Language Immersion Weekends


Refresh and deepen your language skills and prepare for travel and other cultural adventures! NWLA's Language Immersion Weekends are designed for the motivated individual unable to fit regular language classes into his or her busy life. They offer stress-free, small-group instruction for students of all levels. Immersion Weekends are held at the NWLA Cultural Center, a scenic venue with comfortable spaces for both traditional classes and off-hours relaxation, just minutes from downtown Langley. Bed and Breakfast lodging is available, with discounted room rates for intensive participants.

French Immersion

April 6-7 and May 4-5, 2013

Prepare for travel and get immersed in the French language with a guest teacher from the University of Washington French Department This program will give you many cultural and linguistic skills and knowledge through a variety of activities.

Italian Immersion

April 20-21 and May 18-19, 2013

Join a guest teacher from the University of Washington Italian Department for six hours of language instruction per day, a lesson in Italian home cooking, and a taste of la bella vita!

The Immersion Weekends will be held at the Northwest Language and Cultural Center located at 5023 Langley Rd, Langley WA 98260 - where Maxwelton Rd meets Langley Rd. For more details, call NWLA at 360-321-2101 or email

French Playgroup

Thursdays, Feb.28-April 4 and April 18-May 23, 2013

Thursday afternoons from 3:00pm-4:30pm


Designed for Parents and pre-schoolers to play and learn together. Food, crafts, games, FUN!

$120 for 6 weeks / $25 drop-ins.

Work-trades and tuition support available.

For more details, and to sign up, call NWLA at 360-321-2101 or email

Save the Date! April 27, 2013

Language of Food: Ethiopia


NWLA's popular series travels to the great continent of Africa for the first time with Language of Food: Ethiopia. If you are unfamiliar, this unique event series explores cuisines and cultures from around the world, and the ways in which they maintain an unbroken relationship with traditions of the past.

For more details, and to sign up, call NWLA at 360-321-2101 or email

Japanese Horticulture Workshop
with Masa Mizuno

May 11, 2013

Masa Mizuno

NWLA is honored to welcome back revered Japanese Master Gardener Masa Mizuno to Whidbey Island. Our two previous workshops were so successful, Mizuno-san has graciously agreed to again lead a pruning workshop in the beautiful Bodine Japanese gardens in Clinton.

From 10am-1pm, the event includes a pruning presentation, question and answer session, tours of the Bodine gardens and pond, followed by an authentic Japanese luncheon.

As Director of the celebrated Portland Japanese Gardens, Osaka native Masa Mizuno has installed public and private Japanese gardens around the world. With his assistant Mark Akai, Mizuno-san has designed and maintained several remarkable Japanese Pond Gardens on Whidbey Island. This will be a unique opportunity to view one of these, in its maturity, and to meet and talk with these masters of Japanese Gardening.

The price of $75 includes workshop, luncheon and instructional DVD. All proceeds benefit the NWLA scholarship fund.

To reserve your place, contact us by phone at 360-321-2101 or email

International Travelers:

English Language & Life in America

Japanese Program

Northwest Language Academy and Cultural Center (NWLA) offers unique, activity-based programs designed to improve English language skills, allow participants to experience American culture, and encourage lasting friendships. Our location on beautiful Whidbey Island offers the best of a rural environment—pristine beaches, forests, farms, animals, and lakes—and at the same time, is rich in cultural opportunities including music, dance, theater, and the visual arts. It is a small town with very cosmopolitan qualities, and is within driving distance of many important educational sites, including the Olympic Rainforest, Puget Sound, the Cascade Mountains, as well as the multicultural city of Seattle. Most of all, it Whidbey Island boasts a very caring and welcoming community: our teachers, staff and participants are professional, friendly, qualified, and caring.

Customizable English Language Programs

Our English language programs are unique and innovative. We believe in an activity-based, immersion approach to teaching language that includes songs, music, games, visual and dramatic arts and sports—and delivers lasting results. In addition to dynamic in-classroom instruction, we provide our participants the option to choose from a variety of cultural activities accompanied by mini-lessons focused on comprehension and vocabulary, which allows our guests to customize their learning program according to individual or group interests. Students will have the opportunity to participate in Island activities and cultural fairs, including a farm tour and farmer’s market, the Choochokam Street Art Fair, and the Island County Fair. Each program is completely unique and customizable, tailored to the needs of the student, and can vary in terms of both content and length. By the end of the program, each student will have improved their conversational English skills and have gained a greater understanding of American culture.

Cultural & Educational Experiences

Visit beautiful natural areas including beaches, woodland forests and trails.

Attend performances of music, dance, theater and other art events, and meet the artists and performers.

Sample the local cuisine, including the region’s famous seafood.

Learn about rural America through visits to its small villages, farms, markets and fairs.

Take classes in yoga, tai-chi, dance, horse-back riding or a variety of arts and crafts.

Meet and make new American friends from our very caring community eager to meet people from different cultures. Home-stays can also be arranged on request.

Program Can Include

The program does not include:

Program Cost

Program costs vary according to the type and number of activities chosen as well as length of stay. On average:

Ten (10) day stay $3,500 USD

Fifteen (15) day stay $5,000 USD

We look forward to welcoming you!

To book a reservation or for more detailed information, please contact:

Josette Hendrix
Director, NW Language Academy
tel: 360.321.2101

Lodging At The NWLA Cultural Center Guesthouse

Ashingdon Manor

The NWLA Cultural Center is located on three acres of beautifully landscaped grounds just minutes from downtown Langley. With ample room to rest and relax, it is an ideal setting for a rejuvenating getaway or to host celebrations, meetings and workshops. The Center features large, comfortable meeting spaces, a spacious kitchen and dining area, 6 luxurious guest rooms with a cozy comfort all their own. Each offers a private bath, fireplaces, and comfortable seating/reading area. The two largest suites include double Jacuzzi whirlpool tubs and private patios. To register, book a room, or for more information, contact NWLA today at, or 360-321-2101.