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 MAY 17!
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.
To register, please fill out this online form and a representative from the program will call you starting on May 1st with more information.
If you have any questions about registration or difficulty filling out the online intake, you can call or email Boris Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org and 504-430-2796. . Please call between the hours of 12PM and 7PM.
Classes are available in the morning, afternoon, and evenings.
ESL Info: 504-722-5692 or email@example.com.
The Family Literacy program is free of cost and open to children, adolescents and adults of all ages and all language backgrounds. This community-centered program encourages family members to work together when possible to create opportunities for intergenerational and family learning.
The Family Literacy program, currently online via Zoom, offers small group tutoring sessions with volunteer instructors, during which students can work towards learning goals of their choosing, including to but not limited to: improving English language proficiency through online reading, grammar, speaking and listening exercises, tutoring and practice for a Citizenship interview and job reediness support, such as practicing interview questions and formatting resumes in English.
The program is currently on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in the morning, afternoons and early evenings.
For questions regarding the Family Literacy program, please contact the Family Literacy coordinator, Julie Gamze.
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.
SPRING 2021 CITIZENSHIP CLASSES
Spring citizenship classes begin April 12, 2021!
The virtual classes will run from April 12 – June 24, 2021.
Please contact Kelly Johnson at 504-310-6922 to register and for more information about Spring Citizenship Classes.
Important Citizenship Civics Test Update
Due to recent changes at USCIS, those who apply for citizenship between December 1, 2020 and March 1, 2021 and have an interview scheduled before April 19, 2021, can choose to take the 2020 version or the 2008 version of the civics test.
All other applicants will take the 2008 version of the civics test with 100 questions.
More information about these changes can be found here: https://www.uscis.gov/citizenship/2020test
Contact us at 504-427-3880 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about citizenship.
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.
- Volunteer 3-6 hours each week
- One semester commitment
- Must be at least 18 years of age
- Reliable transportation required
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 email@example.com or call 504-861-6348.