English as a Second Language (ESL)


Classes are free, but students are asked to purchase a textbook. We try to find used books so the price is usually $15-$35 for each class. Child care is provided during class time for children up to age 5.

Classes are located on the 2nd floor of the Christ Center and meet every Monday and Friday except for Public School and Church Holidays.

Spring Class Schedule

9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Pre-Beginner Level
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Basic English (Part 1)
Intermediate (Part 1)
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Basic English (Part 2)
Intermediate English (Part 2)
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Advanced English
Citizenship/American History

2017 Holidays (No Classes)

January 16 | Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
February 27 & March 3 | Mardi Gras Break
March 17 | Public Schools - Teacher Work Day
April 10 & 14 | Spring Break
May 26 @ 10:00 a.m. | Farewell Lunch (Bring food from your country to share)

Spring classes begin January 9, 2017.


About ESL

We have just completed 8 years of English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction at Christ UMC. The ministry began with one class of 16 German students as an outgrowth of a Kindermusik mother asking about ESL classes at Christ UMC. Before long a second class was added to meet the growing demand. At that point, our program expanded to include students from other countries including Jordan and Israel. As we added students, we added levels of ability. In 2016, we had 75 students each taking one to three 1-hour classes that met twice a week. Since August 2016, we have added a new level to meet the needs of students with very limited English proficiency. We now have 7 levels of instruction providing a total of 18 hours of instruction each week during the academic year. We also added another instructor. We have had students from many countries around the world including: China, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, Viet Nam, Russia, Poland, Iran, Iraq, Guyana, Benin, Italy, France, Spain, Germany, Austria, Mexico, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Honduras, Chile, Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, Puerto Rico. The students have melded into a loving, supportive community and even connected with the church in other areas. Some of our students have had children in Kindermusik, CSports and preschool, attended church events and worship services, become members of small groups, volunteered at the Recreation Desk, even become an employee of the child care program. It is amazing how God has enlarged the church’s sphere of influence by sending the world to Christ United Methodist Church.

Contact Joyce Genz if you are interested in ESL classes or would like more information at jgenz@comcast.net.