You are invited to our next Open House on
Thursday, January 10, from 5 - 7 p.m.
at our Kenmore Square Location,
648 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02215.
*Please note that there will be a presentation at 5:45 by the Institute's president Siri Karm Singh Khalsa. Refreshments will be served.
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Fiona graduated in theater studies from the Guildford Conservatoire in Guildford, England, and spent ten years in British theater as an actress, and then became a presenter, researcher and writer with Thames Television in London. Fiona hails from London, England but can force herself to use 'gotten' and 'wanna' when absolutely necessary. Her professional performance experience shines when she’s in the classroom and captivates her students. Since moving to the United States, she has taught Drama, English, Spanish and French at elementary schools in the Boston area. Since earning her TEFL Certificate at the Institute in 2005, she has taught ESL at the Boston Center for Adult Education and The Boston Language Institute on a regular basis. At the Institute, she has been a member of the English for Foreign-Born Professionals teaching team as well as a TEFL trainer. Her recreational passions are travel, theater, music, and walking on the beach.
CHARLIE DISILVA, SENIOR TRAINER
Charlie graduated from UMASS-Amherst with a degree in History. He worked in the restaurant/customer service business, making friends with his coworkers from all over the world. Looking for a new challenge, Charlie earned his TEFL Certificate at the Institute in 2008. At the Institute, Charlie divides his time between teaching ESL and training in the TEFL Certificate Program. Charlie grew up in Winchester, Massachusetts and Brattleboro, Vermont. In his free time, he enjoys playing guitar, hiking the White Mountains, practicing karate, reading history books and anything related to Boston sports.
KERRY SABBAG, TRAINER
Kerry’s first ESL experience was teaching at a school in Moscow, where she was tapped to teach a TOEFL class simply because she was the only American available! She soon understood that more training was necessary to be a good ESL teacher, and – toward that end – she earned her TEFL certificate in 2013. In addition, Kerry has a PhD in Russian literature from Brown University. She taught Russian language and literature for 5 years at the University of Kansas before returning to New England and embarking on a new career teaching English and Russian at The Boston Language Institute
MANDIE BAUER, TRAINER
Originally from Seattle, Washington, Mandie moved to Boston in May of 2012. She graduated with her Bachelors in Germanics from the University of Washington in 2009 and her Masters in Gender & Cultural Studies from Simmons College in 2015. In August 2016, she completed her TEFL certification from The Boston Language Institute and began teaching not long after that. Currently, she is a TEFL trainer at BLI and an ESL teacher at another Boston-area school. She teaches all levels of English, though her favorite subjects include Academic Writing, Grammar, and TOEFL. Additionally, she has worked in restaurants for 14 years, adding a fun, social aspect to her teaching style. Aside from teaching, Mandie is an avid coffee drinker, a bookworm, and a frequent traveler.
ELIZABETH STARR, PROGRAM COORDINATOR, TEACHER TRAINING
Elizabeth fell in love with education and Africa while teaching the most basic of literacy courses to street children in Dakar, Senegal during her junior year abroad. After earning her BA in French and African Studies from Beloit College, she moved to Dakar where she began teaching. There she developed curricula for and taught English as a Second Language to students in 7th to 12th grades, and ranging in English skill from total beginner to completely fluent. After her son was born in 2014 she worked in educational development in Africa, running a Community of Practice dedicated to innovation in early childhood education across the continent. She designed the early childhood space for Ker ImagiNation, the first children’s museum in West Africa. Elizabeth is finally back home in Boston where she was born and raised before heading off to explore the world through teaching. She speaks fluent French and Wolof.
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Instruction offers students an opportunity to work one-on-one with an instructor at their own pace. The instructor carefully selects materials and plans lessons to effectively meet the student's goals and individual learning style.
Private programs offer a flexible schedule and a customized curriculum. A minimum of 24 hours of instruction with one or two classes (each 90 or 120 minutes) per week is the suggested module, but dates, times and content can be arranged according to your requirement.
Core programs(popularly known as Group Classes) are offered in classes of 4 to 12 students year-round in popular languages. In an effort to better suit our clients’ schedules and language learning goals, classes are offered in a client friendly format of 6-week sessions (4-week accelerated sessionsin summer). This format allows students to:
Immersion programs are designed to teach the equivalent of levels 1 to 5 of the Institute's regular core programs in one 6-week or 4-week, 90-hour sessions. Classes meet Monday through Friday, 3 hours a day in 6-week programs/4.5 hours a day in 4-week programs.
The main goal of these programs, which meet in small classes of 4 to 12, is to help students, from day one, to increase confidence in their ability to use their new language in a wide range of real-life situations and improve their oral skills as they progress from level to level.