City College of San Francisco
 

ESL Citizenship Program

Ciitizenship Day

 

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The ESL/Citizenship Program has been serving our San Francisco community for many years. Currently, we’re offering Citizenship courses at Chinatown/North Beach Campus, Mission Campus, Civic Center Campus, and John Adams Campus. While Chinatown/North Beach campus offers Citizenship courses both on weekdays and weekend, we are expanding our courses on other campus in order to meet the needs of our students. The naturalization process is a daunting, if not life changing experience for our students. Our instructors and Project Shine coaches are working diligently to provide high quality instruction and support to help our students attain English proficiency and knowledge of the U.S. historical and government facts to pass the Citizenship tests.
Constitution Day and Citizenship Day is held at CHNB campus every Fall Semester. We were fortunate to have various representatives in attendance at this important event, including representatives from Senator Kamala Harris and Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, officials from the U.S. Citizenship Immigration Services San Francisco, District Director John Kramer, Community Relations Officer Jennifer LaForce, CCSF Board of Trustee Ivy Lee, Vice Chancellor Tom Boegel, Dean of CHNB Kit Dai, and our studious students who became the new citizens. The event was a success that involved a brief history of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, an educational and entertaining skit of the naturalization interview by our instructors, Kate Frei, Michelle Sans, and Sonya Worthy, and our touching speeches by two of our newly sworn in U.S. citizens, Weizhong Wang and Feng Juan (Flora) Chen.
We work closely with the USCIS Community Relations Officer to provide our students the most updated resources and information regarding the naturalization process. We organize 2-3 field trips for our students to visit the USCIS San Francisco Field Office every semester. To respond to the new changes for the naturalization interview, we invited the USCIS Community Relations Officer and her associate to hold the Train the Trainers Workshop for our current and future Citizenship instructors at CHNB campus. The successful outcomes have proved this workshop an invaluable professional development.
Our work continues outside the classrooms. We grasp every outreach opportunity to promote our program and partner with community-based organizations to support immigrants’ rights and their learning needs. Our country wouldn’t be what it is today without the many generations of immigrants. We embrace inclusiveness and diversity in our classrooms and campuses, and in doing so, extends this value to our community.

 

If you are interested in Citizenship resources developed by our instructors, please visit our resource site.

 

Fanny Law
ESL Instructor
Citizenship Coordinator
Faculty Advisor, Associated Student Council CNB
City College of San Francisco
Chinatown North Beach
808 Kearny Street
San Francisco, CA 94108