Thanks, Will! Modern English Words We Owe to William Shakespeare

Posted on April 29, 2016

For some of us, the name William Shakespeare brings back bad memories of high school English class, CliffsNotes, and chalk dust.  But the Bard’s Comedies, Tragedies, Histories and Sonnets left the English language rich with new vocabulary.   From A–Z, Shakespeare introduced us to the following words now common in English:   Addiction Bedroom Cheap […]

St. Mark English as a Second Language Classes – Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day

Posted on April 27, 2016

Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day occurs on the 4th Thursday in April every year, and this year it occurs on April 28. This program encourages people to take their daughter or son to work for the day so that they can see what people do on their jobs. This gives children a […]

St. Mark English as a Second Language Classes – Writing Poetry for English Students

Posted on April 25, 2016

Writing poetry is a great exercise for English language learners. It gives students a chance to experiment with language and vocabulary, and to share ideas without the constraints of perfect grammar or sentence structure. Many ESL students have also had rich life experiences that range from memories of their home culture to saying good-bye to […]

St. Mark English as a Second Language Classes – English Language Resources at the Fairfax County Libraries

Posted on April 22, 2016

  The Fairfax County Public Libraries are a wonderful resource for helping to learn the English language.  Check out this link to find out more about classes, internet resources, and library study groups that are offered through the county libraries-  Resources for English Language Learning at Fairfax County Public Library!!

St. Mark English as a Second Language Classes – Bilingual Education for ESL Students

Posted on April 20, 2016

What is Bilingual Education? It is teaching ESL students in their native language while they learn English. This is a practice that has been implemented by many different schools throughout the country. It is very effective in many areas. An example of bilingual education scenario would be if you are asking the class to read […]

St. Mark English as a Second Language Classes – Last Chance to Register for Spring Classes April 19 & 21!

Posted on April 19, 2016

Our Spring session has started but it is not too late to register.  Stop by St Mark’s Christian Formation Center today April 19 or Thursday April 21 from 7 – 8pm.  Bring your complete registration form, $25 registration fee, and some additional cash to buy a book (price ranges from $15 to $40, dependent on […]

St. Mark English as a Second Language Classes Do DuoLingo: Online Courses For Language Learners

Posted on April 13, 2016

I love English.  And Spanish.  And Italian.  The sound of different tongues is music to my ears.   It is not easy for me, but I enjoy trying out various languages.   Fortunately, I recently discovered a fantastic Web site to help satisfy this passion.  DuoLingo is a fun way to learn another language.   It makes language […]

Life Skills Speaker Series at St. Mark – Announcing 4th Life Skills Presentation: Race for the White House

Posted on April 12, 2016

The St. Mark ESL Program is pleased to announce the fourth presentation in our Life Skills Speaker Series for Intermediate and Advanced students.  Our next presentation will cover the topic “Race for the White House” and will be presented by Rich Donahue, ESL Citizenship Instructor.  Our speaker will cover eligibility to vote including a historical […]

Essays From Students in Our Writing Class

Posted on April 11, 2016

St Mark’s optional writing class is offered to our Intermediate 3 and advanced students prior to the core ESL classes and provides time for interested students to develop their writing skills.   A few examples of essays written by some of the writing students are below.  Enjoy! Panera Restaurant By Elias Rojas Eating at a Panera restaurant is […]

St. Mark English as a Second Language Classes – National Poetry Month April 2016

Posted on April 6, 2016

Something I heard something up in a tree Oh, oh, what could it be? I looked, oh I looked, I looked in the tree It was a bluebird singing to me.   This poetic masterpiece, written over 45 years ago, won first prize in the Beaver County Times poetry contest in 1965.  I was awarded […]