Welcome to the ESL Program

Serving adult students in

Eastern Sussex County

Would you like to learn English?

¿Le gustaria aprender Inglés? 

In operation since 2004, the English as a Second Language Program at the Lutheran Church of our Savior is the largest of its kind in Sussex County.     Free Classes for adults at proficiency levels from beginner to advanced are offered in day and evening sessions and focus on social interaction, vocabulary and conversation, grammar, writing and reading comprehension.   Free childcare (6 months - 11 years) is available both morning and evening.  There is a $25 fee for textbook and workbook.   Classes are held at the Lutheran Church of Our Savior, 20276 Bay Vista Road, Rehoboth Beach, DE

Winter 2020 Classes (Basic thru Level 4)  began January 21, 2020 and will be held Tuesday Thursday mornings (9-11am) and evenings (6:30-8:30pm) through April 2.  

Registration is ongoing for the Winter 2020 Session  at the beginning of each class on Tuesday and Thursday mornings (9-11am) and evenings (6:30-8:30pm)

Have questions or need more information?   Interested in volunteer teaching opportunities?  Contact Program Director, Barbara Greenway, at lcosesl@gmail.com or (302) 515-4385.

Learn More About Our Program & Sponsors

In 2003, our congregation became aware of the need for an ESL program to serve the residents of Eastern Sussex County. We spent that year securing funding, studying other successful ESL programs and building excitement for this ministry within our congregation. English classes began in January 2004 at the church, and over the years, have been supplemented at various times by health fair activities, seminars/workshops on immigration and taxes, workshops, as well as programs about vital community resources. In addition, the program has periodically offered pre-GED classes, citizenship classes, and basic computer classes. Individual students often receive help, as needed, with supplemental food, housing, solving utility issues, obtaining a driver license, immigration information and referrals for medical problems.

After starting with two teachers, a handful of church volunteers and 40 students, the program now averages 150 to 200 students a year. While the students represent over 20 countries, most use Spanish as their first language. Students are assisted by over 40 volunteer teachers who come from all backgrounds, e.g., teachers, doctors, nurses, and engineers. Most are now retired, and many do not have a teaching background. Learning levels are structured from beginner to advanced. At higher levels, writing and speech are emphasized. Some teachers provide extra tutoring and/or act as conversation partners. Prospective students are interviewed during registration periods to determine their placement level. The interview consists of a verbal and writing placement tests to determine the student’s current capability with English. The students are placed in one of four levels. They select the morning and/or evening sessions. .

Child care is offered at no cost so that parents are able to attend classes. Our child care program provides a learning environment for the children. In addition, it provides a yearly book fair for children.

The program is supported by the Church and funded by grants from the Arsht-Cannon Fund, Longwood Foundation, Harry K. Foundation, Gannett Foundation and SoDel Cares, along with donations from individuals and local businesses.

If you are interested in volunteering with our program (Teaching ESL classes, childcare, administrative, donating food, etc), please contact the LCOS office at 302-515-4385 or by email at lcosesl@gmail.com.    


Mission Statement

ESL Program History

ESL in the News


ESL Volunteer Teacher

ESL Child Care Program Coordinator

ESL Child Care Aide


The ESL program at LCOS is very grateful to the following sponsors for their support of our program. 

  • Arsht Cannon Fund

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  • Longwood Foundation

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  • Harry K Foundation

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  • Big Fish Charitable Foundation

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  • Delaware Community Foundation

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  • Dollar General Literacy FOundation

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  • Mountaire Farms

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  • ProLiteracy Foundation

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  • Sussex County Council

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  • Rehoboth Beach V.I.A.

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  • Waves Car Wash

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