ESL to Go is a program of the Tennessee Foreign Language Institute
a mobile classroom making english classes accessible to refugees
TFLI and ESL to Go named the 2014 recipient of the Frist Foundation 's Innovation in Action Award at CNM's Salute to Excellence celebration.
ESL to Go students learned how to record their stories through Nashville Public Television's Storytellers Project. Click here to see what they have to say.
ESL to Go’s first day in the community, May 21, 2013, was a great success. ESL to Go Staff and TFLI’s TESL trainees tested nearly 40 refugees from Burma and Nepal.
The two most frequent and important comments we have heard is that [refugees] need to learn English and transportation is very difficult. A mobile ESL classroom is exactly what our community needs to continue to thrive in our diversity.” Kathy Edson, Community Engagement Manager, Nashville Public Television
On board the English truck, Kevin Hale, TFLI's TESL student teaches classroom objects and prepositions of place to his refugee students from Myanmar.
Thawng Lam, a refugee from Myanmar, has lived in TN since 2011. He is one of Catherine Pearson's most dedicated students. Thawng hopes that learning English will open doors for him both professionally and personally.
ESL to Go was named one of the Nashville Scene's top innovations in 2013.