Updated Plans for Re-starting ESL Classes in January 2021

Due to the impact COVID continues to have on class size, social distancing, and reduced staff, we will be re-starting classes ONLY for those English as a Second Language students who were previously attending classes in 2019-20. We will contact students via text message to determine who would like to come back to class in January.

We will NOT be able to accept any new students in January 2021 and there will be NO Citizenship classes in January 2021. We hope to have our complete ESL and Citizenship program ready for Fall 2021, including registration and placement evaluation accept new students at that time. If you would like to learn about registration for Fall 2021 in the US mail, please send your name, complete address (house number, street name, apartment number, city, and zip code) and a cell phone number to esl@gracearlington.com.

When we re-start in January 2021:

  • We do not yet know whether we will meet on both Mondays AND Wednesdays or just one of those days. The schedule will depend on the number of staff who able to return to the classroom.
  • There will be no changing of classes. Students will return to the SAME class and use the SAME book they left off with in March 2020.
  • Students will be required to wear a face mask at all times unless seated, there will be fewer students at a table, teachers will be required to wear face shields and assistant help will be reduced.

Thank you for your understanding during these challenging times.

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 which 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.


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!