St. Mark ESL Program Volunteer Profile: Bruce Tria

Posted on May 30, 2016

 State/Country of Origin:   Brooklyn, NY, USA.  I later went to California to attend college, graduated and stayed there a total of 15 years, returning to Virginia about 35 years ago to care for my mother, who has since passed. What prompted you to volunteer with St. Mark ESL? I asked to be a part of […]

Memorial Day: Honoring Those Who Died in Service for Our Country

Posted on May 27, 2016

Officially, Memorial Day is the day when Americans remember people who have died in service for our country. Celebrated on the last Monday in May, Memorial Day has also become the unofficial kickoff of summer. The celebration of Memorial Day dates back to 1868, soon after the end of the American civil war.  At that […]

For English Learners: 10 Things You Might Not Know About English

Posted on May 25, 2016

From the Oxford Dictionary blog:   English is the only major language without an “academy,” or governing body, to guide it. Hint: It’s political. More than 1 billion people are learning English as you read this. 96 of the 100 most used words in English have Germanic origins. Examples include I, you, go. Since 1066, […]

St. Mark ESL Program Volunteer Profile: Monica O’Keefe

Posted on May 23, 2016

Name:   Monica O’Keefe   State/Country of Origin:   USA   What prompted you to volunteer with St. Mark ESL? I wanted to do more to serve the parish and community.   Which class do you teach? Intermediate 1.   What you enjoy most about the particular class you teach? I enjoy the students’ energy and interest. […]

Life Skills Speaker Series: Announcing 5th Life Skills Presentation: Health Care Coverage and Care Options

Posted on May 20, 2016

The St. Mark ESL Program is pleased to announce the fifth and final presentation in our 2016-17 Life Skills Speaker Series for Intermediate and Advanced students.  Our next presentation is on “Health Care Coverage and Care Options” and will be presented by two “health navigators” from Enroll Virginia, an agency that educates consumers on the […]

St. Mark English as a Second Language Classes – Oldest Languages Spoken Today

Posted on May 18, 2016

About 6,000 languages are spoken today and are the result of slow and gradual evolution from the first grunts humans put together thousands of years ago.  While researchers continuously search for proof of the earliest existing languages, it is a very difficult and hotly-debated task. The website www.theculturetrip.com takes a crack at it and has […]

St. Mark ESL Program Volunteer Profile: Ken Pitterle

Posted on May 16, 2016

Why I volunteer with St. Mark ESL: The answer is pretty simple, if a bit convoluted.  After I retired, I was looking for a second career as a social studies secondary school teacher, hoping to use my foreign experiences (I’ve been to about 120 countries) to encourage youngsters to engage with the larger world.  Despite […]

English for Business Success: A Japanese CEO Tells His Story

Posted on May 13, 2016

An early proponent of the adoption of English for business use, Rakuten CEO Hiroshi Mitikani points to several benefits of “Englishisation”: Speaking English = speaking the language of an increasingly global marketplace. Recent acquisitions in the US (Ebates, Pinterest) and elsewhere were facilitated by the company’s adoption of English as its official language. English is […]

St. Mark English as a Second Language Classes – May 12 National Limerick Day

Posted on May 11, 2016

Limerick is the third largest city in Ireland.    Limericks are also humorous poems, written in a specific structure.   The structure of a limerick consists of five lines, the first line of a limerick poem usually begins with ‘There was a….’ and ends with a name, person or place.  Limericks generally have a rhyme scheme of […]

St. Mark English as a Second Language Program Life Skills presentation: the 2016 Presidential Campaign

Posted on May 9, 2016

“Race for the White House” was the focus of the Life Skills Series presentation on April 28, 2016.  Twenty-eight students participated in the presentation given by Rich Donahue, ESL Citizenship Instructor. Students learned about the expansion of the right to vote through history, the two political parties, and the timeline of events leading up to […]