English as a Second Language

All refugees should attend English as a Second Language classes to improve their ability to thrive here in the United States. Please contact the assigned caseworker to see what program (or programs) we recommend.

For a full list of Church-Based ESL opportunities in the Triangle, click here.

Durham County:

Official enrollment:

  • Durham Literacy Center: Contact Regina Smith at regina@durhamliteracy.org to tell them how many refugees are interested in joining the classes. She may tell you the refugees can simply show up the next day or she may ask you to come to the next registration date and can let you know when and where that is. You can show the family where the building is or find a community member or neighbor who goes to ESL classes there and ask them to take the new family with them the next time they go. 
  • Durham Technical Community College: Visit the college's website for upcoming registration dates and all the information and steps. You can also call the ESL Office at (919) 536-7221 ext. 3228 or email esl@durhamtech.edu. All new students must take a placement exam first. For the placement exam, students should bring a photo ID, pen and pencil, date of birth and accurate mailing address. NOTE: Sometimes another refugee has already taken them to ESL and helped them enroll. 

Options for extra practice:

Wake County:

Official enrollment:

Options for extra practice: