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Meet Connie Hauer, ESLIM’s New Program Administrator

ESLIM is delighted to introduce our new program administrator, Connie Hauer. She is already part of the ESLIM family, having taught advanced students at Centreville United Methodist Church for the last three semesters.Connie also teaches an intermediate ESL class at the Hogar Center in Manassas, and she has done freelance, one-on-one tutonring for clients including a journalist and an embassy employee. In preparation for all of these activities, she earned a TESOL certificate.

Previously Connie taught school for 34 years. And for three years, she and her husband coordinated volunteers for an overnight shelter that their church in Tennessee hosted once a week during the winter months.

Connie’s starting date was December 7. She and Dorothy Hettmann, our longtime program administrator, will overlap during a period of training and transition. Like Dorothy, Connie will work an average of 10 hours per week. We are blessed to have her on board, and I hope you will give her a warm welcome.

Returning Teacher Training Topic Announced

ESLIM’s  Returning Teacher Training will be held on Sunday, September 10, 2017 at First Presbyterian Church in Arlington.

The topic of the workshop is Jump start Learner Motivation through Self Monitoring.    We will explore how to help learners take ownership of their language learning.  Techniques will be practiced which enable learners to monitor and reflect on how they learn best and what they are learning in each of the four language skills:  reading, writing, listening and speaking.  Tried and true effective language learning activities will be modeled throughout the training.

To register for the Returning Teacher Training, please send your name and church you are teaching with to:  [email protected]

ESLIM Announces Fall 2017 Class Schedules

The schedules for our Fall  English classes have been announced.  Our ESLIM programs will be offering over twenty different English classes throughout Northern Virginia and in the District of Columbia— with classes offered every day of the week.  The registration dates and costs are listed on the class schedule on our website.    Childcare is available at some locations.

The full class schedule is available here.

 

Fall 2017 Returning Teacher Training to be held September 10, 2017

Refresh and Renew Teacher Training will be held on Sunday, September 10, 2017.  The training will be held from 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm at Arlington First Presbyterian Church in  Arlington  VA  22203.  This workshop will be taught by Lauren Lang.  The topic of the workshop will be announced soon and posted on this website.

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.

Fall 2017 New Teacher Training Registration Now Open

ESLIM will hold two New Teacher Training sessions prior to the Fall 2017 semester.

The first training will be held on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at  Dulin United Methodist Church in Falls Church.  The training will take place from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.  Lunch will be provided.

The same New Teacher Training will be held on Saturday, September 9, 2017 at Crossroads United Methodist Church in Ashburn.  The training will take place from 9:00 am -4:00 pm and lunch will be provided.

To register for one of the New Teacher Training Sessions, please email  your name,   a phone number you can be reached at the morning of training, the church you are teaching with and class level you are teaching (if known) to:  [email protected]

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

Summer ESL Class Locations

Please see below for locations that are offering ESL classes during the summer months.  The rest of our programs will resume in September 2017.  The class schedule on our website will be updated in early June with the dates and times for registration and class start dates.

 

Bruen Chapel United Methodist Church (3035 Cedar Lane in Fairfax) is having  “Practice Your English” classes during the month of May.  Classes will be held on Tuesdays during May (5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23 and 5/30) from 7:00-8:30 pm.    Classes are free.

 

Foundry United Methodist Church (1500 16th Street NW in Washington DC) is having  classes from Tuesday, May 16 through Thursday, July 27 with an end of semester celebration on Tuesday, August 1.    Registration is on Tuesday, May 9 from 6:46 – 7:45pm or during any class during the semester.  Classes will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:45 pm – 8:45 pm.  Classes are free and are open to students 17 years and older.

 

Graham Road United Methodist Church (2929 Graham Road in Falls Church) is having  English classes from Saturday, April 15 – Saturday, June 24.  Classes meet on Saturdays from 10:00 am-noon (no classes Saturday  27 on Memorial Day weekend).    You may register at any Saturday class.

 

2016-2017 Fundraising Drive in Progress

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:

[email protected]

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.