Catholic Charities

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 4 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

Tulane University-Newcomb Hall, Rm 418 • 1229 Broadway Ave.
St. Lawrence Hispanic Center • 2505 Maine Ave, Metairie
Mary Queen of Vietnam Church • 5069 Willowbrook Dr., New Orleans
St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church • 455 Ames Boulevard, Marrero

Tessa Wheelock • Adult Education Coordinator • 504.861.6348

Amy Dudgeon • Site Coordinator • 504.722.5692


Tulane University - Newcomb Hall Mon, Tues, Wed 6-8:30p
St. Lawrence Hispanic Center Mon, Tues, Wed 6:30-8:30p
Mary Queen of Vietnam Church Tues & Thurs 6-8:30p
St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church Mon & Thurs 6:30-8:30p

Tulane University - Newcomb Hall
Map & directions
Walking • 15 min
Biking • 5 min
Driving • 5 min

St. Lawrence Hispanic Center
Map & directions
Driving • 25 min

Mary Queen of Vietnam Church
Map & directions
Driving • 28 min

St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church
Map & directions
Driving • 30 min


  1. Mandatory on-campus session • Thurs., Jan. 23, 12-2pm • Seminar Rm. 4 (2nd floor), Monroe Library • Bring pen and paper.