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ESL at Willingdon Church

Due to COVID-19, all ESL classes will be online using Zoom until further notice.

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We welcome you to our ESL (English As A Second Language) Program. We invite those who have English as their second language to come and join us to learn and practise conversational English. We have groups for persons with different English abilities, so there should be one suitable for you. The Willingdon Church ESL Program has two main goals:

  1. Help students to learn English and be more familiar with the Canadian lifestyle.

  2. Help everyone with their spiritual well-being by discussing biblical and Jesus’ teachings.

Some classes will be held once a week for 9 – 10 weeks. This will be followed by a short break before another series of meetings begin.

Other classes will meet once every two weeks throughout the year.

Our members care about one another. Our teachers will encourage you to share your cultural and family experiences as well as your life in Canada. We will pray for you and your family. You will enjoy new friendships as you get to know folks from other countries, so please join us!

Friday Morning ESL

We have four levels of English instruction in E and C Categories.
 
"E Category" classes are taught in English only, and students from all language backgrounds are welcome! The aim is to help students learn English using themes common to day-to-day life. We do this through reading, listening and speaking, with occasional writing.
 
E1 Introductory: This class is appropriate for students with little or no English language background. The class teaches vocabulary, basic spelling and pronunciation skills. After that, simple English conversational phrases and sentences will be introduced Students should understand greetings and introductions about 1 or 2 turns and understand very simple information about highly familiar topics. They can also provide very basic personal information in response to direct questions from a supportive listener. Students in this class will study numbers, time, and money, transportation and other familiar topics. They can read and understand simple messages with images and express some simple written ideas and feelings. Bible verses will be used to supplement English instruction.
 
E2 Beginner: The Beginner class is for students who are able to understand and speak simple English sentences. Students will learn the parts of speech. Vocabularies and phrases related to daily routines will be emphasized, followed by making sentences to speak in simple conversations. Students should be able to handle about 5 turns in a conversation and can follow instructions about 2 to 4 steps. They can also describe some familiar objects, persons and experiences in a few short sentences. Students in this class understand some basic grammar such as simple present, simple past and present continuous. During class, students will read and understand simple Bible stories.
 
E3 Intermediate: Students in the Intermediate class should be able to handle life skill conversations in English. They should know the parts of speech. Supplementary learning will consist of idioms and higher levels of grammar, such as present perfect, conditionals, prefixes and suffixes in order to build a good understanding of the English language. Students will handle moderately complex social exchanges, directions and instructions (about 9 to 10 steps). They are able to engage in small group interactions and discussions on familiar topics. Students can understand moderately complex instructions, descriptive or narrative texts about 3 to 5 paragraphs. They can write 1 or 2 connected paragraphs to relate a familiar sequence of events, a story or a detailed description. They can verbally participate in meaningful secular and biblical discussions.
 
E4 Advanced: This Advanced level class is for those who are already able to read, listen, speak and write English sentences and paragraphs. They should be able to communicate in common everyday conversations reasonably fluently. Students are able to understand an adequate range of complex formal and informal communication on a broad variety of general interest topics at a normal rate, face-to-face, on the phone or via digital media. They can communicate with some confidence in social, educational, professional and other general topics. In addition, they can also write formal and informal texts of some complexity for an adequate range of purposes and tasks in routine but demanding situations. They can participate in relatively complex oral discussions on secular and spiritual topics.
 
C Category classes are for Chinese-speaking students with little or no English language experience.
C Level classes are taught in both Mandarin and English with the aim to eventually transfer those students into E Level classes which are taught completely in English. If necessary, Cantonese will be utilized also in order to help students to learn.
 
C1 Introductory: This class is appropriate for people with little or no English-speaking skills. The class teaches the alphabet, basic spelling and pronunciation skills. After that, simple English conversational phrases and sentences will be introduced. The class will also use Bible verses to teach both English and the Bible.
 
語言課程入門班: 這是英語對話的入門班,以教導簡單日用英語短句及基本英語發音為主。課堂會用國語及粵語輔助教學。這班亦會用聖經經文幫助學員學習英語及認識神。
 
C2 Beginner: This class teaches somewhat more complex English compared to the C1 Introductory class. Teachers will encourage and help students to practice conversational exchanges in relevant daily topics. This class be conducted both in English & Mandarin. In addition, knowing Jesus is also a part of the class.
 
英語班是教生活英語:鼓勵學生在課後可運用練習。課堂上採用中英文並進的方式;認識耶穌也將是每次課堂必知的項目。
There are new classes opening in January, 2021!!!
Friday Mornings from 10:00 am – Noon: January 8 - March 12, followed by a 3-week break and resumes April 9 - June 11
Both C Level and E Level classes are offered:
C1 Introductory                     
C2 Beginner                           
E1 Introductory
E2 Beginner
E3 Intermediate
E4 Advanced
 
Evening ESL Classes are bi-weekly (every two weeks), starting at 7 pm.  Only E Level classes are offered.
  • E1 Introductory – Details to follow
  • E2 Beginner – Monday 7:00 – 9:00 begins January 11, 2021
  • E3 Intermediate - Thursday 7:00 – 9:00 pm begins January 7, 2021
  • E4 Advanced - Tuesday 7:00 – 8:30 pm begins January 12, 2021

Thursday Intermediate/Advanced

Thursday Evening 7-9 pm

Students should be able to understand and speak English simple sentences in ordinary, everyday casual situations. We meet every other week to practise speaking English, learn grammar, spelling, pronunciation, idioms, North American slang, etc. Occasionally, we will also do some writing. You will meet new friends and share life experiences. In addition, we will discuss the life of Jesus and his impact on today's society.

Student Testimonials

(Proofread by teacher)

 
Alejandra (Alex), Country of Origin: Mexico
My experience with ESL classes at Willingdon Church has been very helpful. It has enriched my vocabulary and, of course, it has kept me familiarized with biblical terms and words. For me that is so important to learn the meanings of new words and idioms, to understand better all the messages that God has given us and also learn the correct use of those new words and phrases.
 
It also has been such a blessing to meet all the wonderful people in the group and of course to share opinions and experiences which make time run very quickly during the classes, because doing so, I think is one of the best ways to build up one another in the group.
 
I personally think that the ESL program is a very important and useful tool for foreigners in Willingdon church because, attending them, we can be able to create a closer link to the Church and a feeling of being part of the body of Jesus Christ by meeting people with similar interests and with the most important thing which is to thirst and hunger after God’s Word and Holy Spirit.
 
Spanish version:

Mi experiencia en las clases de ESL de la Iglesia Willingdon ha sido de mucha ayuda para mi, ya que ha enriquecido mi vocabulario y por supuesto me ha hecho estar más familiarizada con términos y palabras bíblicas. Esto es muy importante para mí porque aprendo el significado de nuevas palabras y modismos que me ayudan a entender mejor los mensajes que Dios nos ha dado en su Palabra.  Además aprendo a usar correctamente estas nuevas palabras y frases.

También ha sido de gran bendición conocer a toda la gente maravillosa en mi grupo de ESL y desde luego compartir opiniones y experiencias que además de hacer que el tiempo corra muy rápido en las clases, nos edifica el uno al otro en el grupo.

Personalmente pienso que el programa de ESL en la Iglesia Willington es una herramienta muy importante y útil para extranjeros, porque asistiendo a las clases, podemos ser capaces de crear una mayor y mejor conexión y acercamiento a la Iglesia y sentirnos como parte del cuerpo de Cristo al conocer gente con intereses similares y que también tienen hambre y sed de la Palabra de Dios y de su Espíritu Santo.

Danielle (Dani) Teodoro, Country of Origin: Brazil

I have been part of the Willingdon ESL program for almost two years.  I remember when I started attending, I was afraid of speaking English.  I was very well received by the teacher and friends of the group.  It is wonderful to be with people from different countries and cultures and to know that we are a body in Christ.  The teacher is very kind and helps us on the journey, and has always taken care of us in many ways.  In the ESL class, in addition to the opportunity to study the Bible and learn English, you will find a family.  Today I can communicate more easily and I have gained dear friends.  I am grateful to God for the Willingdon ESL program and for the friends I made there.

Portuguese version:

Eu faço parte do programa de ESL da Willingdon por quase dois anos.  Lembro-me de quando comecei a frequentar, tinha medo de falar inglês.  Fui muito bem recebida pelo professor e amigos do grupo.  É maravilhoso estar com pessoas de diferentes países e culturas e saber que somos um corpo em Cristo.  O professor é muito gentil e nos ajuda na jornada, e sempre cuida de nós de várias maneiras.  Nas aulas de ESL, além da oportunidade de estudar a Bíblia e aprender inglês, você encontrará uma família.  Hoje consigo me comunicar com mais facilidade e ganhei amigos queridos.  Sou grata a Deus pelo programa de ESL da Willingdon e pelos amigos que fiz lá.
 

Shinyoung, Country of Origin: South Korea
My family's life in Canada began three years ago, and I had to face many problems after I got here. If I faced these problems in my country, I could easily solve them, but the language difficulties made me feel like a child who didn’t know anything. Even in simple conversations, my brain needed time to organize words, and people had to bear with my poor English-speaking skill.

The most urgent thing I had to solve was the language barrier, and while trying to do that, I got to know Willingdon Church and started to attend services and ESL classes. The teachers were very kind and generous in helping me not to be afraid to make mistakes when speaking, listening, reading and writing English. I was able to continue studying English with their help

After the COVID-19 outbreak, one day, I heard from my ESL teachers that online classes would be started and I was glad to hear that news. I am learning the Bible through textbooks these days and enjoy classes by sharing daily conversations and prayer requests. They send me emails every week to prepare for online classes. I value my ESL class.

Korean version:

가족의 캐나다 생활은 3년전에 시작되었고, 나는 이곳에서 지내면서 해결해야  할  많은 문제들에 직면해야 했습니다. 만일  이런 문제를 우리나라에서 직면한다면 간단히 해결할 수 있는 일이지만 언어의 어려움은 저를 아무것도 모르는 아이처럼 만들었습니다.  간단한 대화에서 조차도 나의 두뇌는 단어들을 정리할 시간이 필요했고 사람들은 이런 나의 미숙한 영어를 감당해야만 했습니다.

내가 가장 시급하게 해결해야 할 것은  언어의 장벽이 였고, 이것를 해결하기 위해 애쓰는 중에,  저는 윌링던 교회를 알게 되어 예배와 ESL 커뮤니티에 참석했습니다. 선생님들은 매우 친절하고 너그러웠고, 제가 영어를 말하고, 듣고, 읽고, 쓸 때 실수하는 것을 두려워하지 않도록 도와주었습니다. 저는 그들의 도움으로 영어 공부를 계속 할 수 있었습니다.

가 발생한 후, 어느 날에 ESL 선생님으로부터 온라인으로 금요일에 수업이 시작된다는 것을 들었고 저는 이 소식을 듣고 기뻤습나다. 저는 요즘 교재를 통해 성경의 역사를 배우고 있고 일상적인 대화와 기도 요청을 서로 나누며 수업을 즐기고 있습니다. 그들은 온라인 수업준비를 위해 나에게 매주 이메일을 보내줍니다. 그리고 그 수업은 저에게 소중합니다.

Connie, Country of Origin: China

亲爱的老师,同学和朋友们,我是威灵顿教会ESL 2A班的学员Connie,我是从中国来的。很高兴和大家一起分享和见证我在威灵顿教会ESL英语班学习的心得和收获。前两年我就在ESL上过课,是双语的,我的老师非常和蔼可亲,认真,负责任,同学们都非常喜欢她的课,班上的学习气氛浓厚,老师灵活的教学方法使我的英语水平,尤其是听说方面,取得了很大的进步。至今我还与这班的同学和老师像朋友一样保持着微信联系。从老师的微信得知,在疫情期间威灵顿教会并没有放弃ESL的教学,开设了多个不同水平的网上远程教育的英文课,我又能够继续我的英文学习了,真的衷心感谢她。我现在已经可以在全英文的教学环境下学习了,刚开始时,我还有些犹豫,我能跟得上吗?但现在的老师也是一位和蔼可亲,认真负责,教学方法灵活多样的好老师。她循循善诱,严谨细致,不厌其烦的教学方法使我一点都没有压力,学员们都精神饱满,全神贯注的跟着老师的节奏互动、练习听力和口语对话,并学到许多新词汇。仅在这一个学期,我已学习了到生活中常用的各种知识,比如,日常问候,数字,日历,四季,认路,预约,身体的各部位,还有对新冠病毒的防护知识。更重要的是透过几个圣经小故事,我不单掌握到更多英文词汇,还学习和领会到圣经里的知识,令我兴趣盎然,意犹未尽。仅仅一个学期收获确是丰富的,现在牧师和老师的课前课后祷告,我都能听懂大部分了。我真的太喜欢威灵顿教会的ESL班,也太喜欢老师们辛勤的付出。下学期是2021年的1月8号开学,我期待着,我还是要继续现时的课,学习更多的英文技能和圣经知识,可以进一步用英文深刻的认识和靠近主耶和华。是上帝使我有这样美好的学习经历,是上帝派遣如天使般的好老师来教授我们英文。感谢赞美敬爱的阿爸天父!我们每天每日都得着您的恩典!阿门!

(Translated to English by ESL teacher)

Dear teachers, classmates and friends, I am Connie, a student of the ESL 2A class at Willingdon Church. I am from China. I am pleased to share with you my learning experience and gains from the ESL program. I started to take ESL classes two years ago at Willingdon Church. My first class was taught bilingually, in Chinese and English, meant for beginners with Chinese language background. My teacher LC was very kind, conscientious and responsible. The students liked her class very much. The learning atmosphere in the class was very positive, and Teacher LC’s flexible teaching methods helped me to progress greatly in my English proficiency, especially with my listening and speaking. To this day, I still keep in touch with my classmates and teacher on WeChat like friends.

Then the global COVID pandemic hit us in the spring of 2020, and many programs and events had to be cancelled. Thankfully, I learned from Teacher LC’s WeChat that during the pandemic, Willingdon Church would not stop the ESL program, but would continue to offer ESL classes online instead. I really appreciated her letting me know, so I could continue to learn English with the fall term ESL classes in September. This time I wanted to try an English-only (not bilingual) Beginner level class. Initially, I was still a little hesitant. Can I keep up in an all-English class? Well, this anxiety quickly disappeared.

The current Teacher LE is also a good teacher who is amiable, responsible, and flexible with her teaching methods. Her persuasive, creative and meticulous teaching methods made me feel at ease with the English language. My fellow classmates all participate energetically, following Teacher LE’s instruction, practicing listening and speaking skills with commonly used dialogues. Together we learned many new vocabularies. During this semester, I learned a variety of commonly used dialogues in life: such as daily greetings, numbers, calendars, four seasons, directions to places, making appointments, human body parts, and useful knowledge on protection against the new Corona virus. More importantly, through the short Bible stories, I not only mastered more English vocabulary, but also learned and comprehended more knowledge in the Bible, which made me more interested in seeking spirituality. The result from this one semester is indeed rich and rewarding. Now I can understand most of the English prayers said by Pastor and Teacher before and after class.

I really like the ESL classes at Willingdon Church, and I appreciate the hard work of the teachers. The next semester will start soon and I look forward to it. I will continue with the current class, in order to learn more English and the Bible, so that I can use English to gain a deeper understanding and closer relationship with the Lord Jesus. It is God who gave me such a wonderful learning experience. It is God who sent good teachers like angels to teach us English. Thank you and praise our beloved Father Abba for His daily grace! Amen!