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ESL and Citizenship classes in New Orleans area

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 (ESL)

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.

ESL classes begin SEPTEMBER 14! 

All of our classes right now are online, and to attend students need access to a computer, tablet, or smartphone with internet access. If you don’t have internet, please call and let us know.

Registration begins August 24th. To register, call or email Boris Martin at 504-310-6936. Please call between the hours of 12PM and 7PM.

Classes are available in the morning, afternoon, and evenings.


ESL Info: 504-722-5692 or


Citizenship Classes and Pathway to Citizenship Project

Provides full naturalization application preparation services for those seeking U.S. citizenship. Eligible lawful permanent residents (LPRs) can complete their application for naturalization with our Department of Justice accredited legal representatives for a one-time consultation fee of $50. After completing the naturalization application, Catholic Charities representatives will follow up with LPRs on their cases as they receive updates.

In addition, Catholic Charities offers a 10-week citizenship course for those studying for the U.S. citizenship/naturalization test. Two course levels are offered based on English language proficiency, and students receive 5 hours of instruction per week. Students must register and take an English pre-test to participate in the course. Additionally, students must provide a copy of their residency card (green card) to enroll. A fee of $35 covers the cost of the textbook.

To schedule an appointment to complete the naturalization application or to obtain more information on citizenship classes, call 504-310-6922.



Fall citizenship classes begin October 5, 2020

The virtual classes will run from October 5 – December 17, 2020.

Please contact Kelly Johnson at 504-310-6922 to register and for more information about Fall Citizenship Classes.



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 Sarah Ball at or call 504-861-6348.




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