Within 10 work days after arrival in the US all adult refugees must be enrolled in English as a Second Language classes (ESL). Participation in ESL classes is a requirement for refugees to receive cash assistance from the government.

  1. Contact the local community college and inquire about enrolling in ESL classes.
    GUILFORD COUNTY:  Guilford Technical Community College - (336) 454-1126 x55026 - 901 South Main St., High Point, NC
    FORSYTH COUNTY:  Forsyth Technical Community College - (336) 734-7984 - West Campus, 1300 Bolton Street, Winston-Salem 27103
  2. An interpreter is not necessary for ESL enrollment/orientation.
  3. Refugees will go through a testing process during the orientation to assess their English level. 
    Guilford County:  Testing and orientation is a three-day process and is Monday through Wednesday, 9am-12pm.
    Forsyth County:   No orientation. The testing center is located on West Campus located at 1300 Bolton St Winston Salem 27103
  4. Transport the refugee(s) to and from the orientation or help them learn how to get there using public transportation.
  5. Volunteers do not need to stay for the orientation, but may want to walk their refugee partners in at first.
  6. Notify the World Relief case manager that enrollment is complete.
  7. Assure refugee partner(s) know when they need to be in class.
  8. Assist refugee(s) in learning how to take public transportation to the ESL class.
  9. Note: You may research or contact the World Relief case manager to find out if any other ESL classes are offered in the community where the refugee lives.

In order to receive cash assistance from the government for their first three months in the US, refugees are required to attend English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. There are also various other options for additional ESL practice. Refugees arrive in the US with various levels of English skills, ranging from fluency to illiteracy.

WR Triad’s Role: WR Triad enrolls students in school and in ESL classes at GTCC or FTCC.

Volunteer’s Role: Volunteers can assist refugee clients in learning English in multiple ways.  Check out our Intro to ELT page for more information on how volunteers can help.


World Relief Triad - 155 Northpoint Ave, Suite 102, High Point, NC 27262
T: 336.887.9007 - F: 336.887.5245 - E: triad@wr.org - W: www.worldrelieftriad.org