We have limited space in our ESL classes. So we may have to put you on a “waiting list” and tell you when we have space for you in your level and time of day.
This can happen two ways:
- When you are first placed in a class, your level may have no more room.
- After you are placed in a class, if you miss classes, we may move you to the waiting list and give your space in class to someone else.
These are the classes that are or may soon be on a waiting list:
- Morning level 1
- Morning level 3
- Evening Intro
- Evening level 1
- Evening level 2
- Evening level 3
- Evening level 4
Professional English books
We use professional English curriculum by a global publisher (Pearson). It is based on recent research in the science of learning a second language. And we believe you will have more fun as well!
This curriculum is called Future, 2nd edition. It has a student book, but also helps you practice through the week by providing a workbook, a mobile app, and a website.
This curriculum is the primary content for each class. In addition, each class usually includes resources from outside the curriculum such as the Bible, articles, or current events.
During the school year (from September to May) we have classes most every Thursday in the morning and evening. Click here for information about other English learning options, including those that continue during the summer.
Here are our two class options…
Thursday morning classes
- Held at National Hills Baptist Church, 2725 Washington Rd, Augusta, GA 30909
- Click to see our calendar for exact dates and to check for holiday exceptions
- We offer free child care during our Thursday morning classes for pre-school aged children of our English students. Please click here to register your child ahead of time.
Morning English Class (at National Hills Baptist Church)
Thursday evening classes
- Held at First Presbyterian Church, 615 Telfair Street, Augusta, GA 30901
- Click to see our calendar for exact dates and to check for holiday exceptions.
- We may be able to offer free child care during our Thursday evening classes for pre-school aged children of our English students. Please click here to register your child ahead of time.
Evening English Class (at First Presbyterian Church)
Click or scan to join our Thursday evening ESL group on WhatsApp:
You can park in any parking lot between Telfair Street and Greene Street (see the map below). Then walk across Telfair Street to the church building. Look for signs that direct you to the right and through a garden (we call it a courtyard) to two doors together. This is the entrance for English classes.
We have security officers there until our classes are done, to monitor these parking areas only. Do not park behind the church (near the James Brown Arena).
Sometimes there are events at the James Brown Arena and it is hard to find parking. You can still park in those areas in the map below. If they are taking payments to park there, just tell them you do not have to pay because you are there for an English class and were told you could park for free.
Frequently Asked Questions
When is the next English class?
We have classes just about every Thursday during the school year. If you want to check for a specific date, you can click here to open our events calendar.
Do I have to start in an English class at the beginning of the semester?
No, you can start any time. Each of our classes is independent of other classes.
How much do English classes cost?
The teachers are volunteers so that we can offer the classes for free. There is a cost of $35 for the books which you will use. But we do not want that to be a barrier, so please let us know if that is a problem for you. You can pay online by clicking here, but please wait till your teacher has confirmed what book you need.
What English levels do you offer?
We offer 5 levels of English classes:
- Level 1 (beginner)
- Level 2
- Level 3
- Level 4
In some cases, we also offer an Introduction course for those who are still learning the alphabet.
What kind of training do your teachers have?
The leadership in our ESL program have undergone rigorous certification at a professional level, sometimes over 100 hours. And our teachers go through training to help them adapt their deep understanding of English to the needs of non-native speakers. Some of our teachers also have a Master’s Degree in teaching ESL.
How long does class last?
When we are in person, we generally have a 2 hour class session that has a 15 minute break in the middle of it.
Will I need to study outside of class in order to improve my English?
Yes, it will be very important to work outside of the brief time we have together each week. But we are happy to help with this! In addition to your own private study, we offer social events and other activities to help you develop your English skill.
Do I have to be a US citizen to participate?
No, you do not need to be a US citizen. We are an independent, faith-based organization and are not connected to the government. We do not check immigration papers. We are delighted to serve you because we believe that you are valuable in the sight of God. You are also valuable to us!
What class level will I be in?
We offer 5 or 6 levels of English and we work hard to place you in a class level that will be a good fit for your English ability. As part of this, we conduct assessments of your current English ability and use those results when placing you in a class. This helps to ensure you, your classmates, and your teachers have the most productive English learning experience possible.
Can I come to both morning and evening classes?
That is a great idea, and we would love to have you at both times. Most classes use the same books and so you will probably be able to use the same book for both morning and evening classes.
Can I use my book from when I was in your ESL class previously?
Most teachers have chosen to use the new “Future, 2nd edition” curriculum, so you’ll need to purchase a new book. It costs $35 and is actually more than one book: it is a great set of resources that includes your student book, a workbook, access to online practice exercises, and even a mobile app for practicing during the week.
If there is a specific chapter from your previous book that you are interested in covering, just ask your teacher if they can include it during the year.
Why do you charge for the book?
We are delighted to be able to offer the classes for free – even though some of our teachers have masters degrees in teaching ESL. We have to charge for the book because we have to pay for it. But we are able to pass on a discount to you compared to what you would normally pay. In other words, we can get it for you cheaper than you would find on Amazon.
What if the cost of the new book is difficult for me to pay?
If the cost of the new book is difficult for you, please let us know when you’re registering so we can find a way to help out. We do not want the cost of the book to prevent you from joining us for class.
Do you offer child care?
We are offer child care when we can. Please contact us for more information.
Are your English classes religious?
Our primary English study content is not religious, it is a secular curriculum. And we will not force you to share our beliefs, we want you to have access to our free English classes without any requirements at all.
At the same time, our volunteer teachers serve you because of their love for you and also because of their love for God. And we cannot stop being who we are. Usually, each class will include a brief examination of some verses from the bible. This is not only because we love the bible, but because it is very helpful for students of English to understand the foundations of Western culture, thought, and language.
Can your school help me get a visa to come to the United States?
We are sorry to say that we are not able to provide visas at this time.