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ELC Continues Courses for Community Online

By Ashley Walker

Lee University’s English Language Center (ELC) has transitioned to online instruction for the rest of the Spring 2020 semester in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis.

The ELC is a Thursday-night program run by Lee students who are either majoring or minoring in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). The students are involved in teaching English classes to members of the community whose English proficiency ranges from true beginner to advanced. The program also serves high school, middle school, and elementary school students. Prior to the cancellation of on-campus classes, the ELC had attendance of nearly 100 adults, 20 youth, and 30 children every week.

“Our teachers had been making incredible strides in planning and delivering lessons in a face-to-face environment which now seems like a blurry memory in our past,” said Dr. Chris Blake, associate professor of TESOL and linguistics at Lee and director of the ELC. “Yet when we learned that Lee was moving to online Zoom delivery, our ELC teachers rose to the challenge of moving to a virtual mode of delivering classes.”

Jonathan Gebbie and Nicolette Gordon, two Lee students involved in the ELC, teamed up to design a website to find creative ways of making English lessons available to nearly 100 students each week. The new ELC website hosts class materials, activities, and other resources, as well as providing links for students to email their teachers.

“While this is far from the wonderful on-campus classes we had been having, we continue to serve the community, and Lee students are gaining some great experience in online teaching which I know will be valuable for them down the road,” said Blake.

ELC courses will conclude this month as the university’s spring semester comes to an end. New materials will be provided with the ELC courses resume in the fall.

The English Language Center program is funded, in part, by a grant from the Athens Federal Foundation.

To explore the new ELC website, visit English Language Center https://englishlanguagecenterlee.weebly.com

To learn more about ELC, visit ELC info.

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