This complete and fully up-to-date study guide supports those preparing to take the new Life in the United Kingdom citizenship test required for naturalisation or settlement from 2013. It is designed for adults studying on their own, especially those who do not have English as a first language, or for teachers to use as a textbook for a course on citizenship. This guide contains: official study material with additional information on important topics; illustrations, tasks and activities to help you learn and remember facts and figures; timelines to help you remember dates; advice and tips on study skills and how to prepare for your test; a glossary to aid understanding of difficult words and phrases; a section on the test - covering the types of questions and other information you need to feel more confident; self-assessment exercises and practice tests with answers to help you check your progress; and further sources of useful information on all the main topics in the new handbook. Having to pass a test to stay in the United Kingdom may feel daunting but this guide is packed with practical advice, information and activities to make the process easier, perhaps even enjoyable.
Celine Castelino is an educational consultant specialising in ESOL. She has worked on many national initiatives, including the core curricula, the ESOL Strategy for Wales, provision for refugees/asylum seekers and ESOL for citizenship. The only former member of the Advisory Board for Naturalisation and Integration (ABNI) to write a Life in the UK Test study guide, she chaired its sub-group in Wales and sat on editorial boards for the Life in the UK handbook (2007) and the Life in the UK test questions. Chris Taylor leads for NIACE on English for Speakers of Other Languages and led the team who developed the Home Office's Citizenship Materials for ESOL Learners. She is a past member of the editorial board for the Life in the UK Test questions.
Foreword. Introduction. Chapter One: How to use this book; Section 1: How the guide is organised; Section 2: How to study. Chapter Two: Value and Principles; Section 1: Values and principles; Section 2: Applying to become a permanent resident or citizen; Section 3: Taking the Life in the UK Test; Section 4: What is the UK?. Chapter Three: A Long and illustrious history; Section 1: Early Britain; Section 2: The Middle Ages; Section 3: The Tudors and Stuarts; Section 4: A Global Power; Section 5: The 20th Century; Section 6: Britain since 1945. Chapter 4: A modern, thriving society; Section 1: The UK today Section 2: Religion; Section 3: Customs and traditions; Section 4: Sport; Section 5: Arts and culture; Section 6: Leisure. Chapter 5 The UK government, the law and your role; Section 1: The development of British democracy; Section 2: The British constitution; Section 3: The government; Section 4: Voting; Section 5: The UK and international institutions; Section 6: Respecting the law; Section 7: Fundamental principles; Section 8: Your role in the community. Chapter 6: Taking the test; Section 1: Booking your test; Section 2: What to expect on the day of the test; Section 3: Tips to help you when you take the test; Section 4: What happens after the test? Chapter 7: Practice tests. Resources, references and useful websites