With more than two decades working in education and youth development, Shelvee Casey knows what she's doing. Harnessing her extensive background, the founder and director of Youth Legacy, Inc. dedicates herself to helping underserved young people through positive reinforcement, hands-on tutoring sessions, and summer programs that build job skills and confidence.
At Forum Intensive English Center, learning is more than staring at a book or listening to a teacher's voice—it's an engaging process that requires participation. The school's instructors boost students' fluency in the English language through interactive exercises developed by European linguist Susanna McPhilomy. Active group conversations and role-playing exercises are a few of the techniques used during intensive English courses and test-preparation programs that prepare students for the TOEFL, IELTS, and other exams. Students can also opt for classes designed to help them communicate in a professional setting.
The Spanish immersion workshop is open for beginning to intermediate speakers and includes four hours (10 a.m.–2 p.m.) of interactive language instruction with passionate native speakers. The experienced instructors at Lazos de Amistad will help participants tap into their inner linguist to expand their communication skills and help cross language and cultural barriers. Activities may include listening comprehension, board games, multicultural high fives, role-playing, and discussing Spanish short stories and newspapers. When the tongue shrivels like an armadillo in a sauna from over-enunciation, enjoy complimentary cold or hot beverages to regain your vociferous pipes.
When you ride a bike or jump rope, knowledge of the science behind the actions won't help you perform them as well as practice will. Test prep is more than content review, it puts fundamental test-taking strategies and skills into practice so that you can best utilize all that stuff you worked so hard to learn. Your 90-day LSAT prep course includes six full-length practice tests, 30 online workshops, and more than 800 real LSAT questions with explanations. The three-month-long GMAT course includes eight lessons to raise your score, 300 simulated GMAT questions with explanations, and five full-length computer adaptive tests.
First Class, Inc., is dedicated to short-term educational programs and has been serving up classes to D.C.-area adults for almost 30 years. Directed by Debra Leopold, the center provides a wide variety of classes in a wide variety of categories, so accountants can get in touch with their artistic side and artists can learn to balance their dwindling checkbooks. Each class is two hours along, unless otherwise stated. Learn to make soap, bath salts, and more ($39) for a cost-effective beauty regimen, or take Intro to Professional Voice-Overs ($45) and finally realize a dream of adding narration to Computer Beach Party. Online classes ($129 each) let potential pilgrims progress toward goals from the comfort of home, covering a range of topics from the ins and outs of grant writing to conversational French.