English as a Second Language (ESL)

Contact Cassie Dodge at (806) 376-5471 ext.274 or [email protected] for more information

Tutors, classroom assistants, material preparation positions are all needed. Volunteers with the ESL program are personally rewarded with the help they provide to our students.


The ESL program was developed to fit the needs of those who want to become more proficient in the English language. The program is designed to help students learn by listening, speaking, writing, reading, pronouncing and comprehension skills of the language. Along with the comprehensive method of learning comes an understanding of the United States culture. Students quickly develop trusting relationships with their tutors and learning companions, helping them to acclimate to the community.

By working with refugees and immigrants at Catholic Charities, we knew there was a gap of language services in Amarillo and the Texas Panhandle, therefore we developed a new ESL program for Amarillo and the Texas Panhandle in October of 2018. One of the biggest deterrents was the lack of convenient locations for prospective participants. And the lack of citizenship literacy in the curriculum. With the holistic approach we teach life and work skills for easier and complete integration into the community and the workforce. Our expected outcomes are better understanding of English, the ability to communicate effectively in the work place, medical visits, and public interactions in the community gaining confidence and trust. In addition, participants will gain citizenship literacy and pass the citizenship test. We offer 3 different sites in Amarillo and are expanding in the panhandle with a variety of days and times to make it easier for them to attend classes on a regular basis.


Volunteer tutors are the backbone of the program. One does not need to be a licensed teacher or have any kind of teaching experience. All a tutor needs is a compassionate heart, patience and a willingness to learn from their students about other cultures.

Tutor training is given before one begins to tutor. Usually there are two tutors to a class. The ESL coordinator is always available to help however needed, find materials for the class lesson and be a support to the volunteer. The commitment is one or two classes a week, each 2 hours.


Students who are wanting to learn English and commit to the classes have the opportunity to attend classes one to three times a week. Classes are 1 1/2 hours each session. It is required that the student comes at least once a week. Classes will be held September to May with a possibility to attend a few weeks during the summer.


St. Laurence Church
2200 N. Spring St.

9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

St. Joseph Church
4122 Bonham

Tuesday and Thursday
9:30 AM – 11:00 AM