Meet Our New Program Director!

Meet Our New Program Director!

Chien Tsai is the new Program Director for World Languages at Washington Academy of Languages. Chien is Taiwanese American. He served in the Taiwanese Air Force for two years before moving to Seattle to pursue his undergraduate degrees in Modern…

The Gift

The Gift

Picture: Our group during the SUA tour: L- R: Fiona Li, Jack Liu, Kim Nguyen, Tony Zhou, and Debbie Chan. Not pictured: Yorick Yu Forward by Debbie Chan, WAL Student Activities Coordinator Every session, we try to encourage our international students to…

Conversation Partners: A Friendship from Across the Pond

Conversation Partners: A Friendship from Across the Pond

by Matt Raudsep, WAL Student Nearly ten years ago, I signed up at WAL (Washington Academy of Languages) for a Japanese conversation partner. I was 40 years old, and my conversation partner was to soon be 20! I thought, “Ok,…

Using technology to help learners develop listening skills on their own

Using technology to help learners develop listening skills on their own

by Richard West, TESOL Instructor Listening can be one of the hardest skills to help your students develop, especially as many materials and curricula focus on a fairly narrow set of tasks and methods. Luckily, there are a wide number…

Teaching English through Music, A Practical Guide for Teachers

Teaching English through Music, A Practical Guide for Teachers

by Christie Cassel, ELP Instructor Do you love music? Most people do, at least to some degree. We connect with music on an emotional level and the lyrics can become imprinted our brain (for better or worse). Can you think…

Going Full Circle:  Reconnecting with Former Students Abroad - as Friends

Going Full Circle: Reconnecting with Former Students Abroad – as Friends

Featured image: Stanley Yen (middle; WAL, 2007) with Debbie Chan (R) and her husband Gordon. by Debbie Chan, Washington Academy of Languages (WAL), Student Activities and Services Sometimes it just takes a year or two (or how about a decade…