English as a Second Language (ESL) and Citizenship Classes

English as a Second Language (ESL) and Citizenship classes serve hundreds of adult learners from over forty countries each year at sites throughout Orleans, Jefferson, and St. Tammany parishes. Both morning and evening classes are offered in order to accommodate our students’ work schedules. Our ESL and Citizenship classes provide a key component for integrating into the American society for both immigrants who have recently arrived and those who have been in this country for several years.

All of our instructors and tutors are volunteers! We are always looking for new volunteers to help our adult learners. Learn more about volunteering with our program below.


English as A Second Language

English as a Second Language (ESL) is an English language study program for nonnative speakers. Our goal is to help improve the students’ level of English so they can become confident and successful in their life goals and as members of the community. We work closely with local refugee resettlement agencies as well as domestic violence and human trafficking survivors to ensure that the most vulnerable English language learners find a place of support and culturally sensitive education.

Our ESL program consists of group classes based on proficiency level as well as one-on-one tutoring. Topics covered include: conversational English, grammar, reading, listening comprehension, writing, and vocabulary. All levels focus on practical language and everyday communication styles that enable adult immigrants to integrate more successfully into the greater New Orleans community, including success not only in the workplace, but also interacting with public officials, police officers, doctors, and teachers for those who have children in local schools.

FALL ESL classes begin in SEPTEMBER 2019!

There is a $35 registration fee per student which covers the cost of the textbook. Financial aid is available. 

Download a flyer with registration dates and info in English, Spanish, and Arabic.



9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Registration & Testing: Sept 5 from 9am-2pm
Classes start Sept 16

Church of Christ
4540 S. Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70118


6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Registration: Aug 26 from 4-7pm
Testing: Aug 27 from 3-7pm
Classes start Sept 9

Tulane University’s Newcomb Hall
1229 Broadway Street, Room 418
New Orleans, LA 70118

Jefferson Parish

 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm


Registration: Sept 3 from 3-7pm
Testing: Sept 4 from 3-7pm
Classes start Sept 17

Hispanic Apostolate/St. Lawrence Building
2505 Maine Avenue
Metairie, LA 70003

ESL Info: 504-722-5692 or sball@ccano.org.


Citizenship Classes and Pathway to Citizenship Project

Provides full naturalization application preparation services for those seeking to become U.S. citizens.  To make an appointment with a fully accredited Board of Immigration Appeals representative, call 504-310-6861. There is a one-time consultation fee of $50 for this application preparation service.

In addition, Catholic Charities offers a 12-week citizenship course for those studying for the U.S. citizenship/naturalization test. Two course levels are offered based on English language proficiency. Beginner-level English language speakers receive four hours of instruction per week and intermediate-level English Speakers receive two hours of instruction per week. The course is offered in Metairie and on the Westbank. A course fee of $35 covers the cost of the textbook.


Registration for Citizenship classes will be in July. Dates will be posted in June. Please call 504-310-6922 for information.

Download a flyer for more details:

English | En Espanol 


Hispanic Apostolate/St. Lawrence Community Center
2505 Maine Avenue
Metairie, LA 70003

Immaculate Conception Church
4401 7th Street
Marrero, LA 70072

Volunteer to Help Adults Learn English!

Dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers are needed now! Gain teaching experience and have fun helping adult learners practice their English.

Materials and training provided. Volunteers should be able to commit one to three days per week. For more information or to sign up to volunteer, contact Sharon Moscoso at smoscoso@ccano.org or call 504-861-6348.




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