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Free ESL Classes for Community Begin Thursday

 

Lee University’s Department of Language and Literature will offer free English as a Second Language classes to the community through its English Language Center (ELC) from Sept. 7 through Nov. 16.

There will be five levels of classes offered ranging from Novice, for those who speak no English, to Advanced, for those who are more proficient in English. This wide range of levels and the small class sizes allow the teachers to address the unique learning style of each individual so students can achieve their personal goals.

The program is led by Dr. Chris Blake, associate professor of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and Linguistics at Lee and director of Lee’s ELC. The courses are taught by student-instructors, all of whom are professionally trained in the TESOL program.

For the first time since the program was created, English instruction will be offered to adults and high school, middle school, and elementary school students. High school students will receive instruction through the ELC youth program, directed by Dr. Betsy Poole, assistant professor of Spanish and linguistics at Lee. Free childcare will be provided for children ages 6-12, and TESOL-trained students will direct this program, incorporating English lessons and activities suited for the young age group.

“We look forward to expanding our English instruction to the youth,” said Blake. “Last year, we had about 15 high school students come out on Thursday nights, and we hope for more this year. We’re also excited to have our instructors incorporate English learning activities into the child care component of the program.”

Classes will be held Thursday evenings from 6:30-8:30 in the Walker Memorial Building, with signs directing students to the building and rooms.

For more information about the classes, contact Blake at cblake@leeuniversity.edu or (423) 614-8223.

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