We help our International and immigrant clients quickly increase English fluency in Seattle and Bellevue. We connect them with people in their community so their adjustment to a new culture is smoother and less stressful.
About Our Founder…
Estrella Chan has been teaching English as a second language in Seattle to clients from Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, North America, and South America for over three decades. By the time she began her career teaching English as a second language, she had already lived in three cultures very diverse from each other. Her own experience living among values and traditions so different from her upbringing gives her insights that further support her clients’ needs.
Her educational background
Ms. Chan is one of the few ESL instructors who has a Masters degree in English as a Second Language and in Higher Education. This is extremely rare in the ESL profession. Less than one percent has received this formal training. Ms. Chan received her Masters Degree from the University of Washington.
Customizing ESL programs in the workplace
Ms. Chan is the first consultant in the Pacific Northwest to bring customized ESL training programs into the workplace. From the first day she set foot in her college ESL classroom, she recognized the need to support non-native English speakers in their work environment, where they use English the most. Long before the Northwest was ready for this trend, she spoke to companies about designing programs that tailor to their unique needs. Within a decade, colleges and social service agencies caught on, and now ESL classes in the workplace is common in the Greater Seattle area.
Publications featuring her work
Besides increasing her clients’ English skills, Ms. Chan also coaches them how to succeed in U.S. companies. American managers seek her expertise to communicate more effectively with foreign-born employees. Her articles on intercultural communication have been published in the Puget Sound Business Journal and other local business publications. Her work has been featured in The Seattle Times, The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Puget Sound Business Journal, The China News, Taiwan, The Citizens Newspaper, and Cultural Diversity at Work Newsletter.
Ms. Chan provides private ESL lessons for executives, immigrants, visiting professionals and their spouses in Seattle as well as Bellevue, Kirkland, and Redmond. Her clients include spouses of Microsoft employees, Microsoft engineers, dignitaries, corporate vice presidents, publicists, entertainers, visiting scholars, scientists, journalists, attorneys, and doctors.
Among Ms. Chan’s corporate clients are the Westin Hotel, Stouffer Madison Hotel, Physio-Control, Korry Electronics, Pacific Electro Dynamics, ATL, Sundog, MicroComputer Electronics, Universal Avionics, Harland Financial Services, Micro Computer Corporation, and the University of Washington.
As a speaker
As a public speaker, Ms. Chan’s audience include New York’s Department of Labor, Women’s Bureau, Workforce 2000, Superintendent of Public Instruction, national conferences for educators, human resources round tables, and rotary clubs. She has also been a guest speaker of Toastmasters International.
Ms. Chan was nominated for the Woodring College’s Excellence in Teaching Award. She was invited by Governor Mike Lowry of Washington State to contribute her input for its School-to-Work Development Grant. Ms. Chan was also nominated for the Leadership Eastside Network Inspiration Awards in 2012, and for the Seattle Globalist’s first annual Globie Awards in 2013.
Ms. Chan hosts an International Gathering each month to nurture understanding and friendship among cultures. This community has become a supportive network for each other. They learn to cook each other’s cuisine, and go on day trips together.
Ms. Chan also volunteered to serve as president of Bellevue Business Professional Women from 2011 to 2013. This organization was founded in 1919, and partially responsible for women winning the rights to vote in the U.S. She created an atmosphere of support and brought in speakers that further the professional and personal development of members.