St Mark English as a Second Language Classes: Advance Registration for Winter Semester: December 1 & 3

Posted on November 25, 2015

Register early and save BIG!  Advance registration for Winter semester is on December 1 & 3.   For only $10 per class you will be able to register for Winter semester and continue learning English at one of the best programs in Northern Virginia. Remember the reduced fees are for December 1 & 3 and for […]

Pumpkin Spice Love

Posted on November 24, 2015

When I think of fall, here’s what comes to mind: warm soft sunny days, crisp sleeping weather, snappishly cool breezes, bright orange, yellow and burnt red foliage and of course, pumpkins pumpkin spice! Pumpkin spice is everywhere. It has infused our lives: lattes, doughnuts, ice cream, beer, vodka, soy sauce, burritos, oatmeal, lip balm, toothpaste […]

St. Mark English as a Second Language: Life Skills Series: Job Search Services

Posted on November 20, 2015

“What job search services are available to me?” was the focus of the Life Skills Series presentation on November 10, 2015.  Forty-five students participated in the “Job Search Services” presentation given by Fairfax SkillSource Centers. Students learned about the steps in a job seeker process.   The process included how to assess yourself, explore careers, create […]

Common English Expressions: Where They Come From – Part 1

Posted on November 19, 2015

One of the more challenging aspects of learning English in America is navigating the seemingly endless list of expressions and idioms that are used every day. Phrases that may seem nonsensical can actually have very specific meanings, and can enhance your conversational skills, as well as your overall understanding of American English and culture. By […]

La gran barrera : francés para personas de otra habla

Posted on November 17, 2015

Mi esposo y yo decidimos llevar a nuestros hijos a Francia este verano. El tenía negocios en París, por lo que los niños y yo estaríamos por nuestra cuenta mientras él trabajaba. Yo había estudiado francés en la escuela secundaria, pero la verdad es que no me acordaba de otra palabra más que merci. Por […]

외국어 공부얘기

Posted on November 13, 2015

언어를 배우기가나는 항상 어렵다고 생각 한다.공부해야하구나 진심으로 하고싶어도또같다. 어렷을떼, 독일말 와 프랑스말 을배우했다가, 고등학교때 선생님을 좋아하지 않아서 독일어 공부하기 끊엇다.   대학교에 입학 하고 프랑스말에테해서 심심하다고 말을 별로못하니까 계속 공부하지 않으려고 중국말로 배웟다. 그때 미국과 중국이 외교 관계를 아직 복원 하지못하고 미국대학생들은 중국말 에테해서별로 관심이없었다. 삼학년때 유학생으로 대만에서 언어공부제일 좋은 사용하는 방법을 발견했다: 날마다 다섯명 […]

Dropping German and Learning Chinese

Posted on November 11, 2015

I’ve always had difficulty learning languages, when I had to, as a kid, or when I wanted to, as an adult. As a boy, I had to study both German and French, but I never went to either country or lived with native speakers, so I dropped German when I could in high school because […]

Veterans Day Thank You

Posted on November 9, 2015

It’s easy to think that the holidays we celebrate in the United States are strictly American and unique to our country and culture. But Veterans Day is more than just a US holiday. Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on November 11, 1919 to acknowledge the first anniversary of the end of World War I […]

St. Mark English as a Second Language Classes: Five Tips For Preparing For Your Naturalization Test From A New US Citizen

Posted on November 5, 2015

There are five tips that I learned during my preparation for the Naturalization Test with our St. Mark’s citizenship tutor Mary Yeaney. With her wonderful guidance, I have successfully completed the test and am now a proud American Citizen. I would like to pass these tips onto anyone preparing to take the test.   Officially, […]

Need for English Classes Increases

Posted on November 4, 2015

1 in 5 U.S. Residents Report Speaking a Language Other Than English At Home A Center for Immigration Studies report that analyzed a recent U.S. Census American Community Survey found that one in five U.S. residents speak a language other than English at home. This translates into a record 63.2 million non-English speakers, a figure […]