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Since 2015, Emerson has hosted free English classes in Houston for anyone who wants to learn, three days a week in Delaney Hall at Emerson. We have served hundreds of students from dozens of countries over the years.

Emerson English Language Learners program has been suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will create a new registration and semester program only after our church determines that we can gather safely in classrooms. (For updates you may call our voicemail at 713-782-0825.) Our thanks to all of the students, teachers and volunteers who make this school possible.  We hope you will hold space in your lives to be a part of our program again.  In the meantime, be well.


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Desde el 2015, la iglesia Emerson ha proporcionado clases de Ingles grátis en Houston para cualquier persona que quiera aprender, tres veces a la semana. Sobre los años, hemos ayudado a cientos de estudiantes de más de una docena de paises.

El programa para aprender Ingles aqui en la iglesia Emerson ha sido cancelado debido a la pandemia del coronavirus. Solamente despues que la iglesia determine que podemos estar todos juntos y seguros en un salon de clase, volveremos a reiniciar un nuevo semestre con nueva registracion. (Para actualizaciones, puede hablar a nuestra linea de mensajes al 713-782-0825.) Agradecemos a todos nuestros estudiantes, maestros y voluntarios que pudieron hacer todo esto posible. Esperamos que nos guarden un espacio en sus vidas para poder ser parte de nuestro programa otra vez. Por el momento, cuidense mucho.



Teaching adult ELL classes in the wider community

“Houston is the most diverse, rapidly growing major US metropolitan area, and immigration has contributed greatly to its growth and diversity. In 2013 the Houston metro area was home to 6.3 million people, of whom 1.4 million were foreign born – an increase of nearly 60 percent from 2000, which is almost twice the national growth rate.” – Migration Policy Institute Report, March 2015


Houston has one of the largest immigrant populations with about 22% of Houston residents born in another country. In an effort to serve the needs of our immigrant community, Emerson offers English Language Learning classes (ELL). The intent is not only to offer classes in English, a key component of upward mobility in the United States, but also to identify other needs within the immigrant community. In the process we can share our care and compassion to members of the larger Houston community and build personal relationships with people. As Global Citizens, it is our mission to make the world a better place starting in our community.

As our ELL program continues to grow, we encourage students to identify other needs for which we can provide resources and educational opportunities to assist them in bettering their lives and the lives of their children. Our classes are offered free of charge to all who come to our doors for help.


Volunteer Opportunities

Emerson’s English Classes Project is fueled by volunteers, from the Emerson congregation as well as the larger community. Consider offering your time and talents in one or more of the following roles.

For those with limited time, the following opportunities are available:

Registration data entry – basic computer skills and a few minutes of database training are the only requirements.

Registration greeters – start with a welcoming smile and a little training in the registration process; skill in a second language is a bonus.

Placement testing – after an hour of training in August, volunteers administer oral and written test during registration on Saturday, August 17th.

If you have more availability, consider these opportunities:

Session Coordinators – arrive half an hour before the start of class to open the church, set out attendance materials and welcome students.

Classroom Assistants – work alongside experienced ELL instructors in the classroom, join in conversational exercises, collect resources and materials for classroom use.

ELL Instructors – experienced language instructors are always needed to teach two to three hour classes at basic (no English) to more advanced (English immersion) levels. Interested in substitute teaching? You are also welcome!

Office Staff – ELL’s tiny office is the resource hub. Help is needed with copying, filing and keeping things organized.

For volunteer opportunities, please contact the program director by e-mail or call (346) 414-6273.