The Tennessee Foreign Language Institute (TFLI), an agency of the State of Tennessee established in 1986 by the General Assembly and dedicated to responsive public service, strives to facilitate intercultural communication through the provision of quality language instruction, translation and interpretation services, professional development for interpreters, translators and language instructors, and cultural awareness programs, which are designed to meet the needs of the state government and its employees, the business community, foreign language educators, and the public at large.


We have offered courses in over 100 world languages since 1987 and over the years have expanded our scope to include:


-Trained instructors in foreign language education from Arabic to Vietnamese
-English language instruction to serve non-native speakers of the state of Tennessee
-Translation and interpretation services for the state government, the business community, and the citizens of Tennessee
-Specialized training of interpreters and translators in the legal, medical, technical and commercial fields
-Professional development of instructors of foreign languages
-An internationally recognized 150-hour certification program for Teachers of English as a Second Language (TESL)
-Cultural awareness programs addressing the traditions and practices of non-native citizens.


My staff and I are happy to provide further information about TFLI. We look forward to hearing from you.




Janice Snow Rodriguez, Ph.D. 
Executive Director






The Tennessee Foreign Language Institute (TFLI), an agency of the State of Tennessee established in 1986, is dedicated to responsive service of the public sector, the business community and private citizens in realizing their intercultural communication goals. For information on how TFLI is funded, click here.

 The Tennessee Foreign Language Institute is an equal opportunity institution, affording enrollment, employment and services without distinction on the basis of age, color, height, weight, creed, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, or gender.


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