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Updated Plans for ESL Classes Starting September 2021

We are excited to be preparing to open ESL classes again, after a long Covid pandemic year, in September 2021.

ALL registration and testing will be done in person on Saturday, September 11th, 2021 — time to be announced soon.

English and Citizenship Classes

  • Regular classes are held Monday and Wednesday nights, starting at 7:00 pm and ending at 8:30 pm.
  • Classes are free (no cost) but students are encouraged to purchase a textbook that costs $20-25 (this is not a requirement).
  • Classes are small in size and emphasize the following four skill areas: conversation (listening/speaking), reading, writing, and grammar.
  • No childcare is provided, so please make other arrangements for the care of children. Children are not allowed in or outside of the classroom.

Program Schedule

  • Fall Session: September to early December
  • (Break: 3-4 week break for Christmas and New Year)
  • Spring Session: early January to the end of April or early May
  • (No Summer classes)

Registration and Location Information

Registration and Location Details available at GraceArlington.com/ESL

Class Levels

There are six levels of English classes and one Citizenship class offered.

  • Level 1 – for beginning students who have no experience with the English Language
  • Level 2 – for beginning students who already have knowledge of the English alphabet, numbers and have basic communication skills
  • Level 3 – for advanced beginners
  • Level 4 – a low intermediate level class for students who hope to improve their grammar and their listening and speaking skills
  • Level 5 – an intermediate/advanced level class to increase fluency
  • Conversation – gives students the opportunity to use and improve their English skills as they discuss a variety of topics and enjoy the informal, social atmosphere it provides. Students who would like to participate in this class will need to test at a Level 4 or higher.
  • Citizenship – a preparatory course for immigrants who are planning to apply for US citizenship. This course will help students prepare for the exam and for the oral questions and interview process. Students wishing to attend this course must complete an entrance test at a Level 3 or higher. Because this is an advanced speaking, reading and listening class, students wishing to attend this course must complete a separate Citizenship class test to determine eligibility.

Our Students

Students come from many countries, including: Brazil, China, Colombia, Cuba, D.R. Congo, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Iran, Iraq, Japan, Jordan, Mexico, Morocco, Myanmar, Pakistan, Palestine, Peru, South Korea, Syria, Ukraine, Venezuela, and Vietnam.

These represent at least thirteen different languages.

Topics

Some topics students will learn about in our classes are:

  • Introducing Yourself
  • Getting Around Town
  • Housing
  • Food
  • Using English at Work
  • Health
  • How to Deal with Emergencies
  • Recreation
  • Shopping
  • Friends and Neighbors
  • Telephone Conversations
  • Finances / Money
  • Community Rules and Regulations
  • School
  • Family
  • Strategies for Smooth (Polite) Communication
  • Idioms
  • Giving Information
  • School Rules and Regulations
  • Rights and Responsibilities
  • How to Agree and Disagree Politely
  • How to Interrupt Politely
  • How to Express Opinions Politely
  • And more!