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 ministry.
Covenant of Grace has been offering free ESOL classes since 2009. Students from more than 55 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.
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.
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.
Our ESOL teachers come from many professional backgrounds, and receive training in teaching ESOL. All staff are unpaid volunteers. Classes are taught in English.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you’re interested in volunteering for the Fall 2023 semester, please register here.
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
- setting up/breaking down classrooms
- setting up/cleaning up snack
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.
For those who do not speak any English.
For those who speak very little English.
For those who know enough English to “get by”.
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.