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In addition to onsite training seminars, USCIS offers free online tools and materials for educators and volunteers. These resources are designed to help instructors better prepare students for citizenship and the naturalization process. In the section below you will find videos, podcasts, publications, and online courses. To find a seminar in your area, please see our Training Seminars page.

Tip Sheets

Spotlight on Form N-400, Application for Naturalization

This tip sheet provides teachers with tips to identify challenging words that applicants may encounter during the naturalization process, as well as strategies for teaching vocabulary.

Basic Strategies for Teaching Reading Skills for the Naturalization Interview and Test

Most permanent residents must demonstrate an ability to read in English to qualify for naturalization. This tip sheet provides strategies for teaching reading skills in the adult citizenship education classroom.

Podcasts

Rachael Shaw, USCIS Office of Citizenship

A discussion of building vocabulary to help students prepare for the naturalization interview and test.

Paul Kim, USCIS Office of Citizenship

A discussion of using sentence structure to build comprehension and confidence and how to help students prepare for the civics portion of the naturalization test.

Online Training

Adult Citizenship Education Strategies for Volunteers

These training modules are designed to provide volunteers with a basic understanding of adult second language acquisition and the naturalization process, including the interview and test.

Free four-part training module to help educators incorporate EL/Civics content into their adult ESL classrooms.

Free course designed to provide a broad overview of issues in adult literacy for instructors with limited formal training or experience in teaching adult literacy learners.

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