About the Current Session
- ESL Classes began September 13 and go until November 17.
- Registration for the winter session will be January 10 and 12, with classes running from January 17 to March 23.
- All that is needed to register is $20 for books.
- Classes meet on Tuesdays and Thursday from 9 AM to 11 AM or from 6:30 to 8:30 PM.
- Childcare is provided should you need it.
History of our ESL Program
In 2003 our congregation became aware of the need for an ESL program to serve residents of Eastern Sussex County. We spent the year securing funding, studying other ESL programs and building excitement for this ministry within our congregation.
In January of 2004 we held our first ESL class with 45 students. The classes met two days a week, and in May of that year we celebrated our first “graduates”. In September of 2004 we started classes again with about 50 students, two teachers and 20 mentors. By December of 2006, our class size had swelled to 90 students representing 10 different countries.
In March of 2009 we were notified that we had had been awarded a grant from the Arsht-Cannon Fund at the Delaware Community Foundation which enabled us to expand our ESL classes to offer free babysitting to the children of our students who might otherwise not be able to attend the classes. This expansion resulted in a huge increase in enrollment; by the end of September 2009 our program had grown to 150 students attending one of four sessions offered each week.
In 2010, ten of our advanced ESL students were awarded scholarships to Del Tech at the end of the spring session. These scholarships were made possible by the grant from the Governor’s Consortium on Hispanic Affairs. In addition, all the recipients were awarded book scholarships.
This program has been very successful and we are grateful to all of our volunteer mentors and helpers who make it possible for us to continue to offer this program.
If you are interested in volunteering with this ministry, please contact the office at (302) 227-3066, or by email at email@example.com