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 cancelled the Spring 2020 semester due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We apologize for the inconvenience. The Fall 2020 Registration date will be Saturday, August 22. Please check back late May for an updated message. Continue reading this page for more information, or you can also call our voicemail at 713-782-0825.

Classes take place Saturdays from 1-4 PM or Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30-8:30 PM. 

We had 160 students and over 30 volunteers participating in the program last semester!

There are still opportunities to become involved with this vibrant and rewarding outreach. We have a particular need for volunteers who are Emerson members and can spare a few hours on Saturday afternoons once or twice a month. Contact our Program Director at (346) 414-6273 if you are interested!


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 para el semestre de Primavera 2020 ha sido cancelado debido a la pandemia del coronavirus. Le pedimos disculpas por la inconveniencia. La registracion para la temporada de Otoño sera Agosto 22. Porfavor vuelva a revisar esta pagina a fines de Mayo para mas informacion. Siga leyendo esta página para mas información, o llame a nuestro correo de voz al 713-782-0825.

Las clases suceden los Sábados de 1-4 PM o Martes y Jueves de 6:30-8:30 PM.

Tuvímos más de 160 estudiantes y más de 30 voluntarios participando en el programa el semestre pasado!

Todavía hay oportunidades para involucrarse en éste programa exitoso y gratificante. Necesitamos voluntarios que puedan ayudar varias horas a la semana. Porfavor contacten al director del programa si estás interesado/a al (346) 414-6273!


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.