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Training for New Teachers in August and September 2021

Lauren Lang will lead two trainings for ESLIM’s new teachers this fall.

On Saturday, August 28, from 9:00 AM to noon, an online training will focus on helping new teachers to teach ESL classes online. This session will meet via Zoom.

On Saturday, September 11, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, the in-person training at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Springfield will lead new teachers through various activities which can be used in the classroom to help students achieve desired learning outcomes. (This is our usual, pre-pandemic training for new teachers who will teach in person.)

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

Free On-Line Citizenship Test Preparation Class

Lord of Life Lutheran Church will be offering a free on-line test preparation class to permanent residents who are eligible for citizenship.

The class will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:00 to 9:00 PM, starting April 6 and ending May 20.

Class size is limited to 10 students.  Register on-line at to receive a ZOOM link.

Returning Teacher Training Scheduled for January 24, 2021

ESLIM is happy to announce that our training for returning teachers will take place on Sunday, January 24, 2021 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM via Zoom.

Participants will practice using Zoom (whiteboard, screen sharing, breakout rooms, and polling) to engage ESL students in communicative language learning with a focus on student-student interaction. The training will also provide an introduction to and practice in using web-based technologies, such as kahoot, flipgrid, padlet, and Google Docs.

Our trainer will be Cyn Hatch, the associate director of the American Culture and Language Institute at NOVA.

Interested teachers are invited to register by sending contact information, including name, phone number, and the name of the church where they teach, to [email protected] by January 13. A limited number of seats are available.

Upon registering, participants will receive a link to a brief online questionnaire (due January 14) that Cyn has created which will help her to better assess their needs and interests; they will also receive a link to use for the training session. The office will send a reminder email on Saturday, January 23.

Don’t miss this excellent opportunity to help your students develop communication skills! We look forward to hearing from you.

Citizenship Test Preparation

Lord of Life Lutheran Church will offer free on-line classes for interested permanent residents who are eligible for citizenship. The classes will be on ZOOM on Tuesdays and Thursdays during December and January from 7:00 to 8:30 PM.
Register on-line at now. Class size is limited to 10 students. Please call 703-323-9500 if you need more information.

Teacher Training Moves Online

ESLIM is offering teacher training via Zoom on Saturday, August 29 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and an identical session on Saturday, September 12 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. The training is designed to prepare volunteers to teach classes online. New teachers, as well as returning teachers with little or no experience teaching online, are encouraged to register. During each session, Lauren Lang will cover
  • Basics of Zoom and Zoom instruction (45 minutes, followed by a 15-minute break)
  • How to leverage Zoom for instruction (2 hours)
Participants are asked to register by sending contact information, including name, email, phone number, name of the church where they will be teaching, and which session is preferred, to [email protected] Participation is limited, and all teachers must register at least one week prior to the training date selected.

Good News! ESL Classes Online!

ESLIM is happy to announce that some of our churches will be offering online classes this fall. Please check the student schedule page for locations and specific details. Unless otherwise specified, all are welcome to join, but participation is limited, so please make your plans soon. If you have any questions, please send us an email at [email protected] or call 703-841-0292.

ESLIM Training Session – Remote Teaching Using Zoom

Like every other educational program, our English as a Second Language and Immigrant Ministries (ESLIM) program is struggling with how to provide distance learning for our students.

Deb Rymer and Bonnie Barber provided a tremendous training session on how to teach English as a Second Language via Zoom.

You can view this hour and a half training session on YouTube.

Volunteers Needed in Manassas and Ashburn

Teachers and assistants are needed for the upcoming semester in several locations.

If you can help, please fill out our short volunteer application that you will find on this website.    We will contact you with more information.

January 2020 Teacher Training News

Our January 2020 teacher trainings will be held on Saturday, January 25 at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, located at 3810 Meredith Drive in Fairfax, Virginia.

The abbreviated new teacher training will start at 9:00 am and end at noon. The returning teacher training will start at 1:00 pm and end at 4:00 pm. This session will focus on strategies for increasing interaction in classes through role plays, line drills and other activities that encourage active student participation. Both sessions will be led by Lauren Lang.

To register, please send your contact information to us at [email protected]. Please include the name of the church where you are volunteering, which session you plan to attend, and a phone number where you can be reached. Registration closes on Thursday, January 23. In the event of inclement weather, the classes will be held on February 1.

Volunteers Needed in DC

Volunteer teachers are urgently needed from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at our Community of Christ location in Washington. If you are able to help, please fill out the volunteer application you find on this site.  A background in education is not required; all that you need to work with us is a sincere desire to help others acquire or improve their English skills.

If you would like more information, please call us at 703-841-0292 or email us at [email protected].