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Teacher Link Meetings

All ESLIM teachers are invited to join us for informal online chat sessions on Sunday afternoons from 2:00 to 3:00 PM. These sessions are intended to be an opportunity to meet and interact with others who share your mission to help our students improve their English. We can exchange ideas, do some problem-solving, and offer support and encouragement to each other.

The sessions are scheduled for:
Sunday, February 25
Sunday, March 3
Sunday, March 10

To receive a Zoom link and a reminder, please send your contact information to [email protected] and indicate which session(s) you would like to attend.

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ESLIM has scheduled our winter/spring teacher training sessions to be presented by Rob Simmons. The session for new teachers, to include those who were not able to attend in the fall, will be held at Christ Lutheran Church from 9:00AM to noon on Saturday, January 20.  Returning teachers will be invited to join us online from 2:00 to 4:00 PM on Sunday, January 21, for a class entitled “Incorporating Interactive Games and Activities into ESL Lessons”.  The training will include several examples of games and activities that can be incorporated into the lesson plan, plus advice for tailoring activities to the lesson objective and abilities of the learners.

To register for the training, teachers should send their contact information, including their name, phone number, the location where they will be teaching, and which session they wish to attend to [email protected] as soon as possible. Registrants will be acknowledged and sent relevant information prior to the training.

2023 Fall Training Dates Announced

We invite volunteers from our member programs to join us in our teacher training sessions on Saturday, September 9, and Sunday, September 10. The Saturday session, designed to help new teachers gain the confidence needed to succeed in the classroom, will be held in-person at Centreville UMC from 9:00 AM to noon. The Sunday afternoon session from 2:00 to 4:00 PM is an opportunity for experienced teachers to learn some new strategies they can use with their students. This online session will focus on using photos and pictures to build interest and vocabulary and enhance comprehension. Both sessions will be led by Rob Simmons, an experienced ESL teacher and teacher trainer.

Don’t miss this opportunity to build your teaching skills and meet others who share your desire to help our immigrant community! Register by sending your contact information, including the session in which you are interested and the site where you will be teaching this fall to [email protected].

Volunteers Urgently Needed

ESL instructors and assistants are needed in various locations for the upcoming fall semester. An educational background is not required, and training and materials are provided. Your commitment of one evening or morning a week can make a big difference in the lives of others.

Please answer the questions you will find in the “Volunteer” section of this website to be considered for an opportunity. We will acknowledge your application when it’s received, and we will try to find a location and time that will be most convenient for you.

Free Online US Citizenship Preparation Classes

Lord of Life Lutheran Church will be offering free online US citizenship test preparation classes to permanent residents who are eligible for US citizenship. It is advised that students who register for this class should have at least a high beginner level of English.

These classes will meet via Zoom on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:00 to 8:45 , beginning April 13, 2023, and ending May 25, 2023.

An in-person orientation will be held on Tuesday, April 11, at 7:00 PM at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 5114 Twinbrook Rd., in Fairfax.  Free textbooks will be distributed at that time, and a link to the class will be sent to registered students beginning the second week in March.  Class size is limited to twelve students.  The registration link is posted on this website and on Lord of Life’s webpage at


Volunteers Needed

Several of our locations are in urgent need of volunteers. You do not have to have a teaching background to volunteer with us; materials and free training are provided.
Please contact us at for more information.

Save the Date


Our training for new teachers is scheduled to take place at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Fairfax on Saturday, January 7, 2023.  The session, led by Rob Simmons, begins at 9:00 am and will end at noon.  All new teachers and those who were not able to attend the fall training are welcome to attend.  To register for this training, please send your contact information, including the name of the church where you will be volunteering to before January 2.  Participants will be acknowledged and sent a reminder and additional details prior to the training.

ESLIM Welcomes Three New Churches

ESLIM has grown! We are pleased to welcome three very established programs, each with decades of experience offering English classes: Reston Bible Church, McLean Presbyterian Church, and McLean Baptist Church. Welcome!

Save the Date!

Our fall training sessions for new teachers have been scheduled for Saturday, September 10, 2022. The three-hour morning session to be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Alexandria, will focus on topics relevant to new in-person teachers, while the afternoon session will be presented via Zoom to teachers new to teaching online classes. The content of each session will be tailored to the needs of those attending each training.

Both trainings will be led by Rob Simmons, who is currently teaching at the Franconia Area Churches ESL Cooperative. He has been a volunteer ESL teacher in Northern Virginia for two decades, and he has worked extensively as a teacher trainer.

To register for the training, teachers should send their contact information, including their name, phone number, and location where they will be teaching, and which session they wish to attend to [email protected] as soon as possible. Registrants will be acknowledged and sent relevant information prior to the training.

Summer Conversation Classes

Starting April 2, 2022, free casual conversation classes will be offered at St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church, 8617 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA.

These classes are in-person and will be held on Saturday mornings from 10 AM to Noon.

To register, please fill out the registration form at: or contact Trung Trinh at 408-218-2985 for more information.