Adult Education

Improving lives and building community

WHAT WE DO

International House’s Adult Education program enables economic independence and helps create a more inclusive Charlotte by providing the region’s immigrants with the English language abilities and life skills needed to actively participate in our community, prepare themselves for better job offerings, pass the U.S. citizenship exam, and foster family success. International House's integrated approach to education is an alternative to traditional, English as a Second Language (ESL) courses. Our flexible programming – which is offered during the day and in the evening – includes both formal classroom instruction, personalized tutoring, and opportunities to engage in informal conversation with native English speakers.

The 2018 Education Calendars are here!


English as a Second Language Classes

In partnership with Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC), classes are focused on vocabulary, grammar, reading and writing, and features a heavy life-skills component that includes sections on emergency preparedness and community resources.


For the class schedule, click here.
En español, haga clic aquí.

English Tutoring Program

Students receive personalized one-on-one or small group tutoring focused on conversational English. Unlike the ESL classes, the English Tutoring Program is student-driven, meaning the student gets to set the agenda for their weekly meeting with the tutor and work on the areas they feel need the most attention.


For the class schedule, click here.
En español, haga clic aquí.

Citizenship Class and Tutoring

This course is aimed at people who are studying to take the U.S. citizenship exam, and helps them prepare for the exam and naturalization interview with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Students first study one-on-one with a tutor, and then attend a class led by a teacher. The tutor will help the student develop vocabulary and practice the topics that will be presented in class. Guest speakers include representatives from USCIS as well as former student who are now citizens.


For the class schedule, click here.

English Conversation Hour

One of 11 language conversation hours hosted at International House, the English Conversation Hour connects new English-speakers with native English-speakers in an informal setting. The session is facilitated by a volunteer who seeks to make sure that all participants are able to contribute at their skill level. All conversation hours are free and registration is not required. See the full schedule of languages offered by going to our Conversation Hours page.


Impact


"I was so happy! All my family has citizenship and I didn't, but I knew I needed to get it. Everybody was voting and I said 'I need to vote, I need to be a citizen, an American," Rahel Sefiu, a refugee from Ethiopia and an International House client.
Rahel became a U.S. citizen in January 2016 after living in the Charlotte area for nearly 19 years, with the help
of one very dedicated volunteer. Sandy Hill had volunteered as an English and citizenship tutor for years with
International House, and spent 14 months working with Rahel to help her prepare for the U.S. citizenship
exam.
"She was smiling so big, and she gave me a big hug. I felt over the moon. There’s a really big payback from tutoring. You get to help somebody become a citizen. It’s really rewarding. I get more out of it than I give.” Sandy Hill, Citizenship Tutor