Northwest Language Academy


French Language Weekend Immersion:
Springtime in Paris!
Intermediate Level

May 16-17, 2015

Join us for a cultural weekend in Paris! We will visit the Louvre Museum, walk through Montmartre neighborhood, listen to typical Parisian songs and use authentic materials to better understand Parisian life style. Practice French in practical situations in a fun and dynamic way!

This Weekend Immersion will be led by Sylvie Joseph-Julien of Atelier d'Ichère. Sylvie is one of the founders and manager of Atelier d’Ichere both in France and in the United States. She is a storyteller in the French oral tradition. She has been writing and telling stories and legends to children and adults since 2007. Sylvie also leads story tours in France at the Louvre museum, the Opera Garnier and the Eiffel Tower, and at several museums in the Seattle area.

Cost: $198 for the weekend. Includes some meals.
Lodging available onsite in our Guesthouse. Reserve early.

To register, please contact our front desk at 321-2101, email: or sign up via PayPal below:

Total: $198


Save the Date! June 13
Language of Food: Nordic Midsommarfest

The NWLA Cultural Center invites you to Nordic Midsommarfest! We will celebrate the summer solstice with joyful song and dance around the traditional Midsummer Pole (Maypole), and a variety of Nordic food and entertainment!

Preceding the festivities, there will be a Nordic cooking class, from 2:00 to 5:00 pm, where participants will learn to make traditional Nordic food in a cozy and jovial setting.

Space is limited and pre-registration required. Tuition for the class is $35.


The Midsommarfest itself will take place from 5:30 to 9:30 pm. It kicks off with a welcome drink and the raising of the Midsummer Pole, which is the traditional center point of the midsummer celebration in Sweden. Participants will have an opportunity to make their own crown of flowers and greenery, and to join in the traditional song and dance around the Maypole.

Following the serpentine dance around the Maypole, guests can enjoy a magnificent Smorgasbord with traditional Nordic summer food such as pickled herring, meatballs, salmon and strawberries. The party continues after dinner, with a performance filled with music and dance by the NW Nordic Ladies Chorus and other authentic Nordic artists.

You are guaranteed to feel as if you are right there in the long, light, and festive summer nights of the Nordic countries!

Admission to the Midsommarfest is $65. Seating is limited, and we recommend that you reserve early.

During the two weeks prior to our Nordic Midsommarfest, we offer both historic and contemporary glimpses into life in the Nordic Countries for people of all ages, with two Fireside Chats at NWLA and a Story Time at the Langley Library.


Fireside Chats
A Viking Adventure
Wednesday June 3, 6:00 to 7:30pm

Langley resident Professor Jonathon Moses (PhD) will present a slide show from his adventurous journey across the Atlantic Ocean in a replica of an 11th century open Viking ship--retracing Leif Erikson’s expedition when he “discovered“ America. The expedition came close to an abrupt end half way across the Atlantic Ocean, when they were caught in a violent storm that almost sent the ship to the bottom of the ocean. Even the ship’s captain Ragnar Thorseth, who is an experienced adventurer and known as Norway’s last Viking, admitted that “it was a pretty hairy experience".

The Nordic Welfare State Model
Sunday June 7, 3:00 to 4:30pm

NWLA’s Fireside Chat Series proudly presents world renowned Professor Christine Ingebritsen (PhD) of University of Washington’s Scandinavian Department, who in an intimate setting will discuss the Nordic Welfare State Model. The Nordic countries consistently tops the international Human Development Index ranking reflecting life expectancy, education and per capita income, as well as the Columbia University’s international Happiness ranking capturing a combination of self-declared happiness levels, health, family, job security, and freedom from political oppression and corruption.

The Nordic Welfare State model is a major factor behind these countries’ success, and Ingebritsen is one of the world’s foremost experts on it.

Admission to the Fireside Chats is free, but we greatly appreciate a suggested donation of $5 per person.

Lodging for the Nordic Midsommarfest and Fireside Chat is available by reservation at the Cultural Center's comfortable Guesthouse, which features in-room fireplaces and Jacuzzi baths on three acres of landscaped grounds, just minutes from downtown Langley.

Story Time at the Langley Library
June 10, 10:00-11:00am

NWLA caters to the young ones with a Nordic Story Time for preschoolers at the Langley Library. The children will get a taste of the amazing Swedish author Astrid Lindgren’s world, where both Pippi Longstocking, Emil of Lonneberga, and the Six Children of Noisy Village resides, as well as traditional Nordic fairytales recorded by Hans Christian Andersen and Asbjornsen & Moe.

To reserve your place, call: 321-2101, email: or register via Paypal below.

Register for Midsommarfest:

Total: $135


Free Weekly Chat Groups,
Now in Seven Languages!

German: Mondays, 6:00pm - 7:00pm

French: Tuesdays, 10:00am - 11:00am

Russian: Wednesdays, 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Spanish: Tuesdays, 10:00am - 11:00am

For Italian, Japanese, and Mandarin Chinese Conversation Groups, please inquire.

Are you planning to travel abroad? Would you like to tune up your skill in speaking another language, or learn some useful cultural tips? Drop in on these free-of-charge sessions led by native speakers! All levels of language proficiency are welcome, though a minimal familiarity with the targeted language is helpful. Donations are appreciated.

Private instruction can be arranged upon request. Please inquire with NWLA's office. Call: 321-2101 or email: