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Lang & Lit Department to Launch ESL Youth Program


Lee University’s Department of Language and Literature will launch a new youth program offering free English classes to local high school students beginning Thursday, Feb. 2.

Administered by Dr. Betsy Poole, an adjunct in language at Lee, the English as a Second Language (ESL) Youth Program is designed to help high school ESL students improve their ability to speak, read, and write in English.

Each class will begin with a free dinner for the students followed by one-on-one tutoring, guided individual practice, and conversational games. This model allows students to practice both written and spoken English skills.

Lee students, professionally trained in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), will serve as instructors.

“We hope to help our students feel more confident in their English abilities,” said Poole. “We want them to have an encouraging place to connect with those in the community of English speakers.”

Classes will take place from 6-8 p.m. on Thursdays in Lee’s Walker Memorial Building.

For more information or to register for the ESL Youth Program, contact Poole at betsypoole@leeuniversity.edu or call (423) 473-1172.
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