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ESL (English as a Second Language) 

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

About Our Classes:

  • Classes meet Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays from 9:00-11:00 a.m.
  • We have 4 levels of English instruction.
  • Classes are for adults. You must be at least 18 years old to attend.
  • We do not provide childcare.
  • 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.


  • Classes are in the Education Building of First Presbyterian Church of Champaign at 302 W. Church Street, Champaign, Illinois 61820

Interested in Becoming a Student?

Our morning classes are currently full. If you would like to be added to our waiting list, please attend one of the ESL informational meetings on the following days:
  • Friday, September 6th at 9:00am
  • Friday, September 20th at 9:00am
  • Friday, October 11th at 9:00am
  • Friday, October 25th at 9:00am 

All meetings will be in the Cafe in the First Presbyterian Church Education Building on the corner of State Street and Church Street. 

At the meeting, you will receive more details about our program. If you wish to be added to our waiting list, you may fill out the paperwork at the meeting after a brief interview. There is free parking available in the church parking lot. You can get to the parking lot from Hill Street. The church is easily reached by MTD bus.  Click here for location details. Expect to spend at least an hour at the meeting. 

If you have any questions, please contact Jeanette Pyne at

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. Previous experience in teaching ESL is not necessary. Below you will find a copy of the volunteer tutor position description and an application. If interested in applying to be a volunteer, download the volunteer tutor application, complete it and email it to the ESL Coordinator, Jeanette Pyne, at
After the ESL Coordinator has reviewed your application, she will contact you to set up a face- to-face meeting. Bring any questions you may have about the program to the meeting. The ESL Coordinator will tell you more about the First Pres ESL Program and conduct a quick interview.