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The Branch of Nashville ESL Program

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English Classes


Are you interested in learning English? That’s great! We can certainly help you! The English classes at The Branch are all taught by our experienced, qualified, and caring teachers. We love our English students and welcome you into our English family. We want to help you succeed in learning English. The first step in joining an English class at The Branch is to schedule a time to take a placement test. The 25 minute test helps us know which class is best for you as you begin your studies. If you are ready to study English with us, click Information/Schedule Placement Test below to schedule your placement test. The test can be taken online or in-person.

About our School


Our classes are on a one year cycle, beginning in August and continuing through July. We are very happy to say that our daytime classes will offer in person and hybrid options this year. There will be NO childcare for in person classes, and children are not permitted at The Branch during class. Evening classes will continue to be online. 

Our English classes are on a 1-year cycle beginning in August and continuing through July. Our 2021-22 schedule is as follows:


Class Schedule

Session 1 (Fall): August 23—December 9

    *September 6—No class, Labor Day holiday

    *October 11-14—No class, Fall Break

    *November 23-26—No class, Thanksgiving holidays


Session 2(Winter/Spring): January 10—May 20

    *January 17—No class, MLK, Jr. holiday

    *March 14-17—No class, Spring Break


Session 3 (Summer): June 6—July 30

    *July 4-7—No class, Independence Day holiday

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About Our Classes
The Branch uses Ventures ESL curriculum by Cambridge University Press for most levels of instruction, which includes the Student Book and Student Workbook. Each day, teachers utilize the curriculum and other resources to help our students improve their skills in vocabulary, grammar, reading, writing, speaking, and listening comprehension. Teachers also assign homework as well. The cost of your books is included in your class fees. 

Traditional English Classes provide instruction 2 days a week and are available both mornings and evenings. Traditional students will generally complete one level per year. The classes include Levels 1—4.


Intensive English Classes meet 3—4 days a week, Mondays—Thursdays during the day. Intensive English students will generally complete two levels per year. 


We also offer a Reading Tutorial for students who need to learn to read English from the beginning and a Basics Class for beginning students. These classes are limited in size to small groups. 


We are happy to write a letter for students who need proof that they are enrolled in our English program. Most employers appreciate employees who study English. Students receive a certificate when they complete a level. 


Are you ready to take the first step in reaching your English goal? New students must schedule an appointment to take a placement test before registering. Contact us to request an appointment or for more information. Click below to schedule your placement test and get started! We are excited to meet you and help you reach your goals!


Class Fees

All students are asked to invest in their education by paying a class fee, which includes the cost of your books.

The fee is due at the time of registration, but may be paid in installments at the dates shown.

Traditional Classes

The total cost for a YEAR of traditional classes, (meets twice a week) is $500.

Payment Schedule:

Session 1 (Fall): $215 total

*Payment 1 due at registration--$140

*Payment 2 due by October 1--$75


Session 2 (Winter/Spring): $215 total

*Payment 1 due by December 1--$110

*Payment 2 due by February 1--$105


Session 3 (Summer): Total $70 due April 1

Intensive Classes

The total cost for a YEAR of INTENSIVE classes (meets 4 times a week)  is $950.


Payment Schedule:

Session 1 (Fall): $400 total

*Payment 1 due at registration--$135

*Payment 2 due by October 1--$135

*Payment 3 due by December 1--$130

Session 2 (Winter/Spring): $400 total

*Payment 1 due by January 10--$135

*Payment 2 due by March 1--$135

*Payment 3 due by May 1--$130


Session 3 (Summer): $150 total

*Payment due by June 1

School Calendar



Day Classes

Level 2: Tuesday/Thursday 10:30-12:00

Level 3: Tuesday/Thursday 8:30-10:00

Level 4: Monday 8:30-10:00; Wednesday 10:30-12:00


Night Classes

*All night classes are on ZOOM

Level 0 Basic English: Tuesday/Thursday 6:30-8:00 p.m. (Classes will start September 14)

Level 1: Monday/Wednesday 7:45-9:15 p.m.

Level 2: Tuesday/Thursday 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Level 3: Tuesday/Thursday 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Level 4: Monday/Wednesday 6:10—7:40

Advanced (Conversation and Culture with Grammar/Vocabulary Review)—Once a week on Mondays or Tuesdays (6:30-8:00) Meets in person once a month.

* There are no Intensive classes at night



In Person/Hybrid Classes


Beginning (Levels 0/1): 

 Tuesdays and Wednesdays 8:30-10 (in person and online); Mondays and Thursdays 10:30-11:30 (online)

*Students will choose traditional (2 days a week in person only) or Intensive (4 days a week –both in person and online) *


Intermediate (Levels 2/3)

Tuesdays and Wednesdays 12:30—2:00: (in person and online) 

High Intermediate/Advanced (Level 5+)

Tuesday/Wednesday 10:30-12 (online and in person); Monday/Thursday 8:30-10:00 (online)

*Students will choose traditional (2 days a week in person only) or Intensive (4 days a week –both in person and online) *



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