Mobile Classroom ESL to Go Comes to East Nashville for World Refugee Day

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The Tennessee Foreign Language Institute is calling the ESL to Go mobile classroom "the first of its kind in the nation." Their goal: "to take quality English classes to refugees in their neighborhoods," which this new wheeled learning center should do quite well.

To introduce the program to the general public, they're throwing a "meet the truck" party tomorrow, Saturday, June 22, in East Nashville.

The event — which coincides with World Refugee Day weekend — runs 6 to 10 p.m. at the East-Centric Pavilion (1006 Fatherland St.), and will feature food "from dolmas to pad thai," with Asian, African, Middle Eastern and Caribbean cuisines represented. Live salsa music (by Revolfusion) and a silent auction are also on the program, along with appearances by ESL to Go creators Angela Harris and Leah Hashinger, Mayor Karl Dean and Gatluak Ter Thach, executive director of the Nashville International Center for Empowerment (and the subject of this Scene People Issue profile).

The $15 tickets include food and drink and are available online or on-site.

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