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 English Language programs

+ Exploring faith in small groups and study groups

Language Institute offers English classes at the Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced levels during the academic year, from September to June. 

Registering ahead using the link below is the easiest way to get started. Once you register online, we will email you for an interview in September. Walk-ins are welcome anytime! Look for Language Institute signs!

Summer Language Practice

Walk & Talk Around Green Lake

Tuesdays, June 11August 27, 10AM

Meet at Starbucks, 7100 E Greenlake Dr N
Practice English while walking!  Bring your kids, strollers, or dogs! Come rain or shine. Contact Kara.

Fall Quarter Classes

September 23 – December 6, 2019


Seattle in the News Class 

Evenings, 6:30–8pm, $40

What's happening around you? Participate in this active class with a focus on communication! Open to intermediate and advanced speakers. 

Tuesday and Thursday

Exercise Class 

Mornings, 9–9:45am, FREE 

Drop into this early exercise class. Learn the language of an exercise class and start the day with energy! Wear comfortable clothes and bring a yoga mat. This class is free and open to all levels.

Core Classes 

Mornings, 10am–12 (noon), $100 

Five levels of language learning through relationships with professional and caring teachers. Childcare offered for children who are walking. $200

Bring Your Baby Class   

Learn English with your child in class Thursday 10–11:30am $40

Do you have a baby who is not yet walking? Bring your baby and learn English! 


Your Story, Big Story

Mornings, 10am–10:30am, FREE   

Beginning English, beginning conversations about Jesus. 

Bible Study

Mornings, 10:30am–11:30am, FREE

Learn more about the Book of John with caring teachers, Anne Pyle and Nancy Payne.



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!

Volunteer Opportunities 

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

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