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ESL Volunteers

Teach English to Our Immigrant Neighbors!

Feb. 13-May 2, 2024

More than 150 adult English language learners, including many Afghan refugees, registered for our fall classes held online and in person.

Our students represent 40 countries and speak 19 different primary languages including Spanish (26%), Dari/Pashto (17%), Arabic (10%). They want to improve their job options and integrate into American society. About 44 percent of our students have university degrees from their countries and 34 percent have high school or trade school education.

We offer classes at five skill levels, ranging from introductory to advanced. Although we switched to online classes during the pandemic, we now offer both online and in-person classes. For details, visit

Students pay $40 to cover the cost of books.

Our volunteers include members of numerous area churches and many other caring individuals in the community.The Franconia Area Churches Cooperative for ESL began in 2001 with just two classes at St. John's Lutheran Church, 5952 Franconia Rd., Alexandria, Va. Now we have 11 classes -- six in the morning and five at night.

Here's how you can help:

Teachers must commit to at least one class per week, morning or evening. Classes will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., or 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Students attend both Tuesdays and Thursdays. Volunteers teach one class period a week. We will offer both online and in-person classes in the spring.

No teaching experience is necessary—just a desire to help our immigrant neighbors! Books and training are provided. 


Volunteer to lead an online English conversation group on one or more Monday nights from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. throughout the summer and fall. Pick a topic and prepare prompt questions to stimulate student conversation.


Volunteers are needed to sell textbooks from 9:30-11:30 a.m. or 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 6, or 7-9 p.m., Thursday, Feb 8, 2024, at St. John's Lutheran Church, 5952 Franconia Rd., Alexandria, Va.


Help subsidize the cost of books for students and teachers. Write a check payable to St. John's Lutheran Church, earmarked for "ESL program," and mail to 5952 Franconia Road, Alexandria, VA 22310. To contribute electronically, go to


Join with us to pray that our combined efforts may make the difficult lives of our immigrant neighbors just a bit better.

For more information, contact ESL Coordinator Dori McCormick at Or visit: English As a Second Language.