Tuesday, November 20, 2012


This summer, Maryville College’s Center for International Education led a group of 11 ESL students across the state in our first Explore Tennessee study-travel program.  During the first two weeks in July, students practiced and developed their English skills while experiencing the culture of our great state of Tennessee.  We took a whole language approach to developing our students’ English where they practiced all elements of the language: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. During the trip, students had to participate in scavenger hunts that required they read or start conversations with Americans in order to find specific information about the places we visited.  They also created and maintained a written blog about their experiences.  At the end of the trip, the students worked in groups to make movies about their experiences.
One of the highlights of our trip included being a part of the nature and beauty of East Tennessee.  The students went on a rafting trip down the Ocoee River, famous for hosting water sports during the 1996 Summer Olympics.  We visited Nashville in Middle Tennessee, which is not only the capital of the state but also the Capital of Country Music.  In Memphis, in West Tennessee, we went to several museums, including Graceland, the home of famous musician Elvis Presley, and the Lorraine Motel, the place where the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated.  These are just a few of the highlights of our trip.  I’ll let the students tell you more about it in their blogs, using their own words and pictures.  Thanks again to all the students and staff at CIE for making our first Explore Tennessee a success!

Delie Bancroft
ESL Instructor, CIE