Community Support Groups

English as a 2nd Language Information

English as a Second Language (ESL) Program

St. Mary's English as a Second Language (ESL) Program is designed to help newcomers to the Annapolis area meet their English speaking, listening, reading, and writing needs. The program also provides parishioners and other volunteers the opportunity to offer educational services to new immigrants in the local community. Newcomers interested in learning more about the program are encouraged to contact the coordinator. Anyone interested in volunteering with the program or who knows of a student who might benefit from the English-language instruction should also contact the coordinator for further details.

Program Details

List of 4 items.

  • Formal Classes

    Levels 1A,1B and Literacy:
    New Beginners 
    Level 2: Advanced Beginners
    Levels 3-4: Intermediate
    Level 5: Advanced
  • Class Times and Places

    Days: Tuesday – Thursday evenings
    Time: 7:00 -8:45 pm.
    Place: St. Mary’s High School
    Class Year: September - May
  • Instruction Benefits

    • Free classes; charge to purchase textbooks.
    • "Side by Side" textbook series for Levels 1-4
    • Variety of material for Advanced Class
    • Different teachers nightly
    • New beginner classes are taught bilingually in English and Spanish
  • Mentoring Activities

    • For students who need special attention - i.e. literacy work, specialized vocabulary.
    • Mentor-student meet weekly to work on specific needs

Contact Us

Fernando Paniagua
Phone: 443-949-7572


Spring 2019:

Did you miss registration? - that's OK!  Classes began on January 15th, and we still have some open seats.  Please stop in during one of our evening classes to get started.
Classes are held Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 7:00-8:45pm through May 9th.
Please check the ESL calendar (see right) for changes and cancellations.
Primavera 2019:
No pudo registrarse? Está bien! Las clases comenzaron el 15 de Enero, pero todavía tenemos algunos lugares disponibles. Por favor, solo lléguese durante alguna de nustras clases para empezar.
Las clases son los Martes, Miércoles y Jueves desde las 7:00 hasta las 8:45 pm hasta el 9 de Mayo.
Por favor revise el Calendario del programa (a la derecha) for cambios y cancelaciones.
St. Mary’s Parish, a Catholic congregation served by the Redemptorist Order, includes St. Mary’s Church and St. John Neumann Mission Church. St. Mary's Elementary and High School located in downtown Annapolis, Maryland, serve students in grades Kindergarten through 12. Anchored in faith, rooted in tradition, and committed to excellence, our programs build lifelong learners who are servant leaders.