People encircling the worldEnglish Class Program (ESL/ELL)


About Our English Classes

What levels are offered?
We offer one class per level: Basic, Beginner, Low Intermediate, and Intermediate. We may offer an Advanced class in the future.

When are the classes?
Each class meets two evenings per week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church, 1900 Bering Drive, Houston, TX, 77057.

When do classes start?
The 2023 Fall Semester starts on September 5, 2023 and continues for 14 weeks, ending on December 7th (no classes the week of November 20).

Do you charge for your English classes?
No! All of our English classes are always free for all students. The only cost is $10.00 for the textbook.

Pre-Registration Form and Required In-Person Enrollment:     All students (new and returning) must enroll in-person at Emerson Church on Saturday, August 26, 2023 between 9:00 am and 12:00 pm. All new students will take a placement test at the time they register.

We strongly recommend that all students (new and returning) complete our online Pre-Registration Information Form via this  link: .  Students who Pre-Register will have priority to enroll on August 26th. This means that any student who pre-registers will be tentatively assigned a place in the class until the maximum is reached. However, they must still enroll in person on August 26th to confirm their place.

Contact us: If you have questions about our classes or how to register, please contact us by phone or email:
Phone: 713-782-0825 and leave your name and phone number.

Our students are an enthusiastic group. Here are photos from our 2022 summer session. Classroom with students, 2 teachers, ESL-1 class Classroom with students, teacher, ESL-3 class




For Volunteers

Can you help us? You can easily become involved with this vibrant and rewarding outreach. We look forward to continued growth of the program and welcome you as a volunteer. Our program needs:

• greeters
• teaching assistants
• attendance record-keepers
• assistant coordinators
• bookkeeper
• fundraising
• grant writers
• future teachers

In addition to volunteers, we are also looking for a part- time Program Director to lead and manage this program.

About Our Program

The Emerson English Class Program (ESL/ELL) provides free English classes to English language learners from Basic to Advanced levels on Tuesday and Thursday nights. The program started in 2014 and grew to mid-week and Saturday classes prior to shutting down during the pandemic. We restarted the program in the Summer of 2022 with mid-week evening classes only. Classes start every September and January and are taught by our wonderful, caring volunteer teachers. Currently, we offer one class per level. The program is run by a steering committee of program volunteers.

Please forward a link to this web page to anyone you think might benefit from improving their English.

Download and share the Program Flyer 

We are seeking a part-time, paid ESL Program Coordinator to support our program. 10-20 hours/week. Please click here for the job description and contact information. 

Contact Us

For more information about volunteer opportunities, our classes and student registration, please contact us by phone or email:
Phone: 713-782-0825 and leave your name and phone number.