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Ohood is from Afghanistan. She has attended classes at one of our sites for the last five semesters, working her way through two levels during the first four semesters and then landing a job at Five Guys. With the extra practice at her job, she jumped two more levels between her fourth and fifth semesters. We are proud of her progress!

English as a Second Language and Immigrant Ministries (ESLIM) is a consortium of churches that has provided low-cost English classes to non-native English speakers like Ohood for more than 25 years. Last semester, more than 875 adults participated in classes with the assistance of more than 275 volunteers at our 18 locations stretching from Leesburg to Washington, DC.

Our activities include:

  • recruiting, placing, and training volunteer teachers for ESLIM’s programs
  • returning phone inquiries in English and Spanish
  • advertising the classes in foreign-language media and
  • maintaining a website with resources for students, volunteers, and churches.

We invite you to join us in reaching out to immigrants who want to improve their lives. We operate on a very small budget but leverage these dollars into a program that puts together volunteers and students in ways that enrich lives. Your financial support will allow ESLIM’s member churches to keep their registration fees low (which currently range from no fee at all to just $40, with scholarships available for all who cannot pay) and to focus their spending on class-related materials and teaching supplies.

ESLIM would be pleased to receive your support at:

English as a Second Language and Immigrant Ministries

c/o United Methodist Church Bi-District Business Manager

3600 Chain Bridge Rd.

Fairfax, VA 22030

Or to make a donation via PayPal, please visit http://www.eslim.org/donate/.

Thank you in advance for your support of this effort to help our newest neighbors like Ohood improve their lives.

Returning Teacher Training to Be Held January 21, 2017

Refresh and Renew Teacher Training will be held on Saturday, January 21, 2017.  The training will be held from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm at Grace United Methodist Church, 9750 Wellington Road, Manassas VA  20110.  This training session will focus on “Techniques for Teaching Pronunciation to Adult Language Learners.”

To register for any of the training sessions, please send your name, email address, the church ESL program that you are volunteering with and phone number to:

office@eslim.org.

You will receive a confirmation email as well as further details for the training class.

The next New Teacher Training session will be held in August and September 2017.

Winter/Spring 2017 Class Schedules Announced

The schedules for our Winter/Spring 2017 English classes have been announced.  Our ESLIM programs will be offering classes at more than a dozen locations throughout Northern Virginia and in the District of Columbia— with classes offered every day of the week.  Most classes are offered in the evenings, but day classes are available at programs in Centreville, Falls Church, and Springfield.  Childcare is available at some locations.

The full class schedule is available here.

Fall 2016 Class Schedules Announced

The schedules for our Fall  English classes have been announced.  Our ESLIM programs will be offering classes at more than a dozen locations throughout Northern Virginia and in the District of Columbia— with classes offered every day of the week.  Most classes are offered in the evenings, but day classes are available at programs in Centreville, Falls Church, and Springfield.  Childcare is available at some locations.

The full class schedule is available here.

ESLIM Teacher Training Programs – Fall 2016

FALL 2016 ESLIM TEACHER TRAINING PROGRAMS
NEW TEACHER TRAINING

ESLIM will offer two New Teacher training classes for Fall 2016.
The first class will be held Saturday, August 27, 2016, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, at Dulin United Methodist Church, 513 E. Broad St, Falls Church VA 22406.

The second class will be held Saturday, September 10, 2016, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, at Crossroads United Methodist Church, 43454 Crossroads Dr, Ashburn VA 20147.

These workshops are primarily intended for new ESL teachers, but experienced ESL teachers who have not yet taken this training will benefit from it as well.

Lunch will be provided.

RETURNING TEACHER TRAINING
Refresh and Renew Teacher Training will be held on Sunday, September 11, 2016. The training will be held from 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm at Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church, 43987 John Mosby Highway, Chantilly VA 20152.

To register for any of the training sessions, please send your name, email address, the church ESL program that you are volunteering with and phone number to:

office@eslim.org.

You will receive a confirmation email as well as further details for the training class.

Summer 2016 English Classes

A summer session will be held at Ekklesia USA’s Reston Language Center at 1179 N. Shore Drive in Reston.  The session will start on Monday evening, July 11 (7:30 – 9:30 pm) and will meet on Monday evenings and Saturday mornings (9:30 – 11:30 am) through Saturday, July 23.

Registration is on Monday, July 11 (7:30 pm-9:30 pm) and the cost is $15 for the four classes.

Classes are open to all adults (18 years and older) from all countries and faiths.

Childcare is not available during the classes.

For more information,

Call the church office (703)464-5877 or send email to Lang.Ctr.Reston@gmail.com

Summer Classes are also being held at Foundry United Methodist Church at

1500 16th Street in Washington DC.  Classes are meeting on Tuesday and Thursday evenings (6:45 pm- 8:45pm) from now until August 2.  Classes started in May, however, there is open registration every Tuesday and Thursday evening before the class.  There is no charge for

the classes at Foundry UMC.   Sorry, no childcare is available.

For more information, please send an email to office@eslim.org.

WINTER/SPRING 2016 CLASS SCHEDULES ANNOUNCED

The schedules for our Winter/Spring English classes have been announced.  Our ESLIM programs will be offering classes at more than a dozen locations throughout Northern Virginia and in the District of Columbia— with classes offered every day of the week.  Most classes are offered in the evenings, but day classes are available at programs in Centreville, Falls Church, and Springfield.  Childcare is available at some locations.

The full class schedule is available here.

GOOD SHEPHERD UNITED METHODIST CHURCH IN WOODBRIDGE APPLIES TO JOIN ESLIM

Good Shepherd United Methodist Church in Woodbridge, Virginia has applied to join ESLIM. Our new membership team has visited their site and met with their leadership, found their programs and facilities to be good, and will enthusiastically recommend their admission to the ESLIM Board. Pending the Spring 2016 ESLIM Board meeting, Good Shepherd UMC will participate in ESLIM as an affiliate member.
Locations, registrations, and class schedules for Good Shepherd UMC have been added to our website.

RETURNING TEACHER TRAINING – WINTER 2016 SESSION

Refresh and Renew Teacher Training will be held on Sunday, January 24, 2016.  The training will be held from 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm at Lord of Life Lutheran Church (5114 Twinbrook Road) in Fairfax.

In each training session our instructor, Lauren Lang, consistently provides useful teaching tips and exercises that can be used in all classes.  This training session will focus on pronunciation.

To register for this training session, please send your name, email address, the church ESL program that you are volunteering with and phone number to:

office@eslim.org.

You will receive a confirmation email as well as further details for the training class.

Pleasant Valley UMC, Ekklesia USA, and Foundry UMC Join ESLIM

At the November 1, 2015 meeting of the ESLIM Board of Directors, the Board unanimously voted to accept Foundry United Methodist Church in Washington, D.C., Ekklesia USA in Reston, Virginia, and Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church in Chantilly, Virginia as new members of the ESLIM coalition. We now offer classes in 18 locations in northern Virginia and the District of Columbia, with classes being held every day of the week except Sunday.

Sean Devolites (Pleasant Valley UMC), Amanda Sheldon (Foundry UMC), and Graciela Vasquez (Ekklesia USA) were elected to the Board of Directors as representatives of their church programs — and immediately contributed valuable insights and questions to the Board’s discussions.  We are delighted to welcome our newest members of ESLIM!