Task Ideas for Citizenship Volunteers

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Independently with individual students or small groups

  • Do a full Mock Interview
  • Practice one or two of the Mock Interview sections:
    • Section I: Following Instructions, Truth Oath, Small Talk
    • Section II: Personal Information Questions
    • Section III: Morals and Ethics Questions
    • Section IV: Oath Requirements
    • Section V: 100 Questions
    • Section VI: Reading
    • Section VII: Writing
  • Practice conversation (helps with interview skills)
  • Roleplay with a student
  • Practice USCIS reading words on flashcards with a student
  • Practice USCIS writing words on flashcards with a student
  • Practice the 100 civics questions with a student

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In-class activities

  • Lead a Mock Interview in front of the class
  • Do a Mock Interview with an individual student
  • Model dialogue, roleplay, or instructions for an activity with the teacher
  • Do 100 civics questions flashcards with the whole class
  • Practice general conversation (helps with interview skills)
  • Lead a game
  • Roleplay with a student
  • Practice sight words on flashcards with a student
  • Practice USCIS reading words on flashcards with a student
  • Practice USCIS writing words on flashcards with a student
  • Practice the 100 civics questions with a student
  • Assist students when playing learning games like bingo, SWAT, scrambled sentences, etc.
  • Work through part of yesterday's lesson with a student who was absent
  • Work with a student who has a disability or low vision
  • Encourage/direct students who are off task
  • Monitor individual, pair, or group activities and report progress/problems to the teacher
  • Be available for questions or conversation during the break
  • Provide extra conversation time for students who are reticent to speak in class
  • Lead an activity that the teacher normally would, giving the teacher a chance to observe the students from a different perspective
  • Give feedback to teacher about specific students and their needs
  • Help check correctness of dictation exercises

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Administrative Tasks

  • Make or prep activity supplies, ie: cut-outs for games, laminating pictures, collecting realia/visuals (picture of the President, Speaker of the House, signing of the Constitution, etc)
  • Make a "New Citizens" bulletin board to celebrate students who have passed the exam (take the student pictures, create background, etc)
  • Hand out papers/supplies
  • Make copies
  • Make pronunciation tapes
  • Call students who did not come to class
  • Grade papers/practice tests
  • Take attendance
  • Enter attendance