About the ESL Center

The English as a Second Language Center is an academic support center on NOVA's Annandale Campus. Our goal is to provide additional academic assistance to both credit and continuing education ESL students who are enrolled at the Annandale Campus.


Fall 2014
Monday - Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Sept 1 (Labor Day) CLOSED
Oct 13/14 (Fall Break) CLOSED
Nov 26-30 (Thanksgiving Break) CLOSED

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CG 408 Godwin Building
Annandale Campus


Please leave a voicemail if requesting or canceling a tutoring appointment.

Who are the ESL Staff?

The ESL Center is run by Veronica Campos who coordinates the tutors and many of the Center’s activities and services. The tutoring team is diverse and steadily growing. This fall semester we have eleven tutors working with us, and these will be the people most students will meet when booking a one-on-one tutoring session. With that in mind, we’d like to introduce you to the team and let you get to know a little bit about them all.

Meet the Center Staff:

Meet the Tutors:

Veronica CamposVeronica Campos

Hi! I’m Veronica Campos, and I’m the instructor for the NOVA Annandale ESL Center. I would like to invite all ESL students to come and visit the Center. We have lots of fun, exciting and educational activities for all of you. We hope to see you soon!


Sarina Hyosun Kim

HyosunHello! My name is Sarina. I work in the ESL Center as a lab assistant. If you have any questions while you’re at the lab, do not hesitate to come and see me. I will help you as much as I can. You can receive tutoring from student tutors from NOVA that aid with conversation, grammar questions, and most anything else related to English that you are having trouble with. You can also use the computers that are installed with programs designed to assist students with English. We have a lot of helpful software like Tell Me More, which helps students with speaking and listening by having them talk to the computer program, and writing software that also assists with English grammar and writing. I am taking credit courses now, but previously I was taking intensive ESL courses also. I started in the low levels. I came here to receive tutoring and use specialized computer programs. As a result, I skipped many levels. Now I am taking credit courses and working here! I strongly recommend you come here and enjoy the benefits the ESL Center offers.


NguyetNguyet Phan

Hello, my name is Nguyet. I am from Vietnam. I know it is hard to pronounce my name, so take it easy because you can call me Moon instead. My name translated into English means moon. I have been living in the U.S. for a short time. My major is Business Administration and Management. I hope to get a degree in the U.S. I know how hard it is to study in this country and it takes a long time. I like to learn new things. It makes me feel challenged. I always try to do everything the best I can.

Let me tell you about a very interesting and wonderful place for everyone to come and share their knowledge. It is the ESL Center. Please come and make a tutoring appointment. We have an excellent tutoring team. Also, we have excellent software programs such as Tell Me More, FEG, UUEG, Writing Essay, Pronunciation etc. Lastly, the ESL workshop activities are very useful and a lot of fun. You will realize how these activities can improve your English skills. I am excited to see all of you here.


MayMay Kim

Hello! My name is May, a new assistant at the NOVA Annandale ESL Center. Learning a foreign language is not easy, but the ESL Center will help you in many ways. Please come by or call to make a tutoring appointment. We have an excellent tutoring team. Also, we have very good software programs, such as Pronunciation, Grammar, Writing Essay, etc. If you have any questions while you are at the ESL Center, please do not hesitate to come and ask me. I am excited to see all of you here. .


Mikey Estes

Hi! I'Mikey Estesm Mike! but you can call me Mikey. I'm one of the tutors in the ESL center as well as a student here at NOVA. I'm an international studies major here at NVCC and my main focus is learning languages. I studied Japanese for 4 years in high school, Korean for 2 years in high school and one semester at NOVA, and Chinese for 2 semesters at NOVA. I have also picked up a few phrases from other languages such as, German, Russian, Vietnamese, Thai, and Arabic, so i know the kind of issues students can face when learning a new language. I have a love for learning languages, but i also have a love for teaching. I am a native speaker, born and raised right here in Northern Virginia, so if you have and questions feel free to ask me! I love helping students improve their English and become more acculturated to living here in America.


H.J. Cummins

H.J. Cummins

I am a newcomer to the ESL Lab and the Washington, DC area. I am currently attending George Mason University as a graduate student, earning a certificate to teach ESL. I have professional work experience as a journalist and as a college English instructor. I studied German, so I can relate to the challenges of learning a foreign language.

I am enjoying my training to become an ESL teacher and I look forward to helping lab visitors.


Lori Klemm

Lori KlemmHello, my name is Lori Klemm. I am excited about being a volunteer at NOVA's ESL Center. I have found the ESL Center to be a very friendly place, and I hope that any of you who have not visited us will do so very soon.

I grew up in Japan, so I can empathize with students who face the challenges of living in a foreign country. It takes a brave person to move to a foreign land and learn a new language, and I feel privileged to help these students.

I have been studying linguistics at George Mason University in order to become an ESL teacher, and on the side I tutor many people in English. I have a special interest in helping people with their pronunciation. I hope to see many of you at the Center.


Ana Luiza d'Utra Vaz

Ana Hello! My name is Ana. I am a Brazilian architectural student and an ESL tutor at NOVA. I owe my passion for languages and diversity to the Brazilian-German school I studied at. It is where I learned English, German, and Spanish.

During my high school years back in Sao Paulo, Brazil, I gladly tutored classmates and always found it to be extremely rewarding. Even if I was very happy doing it, I didn't realize it would turn out to be one of my passions until had I was recruited to be a tutor here at the Language Center. This job suits me for it blends my fascination for languages, cultures, and tutoring.

As an International Student, I know how hard it can be to learn a new language - let alone move to another country! Therefore, my goal is not only to provide academic assistance, but also to remind ESL students they are not alone and how enriching their uniqueness is. I am looking forward to share my stories and learn about other cultures and experiences. NOVA's diversity is simply wonderful, and I couldn't be happier to work so closely with such a rich and diverse group of students.


Christine Cartwright

Christine Hi! I'm Christine. You may remember me from The Writing Center at NOVA. I'm working on my graduate degree in English at George Mason University. I also am an editor and author. Check out my book on Amazon, Connections for Love-The Right Ones for You under my pen name, Catherine Landon. I am currently writing a series of fiction books. I really enjoy dancing-ballroom, East and West Coast swing, hustle, and salsa-and playing piano and cello. I especially love helping ESL students improve their written and oral communication skills. I have to learn Spanish for my graduate degree, and I know how hard it is to learn another language! I look forward to working with you at the ESL Center!


Erin Kelly

ErinHi! I'm Erin. I'm a graduate student at George Mason working to get my TESOL certificate as well as a Master's in Education; this is my second semester here at the ESL Center. I learn something new every day I come to work and it always makes my day better.

I'm here to help in any way I can. Looking forward to seeing you!


Chengcheng Xiong


Hi there! I'm Cheng, and I have been tutoring at the ESL Center since Fall 2013. It has always been a wonderful experience working with students from all around the world. Having closely studied the English language for almost a decade, I totally identify with ESL students and their possible struggles in acquiring the nuances of the language. I hope to make what all I know a part of what you'll know, so please feel free to see me at the ESL Center!


Naydu Nosse

NayduHello, my name is Naydu Nosse. I've been a tutor here at the ESL Center for about a year. I am also an ESL Instructor for Fairfax County Public Schools; I have even seen some past students here at NOVA. I have worked for non profits and government, but working with ESL students has been the most rewarding work I have done.

I am also a busy mother of two young children. I love cooking and watching films - the older the better. I love talking to students about where they are from and what they think about their experiences here. As a past student of both French and Spanish, I know the challenges of learning a new language. I only wish I had had a resource like the ESL Center when I was a student - take advantage of all it has to offer and come see us!


Jeeyeon Shon

JeeyeonHello! My name is Jeeyeon Shon. I am working as a tutor at the ESL Center. I am also a full-time science student at NVCC. When I came to the U.S. three years ago, I was really worried because everything in the U.S. seemed different from my home country. However, I am a happy student now, successfully performing class activities and making good friends. I owe that improvement to those who supported me whenever I needed help. Knowing that you are not alone and someone is there to help you will make a huge difference. As an international student, I know you have a lot of ideas and strengths that you would like to express in English. I also understand how hard it is to learn a second language. I would be very happy to be of assistance to you, helping you and listening to your stories.


Hyojin Shin

HyojinHello, everyone. My name is Hyojin Shin, a lab assistant at the language center. Since I was an international student, I often came here to ask the tutors for help and use a variety of software programs. The tutors and the programs are really helpful for me, so I strongly recommend you come here and take advantage of the resources as much as you can. If you have any questions, please let me know. I am more than happy to help you. I hope you have a great semester and see you all at the ESL center soon.