“If your gift is serving others, serve them well.”
Romans 12:7
“How wonderful and pleasant it is when people live together in harmony.”
Psalm 133:2
Position Available

English Language Learners (ELL, formerly ESL) Program Director, 20 hours/week

Position description: See ELL Program Director Job Description

To apply: Email your resume, together with the names and contact information of 3-5 individuals who can be asked for a reference concerning your qualifications, to: Linda Sims, esl@firstpres.church

For full consideration, submit application materials by May 31. (Resumes received after May 31 will be considered if the position has not yet been filled.)


The ELL Program at First Presbyterian Church

First Presbyterian Church Champaign (FPCC) is committed to helping people who come to our community from other countries as immigrants or visitors. Our English Language Learners (ELL, formerly ESL) Program provides the opportunity for Adult English Language Learners to improve their English fluency and conversational language skills in a setting that encourages community and friendship.  

Our dedicated volunteer tutors use various resources, such as Google translate and picture dictionaries, to communicate with non-English speakers.  In addition, tutors and students have access to many additional resources to enrich more advanced learners.
The ELL Program at First Presbyterian Church collaborates with the other organizations that are also concerned with the language needs of immigrants and international visitors.

About our free ELL classes:

  • Classes are for adults (18 years or older).
  • Our ELL Program provides a safe and enjoyable place to learn English and make new friends. Our classes focus on improving English language skills and acquainting students with American culture. We provide many opportunities for social conversation and pronunciation practice.
  • We offer ‘in-person’ classes in the Education Building at First Presbyterian Church, Champaign, IL (FPCC). We also offer Zoom classes. (For more information about current in-person and Zoom class schedules, please email esl@firstpres.church).
  • Classes generally meet for 1-1.5 hours.  In-person classes also include a 30-minute “conversation and coffee time” where learners from all levels can get together to socialize.
  • Our teachers are dedicated volunteers who receive training in the use of use effective language teaching strategies.
  • Our program does not offer educational credit for any of our classes.
  • Our classes are free, but donations are welcome if you are able to give. The “recommended registration donation” is $20, but any amount is appreciated. 

Summer 2023:

Our 7-Week Summer Session 2023 begins on June 3. We are accepting new applications for Summer Session in-person classes through May 31, 2023. (Summer Session in-person classes meet on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9:15am – 11:00am.) If you are interested in our Summer Session in-person classes, please send an email to: esl@firstpres.church

Interested in Classes for Fall 2023? Other Questions?


Interested in Becoming a Volunteer Tutor?

If you are interested in volunteering in our ELL Program, please send an email to esl@firstpres.church for more information.