A Tale of Two New Citizens

Posted on August 31, 2015

This summer saw two of our dedicated St. Mark ESL citizenship students meet their goal of becoming US citizens. Their St. Mark ESL citizenship tutors were privileged to celebrate with them.   Teresa Macias passed her citizenship interview on May 12th.   A proud and beaming Teresa Macias took the Oath of Citizenship in a loud […]

Tuesday Night Tandem: What one couple gets when they give back

Posted on August 28, 2015

Tammy:     Last summer, I was looking for volunteer opportunities for Steve and me and came across St. Mark’s ESL website.  I saw the program was looking for teachers and thought it might be something that we could do together. Steve:        We signed up and had an awesome experience working with the Intermediate 3 class.  The […]

“Write Right”: St. Mark ESL’s Writing Class

Posted on August 26, 2015

For the second year in a row St. Mark ESL is offering a writing class every Tuesday and Thursday evening from 7:00-7:45pm. The class is open to Intermediate 3 and Advanced ESL students who want to improve their written English skills. Students meet with two experienced instructors both evenings and practice writing with in-class activities […]

Helping to build His Kingdom on Earth

Posted on August 24, 2015

Our Catholic faith calls us to work to create a world that reflects the innate dignity and worth of every human being.  Each of us is a unique and unrepeatable person who has a God-given right to be treated with love.  We can only become fully realized as humans by dedicating ourselves to loving others. […]

Why I Decided to Teach Citizenship at St. Mark

Posted on August 21, 2015

The roots of my motivation to teach citizenship preparation go back to the mid-18th century. My ancestral home of Ireland was visited by a series of famines beginning in 1845. By 1852, Ireland had lost a third of its population to starvation deaths as well as migration to places such as America, Canada and Australia. […]

5 Top English Grammar Errors ESL Students Make

Posted on August 19, 2015

As we all know, learning English grammar can be difficult for non-native English speakers. If you want to communicate more effectively in English, it is important to keep in mind these five grammar mistakes that many beginning ESL learners make in speaking and writing English. By doing so, you will avoid some of the more […]

My First Encounter with ESL

Posted on August 17, 2015

I’ve been a volunteer conversation class facilitator with St. Mark’s ESL ministry for the past two years.  As an immigrant from Taiwan, I’ve always been grateful for the opportunities this country and its people have provided me since my arrival as a graduate student in 1969.  I have raised a happy family here and have […]

Students Praise St. Mark’s ESL Program

Posted on August 14, 2015

Learning English is difficult but it’s the key to a better life in the U.S. So we asked current and former students how the St. Mark program helped them become proficient in the language of their adopted country. Many point to the enthusiastic and helpful teaching staff. “I had the best teachers I could wish […]

¿Cuál es la llave secreta para aprender otro idioma?

Posted on August 12, 2015

Habiendo tenido la oportunidad de viajar por cientos de países diferentes, he invertido una gran parte de mi tiempo gerenciando el uso de idiomas extranjeros. He notado la gran diferencia que hace, el tener aunque sea un poco de conocimiento del lenguaje local. Y si eres capaz de manejar el idioma lo suficiente como para […]

You Can Be a Wordnik!

Posted on August 10, 2015

I am a fan of TED talks, a series of engaging and short speeches that began in 1984. TED is an acronym for “Technology, Entertainment, and Design.” For English learners, the speeches are also accompanied by transcripts, which could help with any words that may be new or challenging.   The mission of the organization […]