ESL Ministries

About English as a Second Language ministries

Serving a multicultural and multiethnic community is a passion at Sunset Bible Church. One way we do this is by offering English as a Second Language (ESL) programs. These programs are aimed at non-native English speakers who wish to improve their English language skills.

talk time
(free english conversation practice)

We work with the University Place Library and other members of the community to provide non-native English speakers a friendly and safe environment to improve English speaking and listening skills as well as ask questions about words, phrases, and colloquial expressions. In each meeting, we present a topic to help focus our conversation. These topics are specifically meant to provide helpful insight to many of the potentially confusing or intimidating aspects of our culture. Topics have included: banking, 9-1-1 calls, car registration, elections, hospital visits, art, and home hospitality.

Saturdays, 10:00-11:00 am (University Place Library on Bridgeport Way)

English @ The Station
(Free English Conversation Classes)

We offer free English classes on Mondays from 10:30am-12:30pm during the school year. The first hour includes teaching on a particular theme, including vocabulary, sentence structures and pronunciation. Students get to practice using what they learn with a volunteer. The second hour is devoted to themed conversations. This gives students an opportunity to practice what they have learned and helps students and volunteers learn about each other’s cultures.

Mondays, 10:30 am-12:30 pm (Sunset @ The Station, 7909 40th St W in University Place)

Other International Ministries

In addition to teaching ESL classes, we provide other informal and one-on-one assistance to internationals in the community, including: Hosting international students in our homes Tutoring students enrolled in local community college ESL programs Providing advocacy and support for those in need of help Networking with other organizations who offer services for internationals Opening our hearts and homes to people who are often marginalized, lonely, and in need of genuine friends. 

To find out how you can serve our international community, or to refer an international friend to one of our ministries, please contact Karen Pease for assistance
(, (253)564-7317).