WHAT WE DOInternational 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.
We will be partnering with CPCC (Central Piedmont Community College) to host ESL adult classes for Fall 2020, September 8, 2020 - December 11, 2020. Registration and classes will be held be on-line.
If you want to register for English classes, follow the following instructions:
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 TutoringThis 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 Fall 2020 our Citizenship Class and Tutoring will be held online, September 13th to November 15th. Register for our online class here.
REQUIREMENTS FOR STUDENTS:
- Have filed the application for citizenship with USCIS
- 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
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.
"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