Adult Education

Improving lives and building community


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 programming includes both formal classroom instruction, personalized tutoring, and opportunities to engage in informal conversation with native English speakers.

Some classes are canceled or meeting virtually as we strive to ensure safety measures during the Pandemic.

English as a Second Language (ESL)

Focused on vocabulary, grammar, reading and writing, and features a heavy life-skills component that includes sections on financial literacy, emergency preparedness, and community resources.

Accepting Applications

CPCC (Central Piedmont Community College) is hosting free ESL adult classes online for the mornings, afternoons, and evenings.

If you want to register for English classes, follow the following instructions:
English Instructions
Spanish Instructions/Instrucciones en espanol

NOTE: ALL students, (OLD AND NEW), must complete and submit CPCC Visitor Health Recognition and Pre-Check Form.

Returning Students:
1. Fill out Health Assessment here.
2. Schedule testing here.

New Students:
New Students will need to sign up to get their CPCC ID number here then follow steps 1 and 2.

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 students who are now citizens.

For Summer 2021 our Citizenship Classes will be held online, May 9, - July 25, 2021, from 1:30-5:00. Register for our online class here.

  • Students will be required to take and pass an English Assessment.
  • Have a computer, laptop or tablet with sound and video
  • Be prepared to stop by International House to pick up materials
  • Payment MUST be made before class starts
  • Must have a valid email
  • Students MUST attend orientation on Sunday, January 17 at 1:30pm.

English Conversation Hour

One of many 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.


"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
"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

Our Privacy Policy

Every employee and volunteer of International House is required to maintain confidentiality, and not disclose or misuse any of the International House’s confidential and/or proprietary information, either during or after his or her engagement with International House. Confidential and/or proprietary information includes; International House financial data, business records, employee personnel records, and any personal and/or financial information relating or belonging to International House clients, students, volunteers, donors or employees.