The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History have launched a new online learning tool for immigrants preparing for naturalisation.
It features videos and multimedia activities that showcase artefacts from the Smithsonian Institution’s collections and exhibitions.
‘This is an invaluable addition to the citizenship preparation materials we offer to aspiring citizens. Using the Smithsonian Institution’s extensive collection, this online tool will help individuals learn about the founding principles of American democracy and the rights and responsibilities of citizenship in a meaningful way,’ said USCIS director Alejandro Mayorkas.
Designed as a self study tool to prepare for the civics portion of the naturalisation test, Preparing for the Oath is based on the 100 civics questions and answers from which USCIS draws when administering the test.
It is organised into themes related to US history, government and civics, with a short video and self test on the content of each civics question. Many questions prompt users to explore an artefact from the Smithsonian collection and others have accompanying interactive learning activities.
‘This highlights the strong partnership between USCIS and the Smithsonian. During the past four years, the two entities have worked together to provide immigrants, adult educators and the public with a better understanding of American history and the naturalisation process,”’ explained Marc Pachter, interim director of the museum.