Road To Citizenship - Multimedia Training for U.S. Citizenship
Road to Citizenship was designed to help qualified people become U.S. citizens. It provides useful information and a variety of different exercises including extensive practice speaking English clearly using the proven listen-imitate-compare method. And all the text is spoken so you can hear as well as read it! It contains both written and spoken English so you can study by both reading and listening. You can also keep a record of the work you have done in each section of the program.
Road To Citizenship - Single-User Version
Road To Citizenship - Networked Version
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Parts of the Training
Road to Citizenship will teach you all you need to know to become a U.S. citizen! The Road to Citizenship package consists of a 96-page workbook and a multimedia CD-ROM. Both the workbook and CD-ROM cover the same material in the same order, and so reinforce each other. While the Road to Citizenship workbook is convenient and can be used anywhere, the CD-ROM offers a number of unique advantages that set the package apart from other citizenship materials (i.e., workbooks, audio tapes, etc.).
The Road to Citizenship CD-ROM is easy to use. You can listen to every word that appears on the screen, and unlike audio/video tapes, replay them with only a single mouse click. As you practice your English skills, your computer is your patient tutor. And you can take sample history and citizenship tests, as many times as you wish. Road to Citizenship is your personal teacher, and is the perfect choice for your journey on your road to citizenship!
Road to Citizenship comes in two versions: a single-user version for individuals, which sells for $129, and a classroom version designed for adult education centers, libraries, schools and colleges, which contains a student management system, network installation and five (5) CDs for student use, for $495.
32 MB RAM;
10 MB of free hard disk space;
CD ROM drive, sound card and microphone (optional).
Part 1: Am I Qualified?
There are eight requirements for naturalization (age, lawful admission to the United States, amount of time living in the United States, good moral character, loyalty, knowledge of the English Language, knowledge of United States history and government, and the oath of allegiance). You can read about each requirement or listen and get explanations of the words used. For each requirement, answer the questions by clicking on the Yes or No buttons to find out if you are qualified; you can also answer the questions to find out if your child or someone else you know is qualified. Some people have a background that is very complicated - if your background is too complicated for the program to give an answer, the program tells you that it cannot provide a good answer.
Part 2: Planning Ahead
In this part you can make your plan to become a United States citizen. You find out what will happen during the citizenship process and what you will need to do, and read about how to use local and Internet resources to prepare for citizenship. Find telephone numbers and addresses for I.N.S. offices by just clicking on your state on a map or by choosing your state from a list - you can also get the World Wide Web addresses that will help you; if you are connected to the Internet, just click on the web addresses in Road to Citizenship to see the websites.
Part 3: Applying for Citizenship
In this part, you will learn about how to apply for citizenship. Fill out an application form (Form N-4), or erase it with the click of a mouse. There are definitions of the words and explanations for the questions on the form. Enter the required information at your own pace, save it, and come back to review or edit it. When your application form is complete, you can preview it and check it, and then print it; you can also print out blank forms. If you need to include extra information (i.e., explanations) there is a way to do that as well.
Part 4: Citizenship Lessons
In this part you will study the U.S. history and government information you will need to know for the citizenship test. Each of the 10 lessons is a good length for busy people. You can learn the vocabulary and practice it by recording yourself while saying the words or definitions. This proven listen-speak-compare process will help improve your English pronunciation. If you would rather listen than read, you can listen to all the lesson material.
After you’ve studied each lesson, you can take a quiz. The quizzes are in multiple choice format, and you can hear any question and any answer as many times as you like. You have two tries to get the right answer, and the program will keep score for you. If you take the quiz again, the questions and answers are given in a different order. If you’d like to study this material away from the computer, you can print a lesson or a quiz and read it anywhere.
Part of what you will need to know is the name of your state governor, state capital, and your two U.S. senators. In Lesson 10, you can click on your state on a map and find out this information. You can click on the names of the senators, the governor, or the state capital to hear them pronounced. And you can record yourself saying their names.
Part 5: Practicing English
If you would like help with English for citizenship, this part is made for you! Here you will practice listening, speaking, reading, and writing English for citizenship. You can practice with words, numbers and dates, questions and answers, and the sample sentences for testing by the USCIS. There is plenty of material, so you can come back to this part again and again if you wish. You can make each activity easier or harder. For example, when you practice reading, you can set the length of time that you have to read the material. In some activities, you match what you hear with what you see, and in others it is harder - for example, you read a question and choose an answer that goes with the question.
This part provides variety and can be used in different ways depending on the kind of practice you need. The goal is to help you become more familiar and comfortable with the English needed for citizenship. If dates make you hesitate while you translate from your native language, practice the dates. If you can read well but need help understanding spoken American English, practice the listening exercises. If you can understand spoken English but need help with writing and reading, practice matching the written words with what you understand from listening.
The most important activities in this part are the four activities with sentences, because the sentences used are the ones provided by the USCIS as examples for the test of written English. The sentences are divided into easy and hard categories. The easy sentences are about everyday activities and the hard sentences are about U.S. history and government.
Part 6: Taking The Test
This part offers four activities: 1) a sample history and government test, 2) a sample test of written English, 3) a test of harder questions, and 4) a sample test for the elderly.
If you want to take the tests away from the computer, you can print copies of all the tests, except for the test of written English. Answer keys are provided in the printed tests. The sample 20 question test uses the material in all the lessons from Part 4 and will be different each time you take it. You can listen to the questions and answers. Here you have one try to get the right answer because at the actual test you will need to know the right answer.
The test for elderly people (i.e., people who qualify for an easier test) has 20 questions, but there are only 25 questions that may appear in this test. So if you take the test a second time, you will see many of the same questions, but in a different order.
In the sample English writing test, you listen to two sentences and write or type them, then check your answers. In Part 5, when you practice English, you can listen as many times as you like, but here you can only listen three times. Each time you take the test you get different sentences. There are about 100 sentences that may appear in the test. If you get the question wrong, you will see the right answer. If you typed the right number of words but spelled one of them wrong, the program underlines the word you had wrong.
In the harder questions activity, you can practice answering the six questions provided by the I.N.S. that require long answers. You will get the same six questions each time. The longest answer is naming the 13 original colonies that became the first states in the United States. This is truly hard, but it gives you a chance to practice - don’t worry if you make small mistakes in spelling or choosing words.
Part 7: The Interview
Here you can practice listening to ten sample interview questions and answering them. You can record your answers and listen to how they sound. Each time you practice, you will hear different questions. This is good practice, because you cannot know ahead of time what questions the interviewer might ask. The questions are presented in random order. Some questions may not apply to you, for example, there may be a question about your children even if you do not have children. It is important to know that you can ask the interviewer to repeat a question or to ask it in a different way. This part includes examples you can practice to politely ask the interviewer to repeat a question. Since the interview is based partly on your application form, you can also study vocabulary that comes from the application form in this part.
Part 8: The Ceremony
In the naturalization ceremony you can relax and enjoy the last step in becoming a citizen. The important part of the ceremony is taking the Oath of Allegiance. In this part you learn about the naturalization ceremony by reading or listening. And you learn the meaning of the Oath of Allegiance. Each part of the oath and all the words in the oath are explained in plain English so you can understand the promise you make when taking the oath. You can practice saying the oath, so you will feel comfortable at the ceremony. You can also practice pronouncing the vocabulary used in the oath.
Part 9: A New Citizen
In this part, we congratulate you on becoming a U.S. citizen and remind you about some of your new rights that you studied in Part 4.
You can find out how to use some of your new rights, such as how to get a U.S. passport, how to register to vote, how to bring family members to the United States, and how to get a Certificate of Citizenship for your children, if they are eligible. The addresses of helpful websites are listed. If you are connected to the Internet, you can click on the web addresses to see the websites.