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 Winter/Spring 2015 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

NORTHEAST ATLANTA
Catholic Charities Chamblee Office
3669 North Peachtree Road
Suite 100
Chamblee, GA 30341
Morning Classes:
9:00 a.m. – Noon
Monday & Wednesday – ORIENTATION & REGISTRATION: Jan. 12, 2015 – Lead Instructor: Cindy Tynes
Tuesday & Thursday – ORIENTATION & REGISTRATION: Jan. 13, 2015 – Sr. Lead Instructor: James McDonough

Evening Classes:
6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Monday & Wednesday – ORIENTATION & REGISTRATION: Jan. 14, 2015 – Lead Instructor: Arturo Weiss
Tuesday & Thursday – ORIENTATION & REGISTRATION: Jan. 15, 2015 – Lead Instructor: Arturo Weiss

SANDY SPRINGS
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.
Tuesday & Thursday – ORIENTATION & REGISTRATION: Jan. 8, 2015 – Sr. Lead Instructor: James McDonough

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 – ORIENTATION & REGISTRATION: Jan. 16, 2015 – Sr. Lead Instructor: James McDonough

LILBURN
Our Lady of the Americas
4603 Lawrenceville Highway
Lilburn, GA 30047
Evening Classes:
6:30-9:30 p.m.
Tuesday & Thursday – ORIENTATION & REGISTRATION: Jan. 8, 2015 – Lead Instructor EL Civics: Leslie Inman

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 brochure with information on 2015 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.
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.

Orentation & Registration for January 2015 classes is December 2, 2014 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) 790-3111
E-mail: lsiefferman@catholiccharitiesatlanta.org

Catholic Charities offers these classes with the assistance of a grant from the Technical College System of Georgia. We also partner with Goodwill of North Georgia, Holy Spirit Catholic Church, and Our Lady of the Americas Mission.

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.”