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Charity Davenport

Instructor, Teaching and Learning Specialist

Charity Davenport has been an instructor at ELI since 2008. She is very interested in using technology and learning management systems. She taught at an intensive English summer camp on Jeju Island, South Korea, in 2005 and 2006. She also taught English to middle school students in Nashville, Tennessee, and was a TOEFL and TOEIC speaking test rater. She has a bachelor’s degree in Asian studies with a minor in Japanese and a master’s in TESOL, both from the University of Tennessee. She is also currently a master’s student in Instructional Technology. She is the coordinator of ELI’s New Student Orientation and has recently published an open textbook about Greek mythology for ESL learners.

What do you enjoy most about working at ELI?

I love learning more about students and their languages and culture. All students have something important to share, and I am humbled to be a part of the process of helping them articulate in English.

What advice do you give to new ELI students?

Take advantage of all opportunities to practice English in and outside of class. Also, time management is so important. You can spend time, but you can’t get it back.

What is your favorite spot on campus?

The Volunteer statue (also called the Torchbearer): In his hand, he’s holding a small lady named Nike, the Greek goddess of victory. She’s holding out a wreath because you are the winner!

What is something you love about Knoxville?

We have a lower cost of living than most places in the U.S.

What are a few of your favorite books?

The Little Prince, Animal Farm

What are some TV shows you enjoy?

America’s Got Talent

Do you have a podcast recommendation?

On the Media


MS, Instructional Technology (in progress)

MS, ESL Education

BA, Asian Studies

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