ACE: Adult English for Speakers of Other Languages

As an integral part of Adult and Community Education (ACE) of Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), the mission of the Adult English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Program is to provide opportunities for adult English language learners (ELLs) to acquire the proficiency in English and cross-cultural communication they need to succeed in their roles as workers, citizens, family members and lifelong learners.

The FCPS Adult ESOL program is dedicated to providing adult students with the practical English language they need in their everyday lives, as well as English skills that will help them advance into post-secondary education and career and technical training.  Because our students come to us with diverse learning needs and goals, we utilize approaches and practices that integrate students’ voices in the instructional process.  We regard teachers and students as partners in the learning experience.  Our students are expected to be actively engaged and responsible for their own progress.  Our teachers are facilitators who provide opportunities and guidance.  Above all, we strive to create a supportive and challenging learning atmosphere where a community of learners can grow and achieve their goals.

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Our Teaching Philosophy

The Fairfax County Adult ESOL progra.m. has adopted an approach to teaching adult ESOL that draws on a variety of best practices in the field, including communicative language teaching, instruction based in learner needs assessment, authentic integration of the four language skills, contextualized language instruction, and performance-based assessment.  Teachers in the Fairfax County Adult ESOL progra.m. plan lessons that can be described in the following ways:

  • are student-centered with a focus on student needs, styles and goals;
  • are based on curricula that include and value the input of the students;
  • are collaborative and interactive with students working together in groups and pairs while the teacher circulates to help and guide;
  • balance fluency and accuracy in instruction and practice;
  • integrate instruction and practice of reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • incorporate assessment and self-reflection as part of the instruction process
  • utilize authentic materials, language and situations to inform language use
  • orient language practice and learning in the contexts of adults’ roles as workers, community members, parents and life-long learners.

 

 

How to Register

The FCPS Adult ESOL Progra.m. offers 4 instructional terms a year. Classes usually start in September, January, and April. Each term is 10 weeks.  We also have one 6-week term in the summer that starts in July. Students can start in the beginning of any term.
New students must take a placement test. We test students’ reading, writing, listening and speaking skills to determine the appropriate class for them. 
To register, please follow these steps:

Placement Testing:

  1. Choose a location. (See schedule of classes)
  2. Take a placement test to determine the class that you need. 
    • Testing lasts 2-3 hours. 
    • You will receive an appointment to come back to complete your registration
    • No children are allowed at testing.

School

Testing Dates

Bryant Adult Center
2709 Popkins Lane, Alexandria, VA 22306

6/30, 9 a.m.
6/29, 6 p.m.

Chantilly HS
4201 Stringfellow Rd
Chantilly, VA 20151

6/23, 6 p.m.

Edison HS
5801 Franconia Road
Alexandria, VA 22310

6/30, 6 p.m.

Herndon Adult Center
400 Elden Street
Herndon, VA20170

6/23, 9 a.m.
6/23,  6 p.m.

Mott Community Center
12111 Braddock Rd
Fairfax, VA 22030

Not Available

Pimmit Adult Center
7510 Lisle Ave
Falls Church, VA 22043

6/30, 9 a.m.
6/30, 6 p.m.

Plum Center
6815 Edsall Road
Springfield, VA 22151

6/24, 9 a.m.
6/23, 6 p.m.

Willston Center
6131 Willston Drive
Falls Church, VA 22044

6/30, 9 a.m.
6/30, 6 p.m.

Woodson HS
9525 Main Street
Fairfax, VA 22031

6/22, 6 p.m.

Registration and Payment:

  1. Return on your appointment date to complete your registration and pay
  2. Pay by money order, check, or credit card.  No cash will be accepted.

 

Class Information:

Time

Levels

Prices
Testing+Tuition+Books

a.m. Monday-Friday  9-12:15

  • Literacy
  • Low Beginning-High Intermediate
  • High Intermediate Reading/Writing to Advanced

20+25+35=$80
20+279+39=$338
20+279+42=$341

p.m. 2 nights  7-9:30

  • Low Beginning-High Intermediate
  • Intermediate Reading/Writing
  • Advanced

20+99+39=$158
20+99+42=$161
20+115+42=$175

*FCPS Adult ESOL leverages student fees with school system support and federal and state funding to offer the most affordable classes possible.  Costs will vary depending on number of instructional hours, class level, and textbook.  Staff will confirm students’ payment a.m.ount at registration.

 

 

Current Schedule of Classes

Classes at these locations start April 13, 2015

Location

Day

Times

Term Length*

Chantilly HS
4201 Stringfellow Rd
Chantilly, VA 20151

Tuesday/Thursday

7-9:30 p.m.

10 weeks

Herndon Adult Center
400 Elden Street
Herndon, VA20170

Monday-Friday
Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday

9 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
7-9:30 p.m.

10 weeks

Mott Community Center
12111 Braddock Rd
Fairfax, VA 22030

Tuesday/Thursday

10:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

10 weeks

Plum Center
6815 Edsall Road
Springfield, VA 22151

Monday-Friday
Monday/Wednesday

9 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
7-9:30 p.m.

10 weeks

Woodson HS
9525 Main Street
Fairfax, VA 22031

Monday/Wednesday

7-9:30 p.m.

10 weeks

                                           Classes at these locations start April 20, 2015

Bryant Adult Center
2709 Popkins Lane, Alexandria, VA 22306

Monday-Friday
Monday/Wednesday

9 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
7-9:30 p.m.

10 weeks

Edison HS
5801 Franconia Road
Alexandria, VA 22310

Tuesday/Thursday

7-9:30 p.m.

10 weeks

Pimmit Adult Center
7510 Lisle Ave
Falls Church, VA 22043

Monday-Friday
Tuesday/Thursday

9 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
7-9:30 p.m.

10 weeks

Willston Center
6131 Willston Drive
Falls Church, VA 22044

Monday-Friday
Monday/Wednesday

9 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
7-9:30 p.m.

10 weeks

*End dates may vary per location and FCPS school closings due to inclement weather.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Question

Answer

If I don’t live in Fairfax County, can I attend FCPS Adult ESOL classes?

Yes. FCPS Adult ESOL focuses on serving adults who live and work within Fairfax County, county residency is not a requirement.

Do you have to be a citizen or permanent resident to attend FCPS Adult ESOL classes?

As part of the FCPS public education system, FCPS Adult ESOL does not ask students about their citizenship or visa status when they register for classes.

If I have an F1 or F2 visa, can I take
a class with FCPS Adult ESOL?

Individuals with F1 or F2 visas are not eligible for literacy through high advanced classes.  They can register for Special Interest Classes. 

Is there a minimum age requirement to participate in FCPS Adult ESOL classes?

Students must be 18 or older to register for our classes.  (17-year-olds may be eligible, if they can prove that they have completed high school in their native country or the U.S.  They should contact Adult ESOL staff directly to clarify.)

What can I expect to learn in my Adult ESOL classes?

Regular adult ESOL classes follow a lifeskills curriculum.  That means that students learn the English that they need to function as a worker, a community member, a parent and a lifelong learner.  They learn those English language skills in the context of topics like getting a job, accessing community resources, shopping, accessing medical care, and learning about American culture, history and government.  Students practice reading, writing, listening and speaking, as well as develop their gra.m.mar skills.  All of this is integrated through a variety of individual and group activities and tasks that focus on authentic communication.

How do I know which class is right for me?

Prospective students are given placement tests to help place them in the correct class levels.  Students complete assessments in all four language skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking).

Can I bring my child/children to testing or placement?

No. Children are not allowed at testing or placement events. 

Does FCPS Adult ESOL offer discounts?

Yes, FCPS employees with a valid proof of current employment receive a 25% discount on tuition only.  Please contact Adult ESOL staff for details and let staff at testing know that you are an FCPS employee.

How can I pay for classes?

Payment must be made with a check, money order, or credit card.  Cash is not accepted.  Registration is completed only after payment is made.

Do you have scholarships?

FCPS Adult ESOL does not offer scholarships, tuition waivers or tuition reductions.  If you are interested in a scholarship be visit www.ace-foundation.org/scholarships.html   

What is your refund policy?

Refunds must be requested in writing and received by Adult ESOL/ACE at least 2 business days before the first day of class.  The $20.00 fee paid for registration and testing is nonrefundable, and a $15.00 withdrawal fee is also held. 

 

 

Special Interest ESOL Classes

We offer the following Special Interest Classes, in most terms.  For a description and current schedule see the ACE Classes Catalog.

Class

Price
(includes text)

Schedule

Location

Testing required?

American English Pronunciation

$364

Saturdays 9-11 a.m.

Plum Center
6815 Edsall Road, Springfield, VA 22151

No

Citizenship Exa.m.ination Preparation

$100

Saturdays 9-11 a.m.

Plum Center
6815 Edsall Road, Springfield, VA 22151

No

Contemporary Topics in the US 

$124

Saturdays 9-11 a.m.

 

 

Wednesdays 7-9:15 p.m.

Plum Center
6815 Edsall Road, Springfield, VA 22151


Herndon Learning Center
400 Elden Street Herndon VA 20170

Yes

Conversation High Intermediate Plus

$215

Tuesdays/Thursdays 10:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Mott Center
12111Braddock Road Fairfax, VA 22030

yes

If testing is required, please see the schedule of classes for our regular ESOL classes. 
If testing is not required, registration can be done:

  • in person at the Plum Center, 6815 Edsall Road, Springfield, VA 22151
  • by phone 703-658-1201
  • online at www.fcps.edu/is/ace

All registrations must be received one week prior to the start date to guarantee book delivery to the first class session. Special Interest ESOL classes are only offered during our ten-week terms. They are not offered during the summer session.

 

 

English in the Workplace

English in the Workplace offers resources for managing a diverse workplace and providing job-related English instruction to speakers of other languages.

 

Volunteering

Volunteers play an important role in the FCPS Adult ESOL progra.m..  Volunteers provide valuable assistance to our teachers as they manage the diverse learning needs of our adult immigrant students.  By sharing their experiences and knowledge and providing focused help within the classroom, volunteers can make an immeasurable difference in the lives of our students. 
Do you like working with people from other countries? Would you like to assist teachers meet the diverse learning needs of their adult ESOL students?  Volunteer with the FCPS Adult ESOL Progra.m..

Ways to volunteer with FCPS Adult ESOL:

  • Teaching Assistant - Assist our professional teachers at one of our 8 sites in the morning or evening. See Current Schedule of Classes for a list of locations.
  • ESOL Literacy Tutor - Work with beginner students 1-on-1 or in small groups on basic reading and writing skills in our morning classes at Bryant Adult Center.

Volunteers are expected to make a minimum commitment of 2-3 hours/week for a ten-week term.

 

Teach with Us

FCPS Adult ESOL teachers are passionate, creative and dedicated professionals who strive to provide their students with high quality instruction in a supportive environment.  We are always interested in talking with adult ESOL professionals who want to know more about opportunities with our program.  We have day and evening part-time teaching positions available at competitive hourly pay.  New teachers are provided orientation training and support as they get started in the program and all teachers can take advantage of ongoing professional development and training activities to expand and enhance their skills.

Are you an adult ESOL professional with the following?

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university (Master’s preferred)
  • Experience teaching ESOL (preferably Adult ESOL)
  • Basic computer skills and ability to learn new applications as needed
  • Ability/willingness to integrate technology into instruction
  • An approach to instruction that supports our program’s philosophy and priorities (see Our Teaching Philosophy for details)

Interested candidates can e-mail a resume and letter of interest to Jennifer Beilke, Adult ESOL Specialist (jabeilke@fcps.edu).

 

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Last Updated

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