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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!

Foundry United Methodist Church in Washington DC to Join ESLIM

Foundry United Methodist Church in Washington, D.C. has applied to join ESLIM. Our new membership team has visited Foundry’s site and with their program’s leadership, found their programs and facilities to be excellent, and will enthusiastically recommend their admission to the ESLIM Board. Pending the Fall 2015 Board meeting, Foundry UMC will participate in ESLIM as an associate member.

Foundry UMC, which is located at 1500 16th Street, NW in Washington, has long offered ESL programs, originally as “survival” English lessons at the day laborer site at 15th and P Streets, NW in the District. Foundry offers three sessions of English classes each year, Fall, Winter/Spring, and Summer. Foundry does not charge any fee for students to participate in its English classes.

We are delighted to welcome Foundry UMC to ESLIM.

Pleasant Valley UMC in Chantilly and Ekklesia USA in Reston to Join ESLIM

Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church in Chantilly and Ekklesia USA have applied to join ESLIM. Our new membership team has visited both sites and met with their leadership, found their programs and facilities to be outstanding, and will enthusiastically recommend their admission to the ESLIM Board. Pending the Fall 2015 Board meeting, Pleasant Valley and Ekklesia will participate in ESLIM as associate members.
Locations, registrations, and class schedules for Pleasant Valley and Ekklesia have been added to our website.
Pleasant Valley UMC will be using their newly acquired Community Outreach Center to hold classes for their new ESL Program.  The outreach center is located about 2 miles down the road from the Pleasant Valley UMC church building.  The Community Outreach Center’s address is 25350 Poland Road in Chantilly.  Pleasant Valley UMC will also be holding a third registration at their Fall Festival and Car Show on Saturday, September 19 from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.  The festival will be held at their Church building location at 43987 John Mosby Highway in Chantilly.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

All of our ESL programs are planning for the Fall 2015 semester.  If you would like to volunteer as a teacher or teacher assistant with one of our programs, please submit a volunteer application and someone will contact you regarding volunteer opportunities.   All volunteers will be provided with free training in ESL teaching.

Fall 2015 English Class Schedules Announced

The schedules for our Fall 2015 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 except Sundays.  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 Welcomes Leesburg United Methodist Church & Redeemer Church of Arlington

At our spring 2015 Board meeting, ESLIM admitted two new members to our coalition of faith-based organizations offering lessons in English as a Second Language — Leesburg United Methodist Church and Redeemer Church of Arlington.

Leesburg UMC is an old friend of ESLIM, having been a member for many years before becoming independent a few years ago. Leesburg UMC has a large and long-established ESL program and we are delighted to them rejoin our coalition and to welcome Wayne Reynolds to the Board of Directors.

Redeemer Church of Arlington’s ESL program is located in the same church building where Arlington UMC offered ESL classes for many years. Redeemer’s program has new and enthusiastic teachers and a promising future. We look forward to working with their program and welcome Katheryn Wolfe to our Board of Directors.

 

Fall 2015 Teacher Training

New Teacher Training

ESLIM will offer two New Teacher training classes for Fall 2015.

The first class will be held Saturday, August 29, 2015,  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 12, 2015,  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 13, 2015.  The training will be held from 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm at Graham Road United Methodist Church, 2929 Graham Road, Falls Church, Virginia 22042.

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:

[email protected]

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

Spring & Summer Classes 2015

Most of our ESLIM programs close for the summer break in March or April. However, we do have some programs that continue into the spring and early summer.

Our program at Graham Road United Methodist Church in Falls Church, Virginia has a Spring/Summer semester that begins on Saturday, April 18 and runs through Saturday, June 27. Registration is on Saturday, April 11, from 10 a.m. to noon. Classes meet once a week on Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to noon.

Our program at Community of Christ in Washington, D.C. has a Spring/Summer semester that begins on Sunday, April 12 and ends on Sunday, June 7. Registration is on Sunday, April 12, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Classes meet once a week on Sundays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Our programs at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Springfield, Virginia will continue their current semesters until May 19-20, 2015. One class meets on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The other class meets on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

We hope you will join one of our Spring/Summer programs.

Refresh and Renew Teacher Training: Authentic Instruction: Bringing Real Life Into the Classroom and Taking Learning Out to Real Life

ESLIM will offer a  training workshop for experienced ESLIM teachers on Sunday, January 25,

2015, from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m. The workshop will be held at Bruen Chapel United Methodist

Church at 3035 Cedar Lane in Fairfax.   This workshop is primarily for returning ESLIM

teachers, but new teachers are also welcome to attend. To register, please send your name,

mailing address, email address and phone number to: [email protected]

Winter/Spring 2015 Class Schedule Announced

The schedules for our Winter/Spring 2015 English classes have been announced.  Our ESLIM member programs will be offering classes at more than a dozen locations throughout Northern Virginia and 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, Fairfax, Falls Church, and Springfield.  Childcare is available at some locations.

The full class schedule is available here.