ESL and Citizenship classes in New Orleans area

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Education for Immigrants and Refugees in the Greater New Orleans area

Catholic Charities English as a Second Language (ESL), Citizenship, and Family Literacy classes serve hundreds of learners from over forty countries each year at sites in Orleans and Jefferson Parish. Both morning and evening classes are available. Our ESL and Citizenship classes are a valuable resource for immigrants and refugees who have recently arrived and those who have been in this country for 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.

Enroll in classes using this link:


English as A Second Language (ESL)

We are no longer accepting applications for our summer trimester. Anyone who applies between now and August 15th will be put on a waiting list for the trimester that begins in early September.

 If you have questions, you can email [email protected].

 English as a Second Language (ESL) is an English language study program for nonnative speakers. Our mission 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.

Our ESL program consists of group classes based on proficiency level as well as one-on-one tutoring. Our curriculum is based on workforce readiness and includes conversational English, grammar, reading, listening comprehension, writing, and vocabulary. All levels focus on practical language and everyday communication styles that enable adult immigrants to communicate in the workplace and interact with public officials, police officers, doctors, and teachers.


Family Literacy

The Family Literacy program is free of cost and open to children and adolescents from all language backgrounds.  This community-centered program encourages family members to work together when possible to create opportunities for youth learning.

The Family Literacy program, currently online via Zoom, offers one-on-one/small group tutoring sessions with volunteer instructors, during which students can work towards learning goals of their choosing. These include improving English language proficiency and academic support like homework help.

Classes are available on Wednesdays from 6-7:30pm.To register, please fill out this online form and select “Family Literacy” and a representative from the program will call you within 2 weeks of receiving your application: Family Literacy Application


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.


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.

 NEW CITIZENSHIP CLASSES START IN APRIL 2022. Complete the enrollment form above to register.

Contact us at 504-427-3880 or [email protected] 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
  • A high level of English proficiency is 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 Sami Barefield at [email protected] or call 504-310-6893.



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