The English Language Program for Japanese Speakers
At Highrock, we offer English classes for those who have moved from Japan and are eager to improve their English and adjust to their new home. Each week, students can attend a large group gathering and a small group class according to their English level. There are also optional gatherings/classes offered randomly featuring topics such as cooking, aerobics, flower arranging, etc., as well as an optional weekly class on Exploring Christianity. Each semester promises a new selection of optional classes and outings that help build community. In each weekly class, the instructors utilize an ESL curriculum that covers both English language and American living. Topics include pronunciation, vocabulary, conversation, and understanding American culture. New this year, we will be offering Community Connection, an informal, in-person weekly get-together to practice conversational English and make new friends.
Registration is now open for the 2023 Winter semester! Classes begin Friday, January 6th and run through March 24th, with a one-week break on February 24th.
Please note, the large group class will be offered over Zoom on Friday mornings and small group classes will be offered over Zoom sometime in the week or in person on Tuesday mornings. Childcare will be offered on Tuesday mornings for those signed up for in person classes.
Schedule and Cost
- Fall: 12 weeks from September to December - $70
- Winter: 10 weeks from January to March - $65
- Spring: 8 weeks from April to May/June - $60
Large group classes meet on Fridays from 9:00-10:00am ET on Zoom. Small group classes based on English level are offered at various mornings and evenings throughout the week.
We offer three levels of English classes.
Optional Exploring Christianity Class
Our weekly optional Exploring Christianity class takes place immediately following the Friday morning large group class. This class is an opportunity to learn more about what Christianity is, hear life stories from people who are part of Highrock Church, and have small group discussions to learn from one another. There is no extra fee for participation.
Optional Community Connection Events
Are you ready to start interacting in person again? If so, Community Connection is for you! This informal gathering (including kids!) takes place on Thursdays from 9:30am-12:30pm in the Highrock Commons (735 Massachusetts Ave) for conversation, connection, and snacks, and is open for anyone to join. It is a great opportunity to make new friends - no registration required!