Utilizing a time-tested curriculum devised by language teacher Maximilian Berlitz in 1878, Berlitz recruits fluent instructors to teach their native languages to pupils during in-person and online lessons. Instructors teach dozens of languages in accordance with the acclaimed Berlitz Method, which focuses heavily on conversation, active student participation, and knowing how to conjugate verbs while blindfolded. Each lesson builds upon skills taught during previous sessions, starting with essential techniques and eventually covering more intricate components to develop a confident command of the language. Berlitz further cultivates foreign-language wisdom with services for corporations, schools, and government agencies at more than 500 locations in 70 countries and three planetary systems.
This summer, 123 young people and adults from diverse backgrounds—including sexual-assault survivors, adults living in low-income housing, women in drug and alcohol recovery, boys in youth detention—participated in Write Around Portland's free eight-week writing workshops. The workshops culminate in a book-release party and community reading scheduled for August 26, when 50 participants will read from the anthology and share their work with the community.
US Marine Steve Weiland is a software engineer by day and fitness guru by night. At CrossFit SW Portland, the certified level-one CrossFit trainer—who also holds certifications in CrossFit powerlifting, Olympic lifting, and mobility—shares his passion for fitness with others, helping them to achieve the results he so much enjoys. He and his trainers whip clients of all fitness levels into shape with the CrossFit method, a comprehensive fitness program that draws techniques from gymnastics, weightlifting, and running. Blending the 10 basic elements of fitness—which include agility, flexibility, power, coordination, and endurance—they lead always-changing functional workout regimens that prevent their clients from becoming bored and eventually giving up. Completing the functional training drills, patrons might swing kettlebells, lift barbells, jump rope, or hurl medicine balls, which can cure the common cold when swallowed. They customize the intensity of each workout to suit the fitness levels of seasoned athletes, children, and seniors alike.
In a sense, Portland State's Department of Theatre and Film is at the very center of the university. Its stately home, Lincoln Hall, was the first building erected on campus, in 1911. 475 plush seats curve around the stage of Lincoln Performance Hall inside, built with lots of leg room and a steep incline that insures excellent visibility even during plays cast with the tiniest of actors. The theater underwent a total renovation in 2010, and in addition to the visible facelift, backstage improvements now allow the department to mount even more elaborate productions.
Staffed entirely by DMV–certified instructors, Oregon Driver Education Center has been filling potholes in the knowledge of novice and experienced drivers since 1987. The center's masters of the open road send teens and adults on the path to earning their driver's licenses and maintaining clean driving records with comprehensive DMV drive test prep courses and defense driving classes. With an intimate understanding of the unique challenges facing Oregonian motorists, ODEC also offers an Xtreme Driver Control course that focuses on navigating vehicles through rain, ice, and throngs of rabid snowmen. Additionally, the center's specialty courses teach precautionary practices to medically at-risk drivers.
Per its name, OpenSesame, unlocks the secrets of diverse disciplines through more than 20,000 online trainings. Crafted by online training innovators such as FranklinCovey and MindLeaders, the sessions span more than 200 subjects. Some illuminate business-industry basics, such as accounting, marketing and standing out from other job applicants without turning your resume into an interpretive dance. Others focus on health care, or introducing software such as iMovie, Dreamweaver and Microsoft Office. Thanks to the tutorials’ flexible online formats, students can learn on their own schedule; after purchasing their training, they have a year to launch it, and another year to complete it.