At Sagalingua we provide language and culture coaching for adults and children in 12 languages, taught by native teachers: English, Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Polish, and Arabic. We use the immersion method of teaching languages.
SAGALINGUA: SAGA = long story LINGUA = language
Carrie has more than 5 years of professional experience teaching English as a Second language; she taught for 3 years to Spanish speakers in Costa Rica; and has spent two years at Sagalingua with students from around the globe. Her expertise lies in grammar and natural conversation.
Carrie is from Southern California, and has also lived in Washington state, Costa Rica, Massachusetts, and Montana.
Dora studied Dental Hygiene and worked in private practice for over 19 years. During her clinical career as a hygienist, she spent an increasing amount of time educating patients on oral health. This experience unlocked her interest in teaching. Also, as a mother of four, she has been actively involved in her kid’s education both within the school and at home. She is proud to have been involved in the early childhood reading programs within the classroom.
Dora moved to the Seattle area with her husband and 4 kids in 2013. Having moved a few times in her life, she understands the challenges and rewards that come with life transitions.
In her spare time, she enjoys reading, working on fused glass projects, traveling, and learning about different cultures.
Kerstin has worked as a mentor and educator in the Seattle area for sixteen years, as a tutor, a wilderness guide, a teen mentor, a classroom teacher, a theater instructor, and as a leader of an English conversation course. She has a B.A. in English from the University of WA and a Graduate Certificate in TESOL from City University.
Kerstin likes to focus on authentic and meaningful communication, drawing on the student’s passions and personal goals. In her free time, Kerstin is busy raising two little girls, roaming the forest with her family, getting to know fascinating people from other parts of the world, and dreaming of travel.
He taught English in an elementary school in Thailand for a while, then he moved to Ohio to teach in English programs in Cleveland, Columbus, and Athens focusing on preparing international students to succeed in American universities. He finished his Master’s degree in Applied Linguistics and TESOL in 2015 at Ohio University, and just recently moved to the Seattle area. He especially likes teaching speaking skills, business English, pronunciation, and academic preparation (IELTS, TOEFL).
He has a passion for helping students to achieve their social, cultural, academic, or professional English goals. He also thinks it’s a lot more interesting, productive, and fun to learn with real-world English materials and the technology you use every day. In his spare time, Richard enjoys playing board games, practicing Russian and Spanish, singing, playing ultimate frisbee, and walking with his wife and dog around the many neighborhoods of Seattle.
Brandon has a bachelor’s degree in sport management with a minor in communication studies from Washington State University and Teaching English As Foreign Language (TEFL) certification from the International TEFL Academy.
Brandon is enthusiastic about teaching English and wants to create a safe, comfortable environment for learning English. He hopes his students will have increased confidence in their speaking and listening skills after each lesson.
In his spare time, Brandon enjoys playing tennis, table tennis, playing video games and learning languages such as Korean.
She has a Masters Degree in Spanish with a minor in French from Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO and a TESOL Certificate from the University of California, Irvine. Cristina has taught English and Spanish both here in the United States and in Italy where she lived for seven years. Learning a new language can be intimidating but Cristina strives to provide a comfortable learning environment tailored to the needs of her students.
In her free time, Cristina likes reading, baking, and having friends over for dinner. She also enjoys discovering new places in the NW with her family. Cristina speaks four languages and hopes to some day learn Japanese.
After moved to Seattle, she started working in a bilingual daycare center, where she was the Spanish teacher for children ages 1 to 5, and her role was to plan the weekly activities and topics for Spanish teaching. In her free time,
Alejandra loves dogs and enjoys playing sports like soccer and volleyball with her 8-year old son, Alejandro.
In 1994 she moved to the US where she completed her Masters in Accounting. She has lived in Florida, and California.
A year ago, she relocated to Washington where she volunteers at the Bellevue Library teaching math and reading in Spanish to people who are completing their basic education.
In her free time, she enjoys gardening.
She loves to teach and share Latin culture through voice, pronunciation and speech. She would like students to understand a new point of view through the Spanish language.
She believes that when you learn a new language, you are also learning a different way of thinking and expression.
She has a bachelor’s degree in biomedical sciences from Universidade do Vale do Paraíba and a master’s degree in science and technologies from the São Paulo State University and worked for more than five years as a biomedical scientist and researcher.
Golda loves to teach and help people. In her free time in Brazil, she was a volunteer Spanish teacher and substitute English teacher at a local church.
Golda moved to Seattle area with her husband in 2018, where she had to start over in many ways and started as student at Sagalingua to improve English as her third language.
In her free time, she enjoys cooking, baking, traveling, watching movies, traveling and learning about different cultures.
Her first career as a ballerina took her all over Europe and especially Germany, where she met her husband. She lived in Stuttgart, Germany, for six years. They relocated to San Francisco for her husband’s career and another job-related move brought them to the Pacific Northwest.
While raising their two children, Annelise had the opportunity to tutor French to their friends, and worked as birth doula, ballet teacher, nanny, and nurse assistant over the years. What matters most to her, is to connect to her fellow humans and she loves that teaching a foreign language is a perfect opportunity to do just that.
In her free time, Annelise loves dogs, reading, live performances, traveling, and hiking in all the beautiful places the Pacific Northwest has to offer.
She has two children whom she takes to France every year for the summer. She loves teaching and sharing her mother tongue and culture.
One of her favorite quotes is from the American lawyer and author Amy Chua: speaking with a foreign accent is a sign of bravery.
Her hobbies are gardening, traveling, hiking, reading, music and ballet. She has a passion for flowers, and she is a floral designer.
She recently relocated to Bellevue with her husband and two boys. She endeavors to keep close ties with her culture and teaches her children French at home.
Carine’s hobbies include skiing (she’s a ski instructor), running, traveling, cooking/baking, meeting new people, and helping students discover French culture.
After a 15-year career in marketing in large Parisian real-estate and banking companies, she decided to change careers and become a teacher in order to promote the French language in her country of adoption.
She has experience teaching both kids and adults, as she has been a teacher for 2 years in a French school in Seattle. Ludivine’s teaching is rooted in French culture. Her hobbies include cooking, baking, and traveling as she explores the USA.
Martina appreciates the possibility to meet people from all over the world and she loves to listen to fascinating stories from random people at the grocery store or to learn about her Sagalingua colleagues´ thrilling experiences in the US.
Martina enjoys improving her English style at Sagalingua and is both a brave student and a committed teacher. As an immigrant, she knows what it´s like leaving one´s “linguistical comfort zone” and coming up with proper terms in one´s second language. That´s why she admires everybody who is willing to dive into strangely sounding vocabularies and challenging grammar rules, and she is passionate about supporting her fellow “language-artists” whenever she can.
She likes to explore the entire US by foot and by car, especially the Pacific Northwest. She hopes to add some more miles to the American family vehicle and some more pictures to the cloud pretty soon.
She has more than ten years of experience teaching Italian to foreigners and has designed effective Italian lessons for a variety of groups and individuals with needs ranging from casual travel to professional development. Her fun and lively classes focus on Italian grammar and offer insights into Italian culture.
She is passionate about music, cinema, travel, and loves to engage curious learners interested in the Italian language.
After she worked as a reporter and editor in the education field in Japan, she moved to the USA where she earned her Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Colorado Boulder. While working as a translator and interpreter in the academic and education fields, her interest extended to nursing education and she was involved in several research and exchange projects.
She started teaching Japanese after she moved to Seattle ten years ago and has been enjoying learning together with various types of students from businessmen, government and military personnel, college students to elementary school children. At Sagalingua, she has been teaching Japanese and providing cultural coaching for newcomers to the USA.
She enjoys tea ceremony practice as well as wine and food excursions in her spare time.
Teaching Japanese has been a part of her life since her children were born. She worked closely with them when they attended a Japanese school. After tutoring as a volunteer in a Japanese online class for a local high school in 2012, Kaoru has been teaching Japanese language and culture to children and adults at various local language schools. She learned many things from her students too!
Kaoru enjoys reading, walking, watching movies, flower arrangement, and cooking.
Naoko is a specialist in Japanese language and cross-cultural understanding. She has many years of professional experience as a Japanese teacher, writer, and editor.
Naoko’s students have come from all over the world and have received instruction from her at all levels, from beginner to advanced. She has had teaching assignments in Japan, Vietnam, and the United States. At Sagalingua, she teaches language for professional use, for fun, to excel in activities, and to explore an interest in Japan. She holds Associate’s degree in Japanese language (Kyoto Women’s Junior College) and a Bachelor of Liberal Arts (The Evergreen State College), and has obtained a teaching certification for passing the Japanese Language Teaching Competency Test in Japan.
She enjoys hiking, travelling, playing music, mushroom hunting, knitting hats, and organizing. She also loves Kore-eda’s films, contemporary arts, jazz piano, wine, and her husband’s home-made dishes.
In 2001, she and her husband moved from Sydney, Australia to Washington D.C. where she became a full-time Chinese language instructor. During her 6.5 years in D.C., she worked for various language training schools, teaching Chinese Mandarin to students from Department of Defense, State Department, Drug Enforcement Agency, as well as some private business sector companies.
Kelly enjoys working with children and adults but is especially patient and skilled at teaching younger students. She strongly believes in encouraging and motivating students to develop a positive attitude towards learning.
She loves traveling and has been to more than 15 countries. Often you will hear her sharing her experience of different cultures to enrich the content of her classes.
She likes playing tennis and is very fond of cooking Chinese and Peruvian food.
Apart from teaching Mandarin, she also works as a Simplified Chinese Localization QA tester and works with Chinese language usage and linguistic topics every day in a very multicultural working environment.
She is very proud of her language and culture. As a teacher, her goal is to make sure her students learn the knowledge and language solidly, and also have fun and feel encouraged at the same time.
In 2015, she became a licensed Senior Chinese Language Teacher and began to teach full-time. She likes to exchange cultural information in her classes in order to help her students improve their communication skills. Rebecca is taking intercultural communication classes at Bellevue College in order to further her professional development.
She likes playing badminton and going to movies – mysteries and fantasies are her favorites. She has travelled almost all over China and hopes next to go to Europe.
Hwa Lyung has taught students from kindergarten to adults with individualized curricula. Through her varied teaching experience, she has developed excellent teaching skills, including her ability to identify each student’s strong and weak areas and provide them with attainable resources and supportive feedback. Hwa Lyung is committed to motivating her students to enjoy Korean culture as well.
In her spare time, she enjoys going on day trips, hiking, practicing calligraphy, reading, watching movies and Korean TV shows with her family. She loves to learn new things, make new friends, and share her life with others.
After moving to Bellevue in 2009, she has been teaching Korean to variety of learners, ranging from second generation Korean children, to adult native English speakers for 10 years. One of her strengths is the ability to identify weak areas and fortifying those areas using her 30+ years of experience as an educator. Her skills have helped hundreds of her students to learn Korean efficiently.
She loves hiking, yoga, and traveling during her free time.
She worked with both elementary children and teens and she has been working in Polish School in Bellevue for the last three years teaching Polish language to children. Mom of two boys, she enjoys outdoors, photography, skiing, literature, child psychology and languages (she herself, apart from English, studied French, Italian, German and Russian).
She enjoys getting to know people from different cultures and with different backgrounds and she loves being part of the Seattle’s multicultural mix.
Galia was born and raised in Russia and has lived in Estonia, Israel, and the United States. She has worked as a teacher, language expert, project administrator, and software engineer, most recently at Microsoft Corporation. She holds a Master of Education degree (summa cum laude) from Jones International University (USA) and a B.Sc. in System Engineering degree from St. Petersburg State Technical University (Russia).
Apart from teaching, Galia likes travel, books, photography, music, and cooking. Galia is fluent in Russian, English, Hebrew, and is currently learning Polish. Her two tri-lingual children and husband feel comfortable in any multi-cultural community.
What people are saying about us
When we moved from Europe to Bellevue, one of my co-workers recommended a school, Sagalingua, which focuses on languages as well as on culture. This was exactly what I was looking for in order to support my spouse in brushing up her language skills and settling in in America. She not only scheduled intensive individual sessions, but also joined a conversation group whereby she made many new friends. In a short time, her progress was markedly noticeable. Meanwhile she feels much more comfortable and confident meeting my co-workers and business partners. Because of her experience, I can fully recommend Sagalingua as a fantastic language/cultural coaching school for any newcomer! (Christian B., Bellevue, WA)
It’s a wonderful place to study English, especially if you are new in America! Sagalingua find special education techniques for everyone. You can learn English in natural situations such as museums, cafes, stores and other place! My personal tutor (Sandri) and I wrote a short – list of places about what I like, and we want together everywhere. It was faster way to understand real-life English! But even if you take a group-lesson it’s also teaching through activities. It’s always interesting, effective and fun. I strongly recommend it! (Anna N., Redmond, WA)
Loveletter to “Sagalingua – Language and Culture Coaching”
The name says it all!!! The Sagalingua guys, bosses and instructors as well, literally LOVE various languages spoken all over the world. Bright-eyed they talk about new vocabulary, the serial comma and point out the differences between American and British English. They never get tired answering questions about current political or social discussions, animal shelter, latest movies or the correct use of tenses. In case you ask them – and of course I did – they explain football rules and illustrate the most important weekend´s Seahawks moves on the whiteboard . Within only a few weeks I became a true blue…..almost I really appreciate their passion, not only for languages, but also for the different countries and their people! Recently, for instance, Sagalingua offered us an unique chance to talk to an American author of Korean descent! She shared her experiences and described how challenging it was having a childhood in between two completely different cultures. Afterwards our Korean-American instructor added further information about present day Korean culture and presented several traditional clothes and food. Is it cool or is it cool!!? Every day I´m looking forward to walking to “my sagalinguan family”, where the bosses, Sandri and Galia, give me a warm welcome and provide European styled bread. My instructors, Anastacia and Darina, have a saint´s patience concerning my far from fluently English language. They applaud me for nice homework and “scientific” observations concerning the use of “though” or American, and especially Washingtonian, quirks. Their passion affects me and turns me into an outstanding young student. With a lot of wrinkles, though. (Martina T., Bellevue, WA)
I’m so glad that I found this nice place to learn English. The people are very friendly and much more than nice. I met so many people from so different cultures, I love it. My classes with ‘Anastasia’ are absolutely interesting and she helped me a lot to increase the language and to learn about the American culture and history. I’m very thankful and I highly recommend this language school.(Christiane L., Kirkland, WA)
Sagalingua is the local choice for those who wish to learn a new language or sharpen an existing one. The atmosphere, people, and teaching methods are all excellent, as is the location, near downtown Bellevue. I’m extremely satisfied with my learning progress and am excited to see what’s next! I’ve been taking Russian lessons for about nine months now. My teacher, Galia, conducts every lesson completely in Russian, in a constant back-and-forth question and answer format. What this does is instill Russian words and ways of thinking without the need to translate back and forth between English. The vocabulary and grammar builds up systematically over time; and as I feel like I’m struggling to learn a new concept, I realize that I’ve been practicing the previous difficult concept without thinking. And the next lesson I’ll be struggling with something new, but picking up the last concept organically! It’s an immensely satisfying way to learn, and my progress has been spectacular. A year of college French left me with little more than the ability to order coffee, but six months of Russian at Sagalingua and I’m starting to have simple, but useful, conversations about a variety of familial, professional, and recreational topics. I highly recommend Sagalingua and their excellent teachers to anyone wishing to learn, or improve, a second (or third? fourth?) language! (James R.,Issaquah, WA)
In my opinion, It’s the best place to learn English (they also teach other languages, but I took only English class). Every lesson is so different and super interesting. They read books at home and then discuss about them, they have Skype chats with authors, visit some museums together, have special guests, celebrate different holidays etc. One time I took a group lesson where we had watched a movie before a lesson and then discuss about a movie, about words and phrases about everything. It was really fun and useful. It’s also nice that they have a group for moms with kids, so you can bring your little one with you. I wish I met Sagalingua earlier and didn’t postpone studying English until my child would go to a preschool. There are a lot of toys and games to play for kids there. If you want to study any languages check it first if Sagalingua can teach you this language. I would strongly recommend to go there. The environment is so friendly. People are nice and professional. It’s really cozy place with awesome people and great opportunity to study languages easy and fast!!!! (Maria I., Sammamish, WA)
Everyone at Sagalingua will make you feel like family! Great place to learn, and the staff are very flexible and accommodating according to your learning interests and needs. They offer a large variety of activities at a high quality! I would highly recommend checking this place out. (Liza D., Redmond, WA)
Welcoming, skillful, reassuring, helpful these are the words I use when I speak about the Sagalingua team. Regarding your level and what you need they adapt courses. You find there more than teachers, friends! (Emma H., Bellevue, WA)
If you are just beginning to learn English or trying to improve it and don’t have anyone to talk to. Or if you would like to extend your vocabulary by reading books but don’t know which books will be good for you. If you would like to learn something new about different countries, food, culture and traditions – Sagalingua is the perfect place for you! They have very knowledgeable, friendly and fun teachers. They will adapt lessons depending on your needs and requests. Classes are very small, from one to 4 (max) students per teacher. They also have a book club so even if you don’t want to take lessons, you still have an opportunity to improve your verbal skills and be more social as a result (and learn quite a few new things!). Our class usually goes to one field trip per month, which can be museum, farm (like blueberry u-pick), restaurant or things like the Sheraton Seattle Hotel Gingerbread Village You will also do things like watching movies at home and then discussing them in the class which is always a fun thing to do. From time to time we have a potluck lunch: as students come from all over the world, it’s quite amazing to see such variety of food. Finally, the location is great: just across the I-405 from downtown Bellevue so easily accessible both by car and bus (5 minutes walk from Whole Foods). I highly recommend this place. (Irina K., Bellevue, WA)
I am really happy to discover Sagalingua and the conversation group they have. I extremely need speaking practice and coming once a week to school makes difference. My teacher is Anastasia Kim. She is adorable person and experienced professional. Every week we have different topics for discussion. Once a month, we discuss a movie or episode, which Anastasia usually chooses according to month holiday or some other event of current interest. Besides, we have books discussions, usually leaded by Sandri. We have to read a book on our own and be ready to discuss it. I read my first English book in Sagalingua! I was so proud :)). They motivate me to study, to enhance my vocabulary. They make me confident in speaking English. I visited different conversation classes, but only here they correct my mistakes. Anastasia is a carrier of millions of idioms and beautiful expressions, which I try to absorb. Both Anastasia and Sandri inspire me to learn more. The most fascinating thing is field trips, when we get together with other students and go out to visit some interesting places in Seattle area. I should also say about potlucks and parties that Sagalingua organize for students and their families. It’s like being the part of the huge family. They have private classes, which I’ve heard very popular and efficient and they are very flexible and could adjust curriculum to your needs. I have to mention that Sagalingua is not just a language school; it is also a cultural school. They do understand your needs as a new comer and they help you to settle in a new country with all its diversified culture and traditions. So, for now, it’s not just about English, it’s about to belong to a very nice and pleasant community, called Sagalingua. I am very grateful to Anastasia, Sandri and Galia for everything they are doing, for all their efforts to make our visits to Sagalingua comfortable and effective. (Getlin N., Redmond, WA)
Sagalingua is the best! Everyone there is so welcoming it makes for the most comfortable environment to take on a new language. I’ve always found Spanish difficult but Mary has helped me improve quickly with effective lessons and a positive environment. Often when learning a new language you’re embarrassed to make mistakes, but I never once did I encounter that here, in fact I felt compelled to try to go beyond. Thank you so much to everyone at Sagalingua!! (Pascale M., Seattle, WA)
The Language & Culture Instructors work as independent contractors. The instructor will teach one-on-one lessons as well as group lessons for 4-6 people. The instructor is responsible for developing and facilitating lessons, communicating with their students, and helping students reach their goals in their studies.
Sagalingua serves students Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The instructor’s schedule is flexible and depends on his/her availability. The Instructor should be have prior teaching experience.
- Uphold the values and mission of Sagalingua
- Develop and facilitate one-on-one and small group lessons
- Lead students on field trips according to their interests
- Assist and/or lead conversation groups for people of all levels
- Assist and/or lead events such as book clubs
- Assist with new student assessments to determine their starting level
- Promote Sagalingua and help with outreach such as writing website blog articles, posting to Facebook, and helping with presentations in local communities.
- Native speakers only
- Experience teaching learners of all ages
- Experience developing a curriculum according to a students’ needs
- Enthusiasm for connecting with people and building rapport with students
- Sense of humor
- Ability to travel to Sagalingua’s center in Bellevue either by car or public transportation or arrange lessons on other places including online platforms
- Demonstrated responsibility and commitment to one’s work
- Understanding and ability to work well with a multi-cultural audience
If you are a native speaker of French, Italian, Korean, Mandarin, Cantonese, Japanese, Arabic, German, Russian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish and have experience teaching language to children and adults, please email your resume and availability to email@example.com
Sandri Richardson and Galia Dadiomova started Sagalingua in 2014. Our programs encourage students to take an active role in their language and culture learning, engaging through specific goal setting, field trips and continuous feedback with minimal ”teaching” but instead “coaching”. The role of the coach is to adapt to the student’s needs and to maximize the potential of the student by keeping them motivated and engaged.
Language coaching involves aspects of teaching and training, but it also has a personal aspect where the coach has the ability to adapt to the learner and lessons are client-focused and adapted to the client’s objectives. “Teaching” is kept to a minimum, motivation takes top priority and the clients actively have ownership of their language learning by setting achievable goals. Synonyms for “coach” include counsel, lead, mentor, pilot, shepherd, show, and tutor.