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Educational site visits offer you the opportunity to visit schools and centers that serve large numbers of English language learners. Each site is as unique and varied as its students. Learn how different programs meet the needs of teaching these linguistically diverse learners.


All site visits take place Tuesday, 21 March 2017. Unless otherwise noted, you will depart from the convention center at 8:00 am and return at noon.


US$75 for single school visit.
US$85 for the double school visits.


All site visits are located in Seattle, Washington, USA.


Register using the convention registration form (available 15 September).

Site Visit 1. Public School, Grades K–5

John Stanford International School (JSIS) is an elementary school that serves Grades K–5 in the Seattle School District and offers a dual-immersion program in Japanese and Spanish for all students. The school is one of Seattle Public School's Bilingual Orientation Centers, serving students who are new to the country. JSIS offers ESL courses for children and after-school courses for their parents. 

JSIS's immersion program emphasizes attaining social and academic fluency in at least one world language. Immersion class teachers, or their assistants, must be native speakers. The concepts learned in core courses are reinforced in both languages. International content appears across all curricular areas, and a local arts organization provides artists in residence to teach students the languages of world dance, music, and visual art.

Site Visit 2. Public School, Grades 6–12

Seattle World School is Seattle Public Schools’ culturally and linguistically diverse school for newcomer secondary students. It is one of only a few schools in the country designed as a preliminary entry point for immigrant children in their quest for academic achievement and full participation in American society.

The school hosts about 175 students in Grades 6–12. Nearly all World School teachers have two endorsements: one in a subject area (e.g., science), and another in how to teach that content to students whose first language is not English. Many schools offer some classes with intensive help for ELLs, but the World School is one of only a handful across the country where every student is taught using such language-intensive and hands-on instruction every day, in every class.

Site Visit 3. Immigrant-Serving Nonprofit Community Organization

Casa Latina was founded in 1994 to empower Seattle’s Latino immigrants by providing them educational and economic opportunities and giving people the tools they need to work, live, and support their families while contributing to the Seattle community. The Casa Latina award-winning ESL program has successfully taught English to hundreds of immigrants. Program participants learn essential communication skills that are key to obtaining long-term employment and becoming wholly self-sufficient.

Site Visit 4. Community College*

Seattle Central College hosts the Seattle Central Institute of English (SCIE)  on its campus. More than 700 students from all over the world are currently enrolled in SCIE. SCIE offers three English language programs, from beginning to advanced levels, and more than 25 different classes for international students.

North Seattle College is a 2-year public college, one of the three colleges composing the Seattle College District. The college has strong and extensive science, engineering, and technology programs and serves almost 7,000 students a year. ESL classes are offered to help nonnative speakers to communicate in English through the development of skills in listening and observing, speaking, reading, and writing. The program serves immigrants and refugees in this program only.

Site Visit 5. University-Based Intensive English Program*

University of Washington International & English Language Programs, University Track, University of Washington Campus: The University of Washington (UW) features one of the largest, most established intensive English programs in the United States. UW International & English Language Programs (IELP) help both undergraduate and graduate students improve English language skills; prepare for further study in the United States; and learn about American culture, business, and other subjects. IELP serves approximately 300 students each quarter on the beautiful UW campus.

University of Washington Intensive English Program, Communication & Culture Track, Puget Sound Plaza DowntownThe Communication & Culture Track of the UW Intensive English Program is intended for students who want to improve their English language fluency and learn about American culture. In addition to taking classes at the university’s downtown location, students go on a variety of field trips to local cultural attractions that supplement the learning objectives and course themes. The track was Developed in the early 1990s, this track features an integrated, project-based approach that focuses on authentic language use and cross-cultural understanding developed in an active learning environment.

*These visits will depart at 8:00 am and return at approximately 1:00 pm.