Tutors helping with citizenship test preparation have some good materials available to work with.
- Voices of Freedom: English and Civics for U.S. Citizenship (with Audio CDs) (4th Edition) [Paperback] (Approx. $30)
- Citizenship Now! With Audio And Video. Approx. $30.
3. The Citizenship 201X App in iTunes and Google Play (Purple Buttons LLC) is free and works well: flash cards, study guide, practice test. If you try other apps, let us know what works for you and your partners.
- Rather than study all 100 civics questions front to back or dictation sentences 1-50, group the questions into 5s or 10s, practice and repeat, practice and repeat, practice and repeat. The learner doesn’t need to master all 10 before you move on, but give the learner enough time to really learn the material, rather than rush to cover the material.
- Take time to talk about the answers (and practice conversational English in the process), explain what needs explaining, help the learner really understand the material rather than just memorize answers.
- Even when the learner gets a practice answer correct, rather than say just “right” or “correct,” try to repeat the answer in order to model pronunciation and re-enforce the learning. I.e., “That right: the flag’s three colors are red, white, and blue.”
Learners can listen on their own to practice dictation sentences, if they can access this file.