Sundays 12:30 -2:30 | 3rd Floor of the education center in the East Wing
Cost per session: Free
Courses offered: Beginning ESOL, Intermediate ESOL, Conversation on community life and introduction to American culture.
The English as a Second Language program at Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church meets an important need for recent immigrants in the D.C. area’s foreign-origins community. Its goals are to foster a learning environment where students’ English-speaking language skills are improved, to help students gain familiarity with American culture, and to engage with other community resource centers. CCPC members and others volunteer as teachers and tutors in the program.
Small groups of students work with different tutors at various learning levels. Emphasis is on written and oral comprehension, vocabulary building and conversation, plus an introduction to American life and culture.
The program is non-denominational and community-based, serving the Washington, D.C. and Maryland areas around the church. Study and practice outside of class are considered important for learning, so homework is often assigned. Students report that their improved language skills benefit them in the workplace, give them greater confidence in their communities, and help with family relations, where the English language is becoming a mainstay.
Active enrollment for the 2015-2016 academic year included about 40 students from Bolivia, Brazil, Cameroon, China, Colombia, Ethiopia, France, Georgia, Guatemala, India, Iran, Ivory Coast, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Morocco, Peru, Russia, Senegal, Slovakia, Syria, Taiwan and Venezuela. Many foreign languages were represented among our students, whose English-speaking abilities at the beginning of the course ranged from essentially non-existent to advanced-intermediate.