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St. Mark English as a Second Language (ESL) Ministry

St. Mark ESL offers low-cost English language classes, Citizenship instruction, Conversation classes, and Writing Classes in Fairfax County, VA. All classes take place in the St. Mark Christian Formation Center in Vienna, Virginia.  We welcome adult English students of all abilities and faiths to our classes. Please read more by exploring the menu down the right side of the page. If you have further questions, feel free to email

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What’s New for St. Mark ESL in 2015?

Because of some wintry weather, we got off to a slow start in January, but our classes are now underway with a wonderful group of students and volunteers. And we have exciting new plans for 2015!

First, we have added a new writing class as an option for our enrolled Intermediate 3, Advanced 1, and Advanced 2 students. “Write Right” takes place from 7:00 PM – 7:45 PM, before the core English classes. It’s a kind of bonus for the eligible students. The writing class has already proven to be a popular option, with 18 students participating. The writing students pay $10 for registration, plus $35 for a textbook. Yes, there is homework, but it takes a lot of practice to write well!


Second, we’re aiming to grow the St. Mark ESL Program in 2015 to “Fill the School,” eventually reaching our maximum capacity of about 175 students. We have been visiting local churches and other community organizations and working with local leaders to spread the word about our program. Currently offering ten classes, St. Mark ESL is one of the most comprehensive programs in Fairfax County.


Third, we’re adding this blog to our Web presence, hoping it will be another way for our volunteers and students to keep up-to-date with the program’s activities. Since not all of our students read easily in English (yet), we’ll include some blog posts in Spanish and other languages. It won’t take the place of our Web page or our Facebook page, so don’t forget to keep checking those!



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