ESL program seeking host families

ESL program seeking host families for fall groups

July 29, 2016

The Maryville College Intensive English as a Second Language (ESL) Program is looking for homestay families for two groups of Colombian and Mexican students who will be studying on campus in October, November and December.

The Colombian group is a group of teachers (ages 25-45, female and male) who will be on campus Oct. 29-Nov. 19. The Mexican group of students and teachers (ages 24-28) will be on campus Nov. 6-Dec. 16. The preference is for families to host two students per home.

Students will need to be dropped off at Maryville College by no later than 8:45 a.m. and picked up by around 5 p.m. each weekday.

Stipends are available. Only serious applicants should inquire. Application and references will be reviewed, and a home visit will be scheduled.

Since 1985, the English as a Second Language (ESL) program at Maryville College has provided high-quality English instruction in a supportive environment to non-native speakers of English from abroad and from the local community. This program prepares students to achieve their academic or professional goals and succeed in social, business and academic settings.

Host families and students benefit

Teachers and staff involved with these groups in past years rave about how enthusiastic and fun the students are.

“I just wanted to let you know what a wonderful experience we had with our two students. We have participated in other student homestay programs, and this by far has been the best group of students we have met,” said Jack Vaughn, whose family hosted two students. “I am happy to have two wonderful international ‘sons' to add to my own.”

Being able to learn about the United States and use their English in real-life settings makes a huge difference for students. Alejandro Ianni, a student from a special group from Argentina, expressed gratitude for the experiences and friends he made in Maryville a few years ago.

“We had the greatest time there. Now, after the trip we're still seeing each other and hanging out. Maryville was a huge experience for us, and we have to thank the [Center for International Education] staff for it.”

To become a host family, contact Micki Pruitt, office manager and ESL coordinator in the Center for International Education, at 865.981.8186 or

Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the Fall 2018 semester is 1,154.