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ILI and Marlboro College form Partnership

International Language Institute of MA and Marlboro College form partnership to help international students succeed.

New agreement brings the number of ILI’s college and university partners to 12 

International students whose first languages are not English have a new opportunity to make a successful transition to programs at Marlboro College (Marlboro, VT). Thanks to a partnership with the International Language Institute (ILI) in Northampton, MA, the students will receive academic support designed specifically to help college-bound individuals with moderate English skills.

“This is a perfect match,” said Brigid Lawler, Marlboro College’s Dean of Admissions. “Many potential international students need help with their English before they start their undergraduate or graduate work in the United States. ILI’s well-deserved reputation for excellence in teaching English skills as well as the nuances of US academic culture assures that our students will have a better chance at success. We are excited to get the partnership underway.” [Read more…]

ILI’s 2016 Giving Voice Event a Huge Success!

The Giving Voice Benefit is a yearly fundraising event that raises money for and awareness of how ILI changes lives for the immigrant community in the Pioneer Valley.  Our Giving Voice Fundraiser is a free event thanks to our generous sponsors.  All funds raised go directly to support our Free English for Immigrants and Refugees Program.

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New video captures how fun learning can be!

ILI’s conversation based classes get students speaking immediately. Below is a video of how our classes work.  Students focus on the language and our teachers guide you to learn quickly and in a fun way.  We are offering a variety of classes starting in early April.

Teachers, Get Professional Development Points for Language Classes!

Part-time Evening classes start April 5 – June 23. Also offering one-week semi-intensive classes during public school spring break, April 19 – 22. Classes are fun and the focus is on speaking and using the language right away.

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School Vacation Week Language Classes and 4 Saturdays in March!


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Caroline Gear to Lead the International Language Institute

Caroline Gear has been selected as Executive Director of the International Language Institute.  She started as head of the school on January 1, 2016.

“I am extremely pleased Caroline will be leading us at this important juncture,” said Eric Wirth, ILI Board President. “She is the right choice to succeed ILI’s co-founder and retiring Executive Director Alexis Johnson.” Alexis will continue to teach Spanish in the World Language and in special programs.

In thanking Johnson for 31 years of extraordinary work, Gear said, “I look forward to building on the success ILI has attained through the commitment of Alexis and our dedicated staff.” [Read more…]

Speak Spanish While Dining at Ibiza Tapas & Wine Bar!

Improve your Spanish while dining on delicious tapas at Ibiza Tapas and Wine Bar! Three Wednesday evenings, January 27, February 3 and 10.  Meet Alexis Johnson at Ibiza from 5:30-7:30pm to practice and improve your Spanish. For $195 you get focused Spanish conversation that includes two tapas and dessert (drinks are on you). Drop-ins welcome. Drop-in cost is $70.

For intermediate speakers and limited to 8 participants. For more info and questions, contact Alexis at or 413-586-7569 x107

January starts with a bang!

Kicking off the New Year with three programs starting January 4th! An SIT Graduate Institute TESOL certificate course, the Intensive English program, and one-week intensive French, and Spanish classes. Also, our on-going Free English for area immigrants Programs. Teaching and learning at its best with some of these fabulous teachers!

Donate $100 and Get $25 OFF Your Next ILI Class!

Help us reach our goal. Give to our On-line Fundraiser: With each $100 contribution you get $25 off your next ILI class.
Improve your language skills while supporting your local language school!
Your donation will help us continue our exciting, successful work by securing a permanent space for our amazing students into the future!
Offer Expires 12/31/2015.

ILI Launches December On-line Fundraiser!

Giving Tuesday kicked off Giving December and our Indiegogo Campaign to raise $17,000.   This past fall we have raised over $25,000 and are racing to reach our goal by the end of the year, before mortgage rates go up.   This will allow us to purchase a permanent space for part of our school, serving immigrants, refugees, international students, as well as locals studying other languages.

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