Bruen Chapel is a part of ESL and Immigrant Ministries (ESLIM), a group of Northern Virginia churches that offer low cost English classes to neighbors from around the world hoping to improve their English in a safe, supportive, and caring learning environment. With the help of volunteers, we offer Fall and Winter/Spring semesters for multiple levels of English learners.
Learning English at Bruen Chapel
Fall 2018 Semester
Registration is Thursday, November 1st from 6:30 to 8 pm. Classes are $20.
Class Dates: Tuesday nights November 6th through December 18th
Class Time: 6:45 pm – 8:45 pm
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. Childcare is available this semester.
Volunteering with Our ESL Program
Since 2011, Bruen Chapel has been a proud member of ESLIM, an umbrella organization for a network of Northern Virginia churches offering ESL programs. The overarching ESLIM organization provides excellent support to our program by offering new and refresher teacher training, multilingual advertising, and other administrative support.
ESLIM’s mission is to “promote and support the teaching of English to adult immigrants of all nationalities in Northern Virginia and welcome their active participation in our community.” Bruen Chapel supports this aim by offering low cost English as a Second Language (ESL) classes at least twice per year during spring and fall. We offer beginner, intermediate, and advanced level classes to help increase the proficiency of adult students from all over the world. Depending on student interest and volunteer availability/skills, we have also offered shorter courses to help ESL students improve in targeted areas like pronunciation and conversation.
Bruen Chapel’s English classes are an all-volunteer production. Volunteer teachers and assistants commit to teach one night a week for approximately 10 weeks (the average length of a semester). The table below gives a brief overview of different volunteer roles.
|Teacher||Create lesson plans, teach the class, and communicate with co-teacher; ESLIM teacher training completion is preferred||One night per week for the course of the ~10 week semester|
|Teacher’s assistant||Assist teacher in class facilitation; coordinate specific lessons/activities||Preferably one night per week for the course of the ~10 week semester|
|Substitute teacher||Fill in for teachers||On call position requested as needed|
|Registration Assistant||Help students fill out paperwork, assess oral proficiency to determine class level, and write receipts||Two hours during registration night|
|Greeter/classroom escort||Help students find their classrooms on the first few nights of class||Approximately 1.5 hours; only needed the first week of class|
|Snack provider||Set out and clean up break time snacks and beverages|
Are you are interested in volunteering with us or in learning English through our program? Please contact our ESL coordinator at Fairfax.email@example.com for more details.