Office of Economic Development and Workforce Education -- English Literacy & Citizenship



The English Literacy & Citizenship (ELC) program offers free non‑credit ESL classes, interview skills classes, citizenship classes, and civics education.

Students in the program learn about current United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) procedures regarding the application for Naturalization submission, testing, and interviewing.

English for citizenship classes develop the basic oral and written language skills of non‑English speaking adults while introducing basic concepts in U.S. History and Civics, the 100 American History and Government questions, dictation. and interviewing skill strategies.

Non‑credit ESL levels 0, 1, and 2 classes are also available for non-citizenship applicants.

Citizenship preparation classes equip students, who have basic oral and written English language skills, to successfully complete the citizenship process. These classes cover the most recent USCIS regulations. They also help students develop confidence and familiarity with the USCIS process and expectations. The citizenship courses additionally cover the rights and responsibilities of U.S. citizenship, civics, American history, and the structure of federal, state, and local government.

The services and classes are free. However, the USCIS N‑400 application for Naturalization fee is $680.00

This free program is also available at many offsite locations. This program is supported by state grants and Los Angeles City College.

All students entering this program are pre‑ and post‑tested in the classroom using the Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System (CASAS). Students are served on a walk‑in, first‑come, first‑serve basis.