U.S. citizenship preparation course offered in CSRA

July 30, 2018

The Learn English for Living Foundation will be offering a citizenship preparation course beginning Sept. 15 from 2 to 5 p.m.

The classes are designed to help eligible immigrants pass the U.S. naturalization interview and examination. The eight-week Saturday afternoon course will be taught at The Islamic Community Center of Augusta and is open to all eligible immigrants.

The course focuses on learning U.S. history, government, and geography; understanding the rights and responsibilities of citizenship; preparing for the reading, writing, and speaking portions of the test; and getting ready for the interview.

To be eligible for U.S. citizenship, immigrants must have had a Permanent Residence Card for five years, or three if married to a U.S. citizen, and must demonstrate an ability to speak, read and write English.

Although the course is designed for immigrants who are not fluent in English, it is not an English class, and in order to enroll, students must read, write and speak English at an intermediate level or higher.

The Learn English for Living Foundation has 14-years experience in successfully helping students become citizens. Dr. Sandy Hochel will teach the course. She is a former University of South Carolina Aiken professor, and since her retirements, she has taught English to speakers of other languages and citizenship preparation courses.

Former students report that the course gave them the knowledge and confidence to successfully pass the interview and test. Maria, an immigrant from Mexico, testifies that she learned all she needed to do well in the interview. Tsion from Ethiopia reveals: “When I first planned to apply for citizenship, I thought I could do it by myself. But after I heard about the class, it took away all the burdens of preparation from my head. I am very glad that I took the class. With knowledgeable and very dedicated teachers, I came out with 100 percent confident that I would pass the exam.”

Shirley from China and Anastacio from Mexico think the mock interviews and tutorial assistance gave them needed information and confidence. All are now proud U.S. citizens.

Students must register for the course because enrollment is limited to 16 students and an English assessment test is required. To register or obtain more information, call 803-645-2059 or 706-284-7555, or go to www.LearnEnglishforLiving.com. The cost of the course is $40.

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