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.
English as A Second Language (ESL)
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.
English as a Second Language classes are for ADULTS aged 18 and older. There are three choices for fall classes:
- Morning online, from September 12-December 16
- Evening online, from October 10-December 15
- In-Person at Tulane University in New Orleans, October 10-December 15. Only for Levels Basic and 1.
Before classes begin, you will need to fill out our intake form at the link above. Then, you will receive a call to schedule a test at our office, located at 2505 Maine Avenue, Metairie, LA 70003
This program serves immigrant and refugee children and youth between the ages of 10-17. Our classes offer one-on-one or small group learning to improve English skills. Family Literacy’s Fall semester is October 10th -December 15th. There are two different classes every week:
- In-Person Tutoring on Tuesdays from 5:30-7:00 pm for students ages 10-17. This class is located at 2505 Maine Avenue in Metairie.
- Online Tutoring on Wednesdays from 5:30-7:00 pm for students ages 10-17. This class is online via zoom.
For more information please contact our Family Literacy Coordinator: Sarah Duplantier by email: [email protected].
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 July 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.