The Language Factory's interactive classes and engaging curricula spur the development of language centers in growing minds, giving kids a head start in future communications with continental chums. Language-sponges aged 4?13 can enroll in group classes that quickly immerse them in a thick bouillabaisse of soupy foreign words and culture. Sage teachers well versed in lingual niceties and child-herding keep classes engaged through song, leading students in stirring renditions of the handful of French songs not about pizza pies. Through language games, tongues will learn the fricatives that they'll need to argue with Parisian cab drivers or Spanish conquistadors.
The word "sport" usually conjures up images of fierce football or basketball games. But at Techno Chaos, the sport of technology is on full display. Here, youngsters are encouraged to employ the center's 100,000 Legos and technical equipment to craft functioning robots, uncanny replicas of Super Mario Brothers characters, or miniature battery-powered trolleys that help Lego people avoid rush-hour traffic. As they grasp engineering and math concepts via classes, leagues, and robot rumbles, visitors to Techno Chaos also engage in healthy competition and learn team-building skills.
When hairstylist Shelton Ogle opened his first salon at 21, he quickly realized the secret to maximizing the number of gorgeous haircuts he could render: a well-trained staff. So two years later, he opened his beauty school, Ogle School of Hair, Skin & Nails. Now in its 40th year, the school leverages its accrued experience and knowledge to teach aesthetic arts ranging from skincare to hair coloring. In the school’s salons, students practice on the public, cutting hair into elegant, customized shapes, texturizing strands with relaxers and perms, and highlighting nails with manicures, rather than with rings with built-in strobe lights. A testament to Shelton’s success in building his vision, he was even able to develop a weekly show for PBS about the beauty industry.
• For $35, you get one reserved side-line ticket to the game (up to a $50 value) against UCLA on Saturday, September 3, at 2:30 p.m.
• For $15, you get one reserved side-line ticket (up to a $30 value) to the game against Georgia State on Saturday, September 24, at 7 p.m.
• For $18, you get one reserved side-line ticket (up to a $35 value) to the game against East Carolina on Saturday, October 8, at 6 p.m.
What makes your business stand out?
The driving force behind language acquisition is the communicative bond between the teacher and student, along with an environment that enables the learner to build confidence, in order to, move forward. I am well versed in cultural and academic diversity and my approach to teaching/learning is based on the individual in reference to interests, focus and goals.
What inspired you to start or run this business?
My focus has always been on shedding light and support where there is struggle. In the school system today there are two types of learners: those who are able to flow within the system and those who struggle within it. My inspiration is to help those kids and adults who may have developed a negative inner-dialogue in reference to language learning and life building skills and inspire a positive attitude and connection to language learning by discovering what works in order to move them forward.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
In reference to my adult ESL clients, I like to make them feel comfortable with where they are in their language skills in the moment. Often they know more than they themselves believe and that is why we build language skills from already present strengths. Culture is huge, and therefor it is super important that they integrate their language learning with everyday activities. I help them do that. Also, for my creative students I offer an artistic perspective to learning English—learning English through the arts. For example, poetry, creative writing, painting, drawing, music appreciation, art appreciation, etc. All the above aspects can be interwoven with reading, writing, speaking and listening.
What is the best reaction you’ve ever gotten from a customer?
What’s your favorite part about your job?
My favorite part about my job is when my clients/students feel validated and satisfied with each lesson; when they feel they are able to connect another part of the puzzle piece and when they walk away feeling good about themselves and their knowledge.
The Bilingual Education Institute, accredited by ACCET, uses a modern curriculum to instill Spanish- and English-speaking skills and a multicultural approach to communication in its students. For more than a quarter century, instructors with at least a bachelor's degree and two years of prior teaching experience have imbued students with skills to help them get around in foreign countries or confuse their pets. Instructors guide quality multicultural programs for individuals, small groups, and government service programs in the Houston area, hosting private and group lessons as well as online instruction. These programs help to instill confidence, initiate conversation, develop flexibility in communication, and prepare students to sneak into the UN.
The Bilingual Education Institute also works closely with students wishing to learn English as a second language. Innovative projects ranging from the Refugee Education Program to the Intensive English Program immerse students until they learn to converse and express their thoughts.