“If your gift is serving others, serve them well.”
Romans 12:7
First Presbyterian Church Champaign (FPCC)  is committed to helping many people who come to our community from other countries as immigrants or visitors. Our ESL program for teaching adult speakers of other languages (TESOL) provides the opportunity for English Language Learners (ELL) to increase English fluency and language competency in all four domains of language learning: speaking, listening, reading, and writing
We collaborate with the other organizations who are also concerned with the language needs of immigrants and international visitors.  We offer classes for all levels of English. We use various supports including google translate and picture dictionaries to communicate with non-English speakers.  Some of our volunteers can provide minimum translation for some languages during class.  Others can provide more comprehensive translations for written documents.



Our classes focus on improving English language skills and acquainting students with American culture. It is a safe and fun place to learn and make new friends.

We offer ‘in-person’ classes in the educational building two days a week at First Presbyterian Church, Champaign, IL.(FPCC). We also have zoom classes at various times during the week.  While we do not offer educational credit classes, we do train our volunteers to use effective language teaching strategies.

About our classes:

  • Classes generally meet for 1-1.5 hours.  
  • We have 4 levels of English instruction
  • Classes are for adults (18 years or older)
  • Parents with young children may receive instruction in a class with their children in the church nursery area 
  • Generally students are from Champaign/Urbana, IL and the surrounding area.
  • 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. 
How to Join Our Classes:
Registration for Winter/Spring classes begins 1/2/2023  Fall classes are full.
To sign up for a registration form to be sent to you on January 2, 2021 click the following link:


At that time the director will answer questions about the schedule and email a registration form. Later, directions to FPCC will be provided. During the process, students will be assigned to the appropriate level of instruction.

Interested in Becoming a Volunteer Tutor?

We are always looking for volunteer tutors who are compassionate towards and dedicated to helping immigrants and international visitors. Training in English language teaching strategies and opportunities to observe classes is provided. Previous experience in teaching English Language Learners is not.required.
Tutor position descriptions and applications are available.  Please email the ESL Director, Val Smith for more information at val@firstpres.church. 

(First Presbyterian Church of Champaign-FPCC)



First Presbyterian Church Champaign English Language Program 

Fall Session:
September 12-December 8, 2022
Tuesday/Wednesday mornings
9:30 AM-11:00 AM  at FPCC
Email for zoom class days/times


No Class: November 21-27
No Class. December 12, 2022- January 22, 2023
Class begins again on Monday, January 23, 2023
September 18  4:00PM-7:00 PM
International Taste at FPCC
October 5  9:30-12:30
Curtis Orchard (instead of class)
November 9 11:00 AM- 1:00 PM
Thanksgiving Celebration
December 8  Last day of classes in 2022
Christmas/Holiday Celebrations
January 3:  Processing registration requests for Winter/Spring classes  


무료 ESL 수업