Citizens and residents of the U.S. have the right to understand what is going on around them. It is important for individuals and families to understand all the options for things like schools and health care so they can make the best decisions.
INTERPRETATION AND TRANSLATION
Interpreters interpret spoken words from one language to another and can help with meetings like doctor’s appointments or parent-teacher meetings. Always request an interpreter that speaks the language the person-in-need of interpreting knows best. Translators translate written documents from one language to another. Translators can help convert documents like resumes, school diplomas or transcripts, marriage certificates, and work experience into English. These services can be very expensive, so check with the person-in-need’s resettlement agency to identify the services they provide, first.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE CLASSES
Many colleges and universities offer English classes. Unfortunately, these classes can be very expensive and require a lot of time. There are also many organizations that offer cheap or free English lessons at different times of the day throughout the week.
INTERPRETATION AND TRANSLATION SERVICES
Atlanta Association of Interpreters and Translators
Lists local interpreters and translators.
ENGLISH LEARNING SERVICES
Center for Pan Asian Community Services
Provides beginner Literacy courses for Karen and Karenni.
3510 Shallowford Road NE, Atlanta 30341
Clarkston Community Center
Provides English classes for all refugee and immigrant adults.
3701 College Avenue, Clarkston 30021
DeKalb County Public Library
Provides English classes for all refugees and immigrants 18 years and older. Available at multiple branches.
404-370-8450 ext. 2240
DeKalb County School District ELL Program
Provides free English classes to parents. Call to find out current locations.
1701 Stone Mountain Industrial Blvd,
Stone Mountain 30083
Friends of Refugees
The Mommy and Me Refugee Family Literacy Program is for women and their children of 5 years or younger. Includes English, parenting, and life skills classes.
3895 Church Street, Clarkston 30021
Georgia Piedmont Technical College
Provides adult English classes and a list of Atlanta area English language classes.
Paul M. Starnes Center,
1085 Montreal Road, Clarkston 30021
404-297-9522 ext. 2525
International Rescue Committee (IRC)
Provides ESOL, vocational ESOL, and women’s literacy for IRC clients. Provides Civics and advanced ESOL/GED courses for all refugees with high beginner/intermediate language skills.
2305 Parklake Drive, Suite 100, Atlanta 30345
Provides three levels of English and conversation classes for adults, families and parents, and employees through its English as a Second Language, Family Literacy, and Workforce Literacy programs. Classes are held in multiple locations.
246 Sycamore Street, Suite 110, Decatur 30030
100 Edgewood Avenue NE, Suite 650, Atlanta 30303
404-377-7323 (Decatur) or 404-818-7323 (Atlanta)
New American Pathways
The Family Literacy Program provides personalized in-home English tutoring to refugee women.
2300 Henderson Mill Road NE, Suite 100, Atlanta 30345
Provides periodic free English classes.
1197 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta 30361