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.


Spring 2015
Monday - Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
January 19 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day) CLOSED
March 9 - 15 (Spring Break) CLOSED
June 4 (staff training day) CLOSED
June 12 (staff training day) CLOSED

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CG 408 Godwin Building
Annandale Campus


Brian Adler, Center Supervisor

Who are the ESL Staff?

The ESL Center is run by Brian Adler 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:

May KimBrian Adler

Hi, my name is Brian and I supervise the ESL Center. I encourage students to learn more about what the ESL center has to offer by paying us a visit and meeting some of the tutors. We are here to help and have a lot of resources to aid you with improving your English abilities. Please take advantage of our resources and ask us any questions you might have.

May KimMay 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.

Meet the Tutors:

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.

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!

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.