Learning English? Improve your English language skills using today’s news as your textbook!
Intermediate-level English students, this class is for you. Work on building vocabulary, understanding, and comprehension of English, in a practical and fascinating way. Practice speaking, reading, and listening during discussions with other language learners.
In this class, you can learn grammar naturally by exploring topics in the news each week, chosen by students. You can take this class more than once -- since the news is always changing, you can continue to learn English, along with US culture and news, in this format. Materials for this class will be provided.
If the class is interested, we can take field trips to local destinations to enhance learning and fun.
Intermediate English or above.
Are you an au pair wanting to improve your US English skills? Improve your language skills while getting to know other au pairs and building a sense of community among au pairs in the Seattle region.
This class is led by a trained English as a second language (ESL) instructor who will help you improve your speaking, listening, vocabulary, and grammar skills. Through group conversations, student-centered grammar practice, informal presentations, field trips, and lots of vocabulary and listening activities, you'll gain more fluency and confidence. Mistakes are encouraged!
Learn American slang and cultural traditions, as well as Seattle customs and lifestyle. Topics include Seattle neighborhoods, American culture, cheap travel, and events around the Seattle area. Enjoy educational, social, and cultural experiences with other au pairs who are living and working in the Seattle area.
What is fascism, what can we learn from it, and what should we know about it in today’s world? Learn about fascism by looking at history with a focus on Italy in the second World War in this engaging and fascinating class.
Gain a better understanding of how fascism evolved in Italy, including some of the most significant events and movements that led to its rise. Learn about the horror of the Italian civil war, the Nazi occupation, and the execution of Mussolini. Examine the role the Allies played in Italy and the war.
As a class, we will reflect upon past events and their implications on the current political environment in Italy and beyond, through thoughtful discussions. No prior knowledge of the subject is required.
Have you ever been moved by the beauty of Chinese art? Learn about the unique philosophy and aesthetics of Chinese art while you experience the elegance of sumi-style watercolor painting and calligraphy.
In the Chinese style, you will learn to not just paint what you see, but paint what you feel. Painting with soul is the fundamental idea of Sumi painting and calligraphy. Learn skills and techniques of Sumi floral and landscape paintings and calligraphy through demos and hands-on individual instruction.
We will focus on live flowers, photos of landscapes, and other interesting subjects to inspire us during class. Students are encouraged to bring their own subjects for study to class, as well. Discover the relationship between painting and calligraphy. Learn about the supplies used in this ancient art form, such as the different rice papers and use, bruises, and the special Chinese Hanko, or stamp.
Beginners and longtime continuing students are encouraged to take this engaging hands-on class and learn from a well-known Chinese calligrapher and painter.
If you don’t have any materials, these are the minimal supplies you will need for the first class:
Sumi Starter Kit (Paragon)