English as a Second Language

Teaching English as a Second Language

COVID-19 Emergency:

All English as a Second Language ministry classes are cancelled until further notice. Classes will resume in the Fall of 2020.

Information from the Casa/FRC Faith in Action Ministries:  How you can volunteer/help with outside organizations [posted March 20, 2020] – Here

If you want to help or if you need assistance, visit the Casa COVID-19 resource page.


Imagine trying to live in a foreign country where you don’t know the local language. The ESL Ministry teaches basic English language skills to help immigrants rebuild their lives.

Classes are taught from September to May and are held in three locations: St. Matthew Catholic Church, St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Phoenix.  We also teach at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Glendale.  Classes meet once a week.  Training is provided at the beginning of each year.

We use a team  teaching approach with a  lead instructor and teaching assistants. The Lead Instructor has educational experience, but this is not necessary for teaching assistants. Assistants are given training so as to feel comfortable working with the students. Generally, students are Spanish-speaking, however students of other backgrounds can be found in the classrooms. The ability to speak Spanish is not a volunteer requirement.  Lesson plans, classroom handouts and teaching materials consist of a combination of purchased texts and donated material, funded by several cash grants and donated services from the Casa.

This is a very satisfying ministry. Students are dedicated and instructor-student relationships often turn into friendships. As students learn English, volunteer instructors learn about students’ lives, their families and their work.

Inquire atEsl(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)thecasa.org

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