ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE (ESL) CLASSES
9–11 a.m. Saturdays @ First Free Rockford
When: 9 to 11 a.m. Saturdays
*Check the church calendar for specific dates.
9:00–10:10 – Classroom instruction
10:15–10:25 – Bible topic
10:25 –11:00 – Conversation time
Where: Lower level of First Free Rockford
*Enter through the East entrance and head downstairs to Room 145
Cost: $40 for materials (financial assistance available)
Who: The classes serve all levels of English competency, from beginners to those who want to sharpen their grammar and conversational skills. At least 28 countries have been represented.
How it works: The first 45 to 60 minutes are instruction in English, followed by 15 to 20 minutes for a Bible story. The rest of the time is friendly conversation, with students grouped by ability.
Conversation partners & table leaders
Serve as a host for table conversations. Sometimes small groups; other times one-to-one. Most students know enough English to participate. Conversations might be about the day’s Bible story, or just small-talk. It’s about getting students accustomed to listening to and speaking English.
No prior teaching or ESL experience is required, even for teachers. Conversation partners do not need to attend every week, and they can come just for the last hour.
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Stories from our ESL community.
Global Ministry, Local Venue
First Free’s English classes offer the chance to serve international friends
ESL class fosters friendships
Jesus urged us to welcome the stranger. Here’s a great chance: Our church hosts an ESL class on Saturday mornings, and there are several ways to serve our neighbors learning English.