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

December Matching Campaign!  

LI matching campaign

LI is excited to announce our 35th Birthday and a December Matching opportunity. Generous donors have pooled $10,000 to be matched dollar for dollar during the month of December. This is your opportunity to have your year-end donation to the Language Institute doubled! 

Every person who donates $100 or more towards the match will be entered to win gift a certificate: REI $100 or Canlis Restaurant dinner for 2!

There are 2 ways to give:
-- Give online: click below, and use the dropdown menu to find "Language Institute December Campaign"
-- Write a check and note "Language Institute December Campaign" in the memo line


Winter Quarter 



Mornings, 10am–Noon 

January 4 - March 8

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5 levels, $100/quarter
Childcare available

Wednesdays: English for the Bible, Free! 


Evenings, 6:30–8pm

January 8 - March 8

Mondays, Oops! What's happened? Building Skills for Finding and Fixing Miscommunication, $30/quarter
Teachers: Kristina & Emily

Tuesdays, Book & Movies - Building Skills for Social Discussion, $30/quarter
Teachers: Jerry & Megan

Wednesdays, Fun & Games - Building Skills for Social Communication, $30/quarter
Teachers: Nick & Kate

Thursdays, Seattle 101 - Building Skills for a Social Life in Seattle, $30/quarter
Teacher: Gretchen


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.