English as a Second Language & Citizenship Preparation Classes

//English as a Second Language & Citizenship Preparation Classes
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English as a Second Language (ESL) Classes are offered to immigrants and refugees at a low cost of $50/year.  ESL classes focus on basic skills instruction covering topics such as health, shopping, housing, jobs, emergencies, community services, and many other issues dealing with everyday living.

Citizenship Preparation Classes are offered at a low-cost of $30/course. Citizenship classes prepare students to take the citizenship test by providing information about the citizenship application process, including lessons on civics and history, as well as English writing and reading preparation.

During both types of classes, we also offer enriched child care for $25/semester/child.

English as a Second Language

ESL classes are offered at the beginner, intermediate and high intermediate levels. Students are tested for their level at the time of registration. Referrals are made for those who are qualified for advanced or GED levels.

English classes focus on basic skills instruction covering topics such as health, shopping, housing, jobs, emergencies, community services, and many other issues dealing with everyday living.

English classes that focus on building the language skills that help prepare students to be successful at the workplace.

Curriculum Focus: These classes will include vocabulary for the workplace, knowledge about a lifestyle when having a job, job search skills, filling out job-related forms, and communication at the workplace.

Who can attend? Any adult who is specifically looking for help with acquiring or strengthening English language skills to use at their current job, or for seeking a job where the English language is required.

Class schedule: Mondays and Wednesday from 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM at The Helen Hunt Campus

English as a Second Language classes are offered September through May. Registration takes place in August, but enrollment is open throughout the year. When classes are full, students are put on a waiting list and placed in a class when space is available. New classes may start during the year when needed.


Find the Next Class

Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church

2715 Pikes Peak Avenue

Monday and Wednesday

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

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St. Patrick’s Catholic Church

6455 Brook Park Drive

Tuesday and Thursday

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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Atlas Preparatory School

1450 Academy Park Loop

Tuesday and Thursday

6:30 p.m. – 8 :30 p.m.

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The Helen Hunt Campus

917 E Moreno Avenue

Monday and Wednesday

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

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Citizenship Preparation Classes

U.S. Citizenship Preparation Classes are offered September through May. Registration and enrollment take place throughout the year. When classes are full, students are put on a waiting list and placed in a class when space is available.

Find the Next Class

Atlas Preparatory School

1450 Academy Park Loop

Tuesday and Thursday

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

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Enriched Childcare

For $25/semester/child, onsite, enriched childcare is available for children of ESL or Citizenship Class students. Enriched childcare is led by a trained childcare worker who engages children in interactive reading circles and other education activities.

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ESL Staff

Gabe Cobos

Gabriel Cabos joined Catholic Charities in September of 2015 as the ESL Director. Immediately prior, he worked for D-11 Schools in El Paso County for nearly two years as a community liaison supporting English as a Second Language for individuals and families. His experience also includes working as an ESL instructor for the Pikes Peak Library District through its adult literacy program; an ESL/Bilingual Assistant for a large middle school in Houston, Texas; and a paraprofessional for the Denver Public Schools system’s English Language Acquisition program. Likewise, he has experience working as a trained Special Education paraprofessional.

Abigail Reynolds

Abigail Reynolds is the ESL Site Coordinator and you can find her at almost any ESL class location during class times. She is originally from Boulder, CO, recently moved to Colorado Springs and has been at Catholic Charities since September 2017. She has taught English as a Second/other Language to adults and children since 2010, in the U.S., Costa Rica, and Korea. She obtained her master’s degree in Teaching English as a Second/other Language from Northern Arizona University. Abigail is grateful and excited to have the opportunity to work as Site Coordinator and to keep her Spanish-speaking skills alive.

Contact Us

Monday – Friday

8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


228 North Cascade Avenue

Colorado Springs, CO 80903


719-866-6516