English Language Classes


How it started

Although there were many  ESOL programs in Greensboro, employees at Lutheran Family Services and  GTCC determined that there was a large segment of the refugee population  unable to access the available ESOL programs. One major barrier for  refugee families was that parents (especially mothers) could not attend  classes due to their childcare responsibilities.  

The New Arrival School (NAS) was developed through a partnership with  GTCC, Grace Community Church and the NC State Refugee Assistance Program  (RAP) contract as a place where families could come together to learn  English and participate in employment readiness and cultural orientation  programs. The NAS operates five days a week for 3 hours per day. 


​There  are currently 4 adult classes and 2 early childhood transitional  classes. In addition to our adult classes we also have employment  readiness classes and cultural orientation seminars every week. GTCC  provides the adult ESOL instructors, the church houses the program and  NAI administrates the program including day to day operations,  development and implementation of the cultural orientation and  employment classes, enrollment of adult students and operation of the  early childhood transitional classes

Volunteering with ELT Classes

Contact Lynn Thompson at lthompson@newarrivalsinstitute.com to set up an interview and get started!

You can find a Volunteer Application here:

Volunteer Application