OUR ESOL CLASSES WILL BE ON ZOOM THIS AUTUMN! (SEPTEMBER – DECEMBER 2020)
WE WILL ONLY TEACH RETURNING STUDENTS – NO FIRST-TIME STUDENTS (WE ARE SORRY!!)
BUT YOU MUST REGISTER AT OUR CHURCH BUILDING:
SEPTEMBER 2, 6:00 – 7:30 P.M. Cancelled due to rain
SEPTEMBER 9, 6:00 – 7:30 P.M.
RAIN DATE: SEPTEMBER 16, 6:00 – 7:30 P.M.
SEE YOU AT REGISTRATION ON SEPTEMBER 2 OR SEPTEMBER 9 (or maybe September 16 if there is rain)!
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?
Our classes are meant for adult students. Any adult who would like to learn English is welcome! Children between 12 and 16 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 pm during the two sessions each year. Because of COViD-19, our classes will be online (ZOOM) this year. They will probably end at 8:15.
Session I (Autumn) runs from September to December.
Session 2 (Spring) runs from February through May.
See the weekly class schedule below.
WHO TEACHES ESOL?
All our staff are unpaid volunteers who want to show you friendship and help you learn to speak better English. Our ESOL teachers come from many professional backgrounds, and receive training in teaching ESOL.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
All classes are free. Students will be asked to purchase a textbook (cost is $25.00 – $35.00).
WHERE ARE ESOL CLASSES LOCATED?
Normally, our ESOL classes are located at Covenant of Grace church. But this year, our classes will be online, on ZOOM.
Our church address is:
Covenant of Grace Presbyterian Church
820 Nicodemus Road
Reisterstown, Maryland 21136
Phone: 410-833-2160 E-mail: email@example.com
DOES ESOL HAVE CHILDCARE?
Normally, yes. During in-person classtime at the Covenant of Grace church buildings, free childcare is provided for students’ children, – infants through 5th grade.
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.
ESOL Fall 2020 ONLINE Class Schedule
Wednesday nights at 7:00pm
September 23- First night of class
September 30- Class
October 7- Class
October 14- Class
October 21- Class
October 28- Class
November 4- Class
November 11- Class
November 18- Class
November 25- NO CLASS
December 2- Class
December 9- Class
December 16- Class (LAST CLASS until February)
Spring Classes will start on February 3rd
ESOL Book Club Classes will be Thursdays at 7:00pm on Zoom (for Intermediate and Advanced Students)
ESOL WEATHER POLICY
Our ESOL weather policy is to follow the weather alerts announced for Baltimore County School. When Baltimore County Schools are closed due to bad weather, there will not be any ESOL classes that same evening.