English as a Second Language (ESL) and Citizenship
Grace Community Church provides English classes to immigrants from a variety of countries to help improve their language skills and to assist them in adjusting to American culture.
We want to extend our hospitality to immigrants in Arlington by getting to know them, assisting them in their needs, and extending a general welcome to them until they feel they are "no longer strangers" in our community.
Registration for our Spring Session classes is now closed and classes are full.
Our next open registration will be in September 2017. Please watch for exact dates on this site in August.
Anyone wishing to become a student must register in person and be tested before joining a class.
Class space is limited, so seats will only be kept for those committed to the class and attending regularly. We will notify new students of their place in a class once registration has concluded.
Current Spring classes run January 23 - May 10, 2017 and are CLOSED to new students.
Next Open Classes begin in September 2017.
Regular classes are held Monday and Wednesday nights, starting at 7:00 pm and ending at 8:30 pm.
There is no cost to attend classes, but students are encouraged to purchase a textbook for $12 each (this is not a requirement).
Classes are small in size and emphasize the following four skill areas: conversation (listening/speaking), reading, writing and grammar.
Calendar of Classes
- Fall Classes: Early September through the beginning of December
- 5 week break for Christmas and New Year
- Spring Classes: End of January through the middle of May
- No classes June through August
Registration nights are held at the start of Fall and Spring Sessions. During registration students will be tested to see which level of class they should attend. The classes are free. Anyone wishing to be a student must register in person and be tested before joining a class.
Please note that we are not able to provide childcare and children are not allowed in the classroom.
There are seven levels of classes 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 - Conversation-an intermediate/advanced level class to increase fluency
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.
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.
Our students come from many countries including Brazil, China, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Iran , Iraq, Japan, Jordan, Mexico, Morocco, Myanmar, Pakistan, Palestine, Peru, D.R. Congo, South Korea, Syria, Ukraine, Venezuela, and Vietnam. These represent more than thirteen different languages.
Some topics students will learn about in our classes are:
- Introducing Yourself
- Getting Around Town
- Using English at Work
- How to Deal with Emergencies
- Friends and Neighbors
- Telephone Conversations
- Finances / Money
- Community Rules and Regulations
- Strategies for Smooth (Polite) Communication
- 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!
We have many different ways that you can serve through the ESL program at Grace by being a teacher, one of the support team, greeter, or just being a friend to some of the students.