English as a Second Language Program (ESL Program)
The English as a Second Language (ESL) program at the Esperanza Center is unique because we have a flexible program schedule for students, and provide an excellent learning experience. Our informal, drop-in sessions offer small-group and one-on-one teaching, and our formal courses provide structured, leveled classes by semester. We also have a media lab allowing our clients to learn English through technology.
- Schedule of ESL Classes
- Are you interested in volunteering to teach?
- Resources for Volunteer-Teachers
- Please feel free share these flyers with anyone who may be interested in our classes! (English / Spanish)
- Please view these flyers for information about how to register: (English / Spanish)
- Learn about our ESL program for middle and high school students!
Informal Class Sessions: Daily, by semester:
- Monday, Wednesday, Friday
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
- Tuesday and Thursday
1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
- Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Formal Classes: Beginner Level of English Proficiency, by semester:
- Beginner 1: Monday & Wednesday 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
- Beginner 2: Tuesday & Thursday 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
- Beginner 2: Tuesday & Thursday 1 PM - 3:30 PM
- Beginner 2: Tuesday & Thursday 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Computer Classes, by semester:
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
The Esperanza Center holds low-cost Citizenship Classes to help permanent residents become U.S. citizens. We started our first class in 2010. These classes are being offered through a partnership with Baltimore City Community College and are taught by professional ESOL teachers.
The classes have rolling admission, so a student may enter at any time during the session and then continue as they like into the next ongoing sessions. We have students from all over the world. The students study U.S. History and Government, plus have mock interviews, all in preparation for the 3 types of examinations they have to pass.
Classes are offered every Tuesday and Thursday from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM. We are very happy to be able to offer this wonderful service!
You do not need to speak Spanish!
- Teach English informally one-on-one or in small groups
- Help our students improve speaking and listening skills
- Use the media lab to teach English or computer literacy
- Other volunteer projects are possible, according to program need and/or volunteer interest
- Internships encouraged in both teaching and program administration
Please visit our Volunteer Information webpage for all the steps to volunteer! Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator (information on Volunteer Information website) if you are interested in volunteering.
- Volunteer-Teacher Training
- Ability by skill level
- Suggestions for Volunteer-Teachers
- What to teach students in each level
- Lesson Plan Template
ESL Curriculum Guide
- Family - Basics
- Daily Routine
- Money - Shopping
- Healthy Living
- Jobs - Working
- US Civics - Culture
- Grammar Section
- Online Resources
- Geography Guide
- Tips for New ESL Teachers
- Effective Use of Two Hour Class Session
- How-to-Teach Non and Low Literate Students
- Guide to Idioms and Street Phrases
ESL Program Coordinator, Diana L. Siemer:
- Extension 2 is for Spanish-speaking students
- Extension 3 is for English-speaking students
- Extension 4 is for general information and for Volunteer-Teachers