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English Language Support & Services

Vanderbilt English Language Center

The English Language Center (ELC) provide wide range of activities around the focal point of teaching English language support course for individuals whose first language is not English. ELF offers English Language programs for Academic and Professionals (EAP), including International Teaching Assistants (ITA) and Undergraduates, as well as support programing for the Vanderbilt Community. ELC Community Support program include chatELC and General English for Spouses/Partners.

chatELC 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 meet for 11 weeks in the Fall and Spring semesters and for 3 weeks in the summer term. For more details:

General English for Spouse/Partners 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.
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Community Organization & Conversation Groups

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 (September – April). 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. Cost is $35 for the entire academic year. 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:

FriendSpeak 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 Language Center TN Language Center offers structured classes in advanced conversation in real-life situations, as well as grammar, writing, pronunciation, and TESL preparation for a fee. Visit TN Language Center website for more information and classes that are offered:

Nashville Public Library Nashville Public Library offers many resources and events for ESL classes. You can visit the following website for additional resources and list of ESL classes being offered at the public library as well as in the community. Find more information here.

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