Belmont English Classes
ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE
We offer ESL classes at Belmont United Methodist Church
Registration for 2013 fall classes begins September 3!
Registration Fee: $25.00/year (non-refundable)
Registration Dates for Fall Classes:
Tuesday, September 3
Wednesday, September 4
Thursday, September 5
9:00a.m.—12:00 p.m. in room 203
There will be no registration after this date until January
Bring $25 cash to Registration.
Classes begin Tuesday, September 10
Belmont ESL: The ministry continues
Students from more than seven different countries study English, develop friendships, and share good times in their intermediate level ESL class.
Nearly four decades ago, Belmont UMC began offering English classes. Since that time, Belmont has enthusiastically supported the adult English as a Second Language program providing space for hundreds of immigrants. Every Tuesday and Thursday morning over 100 students from over 35 countries meet to study English, learn American culture, become friends with people from other lands, and discover that we are all much more alike than we are different.
Serving people of all faiths, we teach respect for all cultures and are thrilled when we see individuals—who have spent their lives being told they are enemies—become friends. Our job is to teach English, but we often find ourselves serving as advocates for our immigrant community with citizenship, legal system, and school and medical issues.
Funding from the federal government is no longer available. On July 21 the Administrative Board voted unanimously to recognize the ESL program as a ministry of our church. The program will be self sustaining and will receive no financial support from the church budget.
Mary Jane Duke, Charles Hewgley, and I serve as teachers along with other longtime instructors Cleatus Moorehead and Frank Jones. Our volunteers, Joanne Kitchens, Mary Jo Irby, Deborah Arnold, Dick Bowers, Jim Fitzpatrick and many others are greatly appreciated.
Learning English makes a difference in people’s lives. Belmonter Hai Htoo is a college student at Nashville State but got her start in our ESL program. Yanira helps her children with their homework. Rasha and Maged are new US citizens, and Abid got a job. These accomplishments were the results of hard work made possible by the welcoming generosity of Belmont UMC. If you are interested in learning more about this exciting program, feel free to get in touch. We’re waiting for you!