We promote and support the teaching of English to adult immigrants of all nationalities in Northern Virginia and welcome their active participation in our community.
In 1989, three churches in the Arlington District of the United Methodist Church formed a “Hispanic Ministries Task Force.” English classes began in the basement of Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church in Arlington, with 30 students and 5 volunteer teachers.
Since that time, thousands of volunteers and tens of thousands of students have participated in our English as a Second Language (ESL) programs, which have been offered at more than 30 churches.
In 1997, we obtained 501(c)(3) nonprofit status so that private monies could be sought for the rapidly growing program. At that time, the name was changed to “English as a Second Language and Immigrant Ministries” (or ESLIM). One of our founding Board members was Kenneth Starr, a former Solicitor General of the United States, who is now President of Baylor University.
Today, ESLIM has grown to include multiple locations in Northern Virginia with enrollments totaling more than 1000 students a year and instruction and support provided by hundreds of volunteers. Classes are offered during the academic year of September to June, both daytime and evening.
We want our English-learning neighbors to reach their full potential in our community and we strive to assist their efforts by coordinating quality English instruction throughout Northern Virginia. Our ministry consists of trained volunteers and an effective curriculum, and takes place in sites convenient and welcoming to all.
We want to continue to merit the support of the area’s United Methodist Church, which has enabled our success since inception, and other faith-based community organizations, and the community as a whole.
Check out our photo gallery of teachers, students, and previous events.