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Conversational English Program

FriendSpeak is our free conversational English program that provides an opportunity for all international students, families and visitors to Knoxville to…

  • Practice everyday English conversation with a partner one-on-one.
  • Cultivate friendships with American students and families.
  • Exchange cultural information in a comfortable setting.
  • Discuss religious and other topics of interest.
  • Participate in “Pot luck” dinners and other social events.
  • English as a Second Language Program

    We also offer a formal English as a Second Language class that teaches…

  • modern English vocabulary
  • sentence structure, grammar, idioms and expressions
  • useful language for daily life such as: grocery shopping, ordering at a restaurant, reading labels and recipes, buying a car.
  • Field trips are used to practice new skills together with the goal of making your transition to living here enjoyable and safe.


  • Day: Wednesday evenings.
  • Time: The Conversational Class and the ESL Class both go from 7-8pm (Free dinners are offered from 5:30-6:30pm)
  • Location: Laurel Church of Christ (3457 Kingston Pike)
  • Children: Children’s Bible classes in English are also provided from 7-8pm.
  • Facebook: /pages/Laurel-Church-of-Christ-Friendspeak/
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