Winter/Spring Term will go from January 17 to May 17, 2023. Classes start January 17 and 18.

Online registration will be open from December 3 to January 10. Use the button below to sign up.

Register here

New students will need to take a Placement Test at Reston Bible Church on January 10 at 7:00 p.m. or January 11 at 9:30 a.m. If you have issues with the online registration or have any questions, please email esl@restonbible.org.

PROGRAM AND REGISTRATION

Registration for Fall and Spring classes are held twice a year, in September and in January. Classes run from mid-September through mid-May, Tuesday nights from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. or Wednesday mornings from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.  During registration, students complete a placement test to determine class level. A small registration fee of $30 plus additional fees for textbooks. Social events are organized throughout the year, such as: Thanksgiving Dinner, Christmas Candlelight, Easter, Certificate Ceremony, etc.

The classes are divided by comprehension level: Literacy, Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced. International Connection offers free childcare and a Homework Club that provides tutoring for the grade-school children of our evening students.

OUR VISION

We are committed to creating a place where internationals are welcomed and cared for. We seek to provide not only quality English teaching but also opportunities to experience true Christian community. Friendships are nurtured, needs are met, and students are challenged to progress in their journey towards a relationship with Christ.

OUR HISTORY

International Connection began in 1990 as a tutoring program with two teachers and just a few students. As more internationals moved into the Reston/Herndon community, the tutoring program expanded into small classes. In September 1998, the program was given the name International Connection and the classes moved to the main campus of Reston Bible Church. Since then, the program has expanded to include eight classes of adult English instruction, four on Tuesday nights and four on Wednesday morning.

OUR STUDENTS

Nearly 100 internationals from 25 different countries around the world — and speaking 14 different languages — enroll in our English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. Many students come from countries that are closed to the Gospel. While living in the U.S., they are eager not only to learn English, but also American culture and explore Christianity.

GET INVOLVED

If you have interest in serving the local international community and want to make a lasting difference in their lives, please consider teaching English as a second language with International Connection. Curriculum, training and even encouragement are provided! Email Kim Satterfield at esl@restonbible.org for more details.

Volunteer Opportunities available: Teacher (in-person or online), Teaching Assistant, Conversation Partner (one-on-one or small group) and Hospitality/Social Events

Sign up here if you would like to serve

VIDEO RESOURCES

For some basic level literacy lessons on video, you can check out our International Connection YouTube playlist.