English as a Second Language Classes in the Community
St. Mary's Catholic Church
2211 E. Lakeview Dr., Johnson City, TN 37601
All classes are held online for Fall 2020.
- Beginning level: https://johnsoncityeslclass.blogspot.com/
- Advanced level: https://johnsoncityesl.blogspot.com/
- For more information, contact Dr. Theresa McGarry at email@example.com
Meet the Teachers
Members of the Tri-Cities community are learning English as a Second Language, having fun, and making friends. For several years now, LCRC service learning students and TESOL Certificate interns have been cooperating to teach evening ESL at St. Mary’s Catholic Church School. The classes are free, and all are welcome. The students have come from many countries, including Portugal, the Ukraine, Russia, Mexico, China, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, and others. Their English is at many different levels, and they all help each other learn.
Theresa McGarry started teaching English as a Second Language in 1987 and has taught in Korea, Japan, Ecuador, China, the US, and, as a Peace Corps volunteer, in Bandarawela, Sri Lanka. She obtained a PhD in linguistics from the University of South Carolina in 2004, specializing in sociolinguistics and second language acquisition. She is now a professor in the Literature and Language Department and the coordinator of the TESOL Certificate Program at East Tennessee State University. Her research interests include second language acquisition of vocabulary, Sinhala, Awa Pit, and the assignment of responsibility in discourse. She is currently working on an analysis of letters to the editor in Sri Lankan English and Kenyan English with Dr. Martha Michieka. She lives in Johnson City and can often be seen hiking on Buffalo Mountain or riding a bike on the Tweetsie Trail.
Melissa Ramos is a student at East Tennessee State University, where she is pursuing her degree in English Education to become an English as a Second Language Teacher. She is active on campus as she is a member of different organizations, including the LCRC. She is a medical interpreter and Conversation Partner, and when she isn't working, she is volunteering in the Johnson City community with one-on-one sessions with adults who want to learn English but can't make it to Monday night classes or who are in need of the extra practice. In her free time she loves spending time with her friends, going out to new places, and hosting movie nights.
Omolola Giwa is an international student from Nigeria studying at East Tennessee State University, where she is pursuing her second degree in English. She recently participated in the TESOL program at ETSU. Her research interests include Discourse Analysis and African Studies.
Thank you from the ESL students and the ETSU community! We appreciate your efforts and energy.
The class currently meets online through the following blog addresses:
Beginning level: https://johnsoncityeslclass.blogspot.com/
Advanced level: https://johnsoncityesl.blogspot.com/
Classes are free and non-religious. The coordinator of St. Mary’s ESL classes is Stefanie Murphy - firstname.lastname@example.org.