Keystone offers two free EL/Civics classes provided through a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The program has EL/Civics classes, morning and evening, in three semesters: fall, winter, and spring. Keystone also offers EL/Civics in the summer. Students attend class twice a week with 2.5 hours of instruction per class.
Students in EL/Civics class study English, U.S. history and civics, and interview skills needed to pass the U.S. naturalization interview and exam. The Naturalization process takes about four to six months from start to finish, so it is essential to be prepared! Keystone recommends students take this course four months to one year before applying for naturalization.
Students interested in EL/Civics class should contact Susan Clauser, Adult Education Director, at the Keystone Opportunity Center’s office. For more information on naturalization eligibility, forms, fees, and study materials, visit the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services at http://www.uscis.gov/.
Could You Pass the United States of America’s Citizenship Test? When immigrants meet the requirements and are ready to become U.S. citizens, they must apply for naturalization and participate in an interview. Part of the interview includes an oral examination about U.S. history and civics.
There are 100 possible questions. Here are 20 of them. Do YOU know the answers? Give it a try!
1. What ocean is on the East Coast of the United States?
2. What is the name of the President of the United States now?
3. Who wrote the Declaration of Independence?
4. Who was the first President of the United States?
5. When was the Constitution written?
6. How many justices are on the Supreme Court?
7. The House of Representatives has how many voting members?
8. Name one American Indian tribe in the United States.
9. There were 13 original states. Name three.
10. When do we celebrate Independence Day?
11. How many U.S. Senators are there?
12. When was the Constitution written?
13. During the Cold War, what was the main concern of the United States?
14. Name one U.S. territory.
15. Where is the Statue of Liberty?
16. Who is the Governor of our state now?
17. What is the economic system in the United States?
18. How old do citizens have to be to vote for President?
19. When is the last day you can send in federal income tax forms?
20. Name one state that borders Canada.
1. Atlantic Ocean
2. Barack Obama
3. Thomas Jefferson
4. George Washington
8. Cherokee, Navajo, Blackfeet, Iroquois, Hopi, Sioux, Chippewa, Choctaw, Pueblo, Apache, Creek, Seminole, Cheyenne, Arawak, Shawnee, Mohegan, Huron, Oneida, Lakota, Crow, Teton, Inuit
9. Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia
10. July 4
14. Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands, Guam
15. New York (Harbor, Liberty Island) Also acceptable are New Jersey, near New York City, and on the Hudson River.
16. Tom Wolf
17. Capitalist economy or market economy
18. 18 and over
19. April 15
20. Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana, Idaho, Washington, Alaska.
In addition to the PDE funded classes offered by Keystone in 2015-2016, the Souderton-Telford Rotary has generously funded an English Language/Civics class, and Souderton Mennonite Church has generously donated space for the class. Most of the students served through this grant are those who do not have transportation to our Hatfield or Lansdale sites. The instructor works with students on teaching English, U.S. government and history, and U.S. holidays and culture to those students who are preparing for naturalization.