ESL Classes

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We practice English! Foreign nationals in Knoxville are invited to attend English classes at Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church, located at the corner of Kingston Pike and Cedar Bluff road. Classes are free! You are welcome to join us. 

Conversational English classes are available for all levels:

  • Low Beginning
  • Advanced Beginning
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


Morning class start date: started August 28 [full class - not available for new students at this time*]
Evening class start date: started September 4 

*If you would like to join a class that is full you can add your name to a waiting list to be called in case any students drop out of the class. Send an email to and ask to be added to the waiting list. Please include your name, email address and phone number.

  • Thursday morning, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Thursday evening, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Free childcare.
  • Transportation is provided for Thursday night classes

Evening Bus Route (meet at the offices by the mailboxes):

  • 6:20 p.m. West Vista Ridge Apartments
  • 6:30 p.m. The Pines Apartments
  • 6:40 p.m. Cedar Springs Apartments
  • 6:50 p.m. return to CSPC

All times are approximate. Please be at the bus stop 5 to 10 minutes before the posted time.

We have fun and make friends. The ESL students and teachers have holiday parties, go on outings and picnics, and do other fun things together. Link to our Google Calendar.

Diane Westover for the Thursday morning program
Mark Cockrum for the Thursday evening classes 

Contact Phone:  865.622.7143
Contact Email:

You are also invited to attend the Cedar Springs Church International small group on Sunday mornings. They meet at 10:45 a.m. in B207.

Cedar Springs Members: Volunteers are needed for both the morning and evening ESL programs to teach English classes, drive the bus, interact with international friends, and provide snacks.

Volunteers are needed to help with the evening ESL classes at CSPC, 7 pm - 9 pm. There is a need for (minimally) two adults to start a new class to supervise/befriend kids ages 6 and up who are learning English (help with homework, plan interactive activities), and we also are looking for more bus drivers to commit to once a month to drive students. Contact Diane or Mark.

“When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land . . .: I am the Lord your God.” - Lev. 19:33-34