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.
Summer 2015
Monday - Thursday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Friday and Saturday CLOSED

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


The ESL Center runs a number of workshops for ESL students. Each workshop focuses on a specific skill of the English language and aims to extend the skills obtained in the classroom in a friendly and relaxed environment.

What Workshops are offered?

The Center currently offers conversation workshops

When and where are the workshops?

Our workshops are conducted the following times:

Fridays, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. in CG 413.

What happens at the workshops?

Each workshop is run differently depending on the subject area. Conversation workshops often involve discussion of a main topic, group work and then the class comes together to share what they’ve discussed in their groups. Reading often involves building comprehension of a mainstream piece of writing rather than a textbook, and application of a reading strategy. Writing entails generation of ideas and writing for specified topics such as how to write a descriptive paragraph. Writing integrates grammar and writing exercises so ESL students can get a lot of practice writing in different formats. Drama is all about role-playing different scenarios ESL students may find themselves in, mostly humorous scenarios.

What do I need to bring?

Bring a pen and paper to all of our workshops.

Will I have to pay for a workshop?

Absolutely not! All of our workshops are offered for free to ESL students.

Do I need to make an appointment?

No, simply arrive on time for the beginning of your chosen workshop.

What we expect of you:

All participants in the workshops are asked to attend on time, and contribute actively to the learning environment. Participation is a must if you want to get the most out of these extracurricular activities.