Language Institute at UPC

We Welcome the World Through Caring Relationships and English Instruction

The Language Institute at UPC seeks to make God’s love visible to refugees, immigrants, and other newcomers to our area by: 

+ Providing morning and evening ESL/ELL classes at UPC
+ Equipping volunteers to lead and assist classes
+ Providing practicum opportunities for TESOL and TEFL students

+ Partnering with other organizations to offer ESL/ELL programs
+ Offering an English for the Bible class and Godly Play for Language Learners


Spring Quarter, March 26 - May 31



Daytime Classes

Tuesdays and Thursdays: Core Classes (5 Levels)

10am-Noon, $100/quarter

Childcare available


Mondays: Profiency

A class for proficient speakers. Take your fluency to a higher level! Email Valerie for an interview.

10-11:30am, $30 for 10 classes

Mondays: Morning News with Austin

Build skills to discuss international, national, and local news.

11:30-1, $30 for 10 classes

Tuesdays and Thursdays: Bring Your Baby

Mom + Dad, bring your not-yet-walking infant for storytime, speech, and 10 ways to learn English.

10-11:30am, $100/quarter

Wednesdays: English for the Bible

10-11:30am, Free!



Evening Classes: Skill Building Classes

6:30-8pm, $30 for 10 classes

Wednesdays: More Than Fun & Games - Building Skills for Social Communication. Relax and have fun in this class. $5 meal is served at 6pm!
Teachers: Nick & Eric

Thursdays: Seattle 101 - Building Skills for a Social Life in Seattle. This class will include fun activities, eating out, a free tour, and a service project. You will learn about Seattle history, geography, and companies!
Teacher: Gretchen


It's Language Institute's 35th Birthday!  


We have reached our $10,000 goal! If you wish to give more, please donate here and choose "Language Institute Matching Campaign" in the dropdown menu.



Be a Part of the Language Institute 

Volunteer teachers, tutors, and assistants are needed to help carry out the mission of the LI. Serve once a week at UPC or in the community; training and opportunities to build community are offered. No experience is necessary, just a patient, caring attitude!


Classroom teacher–Teach an ESL/ELL class one morning or one evening per week; plan lessons, coordinate with staff on curriculum.

Classroom assistant–Assist in an ESL/ELL class one morning or one evening per week.

Godly Play– Tell gospel stories for language learners.

Home tutor–Work one-to-one with a student in their home. Materials provided.

Advisory council member–Pray and plan for this ministry. 

Snack provider–Bring snacks once or twice per month to serve to ESL/ELL students during class breaks.