International Student Ministry

                                Welcome to the USA and to Austin!

We offer free English and Bible classes for international students, scholars, their families and friends.  All in-person ESL classes are held at St. Paul Lutheran Church and School, 3407 Red River, Austin.  Some classes are also offered on Zoom. We are a Christian organization, but we respect and welcome all people from any faith or no faith to our program.  Our fall 2023 program begins on Tuesday, August 22.  

To get more information or to register for a class, please send Mrs. Marcia Mittwede an email and tell her your name and class numbers (#) you’d like to join. 

Please note: To get the most out of our program, students should be able to ask and answer basic questions in English and follow instructions in English.  While every level of English-speaking person is welcome to try the classes, a person whose English is not at least at a beginning level, will find it difficult to benefit from the classes.


All classes are free and meet once a week on the day indicated. You may join a class at any time during the semester. 
CLASS LOCATIONS:   Most classes meet in-person at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 3407 Red River. Some classes are also offered on Zoom.  To receive the Zoom link, contact
Book Club   Participants choose a book to read and meet to discuss it together. Zoom only.
English Conversation Class:  Practice speaking English in a casual setting. Make new friends and learn about American culture in a group of 4 – 6 people. Worksheets are provided. In-person and on Zoom.

ESL Bible Class:  The Bible has influenced much of the English language and American culture.  English Bibles and other materials are provided.  No prior Bible knowledge is required.  In-person and on Zoom.

Idioms and Slang:  The American language uses many idioms and slang.  This class will help define idioms and slang expressions that are common in daily life in America. In-person and on Zoom.  

Proverbs for Life:  Students will study the Proverbs (wise sayings) of Solomon, an ancient king, as recorded in the Bible. Proverbs are intended to help a person in everyday life. In-person only.  

Water Color Painting: Students of all skill levels paint and share results with other classmates.  A retired professional artist is available to critique and give advice on making the painting better. In-person only. 

TO REGISTER FOR A CLASS:  Send an email with your name and choice of classes (Class #) to Mrs. Marcia:   She will send you the Zoom Link. You may join a class any time during the year. 

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