US Citizenship Podcast • N-400 Practice Interviews • Three Levels: Basic, Intermediate, Advanced • By N-400 section • USCIS 96 Questions (coming soon!) • English/English Set/Single (for shuffle) • English/Mandarin English/Cantonese • English Vietnamese English/Spanish • Blog: uscitizenpod.blogspot.com • RSS blog uscitizenship.blogspot.com/rss • Host: uscitizenpod.libsyn.com • RSSaudio uscitizenpod.libsyn.com/rss
Task 1 • Record Mock USCIS Interview • Good stuff: • Many volunteers • Audacity is easy to use. • Google audacity & download. It’s free. • Problem: • Good/bad microphones • Recording level set too low • Must rewrite the script • Creating pdf of scripts
Task 2 • Put the Audio & pdf files on the Internet • Create gmail account at mail.google.com • Create Blog at blogger.com • Create host site at libsyn.com • Create rss feed at Feedburner.com • Notify Itunes about the new podcast. • Problems • Which blog: blogger.com or libsyn.com? • Creating links between blogger & libsyn
PM-Citizenship Class Hours Monday and Wednesday 6:15-9:30pm 6:00-6:30 Watch Citizenship Videos Success at your INS Interview or Citizenship Today (100 ?s) 6:30-6:45 Vocabulary Review: Alphabet, Numbers, Dates, Addresses, New Citizenship Vocabulary words, etc. 6:45-7:30 Read and Discuss Citizenship Textbook: Citizenship: Ready for the Interview by Lynn Weintraub Citizenship Now by Aliza Becker 7:30-7:45 Break 7:45-8:15 Discussion about the Citizenship Textbook reading 8:15-8:30 Dictation and Quiz 8:30-9:00 Practice INS Interviews 9:00-9:15 Final Questions
AM-Citizenship Class Hours Monday-Friday 8:00-8:30 7:45-8:00 Watch Citizenship Videos Success at your INS Interview or Citizenship Today 8:00-8:10 Review 2-5 96 Questions (US History & Politics) • What are the colors of our flag? • What do the stars on the flag mean? 8:00-8:20 Read and Discuss Citizenship Textbook: Citizenship: Ready for the Interview by Lynn Weintraub Citizenship Now by Aliza Becker 8:20-8:25 Practice N-400 Questions 8:25-8:30 Dictation or Oral Quiz
Class Requirements • Attend class • Participate in class activities. • Take an ESL Placement Test • ESL Placement test are given every 3 weeks. (Plan ahead!) • Call 408-945-2392 for test dates. • Take two CASAS ESL tests. • Current ESL students must take their CASAS test in their class. • Citizenship-only students will take their CASAS tests in the Citizenship class. • Take two U.S. History & Government CASAS Tests. • Pass one oral Interview (based on the N-400).
Citizenship & ESL Classes • The INS interview will test your ability to understand, speak, read, and write English. • Some students need extra help with English. • Ask the teacher about English classes • AM ESL Classes M-F 8:45am-12 noon • PM ESL Classes M/W or T/Th 6:15-9:30 • Extra hours for ESL Computer hours and borrowing CBET videotapes & books.
Citizenship Resources Books • Citizenship Now by Aliza Becker 0-07-282607-X • Citizenship: Ready for the Interview by Lynne Weintraub 1-56420-226-7 • Citizenship: Passing the Test by Lynne Weintraub 1-56420-281-X • Entry into Citizenship by Aliza Becker 08092-0642-0 • Voices of Freedom by Bill Bliss 0-13-045266-1 Videos • Citizenship: Success at your INS Interview (with Ann McDowell) http://www.citizenadproject.org/ • Citizenship Today (with Kelly Raphael) http://www.videolanguage.com/citizen.raphael.html) • American History for Children Video Series (Schlessinger Media) • United States History Video Series (Schlessinger Media)
Handouts • Students will receive many, many handouts. Please keep these handouts in a binder and bring the binder to every class. • Handouts include: • N-400 • USCIS 96 Questions (different languages) • History and political articles • Puzzles • Quizzes and dictations • Save paper--take only one copy of a handout. • Sometimes we run out of handouts or the copy machine is broken. Please be patient—the teacher will make more for the next class as needed.
96 Questions Flash Cards http://www.immigration.com/frame/civicflashcardsfr.html English Self Test http://uscis.gov/graphics/exec/natz/natztest.asp English http://uscis.gov/graphics/services/natz/100q.pdfHmong English (with some audio files) http://www.otan.us/webfarm/ESUHSDCitizenship/Citizen/prac.html Hmong http://uscis.gov/graphics/services/natz/CitiizenshipHmong.pdf Spanish (last 10 pages of the guide) http://uscis.gov/graphics/services/natz/Spanish.pdf Tagalog (last 10 pages of the guide) http://uscis.gov/graphics/services/natz/Tagalog.pdf Chinese (last 10 pages of the guide) http://uscis.gov/graphics/services/natz/Chinese.pdf Vietnamese (last 10 pages of the guide) http://uscis.gov/graphics/services/natz/Vietnamese.pdf
HOW TO STUDY FOR YOUR U.S. CITIZENSHIP TEST When you are not in class!
A Anthem • Sing our anthem, The Star Spangled Banner. The more you sing, the better you will become. • See americanhistory.si.edu/ssb/6_thestory/6b_osay/fs6b.html
B Biography • Read biographies of US Presidents and Politicians. • Watch A & E’s Biography on television or check out the videos from the library. • See Biography.com.
C Children • Read books about US History and Politics with your children. For booklists, see Abookintime.com/america1700s.html (separate links for each period).
D Dollars • Think of all the INS 100 questions that you can ask and answer using the dollar bills (and coins) in your wallet. • See Moneyfactory.com/section.cfm/4
E ESL • Improve your English—checkout ESL books, tapes, and videos from the library. • Go to ESL classes at MUSD.org or KQED.org/w/alrg/county/santaclara.html
F Flag • Display the US Flag. • See pueblo.gsa.gov/cic_text/misc/ourflag/titlepage.htm
G Golden State • Gum Shan.49ers. Learn why California is called the “Golden State.” • See CA.gov and go to “History and Culture of California” link.
H History Channel • Watch the History Channel with your family. • See Historychannel.com.
I Internet • Firstgov.gov is the U.S. government’s official info website. • For Interview practice, seeAenet.esuhsd.org/Citizenship_lessons/cit_menu.html
J Jobs • Search for federal jobs and build your portfolio before you become a US citizen. • Update with your new Citizenship status and apply for your dream job as soon as you come home from your Oath ceremony. • See USAjobs.gov.
K Ken Burns • Ken Burns has created the finest documentaries about America. • Watch them on television Ch 9 KQED or check them out of the library. • See Pbs.org/kenburns.
L Lewis and Clark Bicentennial (2004-2006) • When Jefferson bought the Louisiana Purchase, he doubled the size the US. • Learn about the expedition at Lewisandclark200.org. • Collect the 2004 L & C silver dollar, the Sacagawea golden dollar, and the Westward Journey Nickels.
M Missions • Visit the California Missions. • See Missionscalifornia.com or CA-missions.org.
N Newspaper • Read the headlines of the front page and local section of an English-language newspaper everyday. • Note new words or idioms. • See Mercurynews.com.
O Oakland Museum of California • Visit the museum devoted to CA art, history, & natural sciences. • See Museumca.org.
Podcast • Listen to US Citizenship Podcast Uscitizenpod.blogspot.com • N-400 Practice Interviews • Three Levels: Basic, Intermediate, Advanced • By N-400 section • USCIS 96 Questions • English/English • English/Mandarin • English/Cantonese • English Vietnamese • English/Spanish
Q Quarters • Collect the new State Quarters. • Learn more about the state symbols at Usmint.gov/mint_programs/index.cfm?action=50_state_quarters_program • For fun with kids, see Hip Pocket Change Usmint.gov/kids/flashIndex.cfm
R Recycle • Recycle—it is good for everyone! • See Gomilpitas.com/recycle.htm
S The Smithsonian • Visit the Smithsonian Museums and traveling exhibits. • Read its books & monthly magazine. • Listen to its CD collections of traditional American music. • See Si.edu & Smithsonianeducation.org
T Taxes • Pay your taxes! • Learn about taxes at IRS.gov or Taxes.ca.gov/yourtaxes.html
U USCIS • Formerly known as the INS, the US Immigration and Naturalization Services can be contacted at 1-800-375-5283. • Forms can be downloaded from USCIS.gov.
V Volunteer • Be a good citizen—volunteer! • See Gomilpitas.com/volunteer.htm
W The White Pages • The White Pages (or Blue Pages) of the phone book contains the names and contact info of local government offices and officials.
eXercise and sports • Exercise every day. • Locate sports teams’ cities on a US map. • Learn the history of the teams’ names (ex: SF 49ers or NY Yankees). • Start at SI.com & follow the links to the team sites.
Y “Yes!” • Say “Yes!” to every opportunity to learn about American culture. • Go to festivals, make new friends, sing, dance, eat, work, play, participate in your children’s education and activities. • Each “Yes!” will bring you closer to your goal of US Citizenship.
Z National Geographic’s Zip USA • Every month, National Geographic magazine’s “Zip USA” features the local customs of a unique, yet normal US town. • For the online version, see magma.Nationalgeographic.com/ngm/archives.html