There are many citizenship classes in the DC-MD-VA area. Some are paid, some are free, some are weekdays, some weekend, some daytime and some at night.
We feel that ours is a little different because of the individual attention given to the students. Church and community members serve as mentors for students so that each person gets individual attention in reading and learning the material included in the citizenship interview. We do one-on-one practice interviews at the end of each of our 10 week sessions. We often meet students outside of our regular Saturday classes if they need extra help before their interview. Our classes are small, 8-12 students.
We use a workbook which students can purchase for $17 if they want, or they can use one of our classroom copies. The workbook gives practice in reading and writing and covers all of the American history and civics they need to know for their interview. We also play games and practice dictation.
Our classes are two hours, 10 -12 a.m. on Saturdays. We run three ten-week sessions a year. Students can come any Saturday and can continue studying with us for as many sessions as they need. We help them prepare their citizenship application and strive to give them the confidence they need for their interview.
Our teachers and mentors are all volunteers. Some have backgrounds in foreign service or immigration work; others are high school or college teachers or church or community members who enjoy working with immigrants and getting to know them. We speak Spanish and French.
We started our citizenship classes in 2012 and have welcomed more than 100 students from more than 15 countries from South and Central America, Africa, Europe and Asia.
Come for a visit and stay as long as you like. You are welcome.
Chevy Chase United Methodist Church, 7100 Connecticut Ave. Chevy Chase, MD 20815