English as a Second Language

At South-North ESL in Springfield Virginia, we focus on personalized teaching methods. We help you meet your English goals. You'll use English interactively in one-on-one and small groups classes to make fast progress.

    Our teachers are:

    • 100  percent native English speakers
    • Trained in the best American universities
    • Interactive and dynamic, creating interesting lessons that put the spotlight on you
    • Flexible in working with students of different learning styles
    • Experienced at teaching English in countries all over the world
    • Friendly and patient
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    Depending on Learner's needs and targets, the average customized duration of a session is 2 to 3 hours , divided between subject-lessons, practice, and material work to cover "Speaking, Listening, Writing and Reading"

    Available Programs

    English Group Sessions

    Offered regularly throughout the year. Eight weeks of Intensive English Sessions, carefully designed to provide you with a great learning experience in a focused classroom setting.

    You will receive either four or eight instruction hours per week, divided into two or three hours per day, respectively.

    Taught by a group of experienced instructors who will guide all students through a comprehensive journey of language learning while maintaining close attention to the individual needs of each student.

    All levels are Available!

    A Placement test will be taken to determine level.

    Class topics include:

    • Speaking
    • Listening
    • Reading
    • Structure

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    TOEFL/IELTS Preparation

    Do you want to go to an American college or university? With our COMPUTERIZED SIMULATIONS and IN-DEPTH PRACTICE of each section of the TOEFL or IELTS exam, you'll develop the CONFIDENCE and SKILLS you need to gain admission.

    Recommended level: Advanced

    Class features include:

    • Proven test-taking strategies for raising your score
    • Thorough review of all sections: Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking, and Mixed Tasks
    • Computerized practice that simulates the real test environment
    • Intensive writing practice
    • Individualized feedback on practice exams

    Professional and Business English

    Recommended level: Intermediate or Advanced.

    Course topics include:

    • Key technical vocabulary in your professional field
    • E-mail writing and etiquette
    • Presentations and PowerPoint
    • Reading and understanding business news
    • Phone conversations and teleconferencing
    • Leading and participating effectively in meetings
    • Easy-to-use communication strategies you can implement immediately

    Meet Our Advisory Board Members and Language Instructors...


    Michael Gasparovic

    Ph.D / Full Virginia State Licensure in English

    Michael (Mike) is the founder of South-North ESL program. He earned his P.hD from Catholic University of America in  Washington, DC.
    Besides being a native speaker of English, he is also fluent in Spanish and proficient in French. 
    His experience involves writing and editing for multiple publications, teaching and tutoring ESL at different institutes, including universities across the US and abroad. 

    Living in Peru for three years has given him a strong knowledge of Latin American culture and history. He is a caring language instructor with a worldly view and a deep understanding of students' needs and various cultures.


    Deborah K. Secrist

    TESOL Certified Teacher/ M.S. Degree

    Deborah is a native of Washington DC. Watching the world come to the nation's capitol over the years has given her a desire to help people develop their English skills for a rewarding career, family and social life here.

    She has enjoyed traveling throughout Central Asia. This year, she began learning Russian. Her lessons with her tutor make her an empathetic teacher for students learning a second language. 


    Sally Ahmad

    Director of Language Training

    South-North Media & Language Arts

    Office : 703-337-4747