Wednesday, November 29, 2023
A Citizenship Quiz in Honor of the Double Birthday of San Jose, CA mp3 | pdf
Happy Birthday San Jose! Today we are going to celebrate the Double Birthday of San Jose, California.
Today we are going to listen to eight questions from the USCIS 100 questions plus 2 extra credit questions. There is so much to say about San Jose, that I could have asked many more questions, but ten questions in total is just enough. Remember you only have to get 6 out of 10 questions correct to pass the citizenship exam along with the questions from you N-400 plus reading and writing one sentence.
Today when I ask the questions, there will be no answers--you will have to answer the questions yourself. Check your copy of the USCIS questions to make sure that you are correct. Let's get get started!
Tuesday, November 28, 2023
Monday, November 27, 2023
Sunday, November 26, 2023
KFOR Oklahoma's News 4: Dozens become U.S. citizens at naturalization ceremony in Oklahoma CityDozens of people from across the world became U.S. citizens Tuesday morning during a naturalization ceremony at the Oklahoma History Center.
Saturday, November 25, 2023
VOANews: Remembering John F. Kennedy – the 56th Anniversary of the Assassination
👉 President John Kennedy, 46 years old when he died, was the youngest man ever elected president. He served only 1,000 days in office, yet he remains one of the most popular presidents in American history.
Kennedy was elected president in 1960, and faced difficult foreign policy decisions during his less than three years in office. The United States and the Soviet Union were in the midst of a Cold War, and he was elected on a goal of fighting Communism.
He suffered early in his term with a failed invasion of Cuba. But his public image recovered during a visit to Germany. In Berlin, Kennedy became famous for a speech denouncing Soviet Communism.
Later, he ordered a naval blockade of Cuba in an effort to stop the shipment of Soviet missiles to the island. He successfully persuaded the Soviet Union to remove the missiles already there and disarm the weapon sites.
Kennedy’s creation of the Peace Corps and his support of the space program were major victories at home during his presidency. He also helped move forward civil rights efforts.
During the 1960 campaign, it was a close battle between Kennedy, a Democratic senator from Massachusetts, and Vice President Richard Nixon, the Republican nominee.
uscitizenpod: 10 USCIS Questions in honor of President John F. Kennedy mp3 pdf
Friday, November 24, 2023
"We Are Muwekma Ohlone" is the title of the mural.They were once recognized but it got taken away back in the late 1920s.Charlene Nijmeh, the current chairperson,
she represents the present,
and she's doing what she can to help get the tribe
federally reinstated as a sovereign nation as a Muwekma Ohlone,
an American Indian tribe recognized by the United States.Ask the question.Find out why you didn't know anything about the Ohlone people before.Just learn.I'm glad I painted this just to be like a talking point,
like a starting point to to talk about that.--Alfonso Salazar
US Citizenship Podcast gratefully acknowledges Muwekma Ohlone people on whose ancestral land we reside, as well as the diverse Native communities who make their home here today.
The Muwekma Ohlone Tribe of the San Francisco Bay Region are seeking seeking federal recognition of their tribal status, which would give them the same benefits as other Native American tribes for housing, medical care, higher education and the ability to establish a land trust. Sign a letter of support at http://www.muwekma.org/sign-letter-pledge.html.
Check out Native Land (native-land.ca) to discover the Indigenous people, languages, and treaties associated with your local area.
- USCIS 100:59. Who lived in America before the Europeans arrived?
- USCIS 100:87. Name one American Indian tribe in the United States.
- Native Land
- National Native American Heritage Month
- NMAI: Honoring Original Indigenous Inhabitants: Land Acknowledgment
- Preparing the Oath: 100:59, 100:87
- SJSU: The Muwekma Ohlone Are Still Here
- uscitizenpod: U.S. Citizenship Resources for Native American Heritage Month
- VOA News: Native America
- Muwekma Ohlone | Facebook
- ABC7: Ohlone women fighting to get back their land, cultural heritage in Bay Area
- Brian Fanger: We Are Still Here: Ohlone Mural San Jose
- Brian Fanger: Chictactac-Adams Ohlone site in Gilroy, CA
- Brian Fanger: Exploring the Ohlone Territory of the South Bay
- India Country Today: Preserving Ohlone cosmology and teachings
- KQED: How This Native American Elder Reclaimed Sacred Land in the Bay Area
- Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority: Muwekma Ohlone Tribe of the SF Bay Area | The Past, Present, and Future Stewards of Coyote Valley
- Sacred Land Film Project: Unearthing Ancestors at the West Berkeley Shellmound
- SJ Walls: We Are Still Here
Thursday, November 23, 2023
- A US Citizenship Quiz about the History of Thanksgiving (2018) video / mp3 / pdf
- Thanksgiving N-400 Interview (2016) pdf and mp3
- A Citizenship Quiz for Thanksgiving (2015) pdf and mp3
- A Quick Interview Based on the N-400r plus 10 qs in honor of Thanksgiving 2015 pdf and mp3
- U.S. Citizenship Resources for Native American Heritage Month page
- U.S. Citizenship Resources for Thanksgiving page (many!)
Wednesday, November 22, 2023
Tuesday, November 21, 2023
One thing Americans can be thankful for this year is the price of Thanksgiving turkeys. Turkey prices are down 5.6 percent since last year, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation. But two special turkeys will be spared from the dinner table this week as part of a beloved White House tradition. Laura Barrón-López reports.
Monday, November 20, 2023
Sunday, November 19, 2023
Saturday, November 18, 2023
Wednesday, November 15, 2023
Monday, November 13, 2023
Words in This Story
emigration –n. to leave a country to live somewhere else
character –n. (language) a symbol that is used in writing or printing to express meaning in a language that does not use an alphabet
meme – n. a picture, video, usage, or term that spreads through the internet
despair –n. a feeling of having no hope
white-collar –adj. related to or describing office jobs that are usually done at a desk
Sunday, November 12, 2023
Saturday, November 11, 2023
- U.S. Citizenship Resources for Veterans Day page (more resources)
- A 21-Question “Salute” for Veterans Day Quiz based on the USCIS 100qs pdf | audiogram
- Interview Based on the USCIS N-400r for Current and Former Armed Forces Members pdf
- N-400 Practice Interview: Part 12 Detailed Review:
- Part 18 Oath of Allegiance pdf
- The Selective Service / el Servicio Selectivo in English and Español audiogram
USCIS Office of Citizenship
- 2023-09-12 USCIS Webinar: Immigration Overview for Veterans Service Organizations
- 2023-10-19 USCIS Institute of Museum and Library Services Webinar - Immigration and Naturalization for Military Members and Their Families
- A More Perfect Union: The USCIS Civics Test Guide to the Monuments and Memorials on the National Mall
- Lesson Plans Beginning | Intermediate
- N-400 Topic Exercise: Armed Forces
- N-400 Topic Exercise: Oath of Allegiance
- Immigration information and links to resources specifically for members of the military and their families. Naturalization through Military Service | Military Naturalization Stats | USCIS Military Help Line: 877-247-4645
Friday, November 10, 2023
Sunday, November 5, 2023
The Friendly Confines hosted its third and largest naturalization ceremony yet. Nearly 1,000 people from 94 countries were sworn in as U.S. citizens.
Saturday, November 4, 2023
This is a follow-up to some of the questions asked at CCAE Central ESL, ABE, and Civics Breakout Group. f I missed anything or if you have further questions, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you, Visalia, for your warm hospitality!
NOTE the Oct 17-18 2023 NIICE: National Immigrant Integration & Citizenship Education Conference and the Nov 1 Naturalization Test Overview focused on naturalizing LPRs.
- The NIICE conf focused on providing tools and data to assist CBOs to prepare applicants for their interview (see below). I will post further info from the NIICE conf on LINCS.ed.gov Civics Education and Citizenship group.
- The Nov 1 webinar focused on eligibility and clearly delineated the components of the Naturalization interview that CBOs need. At the end of the Nov 1 webinar, there was a comment from a USCIS officer that the Naturalization Test Redesign Pilot has been put on hold.
USCIS Naturalization Statistics
- Naturalization Statistics
- Find data on the population of recently naturalized.
- Naturalization Test Performance
- Find data on applicants' performance on the Naturalization Test.
- Eligible to Naturalize Data
- Find data on those eligible to naturalize.
- Eligible to Naturalize Dashboard
- The Eligible to Naturalize Dashboard displays data on the population of lawful permanent residents (LPRs) who may be eligible to naturalize.
- USCIS is committed to providing more information on the eligible to naturalize population. This fact sheet provides information on select characteristics of people with Lawful Permanent Residence (LPR) status, also known as Green Card holders in the following California area:
- TESOL Policy Recommendations for the 118th Congress
- Google slides--make a copy and modify it for your Congress person or school board meeting. Most of the text was taken directly from the TESOL Advocacy Center. USCIS LPR stats are used on slide 19 and 20. Note: recently, Senator Padilla has committed to introduce and co-sponsor the SPELL Act.
- Nov 11: TESOL: Enhancing State-Level Advocacy: U.S. State Legislative Issues Impacting ELT
- From Florida to California, U.S. states are active in legislation and policy affecting you, ELT educators, and the multilingual learners of English. Join TESOL on 11 November from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. ET, as we provide an overview of issues across the states, explore the implications, and discuss how you can make an impact in your own advocacy efforts. Register
- Join the LINCS.ed.gov Civics Education and Citizenship group and more adult education forums. Recent posts include:
- REPORT BACK from the 11/01 Naturalization Test Webinar
- Civics Resources for Veterans Day
- Civics Resources for Indigenous Peoples Day and Native American Heritage Month (and discussion questions)
- "Superman and Me" by Sherman Alexei (example of Reservation Indian literature. Discussion question: "Write you own literacy narrative.")
- CASAS Writing Assessment
- CASAS EL Civics
- California Civic Participation and IELCE (login to access)
- COAPPS list
- California EL Civics Civic Objectives: 231 and †243: Funding Immigrant Integration Goal Areas
- California EL Civics Support YouTube Channel
- California Citizenship Preparation Support YouTube Channel
- California Adult Education Professional Development Upcoming Events
- Training from OTAN, CASAS, CALPRO, CAEP and more!
- CCAE State
- CCAE Southern Section Conference 2023, Nov 17-18, Palms Springs
- CATESOL (check schedule for upcoming events and recordings)
- COABE 2024 Conference, March 17-20, Nashville
- CUE Spring, March 21-24, Palms Springs
- Note: Neda of OTAN is now CUE President!
- OTAN TDLS March 1-2 Submit Proposal by Dec 4, 2023
- Note: Melinda Holt is retiring--take every opportunity possible to "vibe" in her presence!
- TESOL 2024 Conference, March 21-24, Tampa & Online
Friday, November 3, 2023
Thursday, November 2, 2023
Citizenship Quiz for All Saints and Day of the Dead 2022, (2023 coming soon!)
- Dec 5, 2021 Bob Dole, U.S. senator from Kansas
- Dec 26, 2021 Sarah Weddington, Roe v. Wade lawyer
- Dec 28, 2021 Harry Reid, U.S. senator from Nevada
- Jan 11, 2022 Clyde Bellecourt, American Indian Movement cofounder
- Jan 21, 2022 Edwilda Gustava Allen Isaac, American civil rights pioneer
- Jan 25, 2022 Esteban Edward Torres, U.S. House of Representatives (CA-34)
- Feb 11, 2022 Tall Oak Weeden, historian of Mashantucket Pequot and Wampanoag descent
- Mar 18, 2022 Don Young, U.S. representative for Alaska
- Mar 23, 2022 Madeleine Albright, U.S. diplomat
- Jul 3, 2022 Charles Wesley Turnbull, governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands
Citizenship Quiz for All Saints and Day of the Dead 2018 listen / read / watch
Citizenship Quiz for All Saints and Day of the Dead 2017 listen / read / watch
Citizenship Quiz for All Saints and Day of the Dead 2016 listen / read
A Citizenship Quiz for All Saints Day Podcast 2015 listen / read
Citizenship Quiz for Day of the Dead Podcast 2015 listen / read
Dead Honored in Various Ways watch
Citizenship Resources for Halloween post
Wednesday, November 1, 2023
Tuesday, October 31, 2023
- American English at State: Halloween read
- Mind Boggler: 5 Ghosts of Presidents Haunting White House: Lincoln's Ghost and 4 more! watch
- Share America: Everyday conversations: What’s your Halloween costume? read
- uscitizenpod: Trick or Treat! A Halloween Citizenship Interview 2019 watch
Sunday, October 29, 2023
Saturday, October 28, 2023
Friday, October 27, 2023
Thursday, October 26, 2023
Wednesday, October 25, 2023
Tuesday, October 24, 2023
uscitizenpod: Two Citizenship Questions for United Nations Day
Monday, October 23, 2023
Saturday, October 21, 2023
The National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. reopened to the public on October 21 after a two-year and $70 million renovation. Karina Bafradzhian has the story. Camera: David Gogokhia
Friday, October 20, 2023
2023-10-20 NPR Marketplace Morning Edition: Inside the world of immigration scams
- FTC Consumer: Scams Against Immigrants (resources in multiple languages)
- FTC Consumer: How Myriam and Pedro Learn about Notario Scams English | Spanish
- FTC videos on YouTube
- DOJ EOIR: Fraud and Abuse Prevention Program
- IRS Identity Theft/Scams videos on YouTube English | multilingual | ASL
- Travel.State.gov: Fraud Warning: Diversity Visa: Program Scammers Sending Fraudulent Emails and Letters
- USCIS: Scams, Fraud, and Misconduct
- uscitizenpod: Immigration Scams playlist