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.


Summer ESL Opportunities for Students
  • Summer English Classes at the Eastport Public Library -   Every Tuesday from 7-9pm.  Focus is intermediate and advanced English learners.
  • An Evening of Songs and Conversation -  Trial class will be held June 14th at First Presbyterian Church, Room 202 from 7:30-8:45pm.  All levels are welcome. 

    *Summer Classes have ended*
Fall 2018: 

Registration and placement testing will be held on Wednesday, September 5th and Thursday, September 6th.  
Time:  7-9 pm
Location: St. Mary's High School

Classes will begin on Tuesday, September 11th at St. Mary's High School and will continue every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evening until December 5th.  Classes are held from 7-8:45 pm. 

Please be sure to check the ESL calendar for changes or cancellations.
Training for all teachers will take place on Saturday, September 8th at St. Mary's High School.

Program Details

List of 4 items.

  • Formal Classes

    Levels 1A,1B,1C 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.
    • Foundation Textbook for 1A
    • "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

Nicole Marshall 
Phone: 410-757-8936 or 443-868-4291
Fernando Paniagua
Phone: 443-949-7572

ESL Calendar

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.