Citizenship Class Lesson 1 (of 6) to Pass the U.S. Citizenship Civics Test

Citizenship Class Lesson 1 (of 6) to Pass the U.S. Citizenship Civics Test
Citizenship Class Lesson 1 (of 6) to Pass the U.S. Citizenship Civics Test
Citizenship Class Lesson 1 (of 6) to Pass the U.S. Citizenship Civics Test
Citizenship Class Lesson 1 (of 6) to Pass the U.S. Citizenship Civics Test
Citizenship Class Lesson 1 (of 6) to Pass the U.S. Citizenship Civics Test
Citizenship Class Lesson 1 (of 6) to Pass the U.S. Citizenship Civics Test
Citizenship Class Lesson 1 (of 6) to Pass the U.S. Citizenship Civics Test
Citizenship Class Lesson 1 (of 6) to Pass the U.S. Citizenship Civics Test
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This is the first of six (once weekly) U. S. Citizenship classes for adult learners I teach as a volunteer for a local non-profit (the Latina Women's League). Each lesson includes power point slides with two to three active links to short high quality publicly licensed videos (some from the U.S. Citizenship Immigration Service, others from news services, and available through youtube). Adult learners benefit from visual learning to supplement their traditional classroom experiences.

I pair this instruction with a short book "Study Guide for the U.S. Citizenship Test in English" by Mike Swedenberg (current version is updated January 2018). I have no economic interest in the book, but find it an excellent tool for my students, it perfectly matches the citizenship exam question numbering, is at a low cost (online I got my 15 copies spring 2018, from Amazon for $7 to $8 dollars each). This 'course' also includes a vocabulary sheet for the lengthy (twenty page) N-400 application. The process is VERY EXPENSIVE ($725 as of 2018) so it is in our best interest to have the students confidently well-prepared to succeed. We stress that the 'English comprehension' part of the test, begins when the USCIS (citizenship) interviewer first welcomes, then instructs the applicant. Sadly I have had a student who had previously 'failed' because she wanted to be agreeable. She thought when she was asked if she was a 'terrorist' that the interviewer asked her if she had been 'a tourist'. So it is essential applicants understand English instructions/questions in the interview process.

This past years' classes have had a 30-40% success rate of first time exam takers, passing the exam after only one cycle through the course. Others have retaken parts or all of the course before attempting and successfully passing the exam.


The materials (book) and at the U.S. Citizenship web site are available in multiple (six) languages. Some things I have learned through experience, that may help your students, include: Make sure your student learners are fluent enough in English (the test is given, including writing, and understanding in English to most applicants) to understand, read, write, and respond to interview questions with their Citizenship agent.

IF an adult student has been a permanent resident for more than 15 years, is over 55 years of age, or is over 50 but a permanent resident for 20+ years, they may test in their native (non-English) language. Applicants who are over 65, AND meet the 20 year qualification, can be excused from the writing and reading (in English) parts of the Citizenship Exam. Also they only need to know twenty (not the 100) questions, which in the book are clearly marked (with asterisks). Applicants are asked a random up to ten questions (of which they must correctly answer six to pass).

Parents who naturalize, and have children under the age of 18 (the child can become an U.S. citizen--without undergoing the testing process).

I am a retired (now part-time) adjunct Professor of political science at our local two year college (rated number one in the nation by PEW Corporation for 2014-2016) with more than twenty years of teaching experience. I have been repeatedly recognized for excellence in teaching at both the two year and university level during my career.

My citizenship students currently range in age from 21 to 81, and represent many Latin and Southern American countries (Columbia, Venezuela, etc.), European countries, African-countries, Great Britain, and Asian nations.

I hope these materials may be of help to you with your students. Any profits from these materials will be used to help support the continuing costs of books, supplies, etc in support of our Citizenship class program. Thank you in advance for you feedback, and constructive suggestions.

Elizabeth (Passion4Learning)
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