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Book details
  • Genre:STUDY AIDS
  • SubGenre:Citizenship
  • Language:English
  • Series title:Citizenship Study Guide in Spanish and Portuguese
  • Series Number:1
  • Pages:34
  • eBook ISBN:9781098394608

Citizenship Study Guide

English 2nd Edition

by Manuel Bataguas

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Overview
The English second edition of Citizenship Study Guide provides all that you need to know to succeed on your U.S. Citizenship Test and Interview. This condensed learning tool was designed by a teacher of the U.S. Naturalization process with more than 30 years' experience. This guide assists future Citizenship Test-takers to memorize the civic concepts of the United States through repetition and visualization. The end of the book presents a series of practice questions that simulate possible questions on the final 10-question exam.
Description
The English second edition of Citizenship Study Guide provides all that you need to know to succeed on your U.S. Citizenship Test and Interview. This condensed learning tool was designed by a teacher of the U.S. Naturalization process with more than 30 years' experience. This guide assists future Citizenship Test-takers to memorize the civic concepts of the United States through repetition and visualization. The end of the book presents a series of practice questions that simulate possible questions you may face on your test. After the interview, there are two types of categories that the candidate can be placed into. The interviewer will either determine that the candidate can take a quick 10-question multiple choice test on their own, or the candidate may have to complete a complete verbal and written response questionnaire with the interviewer on their test day. Either way, this book will assist the student by building confident responses. Perfect for those who may struggle with language barriers, this easy-to-understand book includes information on U.S. government, history, customs, geography. There are also valuable tips on what to do the day of your interview and/or test.
About the author
Manuel Bataguas, the proud son of an American-born citizen, has written the Citizenship Study Guide because he understands the value of what it means to be a citizen of the United States. During World War II, due to the economic depression, his mother, Maria Pestana, the eldest of eight children, was sent to Northern Portugal, where she began serving as a household maid. Here, she met and married Joaquim Bataguas and had two children, Jose and Manuel. The early death of her husband forced her, a single mother, to make a difficult decision. For her to return to work as a household servant, she had to register both boys at Casa Pia, an orphanage in Lisbon. At the age of seventeen, Manuel left Casa Pia to join the Portuguese Army, which in turn, sent him to South Africa. After serving in Angola, he moved his new family, his Angolan wife and infant daughter, to Hartford, Connecticut, where his mother and brother now resided. He remained in the States as a resident alien for 19 years after migrating. After obtaining his G.E.D. from the Hartford Public Educational System, Manuel earned his associate degree in Business from the Greater Hartford Community College, and a bachelor's degree in Business at the University of Hartford, all while working full time as a factory worker to help support his family of four, which now included a daughter who was American born. Manuel, who had spoken English, Portuguese, and some Spanish, established himself in international banking, specializing in loans to Portugal and Latin America at the Stamford Savings Bank. He then moved on to positions at Banco Totta & Acores in Manhattan and then Banco de Credito Nacional and Banco Auxiliar in New York City. While working in the city, he earned his Branch Manager Certificate at the American Institute of Banking. As a graduate of the school, it allowed him to teach International Trade at the school's Manhattan branch. Here, he would learn how much he loved to teach as a profession. After many years of commuting from his Connecticut home to New York City, Manuel accepted a local position as a regional manager for the banking center in charge of Waterbury and Naugatuck. As he became involved within the Portuguese and Hispanic communities in these areas, Manuel decided to go into business for himself, starting several businesses including document translation and the publication of The Immigrant, a Portuguese/Hispanic Newspaper which ran for over 30 years. Even now as a retired citizen, Manuel continues to provide services such as an English instructor for individuals who speak a second language, Notary Public, Justice of Peace, and as a CT Authorized Translator for the Portuguese and Spanish communities. Manuel has taught many non-English speaking immigrants how to pass the United States Citizenship Test for more than 40 years. The guide you are holding now in your hands is a compilation of the tools he still uses.
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