Frequently Asked Questions about Group Classes in English
How much do English classes costs?
Classes cost $160 per level. There are five levels per course, and the book for each course costs $50. Students are required to buy books.
How long is each English class?
Classes meet three hours per day, one day per week, for six weeks per level. So each level requires 18 hours of class.
What level should I sign up for?
Before you can sign up for a class, you must make an appointment for a placement test unless you are at the Introductory course. This placement test evaluates your reading, speaking, listening, and grammar skills in English.
Where do classes meet?
Classes meet either at the Tennessee Foreign Language Institute office at 220 French Landing Drive in Metro Center or at our south location at Clinica La Paz at 4055 Nolensville Road. Tests and payments are only at the Metro Center location.
Who teaches the classes?
All our instructors either have gone through TFLI’s 150-hour training certification in teaching English as a second language.
How long will it take me to learn?
How fast you can learn a language depends on you! This means finding your own best method for remembering and being able to apply the things you’ve learned in class. For most people, a combination of studying English and then finding a way to be immersed in it is the best combination. Most people have to find ways to simulate immersion, either through music, videos, watching the news, speaking with natives, or online.
When can I begin?
We have continuous enrollment–this means students can join English classes anytime. After you take a placement test, you will join a class that fits your level and your schedule. If your level is not offered or if your schedule does not fit our schedule, we will put you into the most appropriate available class or place you on a waiting list. Another option is taking a private class tailored to your level and schedule.
How many students are in each class?
Our classes usually have 5 to 15 students. We like to keep classes small to maximize learning.
Will I receive a certificate?
After finishing one level (for example, Intermediate 1), students will receive a letter of completion stating the hours completed and that the students satisfied the requirements to move on to the next level. After finishing a course (for example, Intermediate I, II, III, IV, V, which takes about 7-8 months of study), students will receive a certificate showing the course completed and the number of hours.
Do you help with visas?
The Tennessee Foreign Language Institute is not an accredited school; therefore, we do not issue student visas. However, we are happy to refer you to colleges and universities in Nashville that do:
English Language Center at Vanderbilt University
International English Institute
Nashville State Community College
ELS Language Center at Belmont University