JULY 2017

Sunshine and Summer Break!

Every July term, PELA is closed for a week-long Summer Break. This year, some students went camping, some went swimming, some hiked, and others stayed inside to avoid the heat! August is promising to be even hotter, but with summer comes music festivals, street fairs, and other free events around Portland. Make sure to follow us on Facebook to learn about upcoming free events in Portland!

From left: PELA's Summer Barbecue, Oktoberfest, Project Pabst, Portland street fair

BIG Changes at PELA's Home, the Lloyd Center

After months of construction, the new staircase in the Lloyd Center has been opened! We enjoyed a ribbon-cutting ceremony, music and dance performances, and free food and prizes!

The new staircase gives PELA students easy access between our school and other parts of the Lloyd Center for shopping, eating, or just hanging out with friends.



Last Thursday on Alberta!

The HUGE crowd of PELA students ready to go to the street fair!

On the last Thursday of every month, Alberta Street in Northeast Portland hosts a popular and free street fair. PELA students were able to experience a little bit of Portland culture on June 28th while enjoying local foods and drinks, and dancing to some live, local music.

Students watch a break-dancing troupe.

What students are saying about PELA:

"I've had an amazing experience with you guys, the teachers were really good and I really enjoyed the school." 

- Eduardo, Brazil 


PELA's Annual Trip to the Oregon Coast!

One of PELA's most popular and exciting trips of the year is the BEACH TRIP! Why? Because students get to see the Oregon Coast and have a COLOR FIGHT. We took a bus to Seaside, Oregon and spent the day on the beach where we went shopping for souvenirs, ate lunch, and threw powdered paint at each other. See more photos on our Facebook page!

After the color fight and covered in paint!

Happy Birthday!

We had a birthday party for all PELA students who celebrated a birthday in July (actually, it was for EVERYONE)! As always, students and teachers got a special treat after classes - BIRTHDAY CAKE!

Happy birthday to all of our students born in July!

End of Term HAPPY HOUR!

On the last day of each term, PELA hosts a Happy Hour for students at Aztec Willie's Restaurant. This is a great event because current students can celebrate the end of the term and new students can join and meet new friends before their first term begins! This is the first PELA event new students get to be part of.

July's Happy Hour was as successful as ever, with PELA students and teachers taking up nearly HALF the RESTAURANT! Wow you guys - thanks for coming!


The annual PELA BBQ is on Thursday, August 10th
August birthday celebration will be on Wednesday, August 9th
Volunteer Class plans to spend some time outside at the Hoyt Arboretum
Last day for students to pay for September tuition is on Friday, August 25th
End of Term Happy Hour is on Friday, August 25th
New student placement exam and orientation for September term is Thursday, August 24th


July 2017 Students of the Month are Suelma Mario from Angola and Mohammed Alotaibi from Saudi Arabia.
Read about their challenges studying English, study tips, and special advice in their special interview!

July 2017's Honor Roll List:

Honor Roll is awarded to students who receive a GPA of 3.75 or higher for the term.
Eyad Shamlan
Nana Otake
Ranem Elmangosh
Shu-Hui Lin
Hojin Yang
Aki Sakai
Megumi Yoshinari
Ekubo Sawaura
Carolina Montaño Agudelo
Rutsuko Askew

Shoko Takahashi
Roberto Palacio Henao
Sangchul Park
Yu Nakashima
Yu-Chien Yen
Patcha Sennun
Ozge Atci
Tomoko Takamiyagi
I-Jien Wang
Yu-Ling Liang
Laura Jordan Naranjo

Congratulations, PELA Students!