Happy 240th Birthday, America!

Posted on June 29, 2016

Maybe you remember the line from the old musical, “Yankee Doodle Dandy…born on the fourth of July?”  July 4th is considered the birth date of our country because the Continental Congress accepted Thomas Jefferson’s declaration on that day.   Here are some other interesting facts related to this national holiday.   Thomas Jefferson wrote most […]

St. Mark ESL Program Volunteer Profile: Rena Baker

Posted on June 27, 2016

Name:   Rena Baker   State/Country of Origin:   Bronx, NY; grew up in a small town in Vermont   What prompted you to volunteer with St. Mark ESL? I had been involved with ESL for many years, beginning around the time of the fall of Saigon when Southeast Asian refugees began coming to Northern Virginia in […]

St. Mark English as a Second Language Student Profile: Martha Ramallo

Posted on June 24, 2016

Nombre: Martha Ramallo   País de origen: Bolivia   Residencia actual: Great Falls, Virginia   Intereses o pasatiempos: Mi pasatiempo favorito es pintar y dibujar.   Idiomas que hablas: Mi lengua materna es el español y estoy aprendiendo el idioma inglés  como mi segunda lengua.   Cuando empezaste a estudiar con San Marcos: Empecé con […]

The Path From Morocco to U.S. Citizenship: Zohra Lamine

Posted on June 22, 2016

When Zohra Lamine, a St. Mark’s Citizenship/ESL student, and I met for her last tutoring session before her citizenship interview, I told her we were going to pretend that she was at her real citizenship interview.  I greeted Zohra like an interviewer would, and she answered questions about her trip to the office and promised […]

Volunteer Profile Blog Post: Chris Aaront

Posted on June 20, 2016

Name: Chris Aaront   State/Country of Origin: Virginia   What prompted you to volunteer with St. Mark ESL? I volunteered with an English conversation class while traveling in India. I enjoyed helping others practice their English skills and decided to find a similar program in the United States. I started volunteering with St. Mark ESL […]

St. Mark English as a Second Language Student Profile: Raul Salas

Posted on June 17, 2016

  Name:   Raul Salas Country of Origin:   Colombia Current Residence: Centreville, VA Current Occupation: Building Supervisor Interest or hobbies: Ride mountain bikes, reading, hiking Started to study with St. Mark ESL: April 2016 Classes taken with St. Mark ESL: Conversation and Intermediate 3 Why you would recommend St. Mark ESL Program:  Very friendly, professional and […]

English as a Second Language: Is Blog the Second Grossest Word in the English Language?

Posted on June 15, 2016

Say it isn’t so!  A recent article in a South African newspaper listed 29 “gross” (indelicate, vulgar or disgusting) words in English.  “Blog” is high on the list. What does it take for a word to make the list?  It could be an unfortunate pronunciation caused by its spelling.  The letters g, b, m, u, […]

St. Mark ESL Program Volunteer Profile: Liz Isbell

Posted on June 13, 2016

Name: Liz Isbell   State/Country of Origin: Connecticut, USA   What prompted you to volunteer with St. Mark ESL? I’ve always been interested in the English language and spent a few years tutoring high school students for the Verbal section of the SATs as a part-time job. I thought it would be fun and rewarding […]

St. Mark English as a Second Language Classes – Great Apps to Learn English on the Go

Posted on June 10, 2016

If you are studying English and have a smartphone, you can learn English “on the go” using mobile apps.  With mobile apps, learning English will almost be like playing a game.  Here are a few apps, some free, others not, that will make learning English as fun and as addictive as getting to the next […]

Fifth Life Skills presentation on Health Care Coverage and Care Options

Posted on June 9, 2016

Twenty-one students participated in the “Health Care Coverage and Care Options” presentation on June 2, 2016.  Katherine Garcia and Ruth Alburez, Health Care Navigators from Enroll Virginia, covered the Affordable Care Act and the health insurance marketplace.  Students learned about eligibility requirements, free preventive services, and the benefits of all plans.  Also discussed were the […]