English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Program

On this page, you will find information about our ESOL program as well as registration links for both ESOL Students and Teachers.


John Dister established the ESOL program for adults at St. John Neumann in 2018 as a supplement to existing tutoring for school-age children. After online classes throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, as of Fall 2022, we have added the option of in-person classes. Students currently have the option of online or in-person classes on Thursdays.
In Fall 2021, a new group of teachers and students began online English classes using the Zoom program. Many of these students have continued their online classes with their teachers. Currently, we have six teachers teaching 10 online students.
In Spring 2022, we formed a bilingual Advisory Committee, composed of members of the St. John Neumann community (English and Spanish), to help guide the program’s structure and assist with student communications.
In Fall 2022, the program added in-person classes at St. John Neumann. These classes meet in the classrooms at SJN on Thursday mornings and evenings. We currently have five Level 1 classes, one Level 2 class, a Level 4 class, and a Level 5 class. Altogether, we have nine teachers and 20 in-person students.
The St. John Neumann ESOL Program uses the same books and curriculum as Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington: Oxford University Press, “Step Forward Program for Learning English.”

2024-2025 ESOL Class Schedule

 Fall Semester
June 2024 Call for teaching volunteers
July 14 and 21, 2024 –Student Registration
September 12, 2024 – Teacher Orientation
September 19, 2024 – Student Orientation and English Classes Begin
November 28, 2024 – Fall Break for Thanksgiving
November 2024 Call for teaching volunteers for Winter-Spring Semester
December 19, 2024  Fall Semester classes end
Winter/Spring Semester
December 8 & 15, 2024 – In-Person Student Registration/Student Testing
January 9, 2025 – English classes continue/new classes begin.
April 17, 2025 – Spring Break for Holy Week
May 15, 2024 Winter/Spring Semester classes end

To register as an ESOL student for Fall 2024 classes, please click here.

To register as an ESOL teacher, click here.