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Free ESL Classes Offered to Community

Lee University's Department of Language and Literature will offer free adult ESL (English as a Second Language) classes to the community through its English Language Center from Sept. 15 through Nov. 17.

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 allows students to focus their learning on the level needed.

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 English Learning Center. The courses are taught by student-instructors, all of whom are professionally trained in the TESOL program.

Small class sizes allow tailored experiences for students, letting the teachers address the unique learning style of each individual so students can achieve their personal goals. This model helps to develop the conversational skills of students.

"We are very excited about offering these classes to the public for the sixth year in a row," said Blake. "Our numbers have grown steadily from 20 to over 80 students regularly attending last spring. I believe the reason for this growth is the curriculum which is customized to the needs of students and encourages authentic communication in English."

The classes will be held Thursday evenings from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Walker Memorial Building, and there will be signs directing students to the building and rooms. Free childcare will be provided for children ages 6-12.

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


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