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Introduction

Volunteers are vital to the success of adult citizenship education programs. This series of training modules provides essential introductory information to volunteers in adult citizenship education classrooms or other learning environments. 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. After reviewing the modules, volunteers can use this information to help prepare learners for the naturalization process. The volunteer modules can be reviewed in any order.

Module 1: Understanding the Naturalization Process

This module will provide you with a basic understanding of the naturalization process.

Module 2: Learning About Who Applies for Naturalization

This module will provide you with a basic understanding of who is applying for naturalization and the benefits and privileges of U.S. citizenship.

Module 3: Meeting the Educational Needs of Adult Learners

This module will provide you with a basic understanding of the characteristics and educational needs of adult learners as well as how their needs are different from other learners.

Module 4: Identifying the English Language Skills and Civics Knowledge Needed for Naturalization

This module will provide you with a basic understanding of the English language skills and civics knowledge needed for the naturalization interview and test.

Module 5: Helping Adult Learners Prepare for the Naturalization Interview and Test

This module will provide you with basic strategies for helping adult learners acquire the English language skills and civics knowledge they will need for the naturalization interview and test.

Module 6: Developing a Lesson Plan

This module will provide you with basic ideas on how to prepare and develop a lesson plan.

Module 7: Assessing if Learners are Making Progress

This module will provide you with basic ways to assess learner proficiency levels and how to determine if learners are making progress.

Module 8: Finding Additional Materials and Resources

This module will provide you with links to educational resources.

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