Educational Services

English Language Classes

Free classes are available to all adults who are interested in improving their English language skills. Interactive classes are taught by trained instructors and volunteers. Levels include Basic/Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced. Classes are scheduled year-round in the locations listed below.

Download the Summer/Fall 2016 Class Brochure – This brochure has information on English/Civics classes and Citizenship classes.

Free English Language Classes for Refugees

Location:
Clarkston International Bible Church Healer’s House
at the corner of Rowland Avenue and North Indian Creek Drive in Clarkston
Morning Classes:
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday/Thursday

Evening Classes:
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Tuesday/Thursday

Download the information flyer Here for free English Language classes for refugees.

English Literacy / Civics & English Language Instruction (EL Civics)

The purpose of EL Civics Classes is to help adult learners become active participants in their communities. Topics covered assist students to develop the knowledge and English language skills they need to navigate governmental, educational, financial, healthcare, and other American institutions. Our classes provide the opportunity for non-native English speakers to increase their ability to communicate in English and become self-sufficient members of our American society. These classes are recommended for students who wish to improve their English so that they can register in Citizenship classes.

IMPORTANT: Students who want to attend these classes must register before attending class.  Please call 770-790-3104 for more information.

Download the Summer/Fall 2016 Class Brochure – This brochure has information on English/Civics classes and Citizenship classes.

English/Civics Class Locations

NORTHEAST ATLANTA
Catholic Charities Chamblee Office
3669 North Peachtree Road
Suite 100
Chamblee, GA 30341
Morning Classes:
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Monday/Wednesday & Tuesday/Thursday
ORIENTATION & Pre-REGISTRATION: July 18 and 19, 2016 at 9:30 a.m.

Evening Classes:
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Monday/Wednesday & Tuesday/Thursday
ORIENTATION & Pre-REGISTRATION: June 18 & 19, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.

SMYRNA
Smyrna Goodwill Career Center
3205 South Cobb Drive
(Inside the Goodwill Store)
Smyrna, GA 30080
Morning Classes:
9:00 a.m.- noon
Wednesday & Friday
Classes Start July 20 – 9:00 am

LILBURN
Our Lady of the Americas
4603 Lawrenceville Highway
Lilburn, GA 30047
Evening Classes:
6:30-9:30 p.m.
Tuesday & Thursday
CLASSES START: August 9 – 9:30 am

 

Adult ESL Classes

These general ESL classes are offered to assist adults who want to acquire and/or improve their English language skills.

SANDY SPRINGS
Centro Católico del Espíritu Santo – Holy Spirit Catholic Center
120 Northwood Drive Suite B 5-8
Sandy Springs, GA 30342

Evening Classes:
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Tuesday & Thursday

IMPORTANT: Orientation and Registration for all new and returning students will be on Tuesday, August 30 at 7:00 p.m. Classes will start on Tuesday, September 27.

 

Citizenship Classes

Citizenship classes are for adults who are preparing to apply for United States citizenship. Topics covered include the naturalization application process, US history and government, and the English vocabulary and skills that are necessary for the citizenship test/interview.

Students need to have at least a low intermediate understanding of English to register.

Download the Summer/Fall brochure with information on 2016 classes.

Citizenship Class Locations

NORTHEAST ATLANTA
Catholic Charities Chamblee Office
3669 North Peachtree Road
Suite 100
Chamblee, GA 30341
Classes:
Monday & Wednesday 1:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m.
Ongoing Classes with Instructor: Cheryl Shapiro
Call 770-790-3104 for information on registration.

GWINNETT COUNTY
Our Lady of the Americas Mission
4603 Lawrenceville Highway
Lilburn, GA 30047
Classes:
Tuesday & Thursday 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Gwinnett County citizenship classes are offered in conjunction with the English Literacy and Civics classes that meet during the same time-frame.
Class size is limited – registration is required.

Orientation & Registration for Summer/Fall 2016 classes is June 7, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. For information contact Julie Farmer, Lead Citizenship Instructor, at 770-790-3108 or jfarmer@catholiccharitiesatlanta.org.

Contact Information

Loretta Siefferman
Phone: (770) 790-3104
E-mail: lsiefferman@catholiccharitiesatlanta.org

Catholic Charities partners with Goodwill of North Georgia, Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Clarkston International Bible Church, and Our Lady of the Americas Mission. We provide our EL Civics classes with the assistance of a grant from the Technical College System of Georgia and the Refugee English Classes are funded by the Georgia Department of Human Services.

Teaching Adults from a Volunteer’s Perspective

Emily Brown, wrote to us about her involvement as an English Language and Civics instructor at Centro Catolico del Espiritu Santo: “Thank you so much for letting me be an ESL instructor this year at the Holy Spirit Catholic Center. Tuesday evenings became a special part of my week, and I learned myriad lessons through my students in determination, hard work and passion to learn. I appreciate the work you do behind the scenes to coordinate and manage volunteers and programs. It has been a privilege to serve with Catholic Charities, and I look forward to the next teaching session.”