Catholic Charities: English as a Second Language

The Catholic Charities' English as a Second Language (ESL) program helps adult immigrants from over thirty countries each year.  With the help of dedicated volunteers, we not only increase students' English abilities, but also assist them in becoming more confident, independent, and integral members of the greater New Orleans community.


Service learners can choose to work one-on-one as ESL tutors for adult immigrants, or join a classroom of adult learners and serve as a Teacher's Assistant (TA).  Most locations operate during the evening, from 6:30-8:30 pm, and 5 sites are available throughout the greater New Orleans area. Out of consideration for our students, we require all volunteers to make a minimum commitment to one evening per week, for a two hour shift, for the entire academic semester, even if this exceeds service learning hours requirements for your class.


Loyola service learners can learn valuable intercultural communication skills, increase their cultural sensitivity, and learn how to problem solve during each evening's tutoring or teaching session. Service learners will have an opportunity to practice their leadership and organizational skills, and develop interpersonal abilities that will translate well into classroom or professional settings.  


adults • immigants/non-English speakers • people with low literacy


  1. Mandatory on-campus session • Thurs, Sept. 10 • 12-2pm • Seminar room 4, Monroe Library • Bring pen and paper. 


Location Mon Tues Wed Thurs
Tulane University - Newcomb Hall 6-8:30pm 6-8:30pm 6-8:30pm No
St. Lawrence Hispanic Center 6-8:30pm 6-8:30pm 6-8:30pm 6-8:30pm
Mary Queen of Vietnam Church No 6-8:30pm No 6-8:30pm
Church of Christ 9-11:30am 9-11:30am 9-11:30am No


Tulane University-Newcomb Hall, Rm 418 • 1229 Broadway Ave.
Maps & directions

Walking • 15 min
Biking • 5 min
Public Transit • 15 min
Driving • 5 min

Additional Locations
(click address for map, directions and travel times)

St. Lawrence Hispanic Center
2505 Maine Ave, Metairie

Mary Queen of Vietnam Church
5069 Willowbrook Dr., New Orleans

Church of Christ
4540 S. Carrollton Ave., New Orleans

Tessa W. Kiesow
Adult Education Coordinator