ST. MARK English Fall Classes: Filled to Capacity with Talent

Posted on October 30, 2015

September is an exciting time for St. Mark ESL teachers and students! After the summer break, there were lots of smiles as we returned to our classrooms in the St. Mark Christian Formation Center in Vienna. Fall student registration saw many of our classes fill to capacity: the popular writing and conversation programs, and our […]

St. Mark English as a Second Language Classes; Life Skills Presentation – Job Search Services – November 10

Posted on October 27, 2015

The St. Mark ESL Program is pleased to announce the second presentation in our Life Skills Speaker Series for Intermediate and Advanced students. Our next presentation will cover the topic “Job Search Services” and will be presented by the Fairfax County SkillSource Center. Our guest speaker will cover job search services that are available, where […]

St. Mark English as a Second Language Classes; LIFE SKILLS SPEAKER SERIES DEBUTS AT ST. MARK ESL

Posted on October 26, 2015

The St. Mark ESL Program hosted the first program in its new Life Skills Speaker Series Tuesday evening. ESL students from our upper classes attended back-to-back presentations entitled “The ABC’s of Credit Reports” presented by Dawn Scaff, a volunteer from Our Daily Bread. This organization assists families in Fairfax County by working with them to […]

The United States of Surprises – Part 2

Posted on October 21, 2015

Read on for Part 2 in the series on “surprises” new residents and first time visitors find on arrival in the US.     How we treat our pets People from some other cultures are surprised to see how we treat our pets. Cats and dogs commonly live in their owners’ homes, may wear clothes, […]

ESL Classes Off to a Great Start in Beginner 1

Posted on October 19, 2015

As a new teacher in the Beginner 1 class, I had the pleasure of meeting some of our newest St. Mark’s ESL students last night—10 in all. I’m sure they were a little nervous for their first class. And I have to admit, I was too! In the capable hands of our lead teacher Tom […]


Posted on October 16, 2015

你想成为美国公民吗?   你是否拥有永久居留权(绿卡)已经超过5年? 你的英语是否已经达到中级水平? 如果你以上的回答是“是”,你将能成为HOGAR规划移民服务的帮助对象。   10月24日St. Mark将举办公民入籍申请帮助活动。   Hogar律师和有经验的志愿者将协助你填写N-400申请表格,这个活动将在10月24日周六举办,并且每个月会在北维州的不同地点开办活动。参加这个活动的申请人只需支付一点象征性的费用,就可以等到完整的N-400申请所需提供给移民规划部门(USCIS)的全套文件服务(包括照片和所需附件),以及相关的申请程序信息。   请按以下所列项目准备并带到活动现场: 象征性费用$50(现金) 开具$680 支票一张,收款人:US Department of Homeland Security 你的绿卡 所有你拥有的护照(现在的和已经过期的) 在过去5年中你所居住过的地址和居住时间 你的配偶和子女以及离婚配偶(如果适用)的所有具体信息 任何犯罪纪录文件(如适用) 所有车管局(DMV)的文件(罚单,驾照吊销等)   申请人请留意以下事项: 尽量计划提早到达活动现场,我们按到达的先后次序提供帮助服务 计划花费一整天时间在这里(9am – 5pm) 如果你能不带小孩子是最好的,因为活动现场人很多而且时间会很长 准备一个在你取得绿卡后外出旅行的详细列表(要有具体日期) 准备一个在过去5年你居住,工作,学习地方的列表.     Hogar移民规划服务成立于1981年,我们的服务宗旨是:欢迎新移民来到这个国家,不分种族、宗教信仰、国籍以及能力。 想了解更多有关Hogar 移民规划服务的信息,请访问:   关于律师: Carmen Borda 从2011年开始成为St. Mark ESL 和Hogar 移民规划服务的志愿者。她是政府部门的退休工程师,已婚并有两个成年子女。Carmen非常享乐做志愿者以及和她丈夫一起旅行29年。   About the Translator: Max Jin […]

The United States of Surprises – Part 1

Posted on October 12, 2015

First-time visitors and new residents to the USA can be shocked by what they find. The reality they experience on arrival can be quite different from the lifestyles presented on American sitcoms watched by overseas viewers. This next couple of blog posts presents some of those surprises, as reported by newcomers to the US.   […]

How I Learned English

Posted on October 9, 2015

I grew up learning two languages – Arabic and French at Jesuit school. At that time French was the second language of choice to learn from a young age. In middle school, my mother started teaching me English during summer vacation from an old grammar book that she had kept for many years and had […]


Posted on October 8, 2015

The St. Mark ESL Program is pleased to announce our new Life Skills Speaker Series for our Intermediate and Advanced students. We will feature topics that will provide useful information to help manage everyday life in the USA. Some of the subjects we will cover in upcoming sessions include money matters, job hunting, and computer […]

Hỗ trợ chuẩn bị đơn xin nhập quốc tịch Hoa Kỳ

Posted on October 7, 2015

Bạn có muốn trở thành công dân Hoa Kỳ?   Bạn có thẻ Xanh và đã đang thường trú tại Hoa Kỳ ít nhất 5 năm? Bạn có kỹ năng Anh văn tốt và khả năng giao tiếp Anh ngữ trình độ trung cấp? Nếu câu trả lời của bạn là có cho cách câu […]