Feb 6, 2018
Happy African-American History Month!
During the month of February, US Citizenship Podcast explores the connection between the African American History and the USCIS Citizenship Interview.
Our first interview is a re-edit of a Citizenship
interview with Krestos Negasi (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
2013 pdf: http://goo.gl/roUigH
2016 mp3: http://traffic.libsyn.com/uscitizenpod/mlk-day-citizenship-interview.mp3
This mock Citizenship interview was inspired by “Holding the Bag," a high beginning ESL novel about an Ethiopian-American cab driver in Washington DC.
After the interview, I will talk a little bit more about "Holding the Bag" and our resources for African American History Month.
A bit more about "Holding the Bag"
Negasi is a Washington DC taxi driver from Ethiopia who has been in the U.S. for many years and has a family. He accidentally becomes involved in a robbery and faces a moral issue.
You can order "Holding the Bag" Ana Gianola or "Citizenship Passing the Test" by Lynn Weintraub from NewReadersPress.com. Check the show notes for the link.
Thanks to NewReadersPress.com for their outstanding ESL/Citizenship resources.
“Holding the Bag” (a high beginning ESL novel) by Ana Gianola, 978-1-56420-544-5.
Novel Scenes: Holding the Bag Teacher's Guide https://www.newreaderspress.com/filebin/pdf/NovelScenes/NovelScenes3-HoldingBagTG.pdf
Novel Scenes: Holding the Bag audio
Novel Scenes e-reader
Citizenship Passing the Test
This three book series contains complete citizenship test preparation for anyone wanting to become a U.S. citizen, especially those at the lowest reading level.
The Civics and Literacy book cover all the 100 questions in a simple, easy-to- understand format while our Ready for the Interview book is updated to reflect the new changes on the N-400 form and green card.
More about "Holding the Bag"
From July 5-July 21, 2017, I taught a combined ESL 2 and 3 class
at Milpitas Adult School. We took this opportunity to study
ESL/Citizenship and read "Holding the Bag," an ESL novel set in
Washington DC that had many opportunities to study for
the Citizenship interview. During our class, I posted daily audio files, videos, and online Citizenship activities related to each chapter of the book. After the class ended, we continued to post EdPuzzles of the VOA Learning English Presidents videos to our class website, MilpitasChat.com.
Since this three-week summer school class ended, I am proud to
announce that four students have since U.S. citizens--students who
would normally not qualify for Citizenship class because of their
low literacy level. Why did they pass? Because they had a goal: to
become a U.S. citizen. To achieve their goal, they
to study Citizenship and practice speaking English a little bit every day, inside and outside of the classroom.
For more info, see:
Milpitaschat.com: Beginning Level Citizenship Classes
How to contact Your Federal Reps in Washington DC
Before we end the show, I would like to give you a heads up about the upcoming congression budget which is centered around DACA and US immigration policy.
DACA is Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. This is an American immigration policy that allows some individuals who entered the country as minors, to live, work, and go to school in the United States with out fear of deportation.
Last September, the Trump administration tried to end the DACA program. In January 2018, a federal judge said that USCIS must continue to renew DACA applications. On Jan 19, the US government shutdown for two days over a stalemate on DACA. At that time, Congress voted to defer a decison about DACA for three weeks. The deadline is coming up this week, on Feb 15. congress has still been unable to make a decision about DACA.
Although a government shutdown does not affect USCIS citizenship services, take this is your opportunity to make your voice heard. Contact your federal representatives by phone or email via Senate.gov or House.gov.
You can also write or call the President
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
Write, record, tweet, or post a simple message such as: "I support DACA"
For more info, watch or listen to our Jan 21, 2018 podcast:
USCIS and the Government Shutdown
video of podcast with subtitles:
mp3 of podcast:
VOANews: Deal on US Immigration Reform Remains
And check the show notes for links and more details
Thanks to the students and staff of Milpitas Adult School. Please visit us on the web at uscitizenpod.com where you can find more:
Citizenship resources for African American History Month
which include Citizenship, Immigration, and Government Resources in
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