SOTC’s English as a Second Language Ministry

Shadow of the Cross Lutheran Church International, Friendship Center, 20805 Middlebelt Road, Farmington Hills, MI 48336; phone (248)-474-0675.



Shadow of the Cross’s International Friendship Center is for people interested in practicing reading and speaking English through the study of God’s Holy Word. Participants are encouraged to bring their personal Bible in their native language or a bilingual Bible. Participants are also encouraged to bring a paper that lists the books of the Bible in their native language so we can help you with matching them with English words. Participants practice pronunciation of the books of the Bible in English. Also, participants learn biblical vocabulary, pronunciation and the meaning of those words. An enriching opportunity for all is to hear one another as God’s Holy Word is spoken in various languages.

The dedicated SOTC IFC room for the ESL and cultural program will be used for hosting international and domestic food and social events because of its proximity to the kitchen. The educational purpose is to allow practice with following and receiving instruction using English language. In addition, the group will participate in Bible studies and smaller educational activities (games and workshops).

This opportunity is for those interested in fun, casual activities that allow opportunity to practice English. All persons from the community are welcome. Come regularly or whenever you can. Participants play table games, share information about their culture (food, art, recipes for cooking, etc). This is an informal occasion. The activities are in response to what is interesting to the participants.
Those who have been attending the SOTC ESL program value the cultural exchange and friendship. It worked very well for us. Our church ladies have been wonderful with attending the cultural exchange activities and making friends with the ladies. Snacks and beverages have been exchanged as well. We will provide the opportunity to learn about our faith as much as possible.

ESL Photo Gallery

September 2022 International Tea

The SOTC table at the 2022 International Tea event

March 2022 Origami Workshop



January 2022 Floral Arrangement Workshop

English as a Second Language group that made floral arrangements

December 2021 Christmas Luncheon
Summer 2021 International Tea


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