Lee University’s Department of Language and Literature will offer free English classes to the community Feb. 7 through April 4.

The program is designed for beginning or low-intermediate English learners. Classes will be held Thursday nights from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The English Learning Center is directed by Dr. Christopher Blake. All of the instructors in the program are certified in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), and they will work with students individually to address specific needs.

“Instead of pulling our curriculum from a box, we design classes that address the specific language needs of our students and their goals for learning English,” Blake said in a prepared statement. “All of the instructors in the ELC have been professionally trained in TESOL, so they know how to address the unique linguistics challenges that each student faces.”


Officials said that students from past semesters have had incredible success in the program.

“I started teaching English last semester through the ELC, and it really has been an incredible experience,” said instructor Jil Chaney in a prepared statement. “I know what it is like to learn a new language, and it isn’t easy, but the students work hard.”

For more information, contact Blake at 423-614-8223 or[email protected].