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Overview

Are you looking for guidance on how to help your students prepare for the citizenship test? This two-hour workshop will introduce you to the citizenship test by providing sample questions and responses; demonstrating the interview process; and providing strategies and resources to help your students prepare for the test. 

Please note: You will access Zoom and other support materials via Blackboard. You cannot access the online course from the SABES website. You will receive a separate email from Joanne Harrington at Quinsigamond Community College one to two days before the course begins with instructions on how to access the Blackboard course and the Zoom session. 

    Audience

    This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • ESOL and adult education teachers and staff
Description

Once your students have gone through the application process to become a U.S. citizen, they need to prepare for the written test and interview. This can be daunting for both teachers and students, particularly "at risk" students who are not likely to pass the test without significant instructional support (e.g., elderly, pre/semi-literate students, and those with very low English proficiency or test anxiety). This two-hour session is designed to assist ESOL teachers in preparing students for the citizenship test and interview. You will leave the session with an understanding of the test content, process, and scoring; typical interview questions and expected answers; and resources and strategies for preparing, with particular attention to "at risk" students.

See Part 1, Preparing English Learners for the U.S. Citizenship Test: Qualifications and the Application Process, for a discussion on the application process and qualifications necessary for citizenship. A separate registration is required. You do not need to attend both sessions.

    Learning Objectives

    Upon completion of this professional development activity/course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the citizenship test, supply typical questions, and explain how it is scored
  • Conduct an authentic practice interview and explain why particular questions are asked
  • Identify strategies for teaching citizenship test preparation, with a particular focus on "at risk" students
  • Provide accurate responses to potential questions/concerns that students might have about the citizenship test
Presenter(s) / Facilitator(s)
Date
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Location

United States

PD Center
SABES English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Curriculum & Instruction PD Center
Topic Area
Civics and Citizenship
ESOL/English Learners