English as a Second Language (ESL)

 
 
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Grace Community Church provides English classes to immigrants from a variety of countries to help improve their language skills and to assist them in adjusting to American culture.

We want to extend our hospitality to immigrants in Arlington by getting to know them, assisting them in their needs, and extending a general welcome to them until they feel they are "no longer strangers" in our community.

 
 

Class Information

 
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REGISTRATION

Registration nights are held at the start of Fall and Spring Sessions. During registration students will be tested to see which level of class they should attend. Anyone wishing to be a student must register in person and be tested before joining a class. 

Registration for Fall 2018:

All Fall 2018 classes are now FULL and CLOSED to new students.

Registration for Spring 2019:

Open registration for students to join our classes January through May 2019:

  • Monday January 21 at 7:00pm or

  • Wednesday January 23 at 7:00pm

Anyone wishing to become a student must register in person at an open registration and be tested before joining a class.

Class space is limited, so seats will only be held for those committed to the class and attending regularly.  If a class is full, new students will be placed onto a waiting list and we will notify new students of their place in a class once registration has concluded and a place opens. 


GENERAL INFORMATION

Regular classes are held Monday and Wednesday nights, starting at 7:00 pm and ending at 8:30 pm.

There is no cost to attend classes, but students are encouraged to purchase a textbook for $12 each (this is not a requirement).

Classes are small in size and emphasize the following four skill areas: conversation (listening/speaking), reading, writing and grammar. 

Please note that we are not able to provide childcare and children are not allowed in the classroom.

CALENDAR OF CLASSES

  • Fall Classes: Early September through the beginning of December

  • 5 week break for Christmas and New Year

  • Spring Classes: End of January through the middle of May

  • No classes during June, July and August


CLASS LEVELS

There are seven levels of classes offered:

Level 1 - for beginning students who have no experience with the English Language
Level 2 - for beginning students who already have knowledge of the English alphabet, numbers and have basic communication skills
Level 3 - for advanced beginners
Level 4 - a low intermediate level class for students who hope to improve their grammar and their listening and speaking skills
Level 5 - an intermediate/advanced level class to increase fluency
Conversation - gives students the opportunity to use and improve their English skills as they discuss a variety of topics and enjoy the informal, social atmosphere it provides. Students who would like to participate in this class will need to test at a Level 4 or higher.


OUR STUDENTS

Our students come from many countries including Brazil, China, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Iran, Iraq, Japan, Jordan, Mexico, Morocco, Myanmar, Pakistan, Palestine, Peru, D.R. Congo, South Korea, Syria, Ukraine, Venezuela, and Vietnam. These represent more than thirteen different languages.


TOPICS

Some topics students will learn about in our classes are:

  • Introducing Yourself

  • Getting Around Town

  • Housing

  • Food

  • Using English at Work

  • Health

  • How to Deal with Emergencies

  • Recreation

  • Shopping

  • Friends and Neighbors

  • Telephone Conversations

  • Finances / Money

  • Community Rules and Regulations

  • School

  • Family

  • Strategies for Smooth (Polite) Communication

  • Idioms

  • Giving Information

  • School Rules and Regulations

  • Rights and Responsibilities

  • How to Agree and Disagree Politely

  • How to Interrupt Politely

  • How to Express Opinions Politely

  • And more!


Resource Website: ArlingtonESL.com

The Grace ESL program is also represented by ArlingtonESL.com, a website offering support resources for students and volunteer staff:

  • Detailed Class Calendar - start dates, holidays, end dates

  • Audio Recordings - from the ESL curriculum, available for practice

  • Volunteer Teacher/Assistant Resources - training videos, helpful websites

  • Staff Records System - tracking attendance

 
 

Volunteer

 
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 We have many different ways that you can serve through the ESL program at Grace by being a teacher, one of the support team, greeter, or just being a friend to some of the students.  

This form is for those who attend Grace Community Church or another local church we can contact.

If you would like to attend ESL classes as a student, please refer to the registration dates and information above. There is no registration on-line.  All registration is done in person in September and January only. Thank you!