Director, Orange County Lingual Institute
Message from the Director
Dear Students and Potential Students,
Welcome to the Orange County Lingual Institute. The Orange County Lingual Institute is a premier language school dedicated to helping those in the Orange County area who wish to learn a new language, learn multiple languages, or simply improve their current foreign language skills. The Orange County Lingual Institute was opened by the highly acclaimed Beverly Hills Lingual Institute, which has been serving those seeking to learn a new language and/or refine their lingual skills in the Los Angeles area for over 20 years. In 2016 the Beverly Hills Lingual Institute was sold, but the Orange County Lingual Institute is still owned and operated by the original corporation. In Orange County we strive to provide the best of the best to our ever growing student population. We believe we provide the best program, best teachers, best administrative support staff, best books, and best locations to the best students at the best value. Following are some of the ways we set ourselves apart from other language schools and why we do what we do.
Best Program: We offer a complete quality package of language learning; that is, we teach our students to read, write, and speak the target language. Our goal is for our students to become successful in their new language and its structure. We “ground” our training with the presentation and practice of grammar, targeted vocabulary building, idiomatic structures, proficiency in reading and writing, effective listening, intonation and fluency of expression in small intimate classroom settings, (never more than 10 students).
Best Teachers: We provide our students with the best of the best when it comes to teachers. We believe native speaking teachers, who are excited to share their knowledge of their language and their culture is key. Our teachers also have excellent English skills so they may explain the language and grammar to students in the language they understand best. We seek teachers with teaching credentials and/or advanced degrees with plenty of teaching experience.
Best Texts: Books are the best study source and long-term references available. We want students to use the best books on the market (usually college texts). In assuring our students use the best books available, we provide the texts to our students at cost.
Best Location: Our school is set in the beautiful Segerstrom Center location. The Orange County Lingual Institute is located at 600 Anton Bvld., Garden Suite B. Our classrooms are all air conditioned, well lit, with a beautiful view of the plaza next to the Segerstrom Concert Hall. We are freeway close and provide validated parking to our students attending class.
Best Value: We believe we provide an exceptional service to our students at a great value.
We here at the Orange County Lingual Institute are passionate in our desire to help you successfully pursue your goal of learning another language. We know this process is both fun and rewarding, and we look forward to being part of the process. We are here to assist you in your language learning goals.
Please feel free to call and ask us any questions you may have at (714) 662-5400. We prefer telephone calls, as we like to get things accomplished right away, but we can also be reached by emailing to Info@OCLanguages.com.
I am at your service.
Director, Orange County Lingual Institute
Message from the Former Director
Letter from our former director – Johanna was the Director until May of 2013 when she left to begin her new life as a mother of a new baby. Her baby daughter Marisol was born on June 7 and Johanna sends her greetings to her former students. Excerpts from her letter follow:
The Orange County Lingual Institute wants you to know that we are dedicated to helping you learn one or several foreign languages and have implemented policies that support this effort. We strive to provide the best teaching, the best service, and the best program, at the best location in either Orange County or Beverly Hills, California. Following are some of my thoughts on what we do and why we do it.
The best teaching – to provide the best teaching, you need the best teachers. For us that means teachers who are native speakers. But being a native speaker alone doesn’t make the best teacher. We also look for teachers who have teaching credentials and/or advanced degrees and college teaching experience. We also need teachers who have excellent English skills, so they can explain the language and the grammar to our clients. And, of course, we need teachers who are fun, energetic and organized, so that students can learn and enjoy themselves at the same time. To attract those teachers we compensate them better than any other language school. So our teachers need to have the following competences: native speakers, good English skills, teaching credentials and/ or advanced degrees, teaching experience, and they have to have the personality of a teacher.
The best service – The administrative staff is dedicated to not only sign up students, but also to address your unique challenges and help you maintain momentum in your language learning as you progress through each term. We try to greet each student in their target language and especially in the evenings we offer a friendly face to people who might have had a long day. We call students with homework for the classes they miss. We also allow students two emergency bonus classes at no cost, we just ask that they read and follow the bonus class policy that is attached to their receipts. We provide cookies, pretzels, coffee, tea, and Sparkletts water for consumption at the school. We find that students learn better if they are not hungry and thirsty!
The best program – Our goal for our students is to teach them to read, write, and speak the target language; grammar and culture are always included. We are convinced that this comprehensive approach is the most successful to learn a new language. We want our students to understand the language and its structures and be able to use it flexibly. To make our program the best, we also use the best books available (usually college texts). Books are a great study source and long-term reference. While it is unfortunate that they are so expensive, they are important for your learning. In order to get the best books in the classrooms at the least cost to you, we sell them here at cost. After each student enrolls, we can give the names of the texts, so they can check online if they want to find a used one. Because we do not make any money on the book sales we are somewhat indifferent to whether you buy from us or somewhere else. However, while used books are available for less money, they are used, workbooks are generally a mess, and CDs may be missing, they take some time to arrive and while people wait for their texts they can get behind in class, and with the size of the school in Orange County and Beverly Hills, if many people go on line for used books even their price goes up. Therefore we advise those who can afford it to buy a new one from us at cost, leaving the used ones for others who have a greater financial need.
The best results – We are dedicated to successfully teach our students a new language. We know that they are eager to learn but are busy with their lives and must juggle many different commitments. We do everything we can to help you accomplish this.
Commitment – We ask for commitment one term (two months) at a time but try to keep students for many terms because learning a language is a long term project and if they stop after a few terms they have not accomplished fluency.
Flexible – If something isn’t going as well in class as you would like, we encourage you to please talk to your teacher and/or come talk to any of the administrators. We urge you to talk to us right away – don’t suffer silently, because we can make changes.
Participate – The school allows only 10 students per class and often the groups are even smaller. We encourage a lot of interaction in class. We do not want our students just to passively listen and not participate.
Costs – We have not raised tuition rates in 10 years. During this time rents have increased, we have raised our teacher salaries, and inflation has raised the cost of most expenses. We have managed to keep tuition low because of increasing enrollment and, in part, because sign up procedures are in place to keep administrative costs down. These procedures are designed to even out the flow of sign-up related work so that we can survive without having to hire additional staff. Our goal is that 1/3 of our current students sign up on week 4 when we hand out the new schedules, 1/3 sign up on week 5 (Sign-up Day), The last 1/3 sign up on Week 6 (D-Day), and The last two weeks of the term are dedicated to signing up new students. We appreciate your assistance in this process with your timely sign-ups.
Johanna Jehle, M.A. Bilingual Teaching and Education