The Arizona Refugee Resettlement Program offers English Language Training (ELT) classes to all eligible beneficiaries aged 18+. Eligible beneficiaries are defined as:

  • Refugees admitted under INA § 207
  • Asylees granted asylum under INS § 208
  • Cuban and Haitian Entrants as defined under 45 CFR § 401.2
  • Certain Amerasians
  • Adult Victims of Trafficking certified by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and Minor Victims of Trafficking
  • Special Immigrant Visa Holders
  • Permanent Residents who had held one of the above statuses in the past

To enroll in ELT classes offered though the Arizona Refugee Resettlement Program potential clients must be verified for Refugee Services though the Arizona Refugee Resettlement Program Online Database. To do so you may either:

  • Present at any of the Resettlement Agencies operating in Arizona and they can assist you collecting the correct documents and applying for services.
  • Contact RRP Directly at ctremel@azdes.gov (520-872-922) and they can assist you in obtaining the correct documentation & applying for services.

By default all refugees and eligible beneficiaries who arrive to Arizona though a Resettlement Agency will be added into the Arizona Refugee Resettlement Program Online database and will have a referral made to the ELT provider operating in their county.  Once a referral is made to the ELT provider the client will be directed to attend the next testing sessions available to determine class placement levels and course schedule.

  • English Classes (Maricopa)

    ESL Classes


    Friendly House

    The ELAA (English Language Acquisition for Adults) program at Friendly House offers English classes from basic to high intermediate levels. The goal of the program is to provide English Language learning as well as support for transitioning students into higher education or the job market. The program integrates the four components of English learning (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) with job readiness skills such as resume writing and interviewing skills.
    802 S 1st Ave
    Phoenix, AZ 85003
    yumi.goswick@friendlyhouse.org
    (602) 416-7256
    www.friendlyhouse.org

    Maricopa Community College – Gateway Campus

    GateWay Community College is offering non-credit English for Speakers of other Languages (ESOL) and credit English as a second Language (ESL) classes focusing on listening, reading, grammar, pronunciation, writing and speaking. Courses are taught by qualified, degree-holding instructors with experience teaching ESL. Each non-credit ESOL class is $85.

    To complete an application: go to my.maricopa.edu & click on apply now and then select the application type.

    To view ESOL Class Schedule, click here.

    To view International Credential Evaluation Agencies and Translators, click here.

     

    Phoenix College

    The ESL Program at Phoenix College offers the most variety of classes of any of the 10 colleges in the Maricopa County Community College District from basic English to Freshman Composition and Research.  The Core ESL Class offerings include four levels of grammar, writing with oral practice, reading, and listening and speaking. Classes are offered in the mornings and evenings four days a week.   Financial aid and payment plans are available to students who qualify.  Classes start as low as $85.

    For a list of ESL classes available, click here in English and here in Spanish. More information about Phoenix College’s ESL Program is available here in English and here in Spanish.

     

    Somali American United Council

    2425 E. Thomas Rd. # 11

    Phoenix, AZ 85016

    Check class schedule here.

    www.somaliunitedcouncil.org

  • English Classes (Pima)

    Tucson Providers


    Literacy Connects

    Literacy Connects’ English Language Acquisition for Adults helps students learn and improve their English. ELAA students come from more than 70 countries and have educational levels that vary from college graduates to those who do not read and write in their native language.

    200 E. Yavapai Rd.

    Tucson, AZ, 85705

    (520) 882-8006

    hello@literacyconnects.org

    Monday-Friday: 9am-5pm

    Saturday-Sunday: Closed

    https://literacyconnects.org/

     

    Pima Community College

    Refugee Education Program (REP) provides English Language Training (ELT) to adult students who hold refugee status as defined by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). REP offers English Language Acquisition for Adults (ELAA) classes at three (3) levels: Literacy, Beginning, and Intermediate. The classes are held Monday through Thursday. Each class is two (2) hours long. REP also provides a 6 week intensive Vocational English as a Second Language (VESL) in collaboration with refugee resettlement agencies. REP is a non-credit program.

    4355 E. Calle Aurora

    Tucson, AZ 85711

    520.206.7330

    adulted@pima.edu

    https://pima.edu/community/adult-basic-education/index.html 

     

    Pima County Public Library

    Pima County Public Library offers English classes at a variety of locations weekly. The levels of English vary depending on the class. To view upcoming classes and to read more about this program, search “English Class” at their website https://pima.bibliocommons.com/events/search/index

Cultural Orientation Resources


Welcome to the United States Workbook guidebook, created by the United States Cultural Orientation Resource Center (CORE) and the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL), will help refugees prepare for the first few months in the United States. It tells refugees what to expect as they find a place to live, look for work, meet Americans, and adjust to American culture and society. – Available in Amharic, Arabic, Burmese, Chin, Dari, English, Farsi, French, Karen, Kinyarwanda, Kirundi, Nepali, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Tigrinya, and Vietnamese.

Reception and Placement in the U.S. – Available in Arabic, Burmese, Dari, English, Farsi, Kinyarwanda, Russian, Somali, and Swahili.

The Resettlement Agency – Available in Arabic, Burmese, Dari, English, Farsi, Kinyarwanda, Russian, Somali, and Swahili.

U.S Rule of Law – Available in Arabic, Burmese, Dari, English, Kinyarwanda, Russian, and Swahili.

U.S. First Amendment Rights – Available in Arabic, Burmese, Dari, English, Farsi, Kinyarwanda, Russian, Somali, and Swahili.

The Importance of Technology in U.S. – Available in Arabic, Burmese, Dari, English, Kinyarwanda, and Russian.

Community Services in the U.S. – Available in Arabic, Burmese, Dari, English, Kinyarwanda, Russian, and Swahili.

 

 

 

 

 

Learning English in the U.S. – Available in Arabic, Burmese, Dari, English, Kinyarwanda, Russian, and Swahili.

Housing in the U.S. – Available in Arabic, Burmese, Dari, English, Farsi, Kinyarwanda, Russian, Somali, and Swahili.

Employment in the U.S. – Available in Arabic, Burmese, Dari, English, Farsi, Kinyarwanda, Russian, Somali, and Swahili.

Employment for Refugee Women – Available in Arabic, Burmese, Dari, English, Farsi, Kinyarwanda, Russian, Somali, and Swahili.

Healthcare is the U.S. – Available in Arabic, Burmese, Dari, English, Farsi, Kinyarwanda, Russian, Somali, and Swahili.

Education in the U.S. – Available in Arabic, Burmese, Dari, English, Farsi, Kinyarwanda, Russian, Somali, and Swahili.

Money Management in the U.S. – Available in Arabic, Burmese, Dari, English, Kinyarwanda, Russian, and Swahili.