Educational Services

English Language Classes

Free classes are available to all adults over the age of 18 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 June – December 2014 Class Brochure – This brochure has information on English/Civics classes and Citizenship classes.

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.

English/Civics Class Locations

Catholic Charities Chamblee Office
3669 North Peachtree Road
Suite 100
Chamblee, GA 30341
Morning Classes:
Tuesday/Thursday 9:00 a.m. – Noon
Orientation & Registration
July 10 at 9:00 a.m.
July 21 at 9:00a.m.
Evening Classes:
Monday/Wednesday 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Orientation & Registration
July 16 at 6:00 p.m.
July 17 at 6:00 p.m.

Holy Spirit Catholic Center – Centro Católico del Espíritu Santo
120 Northwood Drive
Suite B5-8
Atlanta, GA 30342
Evening Classes:
6:30-9:30 p.m.
Orientation & Registration
August 5 at 6:30 p.m.

Smyrna Goodwill Career Center
3205 South Cobb Drive
(Inside the Goodwill Store)
Smyrna, GA 30080
Morning Classes:
9:00 a.m.- noon
Orientation & Registration
June 20 at 9:00 a.m.
June 27 at 9:00 a.m.

Citizenship Classes

Citizenship classes are for adults who are ready to learn about and/or to apply for United States citizenship. Topics covered include the naturalization process, US history and government, and the English vocabulary that is necessary for the citizenship test/interview.Students need to have at least an intermediate level understanding of English to register.Citizenship Preparation is offered at different locations in Metro Atlanta. Please call the number below for information about current and future classes.

Download the brochure with information on 2014 classes.

Citizenship Class Locations

Catholic Charities Chamblee Office
3669 North Peachtree Road
Suite 100
Chamblee, GA 30341
Morning Classes:
Monday/Wednesday 10:00 a.m.- Noon
Citizenship Orientation & Registration
June 30, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.

Our Lady of the Americas Mission
4603 Lawrenceville Highway
Lilburn, GA 30047
Tuesday/Thursday 7:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.
Orientation & Registration
May 16, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

Contact Information

Loretta Siefferman
Phone: (770) 790-3111

Catholic Charities offers these classes with the assistance of grants from the Department of Homeland Security – USCIS, United Way, and the Technical College System of Georgia. We also partner with Goodwill of North Georgia, St. Philip Benizi Catholic Church, Holy Spirit Catholic Church, and Senior Connections.

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.”