This is a VOCABULARY WORD handout, created by a colleague of mine (the other instructor of the six week U.S. Citizenship class). The N-400 is a very complex application form (twenty pages in length) available to download from the USCIS.gov (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) website. I teach as a volunteer for a local non-profit (the Latina Women's League).
The naturalization process to become a U.S. Citizen is VERY EXPENSIVE ($725 as of 2018) so it is in our best interest to have the students confidently well-prepared to succeed. At the Citizenship interview with a USCIS agent, the agent will review in detail ALL parts of the applicant's N-400. So it is essential the applicant understand what he or she is completing, being asked, and to keep a copy after the original is either mailed in, or sent in online.
I'm sad to report a current student of mine, previously in a different class, failed; because when she was asked if she was a terrorist, she answered yes, believing she had been asked had she originally be a tourist.
For native speakers some of this vocabulary seems second nature, but in a foreign language the sometimes stilted application language (not common in spoken English) is confusing.
The materials (book) and at the U.S. Citizenship web site are available in multiple 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.
Parents who naturalize, and have children under the age of 18 (the child can become a citizenship--without 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 current 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 this simple vocabulary list 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.