Our ESL Program
There are many reasons for people in our community to need help, loss of employment, fixed incomes, recent immigration, and the list goes on. We want to satisfy the immediate needs of our neighbors so that they can address their long-term needs.
In the past 10 years, the foreign-born population in Nashville has seen tremendous growth, and it now represents about 12% of our city’s population. The city is home to large numbers of Kurds, Vietnamese, Cambodians, Laotians, Mexicans, Arabs. We are home to the largest community of Kurdish people in America, and there are also small communities of immigrants from Pakistan and Afghanistan, mostly centered in Antioch.
Due to COVID-19, all summer English classes are meeting online with Zoom. Intensive English classes have open enrollment; students can join at any time. Our fall semester of traditional ESL classes will begin at the end of August. Contact us for information about English classes.
With such a diversity in the population, it is not surprising that there is a need for English Language Learning. Wendy Salyers directs our ELL. Traditional English classes, providing four hours of instruction per week, are available Monday-Thursday, mornings and evenings. These classes include Reading, Basic, and Levels 1-4. Our Intensive English meets for 8-9 hours per week, Monday-Thursday. The cost for the classes varies, depending on the class which is taken. Tuition for the English classes can be paid here.