Campus News: English Language Center Will Offer Free Classes Beginning Thursday

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English Language Center Will Offer Free Classes Beginning Thursday
- 2/8/2019

Lee TESOL major Hunter White, standing far right, is shown here talking to ESL students at Lee’s English Language Center.

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) beginning Thursday, Jan. 31 and continuing through April 11.


The ELC will offer five levels of classes for all levels of learners, ranging from beginners who do not know any English to speakers who are advanced in their knowledge of the English language. The class size is small, which allows teachers to tailor lessons to each student’s learning style and goals.


The program is led by Dr. Chris Blake, associate professor of TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and linguistics at Lee and director of the ELC. The courses are taught by student instructors who have been professionally trained in the TESOL program.


In addition to the classes for adults, English instruction will be available for 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.


For children ages 6-10, childcare will be provided by TESOL-trained students who will lead English lessons and activities suited for the young age group.


“Our program continues to grow every year,” said Blake. “We have seen hundreds of students make amazing progress in their English abilities over the past eight years as they have invested their time in these classes.”


The English Language Center program is funded, in part, by a grant from the Athens Federal Foundation.


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


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

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