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Teaching Tip: Passing the Citizenship Interview



To pass the citizenship interview, applicants need to know the answer to 100 questions and be able to answer questions on their citizenship application.


Grouping words based on commonalities and teaching them in context can enhance understanding. Let's break down some common vocabulary and teach them within relevant categories:


  • Oath-related Vocabulary: Context: Discussing the oath of allegiance during the naturalization ceremony.

    • Swear: To make a solemn promise or declaration, often invoking a divine witness.

    • Oath: A formal declaration or promise, often made before assuming a position of responsibility or during a legal proceeding.

    • Pledge: A solemn promise or undertaking to do something or refrain from doing something.

  • War-related Vocabulary: Context: Exploring the historical significance of revolutionary wars, civil wars, and world wars in shaping the nation's history.

    • Revolutionary: Relating to or characteristic of a revolution, a sudden and fundamental change in power or organizational structures.

    • Civil: Pertaining to citizens or the state; also, a war between opposing groups within a country.

    • World: In the context of wars, often referring to global conflicts involving multiple nations.

  • Freedom-related Vocabulary: Context: Reflecting on the principles of liberty, independence, and emancipation referenced in the nation's founding documents.

    • Liberty: The state of being free from oppressive restrictions imposed by authority on one's way of life, behavior, or political views.

    • Independence: The condition of being free from outside control or support; self-reliance.

    • Emancipation: The act of setting free from legal, social, or political restrictions; liberation.

By teaching these words in context and grouping them based on common themes, adult learners can better grasp their meanings and significance within the context of U.S. history and the citizenship interview process. This approach not only enhances vocabulary retention but also deepens understanding of the concepts essential for citizenship.


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