ESL: English as Second Language

The Edge Institute has become our go-to partner for help with ESL training. It promotes cross cultural exchange between the Americas and international locations by teaching English and instructing professionals in Western business methods.  The Edge currently administers several exchange programs in various regions of the world – China,  Haiti, Kazakhstan and elsewhere in the world.

“In communities all across the United States and its territories and Canada, the number of people who want and need to learn to speak English is increasing rapidly.  East, west, north, and south—people who need and want to learn to speak English are our neighbors.  One of the best ways to demonstrate and share God’s love with our non-English speaking neighbors is through local church-based English as a Second Language Ministries.”  –Kendale Moore, National Literacy Missionary for the North American Mission Board

“In the Charlotte area, we continue to experience a dramatic increase in international residents, people moving here from around the world.  Recently, one of our middle schools had 26 different nationalities represented in the student body, speaking 21 different languages.  It’s true – the nations have come to our neighborhoods.  It’s not a reason to be afraid, it’s a time to decide what we’re going to do about it. Jesus said we are to make disciples of all nations.  Teaching ESL is a great way to accomplish that mission.”  –Dr. Bob Lowman, Jr., Director/Missionary, Metrolina Baptist Association

Please contact The Edge Institute for more information on these classes: (704) 598-6200 or

Churches with English as a Second Language (ESL) Classes

Calvary Church
5801 Pineville-Matthews Road
Charlotte, NC 28226
ESL Classes – Monday and Thursday
9:00am – 11:00am
Intro, Level 1 & Level 2 classes meet at Calvary; Levels 3-6 and Advanced classes meet on Zoom
Pronunciation Class – Zoom
Monday – 11:15 – 12:00 pm
Life Discussion Class – Zoom
Thursday – 11:15 – 12:00 pm
Cost: $30.00
Contact:  Vince Eaton
Phone: 704-341-5322 

Forest Hill Church | South Blvd.
(In partnership with Harris YMCA)
6210 Old Pineville Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28217
Some levels Monday/Wednesday and other levels Tuesday/Thursday (4 levels)
Contact:  Susan Padgett
Cell: 704-612-2214

Harrison United Methodist Church
15008 Lancaster Hwy
Pineville, NC 28134
All classes are virtual
Contact: Betsy Harrington
Phone: 704-641-0238

Pineville United Methodist Church
110 South Polk Street
Pineville, NC 28134
Tuesday Morning
9:30am – 11:30am
Contact:  Suzanne Gold
Phone: 704-621-6438

Tri-District Adult Education Center
(for York County, SC residents only)
420 Knox Center
Clover, SC 29710
Virtual Classes on Monday and Tuesday
4:30pm – 7:30pm
Contact: Kiersten Austin
Phone: 803-810-8440

Waxhaw Bible Church
6810 Pleasant Grove Rd
Waxhaw, NC 28173
Thursdays 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Sep 3 – Dec 10
Free childcare ages 6 mo – 6 years
Cost $20 including textbook
Contact: Chuck Daly