Due to COVID-19, all ESL classes will be online using Zoom until further notice.
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:
Help students to learn English and be more familiar with the Canadian lifestyle.
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
There are new classes opening in January, 2021!!!
ESL Evening Classes
- 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
(Proofread by teacher)
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.
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.
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
(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!