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People come to the Amherst area from around the world for education and jobs. For many of these people and their families learning English helps with daily life and opens doors of opportunity. First Baptist has been offering free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes to the public for eighteen years. This year students from twenty countries are participating. Classes meet at the church on Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. Four skills are developed: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Small classes enable tutors to work with students individually. Our curriculum is designed for students at different English levels: beginning, intermediate, advanced. Our team of tutors are highly motivated volunteers who help students learn English, get adjusted to life in the USA, and successfully integrate into our local community. Students who are interested in learning about the Christian faith have opportunities to ask spiritual questions, come to international dinners, and participate in the church.

For information about ESL or if you want to learn about volunteering as a tutor, contact the church office at 413-549-3596 or email link     Evie Hopkins is our ESL Director.


“I looked and before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne!” Revelation 7:9 ~