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ESL Basic Workshop (Petersburg)

February 23 • 6:15 pm - February 24 • 5:00 pm

God has brought “every tribe, tongue, and nation” to the doorstep of SBC of Virginia churches. Today, we have a unique opportunity to fulfill the Great Commission and “make disciples of all nations” by reaching our non-English-speaking neighbors through English as a Second Language (ESL) ministries.

Southern Baptists have a great heritage of going to every part of the world to share the Good News. ESL can open doors for the Truth, in areas where traditional evangelism methods are not permitted. Training you receive can help you reach non-English- speaking friends and neighbors in Virginia, but it doesn’t stop there. ESL can help you reach the nations—from the nations.


The primary goal of church-based ESL ministries is to intentionally share and demonstrate the Gospel of Jesus Christ as we help people learn.  Attendance required at all sessions to receive an ESL Teacher Training Certificate. 

Topics addressed at the 12-hour interactive workshop include:

  • Organizing an ESL ministry
  • Understanding a student’s English fluency and placement interview
  • Techniques for teaching English
  • Lesson planning
  • Introducing vocabulary
  • Teaching pronunciation
  • Dealing with cultural misunderstandings
  • Incorporating biblical material into class sessions
  • Sharing the Gospel with students
  • Recommended resources

Pre-Workshop Assignment

A pre-workshop testimony assignment will be explained in your registration confirmation email.

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Friday, February 23 • 6:15 PM – 9:00 PM
Saturday, February 24 • 8:15 AM – 5:00 PM


$25 per person or $40 per couple (SBCV churches)
$50 per person (non-SBCV churches)

Registration fee includes all materials. Snacks and Saturday lunch will also be provided.

Register by February 19 at 11:59 PM!

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Register by February 19 at 11:59 PM!

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