ENGLISH CLASSES

Information

WHAT IS ESOL?

People come to the Baltimore and Carroll County area from around the world for education and jobs. For these internationals, learning English helps with daily life and opens doors of opportunity.  ESOL (an acronym for the term “English for Speakers of Other Languages”) is an English teaching program.

Covenant of Grace has been offering free ESOL classes since 2009. Students from more than 30 countries have participated in Covenant’s ESOL program. Our ESOL English classes are a service to our community. There are no grades or credits. Our classes focus on reading, writing, speaking, listening, vocabulary, grammar, and conversation. Our goal is to help our students in their use of English in daily life.

WHO CAN ATTEND ESOL?

Any adult who would like to learn English is welcome! Children between 12 and 17 can attend (with approval of the ESOL Director) if their parents also attend. Our students come from many countries, language groups, and religious backgrounds.

 

WHEN IS ESOL?

ESOL classes are offered Wednesday nights starting at 7:00-9:00 pm during the two sessions each year.

Session I (Fall) runs from September to December.

Session 2 (Spring) runs from February through May.

WHO TEACHES ESOL?

Our ESOL teachers come from many professional backgrounds, and receive training in teaching ESOL.  All staff are unpaid volunteers.  Classes are taught in English.

WHERE ARE ESOL CLASSES LOCATED?

ESOL classes are located at Covenant of Grace Church.

Our church address is:

Covenant of Grace Presbyterian Church
820 Nicodemus Road
Reisterstown, Maryland  21136

Phone: 410-833-2160      E-mail: cogpca@comcast.net

DOES ESOL HAVE CHILDCARE?

Free childcare is provided for children of ESOL students during classtime.  Childcare is provided for infants through 5th grade.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO VOLUNTEER?

If you’re interested in volunteering please contact the church office at cogpca@comcast.net or (410)833-2160

We have many ways you can volunteer with this program.  Each of our students are special and we enjoy serving them and getting to know them. For Example:

  • registering students/ office help
  • teaching English
  • assisting a teacher
  • caring for children
  • setting up/breaking down classrooms
  • setting up/cleaning up snack

Volunteer form can be found here

CLASS LEVELS

There are five class levels. We give placement tests to students to determine which fluency-level class will fit them best.

ENGLISH READING CLASS

For those who need help in reading English.

FOUNDATIONS CLASS

For those who do not speak any English.

BEGINNERS CLASS

For those who speak very little English.

INTERMEDIATE CLASS

For those who know enough English to “get by”.

ADVANCED CLASS

For those who want to improve their English pronunciation and accent. For those who want to feel more comfortable speaking at work, at school and in the community.