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Language Institute at UPC

We Welcome the World Through Caring Relationships and English Instruction

Are you in the Seattle area and looking for English language classes? We have something for you!

Are you a former Language Institute student, but now in another city or back home? Welcome back! We have something for you!  

 

Registration for Spring Quarter opens March 15–19. 
Spring Quarter dates: March 29 – June 4, 2021

 

Current Winter Quarter Schedule:

Step 1: Identify your level. Use this Level Description document to help you. If you are a new student, please email Valerie.

Step 2: Look at the classes below and decide which classes are best for you. Read about your teachers here.

Step 3: (Registration for Spring Quarter will open in March) If you are in the USA, register here. If you are in another country, email Kara with your class choices. She will help you with payment. After you register, your teacher will contact you with information about how to join the class and how to get the book.

All classes will meet on Zoom until it is safe to meet in small groups. All classes are approximately one hour.

 

Winter Quarter 2021 Dates: January 4 – March 11, 2021

Deadline to register: Sunday, December 20, 2020

 

Tuition Fees (for 10 weeks):

Private Tutoring: $200

Weekly classes: $50

 

PRIVATE TUTORING

Meet weekly one-on-one with a teacher to focus on your needs - pronunciation, vocabulary, interviews, presentation skills and more.

 

ALL SKILLS BY LEVEL

Level 1 Basics: Listening, Speaking, and Grammar

Side by Side Book 1

  • Wednesdays, 11 am
  • Teacher: Ingrid Korb

 

Level 2 Basics: Listening, Speaking, and Grammar
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1 pm
  • Teachers: Cathy Nordman & Bill Pyle

 

Level 3 Speaking of American Culture: Conversation, Grammar, and Pronunciation

Side by Side Book 3

  • Thursdays, 10 am
  • Teachers: Carol Overbeck & Sharon Meachum

 

Level 4 Speaking of American Culture: Conversation, Grammar, and Pronunciation

21st Century Communication & TED Talks (Book 2)

  • Tuesdays, 10 am
  • Teachers: Bruce Meachum & Patty Barr

 

Level 5 Speaking of American Culture: Conversation, Grammar, and Pronunciation

21st Century Communication & TED Talks (Book 3)

  • Wednesdays, 7 pm
  • Teacher: Karen Farley

 

Level 5 Listening, Reading, and Discussion

Short Stories Practice listening comprehension while you read.

  • Thursdays, 10 am
  • Teachers: Julia Young, Alex Mitu & Ruth Thomas

 

Advanced Grammar

Grammar and Beyond (Book 4) Practice grammar in context with the director’s favorite grammar book - interesting subjects!

  • Mondays, 1 pm
  • Teacher: Linda Quist

 

 

SMALL READING GROUPS

Learn language through relaxed and fun reading and discussion!

 

Piecing Me Together 

Be bold. Be brave. A Young Adult Reader about a teenage girl in Portland learning to overcome challenges and be her best. Very short chapters! Best for intermediate and advanced readers (Levels 3-5).

  • Fridays, 10 am
  • Teacher: Katie Butler

 

Patron Saints of Nothing 

One of Valerie’s favorite books! An exciting Young Adult Reader about a teenage boy discovering more about his family and the truth about his cousin’s death. Best for high intermediate and advanced readers (Levels 4-5).

  • Tuesdays, 7 pm
  • Teacher: Micah Nazarino

 

 

SPECIAL CLASSES

Language Through Art  

Improve language skills by looking and discussing. Exciting lessons from the famous Getty Museum in California! Best for intermediate through advanced (Level 3-5).

  • Thursdays, 1 pm
  • Teacher: Tamara Goddard

 

Language Through Music

Improve language skills by listening and discussing. Beautiful, award-winning lessons from Classical Kids. Best for intermediate through advanced (Level 3-5).

  • Mondays, 7 pm
  • Teacher: Katie Butler

 

Language and Parenting

Do you have children who are 0-5 years old? Learn about parenting tips based on science in Zero to Five. Read one or two pages each week and discuss how to raise great kids who are smart and happy! Best for intermediate through advanced (Level 3-5).

  • Wednesdays, 10 am
  • Teacher: Kara Schultheiss

 

News Hour

Learn vocabulary, read, and discuss local, national & international news! Best for intermediate through advanced (Level 3-5).

  • Mondays and Wednesdays, 11 am
  • Teachers: Margaret Largent, Ron Clinkenbeard & Alex Mitu