Making Connections: Josh Villapa...

If you’ve ever been to the 7th Street Market in Uptown Charlotte, you’ve surely seen Josh Villapando working the counter at the Assorted Table Wine Shoppe. I first met Josh when he worked at the Common Market and over the years we’ve become friends. We have done a number of events with him including The Language Academy’s 10th anniversary p...

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Making Connections: Elaine Tolbe...

I adore Elaine Tolbert. She is everything that you could possibly want in an English teacher. She’s smart, funny, empathetic and very professional in the way she deals with clients. She also loves auto racing. I’ll be watching a race at home on the weekend and Elaine will message me live videos from the stands. What’s not to love about...

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Making Connections: Alex Vigo

For the most recent installment of our Making Connections series, I wanted to check in with one of French Teachers, and who better to talk to than Alex Vigo. Alex has been a teacher at the Language Academy for many years now and he is not only and excellent French Teacher, he’s part of the Language Academy family. He is originally from city of Tr...

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Making Connections: Shannon Will...

One of the great things about doing what we do at the Language Academy is bringing people together that wouldn’t have had the opportunity to meet if it weren’t for making the decision to take a language class with us. It’s one of the things that makes me most happy about my chosen profession. A few years back I led 3 separate group trips with...

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The Most Poignant Moment in Davi...

A couple of weekends ago I spent both Saturday and Sunday in bed with a not so fun virus that one my kids decided to bring home from school. Not an ideal weekend but when these kinds of things happen, I do what everyone else does and binge watch something on Netflix. In one day I managed to watch all 8 episodes of David Chang’s new series “...

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Making Connections: Chayree San...

I have been doing some soul searching lately and have been spending a lot of time thinking about what we do at the Language Academy and why we do it.  Hands down, the best answer I can give is the people. I am talking about the students and the teachers, and the relationships that we develop with one another.  Over the coming months I am going to...

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5 Great Ways to Practice Your Sp...

As the owner of the Language Academy I get asked a lot about things people can do outside of class to practice their language skills. I have worked with and have seen other teachers work with all kinds of materials, some great and some not so great. I have a few old standbys but recently I have come across a couple of gems that have really surprise...

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6 Ways to Add International Flai...

by Liz Rothaus Bertrand   It’s that time of year again: cue the lights, music, egg nog and good cheer. Amidst all the merriment and the zillion gingerbread men you’re baking, here are 6 ways to add some international flair to your celebration. 1. Visit a German-style Christmas market. The second annual Charlotte Christmas Village i...

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Hungry for Travel? Sample This T...

by Liz Rothaus Bertrand As the weather turns cooler, it’s the perfect time to grab a cup of hot cocoa (or, heck, a glass of wine) and explore the world. Skip the lines at the airport for now and tune in instead to the delicious Netflix (formerly PBS) series, “I’ll Have What Phil’s Having.” Hosted by Philip Rosenthal, creator of the Emmy A...

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An Unforgettable Journey to Cuba

by Liz Rothaus Bertrand Next spring, The Language Academy of the Carolinas heads to Cuba for the first time! This unique trip has been organized in partnership with Educational Travel Adventures (ETA), a company specializing in custom-designed group travel for more than 25 years. From April 18 – 27, 2018, Language Academy participants will ha...

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