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offers group classes for adults in the nine most popular foreign languages: Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Arabic, Japanese, Chinese and Korean. Our classes typically meet once weekly for two hours per class over ten weeks. We offer classes for beginning through advanced learners. Visit our class registration site for updates.

If you have some experience with the language you’re interested in and are not a “true beginner,” we suggest you take a look at the class descriptions in our online catalog and see if that helps you decide what level of class is the best fit for you. If you still have questions, call us at 615-741-7579 or email us at, and we’ll arrange for you to consult with one of our instructors before you register.

PLEASE NOTE: All group foreign language class students with classes at the TFLI headquarters building (220 French Landing Drive) and who are NOT state employees must get a Student ID following instructions below, in the section labeled Student ID. If you are returning and you already have a TFLI student ID, please bring it with you each time you attend class.

Additional information

Cost and registration

The cost of our classes is as follows:

$325  Regular tuition for 10-week classes

$275  Tuition for returning students, for employees of governments other than the State of Tennessee (see below), for employees of nonprofits, for school teachers, high school and college students, and for seniors 60 years and over (coupon code is required; if you’re in one of those categories and need a coupon code, call or email us).

$265 Tuition for returning students who took a class with us during the immediate previous term and filled out an online evaluation

Free  Full-time state employees with an approved fee waiver (one course per session only)

$30-$70 Average price of course materials, but specific information is available for each class on the registration site. Generally books are used for more than one semester. If books are purchased through TFLI’s registration site, they will be held for you on the night of your first class unless you make other arrangements. Please wait for confirmation of your preferred class before picking up materials. Materials may only be returned if unopened and unused.

All categories of students except full-time employees of the State of Tennessee who are using fee waivers may register online at our registration site. Employees of the State of Tennessee should see the State Employee Fee Waiver tab below.


We sell textbooks as a service to our students. Textbooks are not a money-making venture for us, and students are welcome to purchase textbooks from other sources.  All textbook sales are final, and we cannot issue any refunds.  Please inspect books carefully before making a purchase, and be sure you intend to continue with the class. If a student transfers to a different class, we will exchange the book if it is in brand new condition. The student will be required to pay any price difference in the new book. Please contact the Foreign Languages Department at if you have any questions.

Student ID

TFLI will be issuing student IDs for ALL STUDENTS.
You must present this ID when entering the building for class.

State employees should use State IDs!

In order to process your ID, we will need a “passport type” photo.
Plain background, head and shoulders shot.

You must submit your photo by sending an e-mail to:

    • Please include your name with your photo.
    • Please include the name of your class with your photo.

You may pick up your ID from a designated TFLI staff member on the first day of classes.

State Employee Fee Waiver

Full time employees of the State of Tennessee and those whose paychecks are issued by the Tennessee Board of Regents and the University of Tennessee qualify to use a fee waiver at Tennessee’s public institutions of higher education for one class per semester or term. TFLI is among the schools that accept fee waivers.

To enroll in a foreign language class using a state fee waiver, your registration must be processed offline by doing the following:

1) Go to our secure registration site to create an account for yourself using your correct email address so you will receive any subsequent correspondence regarding your class. Again, you cannot enroll for your class on the website, just register your name and contact information.

2) Download and print out a Foreign Language Group Class Registration Form and a State Employee Fee Waiver Form.

3) Browse the online catalog by choosing the correct “Program” and then searching by language or day for the class you wish to take. Then enter the class information for your first and second choice class on your registration form.

4) You can fax, mail, e-mail (, or bring in both your registration form and State of Tennessee employee fee waiver form signed by your supervisor. We must receive BOTH forms by the registration deadline for you to be officially registered. We will contact you to confirm that we’ve received your forms. Keep in mind that classes must have at least five students paying tuition before a fee waiver may join. Classes without adequate enrollment are subject to closure or cancellation. If a class reaches capacity and is closed to further enrollment or is canceled due to insufficient enrollment, we will notify you with alternative class options. Please make sure to write legibly.

Refund Policy

TFLI reserves the right to cancel a class if fewer than four (4) students paying full tuition are enrolled. If TFLI cancels the class and cannot accommodate you with another class option, your payment will be fully refunded.  Credit card transactions will be credited to the original card used. Refund checks will be mailed for cash or check transactions. This process takes 3 to 4 weeks.

Student-requested withdrawals must be made at least seven (7) days before the start date of a class in order to:

  • receive a refund less a $25 dollar administrative fee, or
  • receive a credit toward a custom class (minimum of 10 hours), or
  • use the balance to purchase class materials, or
  • transfer the balance to another student or a gift certificate, or
  • make a tax-deductible donation to our scholarship fund. 

No refunds or TFLI credits will be issued for student withdrawals once classes have begun or for missed classes. For questions about this policy, contact the Foreign Language Department at