (approx 5 min per page), then continue to the next page.


    Benjamin Franklin
    The Establishing Independence lesson plan and handouts for low intermediate and intermediate learners covering civics test items 8, 9, 61, 62, 63, 64, 69, 70, and 99.
    Intermediate Level U.S. Constitution Lesson
    The U.S. Constitution lesson plan and handouts for low intermediate and intermediate learners covering civics test items 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 12, 14, 41, 42, 65, 66, 67, and 68.
    Extra: (if you have time)

    7:45-8:15 Distribute handouts and read aloud with the students.  Have students take turns reading a page.  Give them time to complete the questions on each page (approx 5 min per page), then continue to the next page.
    • ESL Library: Statue of Liberty (pdf)

    Integration:

    8:15-8:40  Pass out quiz.  Give students 10 min to complete.  Review the quiz orally with the class
    • Citizenship Interview Quiz with Antonio Vazquez Gonzalez pdf

    Class ends:

    Ask students if they want a one-on-one interview with you.  Use the "Regular" script

    Wednesday, March 6, 2019

    Democrats Set the Stage for Immigration Fight

    Tuesday, March 5, 2019

    U.S. Citizenship Class 15, Spring 2019, Milpitas Adult School

    Pair Practice with Mix-and-Match Citizenship Interviews

    N-400 (5:45-6:30 pair practice) (Handout Set 1)
    • Mix-and-Match Series B interview (15 questions) for Beginning High ESL 2 students.
    • Coin Quiz
    • Future U.S. Citizens  
      • Unit 1 Lesson 2: Tag Questions pg 134-135
    Civics (6:30-7:30 choral reading) (7:30-7:45 break)
    • Future U.S. Citizens (Handout Set 2)
      • Unit 1 Lesson 5:  George Washington and Benjamin Franklin 19-22
    • si.edu: Independence
    Integration (7:45-8:45)

    Tech Up Your Citizenship Class at TDLS19


    Tech Up Your Citizenship Class at TDLS19


    Sunday, March 3, 2019

    Teaching with YouTube: Build Playlists to Deliver Curated Content at TDLS19



    Teaching with YouTube: Build Playlists to Deliver Curated Content at TDLS19
    For more info, see:

    Google YouTube Help
    You Tube Creators Academy (free online courses)

    You Tube Creators Academy: Building an educational channel on YouTube (free online course)

    YouTube Creators Channel (videos only)

    YouTube Creators Channel: Building an educational channel on YouTube playlist 

    Saturday, March 2, 2019

    243 TO GO at TDLS19



    243 TO GO! USING MOBILE APPS TO SUPPORT THE TRANSITION FROM CASAS COAPPS 231 TO 243 INSTRUCTION

    Friday, March 1, 2019

    Citizenship Resources for Women's History Month




    Happy Women's History Month! 

    During the month of March, US Citizenship Podcast will explore the connection between the USCIS N-400, the 100 Civics questions, and the history of American Women. Check back for updates!

    Women's History Month Resources from uscitizenpod
    • 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence audiogram
    • 2018 Lunar New Year Citizenship Interview mp3 / video
    • American Women who Fought for the Right to Vote mp3 / pdf 
    • Basic Citizenship Interview 2016 with Lan Thi Dang mp3
    • Bill of Rights and the N-400 Part 12 plus Civics Questions mp3 and pdf
    • Casual Citizenship Interview with Mrs Chen (Kaohsiung, Taiwan) mp3
    • Casual Citizenship Interview with Vanita mp3 / video
    • Citizenship Interview with Carol Lin (Taipei, Taiwan) (Presidents' Day 2017) mp3
    • Citizenship Interview with Senior Citizen Gabriela DeLeon (Philippines) mp3
    • Citizenship Question in Honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month audiogram
    • DACA, DAPA, and Citizenship: an Interview with Kayla Ladd (rescue.org) mp3
    • Deborah Parker (Tulalip) and the Violence Against Women Act (2013) audiogram
    • Eight for March 8th: a Quick Citizenship Quiz for International Women's Day LISTEN / READ
    • NEW: Eight Outstanding Americans by Choice for International Women’s Day! (2018) 
    • pdf  
    • mp3  
    • video 
    • Election Eve 2016 Interview with #newUScitizen and #newUSvoter Thu Thi Nguyen mp3
    • Everyday Citizenship Interview with Munni Thakkar (Mubai, India) mp3
    • Happy International Women's Day (Beginning ESL) pdf
    • Independence Day Citizenship Interview with Lien Ho  mp3 / video
    • Linda Chen's Second Citizenship Interview mp3 / video
    • Lisha Gong's Citizenship Interview LISTEN 
    • Mei-Lin Chen's Quick Interview Based on the N-400r for Lunar New Year mp3 and pdf
    • Mix and Match U.S. Citizenship Interview Level B Practice 3 video
    • Mix and Match U.S. Citizenship Interview Level C Practice 2 Plus Geography Quiz video
    • Mix and Match U S Citizenship Interview Level D Practice 5 video
    • Quick Citizenship Interview with Bhavna (India) mp3 / video
    • Quick Interview Based on the N-400r plus 10qs about Voting and Elections (Yésica Sánchez, Oaxaca, Mexico) mp3 and pdf
    • Regular Citizenship Interview (plus N-400 Part 12 Vocabulary Questions) mp3 / video
    • Su Lan Li's Citizenship Interview LISTEN
    • Thanksgiving Citizenship Interview 2017 mp3 / video
    • USCIS N-400r Part 12 Questions and Explanations with Maria (Mexico) mp3
    • USCIS N-400r Part 12 Overview Quiz Number 2 Podcast with Bhavna (India) mp3
    • US Citizenship Bootcamp Episode 1 of 5: Introduction mp3 / video
    • US Citizenship Bootcamp Episode 2 of 5: Vocabulary mp3 / video
    • US Citizenship Bootcamp Episode 3 of 5: She Built Ships in World War II mp3 / video
    • US Citizenship Bootcamp Episode 4 of 5: Mini-Dialogues about Work mp3 / video
    • US Citizenship Bootcamp 5 of 5: The Interview mp3 / video
    • What is a U Visa? mp3 / video
    • Women in the Executive Branch LISTEN / READ
    • Women in the Legislative Branch Quiz LISTEN / READ (fixed)
    • Women in the Judicial Branch LISTEN / READ
    • Women's History Month Podcast Series

    Other Resources:
    Family Fun!