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ESL Classes

Manchester UMC partners with the Parkway-Rockwood Area Adult Education and Literacy/English as a Second Language Program to host ESL and Citizenship classes on site.

Since 1969, Parkway-Rockwood Area Adult Education and Literacy/English as a Second Language Program has been in existence. Free Adult Basic Education and High School Equivalency Test Prep classes, as well as English as a Second Language and Citizenship classes, are available.

Learn more about the ESL Classes

What are the benefits of English As a Second Language Classes?

Benefits of classes include:

  • Learning English in friendly adult classes where you can work on conversations
  • Pronunciation
  • Grammar
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Citizenship tests
  • American customs

In fiscal year 2016, the Parkway Area Program served almost 1700 adult students, over half of whom were ESL adults. We offer classes in the following school districts: Parkway, Rockwood, Pattonville, Clayton, Ladue, Brentwood, Hazelwood and Maplewood-Richmond Heights. Students do not have to be residents of any of these districts in order to enroll in our classes. 

Parkway was designated as a STAR Program from the Continuous Quality Improvement review conducted by the Missouri Adult Education and Literacy Section of Department of Elementary and Secondary Education during the fiscal year 2011. We are funded with federal and state monies. The Missouri State Board of Education is responsible for administering our program in cooperation with the local school districts we serve.

How Do I Register for an ESL Class?

Please call Parkway School District’s ESL program at


New students are welcome on orientation dates. Information about orientation and class registration will be provided. All ESL classes are free.

When Are the ESL Classes Offered at Manchester UMC?

When the church is in Phase 4, Manchester UMC hosts classes daily during the academic school year (September to May):

  • Monday to Thursday 9:00 a.m. to Noon
  • Monday to Thursday 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. and focus on Citizenship, English & Conversation

Childcare is not provided.

ESL Summer Classes

Summer ESL classes are available at other sites, not Manchester UMC. Please visit the Parkway Schools webpage to learn more.

Want to Volunteer?

To learn more about how you can get involved in this ministry, please email the ESL Ministry Leader, Susie Lashly.

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