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Be part of serving through ESL

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Those who are not able to communicate within a culture will always find themselves at a disadvantage. Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) is a tangible way that we can care for those who face such a disadvantage. In doing so, we demonstrate the love of Christ and extend the welcome of Jesus to our friends and neighbors.

ESL has been online only this past semester and we have found that students are eager to join us even in the online venue. We began four classes on February 2nd and have met every Tuesday night since then, except for the February freeze and spring break. Our classes began at a max of 10 or 11 students but numbers usually drop off during the semester and our attendance is around 5-8 students per class, which is a nice size for an online-only class.

We are beginning to think and talk about the fall semester. If you are at all curious about the ESL program, whether it’s online or in-person, I invite you to visit one of our online classes on Tuesdays from 7:30-9:00. With a little advance notice I can give you the information you need to join a class for the evening. All of our teachers are happy to have visitors. This way, if you’ve never taught with us before you can get a glimpse of how it goes. What you see will be applicable to in-person classes as well as online classes. We just have two weeks remaining of our spring semester, so don’t be shy about asking to check out a class.

Additionally, there are several opportunities for teacher training coming between now and September, both via Zoom or in person, so we are ready to get new and returning teachers prepped for a new school year.

If you’d like to be added to our ESL mailing list to be informed of all updates, or if you have any questions about the ministry and upcoming training, please send a note to esl@gracewoodlands.org or give me a call.

In Christ,
Laurel Stevens

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