ESL Sneak Peek!

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Join the ESL Institute at UTC for a FREE online Sneak Peek course to find out what UTC’s semester-long ESL classes are like.

ESL Sneak Peek participants will study for three days during one week with Yvonne Slobodenko, who holds an M.A. in TESOL and 15 years of experience teaching English learners from many countries. After completing her master's degree, Yvonne lived and worked abroad for 5 years, so she knows how challenging — and rewarding — learning a new language and culture can be.

During the first two days of class, Yvonne will guide you through a practice of essential English language skills. On the third day, you will get insider information from special guest speakers about what it is like to live and study in the USA. You will leave feeling inspired and empowered to begin — or continue — your English learning journey. 

Apply for the course by visiting The application deadline is November 11th, and spots are limited, so move fast!

A woman makes a Power C with her right hand outside on UTC campus. The words "Free English class!" and an American flag are in the foreground.  

Frequently Asked Questions

You may register by filling out the form here.
The course will last one week. Class will take place on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  
 We will meet for class on Zoom and use other online tools. 
Class will take place from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Chattanooga, Tennessee time (EST). For other time zones, see below: 
Class Time

Los Angeles

6 to 7:30 a.m.

Mexico City

8 to 9:30 a.m.

Sao Paulo

9 to 10:30 a.m.


2 to 3:30 p.m.

Berlin, Paris, and Rome

3 to 4:30 p.m.

Kuwait City, Moscow, and Riyadh

5 to 6:30 p.m.


6 to 7:30 p.m.


7 to 8:30 p.m.

Bangkok, Hanoi, Jakarta, and Phnom Phen

9 to 10:30 p.m.

Beijing and Manila

10 to 11:30 p.m.

Tokyo and Seoul

11 to 12:30 p.m.
Two levels will be available: intermediate and advanced. You will be assigned to a level based on placement test results (see below). 
Once you have been selected for the course, we will send you information to take a placement test. You will be able to take the test after registering for the course, and we will let you know which level you place into.
Yvonne Dunham Slobodenko, UTC's ESL coordinator, will teach. She has a master's degree in TESOL and has been teaching English as a Second Language for 15 years. 
We will accept a maximum of 10 students into each level.  
This course is online, so you don’t need a visa to enroll. We will be meeting on Zoom and using other online tools. 

If you have a question about the Sneak Peek course that isn't answered here, email for more information.