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English Conversation Sessions

Vanderbilt English Language Center

The ELC offers English for Academics and Professionals and Writing Workshops.

chatELC Program Overview

chatELC is a program designed to support the development of English Fluency, situational English, and cultural competency of spouses and partners of current Vanderbilt students, faculty, and staff through semi-structured English conversation groups. The conversation groups will be led by Group Leaders from the Vanderbilt community and leet for 11 weeks in the Fall and Spring semesters and for 3 weeks in the summer term. For more details:

General English for Spouses/Partners – Program Overview

This tuition-free English course for VU community spouses/partners helps non-native English speakers with a low to intermediate proficiency develop functional oral language skills commonly used in social situations through a series of listening, speaking, and reading activities.

The program was originally funded by a Peabody College Department of Teaching and Learning Instructional Improvement Grant and is currently funded through the ELC.

Applications :

Community Conversation Sessions

American Conversation Partners

This is a no-cost conversational English program in which international students and spouses are matched with an American college student or volunteer who will help them improve their conversational skills. We meet on Mondays, 6:45-8 p.m. Asaph’s Chamber, Belmont Church 1004 16th Ave. S, Nashville 37203. Light refreshments are served. Registration is recommended. For more information, email Richard or Mary Barnes at

Belmont International English

Beginning, mid-level, and upper level English classes are offered during the academic year for adults, free of charge. The classes are held at Belmont United Methodist Church, 2007 Acklen Ave., in Hillsboro Village. Applicants will be referred to take a preliminary test before enrolling. Please contact the following website for more details:

Bridge International ESL Fellowship (Green Hills)

Sun., 1:00-2:00 p.m., Bible and ESL class held at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 33 Burton Hills Blvd, Nashville 37215. Contact Pat Toth:

Conversational English Classes (Antioch)

Mon. & Wed., 7-8:00 p.m. (starting in February), sponsored by Antioch Church of Christ, 2142 Antioch Pike, Antioch, TN 37013. Registration required in person at the “sign-up Saturday” on January 10th at 9:00 a.m. – 12 p.m. Contact Lisa Steele at 615-834-3063.

Conversational English Classes (Brook Hollow)

Sunday 9-10:30 a.m., sponsored by Brook Hollow Baptist Church, 678 Brook Hollow Road, Nashville 37205. Child care. Includes summer sessions. Contact Judy Dalton at 615-673-1851.

ESL (3 levels, citizenship)

Tuesday 6:30-8:15 p.m. Sponsored by Crievewood Baptist Church, held at Thrift Smart, 4890 Nolensville Rd., Nashville 37211. Citizenship preparation is also offered. Contact Sam House at 615-268-7272 or James Brown at 615-418-7047.

Friday Conversations at Fido

This is a great place to practice your English and make new friends from Nashville and around the world. We sometimes have a topic, other times a presentation and often we just talk as friends. Fido is a coffee shop located at 1812 21st Avenue South, Nashville TN (in Hillsboro Village). Contact Rob Vaughn:


FriendSpeak is a program designed to help individuals who already speak English as a secondary language practice their conversational English using a simplified version of the Bible as the text. Meets Wednesday 6:45 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., following a complimentary meal. Sponsored by Hillsboro Church of Christ, 5800 Hillsboro Road, Nashville 37215. Contact Daniel Bateman at 586-703-5899 or email

Nashville Adult Literacy Council

The NALC English Language Learning program offers beginner level classes, small groups, and one-on-one instruction to Davidson County adult immigrants aged 18 and over who would like to improve their English communication skills. Initial assessment required. For more information, call the office at 615-298-8060 or email

Tennessee Foreign Language Institute

TFLI offers structured classes in advanced conversation in real-life situations, as well as grammar, writing, pronunciation, and TESL preparation for a fee. The placement test, which costs $20, is by appointment.