MINNEAPOLIS (Jan 10, 2012) — Who was the U.S. president during World War I? How many amendments to the U.S. Constitution? The House of Representatives has how many voting members? These are 3 of 100 possible questions that individuals aspiring to gain their U.S. citizenship will be asked on the way to becoming a citizen.
In order to help individuals who want to become U.S. citizens prepare to answer those “100 questions” and more during their naturalization exam, International Education Center (IEC) is providing free citizenship preparation classes to legal permanent residents in the Twin Cities area.
The classes are for students with a variety of English proficiency levels, are taught by a professional teacher, and have different schedule options (morning, afternoon, or evening) 5 days a week. Classes are held at 2 Minneapolis locations: 2700 East Lake St (near the Lake St. Light rail Station) and 730 Hennepin Ave (in the heart of downtown).
Although the classes have been running for a year now, IEC has recently changed the formatting of its morning citizenship class to give individualized and small-group instruction to students. This allows students who have only a short time to prepare before their test to learn the information more quickly than in a regular class, and helps students at lower English levels to get more assistance with the English reading and writing portions of the exam.
Because the cost of applying for citizenship is $680 and applicants only get two chances to take the test, preparation is essential.
The free classes are funded by a large grant that IEC and Minnesota Literacy Council received from the federal government to implement programs that help individuals with a greencard to gain citizenship. They are currently accepting new students.
Individuals who are interested should contact International Education Center at 612-871-6350 or [email protected]
The classes are meant to be interesting, as well as fun. Students will not only get help passing the citizenship exam, but will develop a better understanding of the history and government of their new country. By the way, the answers to those questions? Woodrow Wilson, 27 amendments, and 435 representatives.
The Minnesota Literacy Council was founded in 1972 by a group of dedicated volunteers who wanted to offer free tutoring to adults who struggled with basic reading and writing. Today, the literacy council offers a full range of literacy services for adults, children and families and provides capacity-building support for 400 community programs across the state.
For more information about Minnesota Literacy Council, please visit www.mnliteracy.org or call 1-800-225-READ.