Catholic Charities will begin English as a Second Language classes

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“Learning English is life-changing,” said Tessa Wheelock, the adult education coordinator for Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans.

Catholic Charities will begin English as a Second Language classes: Spirit and Spice

By Marilyn Stewart

August 15, 2013

“Learning English is life-changing,” said Tessa Wheelock, the adult education coordinator for Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans. Those who are part of the hundreds served every year through Catholic Charities’ English as a Second Language classes may agree.

Registration begins Aug. 21 for fall classes at three locations in Orleans Parish. The registration fee of $25 covers the costs of materials. Adult learners from any educational background or language are welcomed. Last year, learners from more than thirty countries were served.

“These classes are for anyone from anywhere around the world,” Wheelock said.

Classes will be held at Mary Queen of Vietnam Church, 5069 Willowbrook Drive, Tuesday and Thursday, 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Carrollton Avenue Church of Christ, 4540 S. Carrollton Ave., Monday and Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; and at Tulane University, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The English Immersion Model classes are conducted in English only and volunteer teachers are not required to know a second language. Training and teaching materials are provided to teachers.

A learner’s proficiency in English will be assessed before being directed to the appropriate class level. Carrollton Avenue Church of Christ will host three levels of English proficiency classes; Tulane University will host five.

Citizenship classes and one-on-one tutoring for citizenship application will be offered at Tulane University. English as a Second Language classes are also offered in Jefferson Parish. For information, to volunteer or to register, call 504.861.6348.

Men and Women's Day

Old Zion Baptist Church will celebrate Men and Women’s Day Aug. 25 at 3 p.m. at the church, 430 N. Johnson St. The Rev. Calvin Woods Sr. of Greater Liberty Baptist Church, and Roxanne Russ of Greater St. Stephen Full Gospel Baptist Church will speak. The theme is “Man and Woman – God’s Creation.”

The Rev. Sammie Mack is pastor. For information, call 504.582.5020.

Youth conference

Young people, ages 14-18, from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints met last month for the regional youth conference "Building On Our Testimonies" or BOOT, in New Orleans.

More than 350 young people attended workshops on Christ-like values, relationships, missionary work, line dancing, and family history, and participated in four service projects in the area.

Jacob Hansen of New Orleans volunteered with Hands on New Orleans by picking up trash along St. Bernard Avenue in the Seventh Ward.

“It was hard but worth it to improve the community and help people. It makes us feel good because that’s what Christ would do,” Hansen said.

Fund-raiser set

James Chapel Missionary Baptist Church Hospitality Committee will hold a fund-raiser Aug. 23 at 7 p.m. at the church, 4228 Thalia St., in New Orleans. Pastor Herman Brown Sr. invites the public to attend.

Solomon Henderson Jr. of Faithful Central Baptist Church of Los Angeles will preach.

Women's Day

Marguerite Payne will speak at the 9 a.m. Women’s Day program Aug. 25 at Free Mission Baptist Church, 1821 Egania St. The Rev. Johnny Jones, Jr. is pastor.

The theme is "Lending a Hand to our Prodigal Sisters."

Marilyn Stewart writes about religion in Orleans Parish. Send news and events three weeks in advance to

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