English as a Second Language Classes

English as a Second Language Classes

Speaking the language most commonly used is a vital asset in ensuring the ability to live and thrive in a community. La Paz and several of our partners across town offer a variety of methods in helping our native Spanish speakers learn and practice their English. 

Whether it's through informal conversations with native English speakers, such as those offered through our Intercambios, or more formal ESL classes, La Paz wants to help native Spanish speakers grow in the comfort and use of English so that they can thrive in this community.

If you are interested in attending an ESL class, please email or call us at 423-624-8414.

ESL Classes Provided by Others 

Please see additional documents at the bottom of this page for program information and current class schedules.

Additional ESL Providers

  • Hamilton Co. Baptist Association  classes are offered throughout the Hamilton County region in various churches. See below for schedule. 
    For more info, contact Alan Denton, or 423-267-3794.
  • Chattanooga State 
    Bridges to Success ESL classes offered at the Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy (1802 Bailey Avenue)
    For more information, contact Gladys Pinda-Loher, or 423-697-3100. 
  • Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT-Athens) ESL Classes
    Classes in various locations throughout Chattanooga.
    For more information, contact Betsy Flory at or 423-682-7059.
  • East Brainerd Church of Christ
    Classes are held on Tuesdays.
    For more information, please contact Marco Diaz at or 423-892-1389. 
  • East Lake 
    Starting Sunday, September 10, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
    Facilitated by Eunice Mendoza at 2903 E 37th St, Chattanooga, TN 37407
  • Hamilton County Department of Education
    Hosted by Esperanza HCDE
    Starting Tuesday, January 9, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
    Clifton Hills Elementary School, 1815 E 32nd St., Chattanooga, TN 37407
    For more information, contact Pablo Mazariegos  
  • Highland Park - International Literacy Center
    Starting Tuesday, January 9, 9 a.m., 12 p.m. and 6 p.m.
    St. Andrews Church, 1918 Union Ave., Chattanooga, TN 37404
    For more information, contact Sharon Hattaway at

Help Out with our ESL Program

We are recruiting volunteers who will commit to attend a series of intercambio sessions with our ESL participants. These cross cultural and interlingual sessions last about an hour each,. Participants interact in informal discussion together, practicing their foreign language (30 minutes in English, 30 minutes in Spanish) with native speakers. It's not only a great way for you to learn and practice Spanish and for our clients to learn and practice English, it also helps fulfill our vision in serving as a way to creating places of peace where our foreign clients feel welcomed. 

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ESL Partners

La Paz's ESL classes and our service providing ESL referral services is made possible by the support of partnering organizations/contributors, such as those listed below.

The La Paz ESL classes are offered in part through a partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee.

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee  (contributor)

For More Information 

Please contact Patrick Miles at or by calling the La Paz office at 423-624-8414.