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English as a Second Language Classes in the Community

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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.

Lorelei Teegarden (photo) was an instructor for the class from the Fall of 2016 till the Spring of 2018. Lorelei is a double major in Public Health, with a concentration in Community Health, and Spanish. She started teaching as a service learning project and stayed with the class long after her project was officially ended. Each week she plans lessons, emails students with reminders, and shows up to facilitate a fun and educational class.

Lorelei says, "This class is an open forum welcoming students of all proficiency levels. People attending this class are so driven and friendly, and I have come to be a much more engaged member of the community since teaching this class. I feel like the students are some of my best friends as well as being really motivated learners, and they have come to appreciate the class as a part of their weekly routines to help improve their functional proficiency with English."

Thank you, Lorelei, from the ESL students and the ETSU community! We appreciate your efforts and energy.

The class currently meets on Mondays (the new instructor is David Savard) from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church School, 2211 E Lakeview Dr. Johnson City, TN 37601. Classes are free and non-religious. The coordinator of St. Mary’s ESL classes is the fabulous Stefanie Murphy - .

ESL locations and info

Johnson City                                                                          CONTACT PERSON:    

St. Mary’s Catholic Church-Art room
2211 E. Lakeview Dr., Johnson City, TN 37601
Classes will start in January, 28th 2018.

Classes will be every Monday from 6pm to 8pm.

For beginners and advanced
Concentration in speech and reading
Childcare not provided

Contact: Stefanie Murphy
(423) 747-3212

Otterbein United Methodist Church
918 Welbourne St., Johnson City, TN
Every Tuesday 6-7:30 PM
Learn English for everyday conversation
Improve your written English
Work in pronunciation and vocabulary
All you will need is pencil and paper

Contact: (423) 741-7416

Teacher: Shelly VanCamps



Life Center at St. Dominic’s Catholic Church
2517 N John B Dennis Hwy, Kingsport, TN 37660
Every Saturday 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
For beginners and advanced
Concentration in speech and reading
Childcare not provided 

Teacher: Victor Quillen


First Presbyterian Church
110 N Main St, Greeneville, TN 37743
Every Tuesday 10:00 – 11:30 AM
For women only (basic skill level)
Childcare provided

Contact: (423) 638-8543 (H)
(423) 823-1651 (cell)

Teacher: Joyce Johnson
Lighthouse Assembly of God
2445 W Andrew Johnson Hwy, Greeneville, TN 37743
Every Thursday 6:30 – 8:30 PM
For beginners and skill levels I & II
Classes are court mandated
Includes some religious aspects
Childcare not provided

Contact: (423) 638-9227 (H)
(423) 426-4776 (cell)

Teacher: Ana Vargas




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