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ESOL, Citizenship & Computer Training

English Classes for Adults (ESOL)

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Annually, more than 1,200 newcomers study English with us in a variety of English classes designed to meet all language learning needs. The Institute is the largest state-funded English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) site in Missouri.

Walk-in registration hours for morning and afternoon English classes are: Monday & Tuesday 8:30 am-1:00 pm and Wednesday 8:30 am – 10:00 am. Registration is on a first come, first served basis. Registration for evening English classes is by appointment only; call 314-773-9090 x108 to register. A photo ID is required to register.

Enrollment Requirements

Students must be at least 17 years old, not enrolled in a secondary or post-secondary education institution, and must plan to remain in St. Louis for at least 6 months from the date of registration. Classes at the International Institute do not satisfy the requirements of a foreign student visa.

Tuition

There is no fee to attend. Instructor costs are underwritten by the Adult Education and Literacy Program of the St. Louis City Public Schools, the Office of Refugee Resettlement of the Department of Health and Human Services and private and public sources.

Contact Information:

Hope Thompson
thompsonh@iistl.org
314-773-9090, ext. 108

Anita Barker
barkera@iistl.org
314-773-9090, ext. 107


US Citizenship Preparation

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We develop student knowledge of civics, the N-400 application process, and the English language skills required to successfully pass the naturalization interview. A continuous recipient of USCIS grant awards since FY2009, the Institute is nationally recognized for high quality citizenship preparation programs, ranging from literacy-level to advanced English levels. More than 250 students attend our citizenship classes annually.

Registration for all citizenship programs is by appointment. Call 314-773-9090 x109 to schedule an appointment. A permanent resident card is required to register for citizenship classes.

Enrollment Requirements

Students must be at least 17 years old and not enrolled in a public secondary education institution. Additionally, students must have had Legal Permanent Resident (LPR) status for at least 2.5 to 4 years, depending on class level. A permanent resident card is required to register for citizenship class.

Tuition

There is no fee to attend. Instructor costs are underwritten by the USCIS Citizenship and Integration Grant Program, Adult Education and Literacy Program of the St. Louis City Public Schools, the Office of Refugee Resettlement of the Department of Health and Human Services and private and public sources.

Contact Information:

Amy Puskas
pushkasa@iistl.org
314-773-9090, ext. 114


Computer Instruction

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Frequently immigrants, especially refugees, have had no experience with computers – at all. Newcomers are eager to learn about computers, so they can search and apply for jobs, read native-language publications online, communicate with relatives back home, and learn English.

In summer 2008, we launched our MasterCard Smart Classroom. Annually, hundreds of adult immigrants now learn basic computer skills, study for a variety of tests, prepare resumes, apply for jobs online, and perform a variety of other computer-assisted tasks.

Tuition

There is no fee to attend. Instructor costs are underwritten by the Adult Education and Literacy Program of the St. Louis City Public Schools, the Office of Refugee Resettlement of the Department of Health and Human Services and private and public sources.

Contact Information:

Ada Williams
williamsa@iistl.org
314-773-9090, ext. 205