English as a Second Language (ESL) Classes

Foundry’s ESL program began with ‘survival’ English lessons at the 15th and P Street day labor site. Volunteers with the Thursday Morning Outreach brought a five minute lesson to the workers at the site, but when this wasn’t enough for the day laborers, Foundry volunteers decided to establish something more formal.

Today, we host three sessions each year – a Fall, Winter/Spring, and Summer course. Sessions average 10 weeks in duration, and cater to all levels of English-speaking ability. Classes are free to students, and are held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:45 – 8:45 pm. New volunteers are always needed for the program, and volunteers do not need to be members of Foundry UMC or have previous ESL experience. For more information on the program, please visit