Proposed RIDE Performance Standards for Citizenship/ESL

(Beginning and Intermediate Levels)

Beginning CIT/ESL I Intermediate CIT/ESL II



- Engage in simple conversations

- Answer personal questions about self and family

- Respond to questions on N-400

- Give simple answers to questions about US history and government





 -Engage in extended conversation in social situations

- Answer personal questions using correct grammar and verb tenses

- Talk about content of citizenship application

- Make oneself understood through self correction or clarification

- Understand and give commands

- Converse on the phone

- Understand answering machines and respond with message

- Converse about U.S. history and government topics

- Speak about rights and responsibilities of citizenship


- Understand simple questions

- Understand questions relating to personal information

- Understand questions relating to citizenship application

- Understand questions relating to U.S. history and government

- Understand words from simple dictation


- Follow oral directions

- Understand citizenship vocabulary, questions from application

-Understand TV and Radio news, political ads, etc --Understand and follow ordinary conversation --Understand telephone conversation and answering machine messages --Understand commands - Understand complex questions about U.S. history and government -Understand directions to polling place

-Understand citizenship interview questions and formalities


 -Read and understand beginning lessons from i.e., Personal Stories Book I

- Read simple parts from citizenship application

- Read simple sentences and questions from 100 Questions

- Read simple directions, addresses, flyers, labels, etc.

- Read voter registration form


- Read some authentic materials relating to citizenship and naturalization

- Read and understand all parts of citizenship application

- Read basic material about U.S. history and civics

- Read directions to polling places

- Read and understand ballot and instructions

- Read voter registration form

- Read dictionary definitions

- Read telephone directory

- Read campaign ads

- Read/understand referenda

- Read poll schedules elections

- Understand content from Personal Stories Books 2 and 3

- Discern difference between fact and opinion


- Fill out forms requiring basic information

- Write short, simple sentences

- Show some familiarity with basic English constructions

- Spell simple words for study of Citizenship course

- Write simple sentences from dictation


- Write using basic grammar and correct verb forms

- Write to INS about case

- Write messages/notes relating to basic needs

- Write about citizenship issues

- Write to elected officials expressing opinions and concerns

- Write for different audiences

- Fill out voter registration and passport forms

- Fill out a ballot

- Write in paragraph form using related sentences to address a topic


- Personal data-date of birth, SS#, Alien ID#, years of residence, date of entry

- Understand time concepts such as years of residence, continuous residence, etc.

- Understand basic time line for US history

- Understand simple numbers relating to US history, government

-Understand monetary units

-Understand a calendar

-Understand numerical information relating to citizenship requirements


- Understand bank account

- Write a check

- Use ATM card

- Understand interest on debts

- Understand monetary units

- Understand pricing units

- Understand historical timelines

- Understand calendar of important dates for citizenship (elections, etc.)


- Interpret and follow simple directions

- Fill out simple forms and applications

- Oral skills to communicate with employer, employees

- Ability to understand time sheets, paycheck stub

- Ability to understand simple work agreements

- Ability to handle job with basic oral, written, and listening requirements


 -Fill out complex job applications

- Have basic computer literacy for entry level jobs

- Communicate using telephone, email

- Use workplace technology: voice mail, fax, copier

- Organize, prioritize, manage work

- Understand agreements and contracts with employers

- Read and understand employee handbook

- Create simple resume

- Understand expectations of workplace

- Follow directions

- Solve problems

- Work as team member

Citizen Role

-Show understanding of duties and responsibilities of citizenship

-Understand democratic form of government

-Understand immigration and naturalization laws --Understand civic participation

-Be informed about elected officials and candidates

Citizen Role

After becoming a citizen:

- Register to vote

- Be informed about elections and candidates

- Vote

- Participate in community and government (schools, neighborhood improvement, community service, participate in elections and campaigns, etc.)

- Exercise leadership (volunteer, organize community initiatives, volunteer as mentor for citizenship students, become role model for new citizens)

Assessment tools include: BEST TEST, Citizenship Skills Test, Teacher observation, Student reporting, Citizenship Benchmark Checklists

Betty Simons, Nazneen Rahman, IIRI

January 24, 2000

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