In the words of our clients

Let me congratulate you on The Boston Language Institute! At this advanced stage in my life I am finding it a pleasure to study the French language. This is without question due to the quality of instruction and the relaxed, cooperative attitude of everyone.

John A. Bavicchi

Professor, Berklee College of Music


The Boston Language Institute . . . says it hires the best native-language teachers in the area. Most hold one or two degrees and teach, or have taught, language at the university level. Class size is under eight. The institute offers [140] languages, including Japanese, Cambodian, Farsi, Russian, Irish Gaelic and – if you want to visit Sri Lanka – Tamil. One student in the school’s Korean class commutes from New York State because she can’t find that language taught anyplace else. Another, after 30 hours of Cantonese at the Institute, was mistaken for Chinese on the phone.

Barbara Beckwith

Special to the Boston Sunday Globe


We have been impressed by the high level of professionalism of the administration and staff of the Institute, a professionalism shown in the school’s flexibility in responding to the needs of its students, its highly individualized instruction and, most of all, in the dramatic improvement our [foreign] engineers have shown in both their spoken and written English.

Ruth M. Power,

Technical Editor Badger America, Inc.


The Boston Language Institute . . . provided all our Spanish language translations for the 1982 state election period . . . They have also worked with us on having the content typeset to our specifications, proofing the work and reviewing the layout of final copy. We have provided this information for many years but have never been so fortunate to have the work done by as professional, competent and cooperative an organization as The Boston Language Institute.

Marcia Molay,

Director of Elections Office of the Secretary of State, The Commonwealth of Massachusetts


It is a pleasure for me to recommend The Boston Language Institute. I have worked with the Institute and its students of English as a Second Language for over twelve years. Without exception, students rave about this wonderful school.

Joan Clouser Cohen,

Director At Home in Boston Center for the placement of foreign students with American families


The [Japanese] instructor was very enthusiastic and worked hard to adapt the course to our particular needs. This enthusiasm was rather infectious. We all worked hard and were rewarded with a deeper appreciation of the language and culture of Japan . . . We learned about 75 Kanjis [in the first semester], while the first-year Japanese class at Harvard Extension School only covers 20.

Lamar Ledbetter,

Vice President-Engineering and employees of Bitstream, Inc.


Several of our staff members recommended your agency to me last year, and I am glad that I followed up on their advice by contacting you . . . . As s former specialist in linguistics myself, I am most critical of language teachers, methods, and materials. Thanks to your expertise, I was pleased to find a fully qualified Hindi teacher on the Institute’s teaching staff.

Ada Killeffer

Oxfam America


My experience at another language school was so bad that I hesitated about trying again. The “repeat after me” style of teaching had not worked for me and I knew what I needed in order to learn. After our two interviews and after your very selective choice of a tutor, I was convinced that your methods were indeed tuned to the students’ needs . . . . I will be traveling to Poland in another week . . . . I know that I will be able to communcate and to understand much more than I could when I was there ten years ago. And my newly acquired knowledge of the culture as well as the language will help so much.

Joanne Dzengielewski

John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company


I am a professor from the University of California at Berkeley on sabbatical leave at Harvard for nine months. As I planned to visit Italy on a business trip, I enrolled to take private Italian lessons . . . at The Boston Language Institute. I am very impressed with the excellent quality of instruction provided by my instructor . . . . Based on my experience, I feel confident that one can expect high-quality instruction in foreign language from this Institute.

Beth Burnside Associate Professor,

University of California, Berkeley


I would like to express to you my sincere appreciation for the period of study I spent at The Boston Language Institute . . . I believe I truly improved my English and, although this was my primary goal, I won’t forget that The Boston Language Institute also gave me the opportunity to meet other interesting people, my fellow students, whom I will remember for a long time.

Dr. Luigi Concilio

University of Bologna, School of Agriculture


It has been sixteen years since I learned even the rudiments of a new language, so I approached the whole idea of starting again with some trepidation. I was most pleasantly surprised by how much fun it was and how quickly we learned. The small class size and the personal attention we were therefore able to receive contributed greatly to that enjoyment. We clearly learned more in the 20 lessons than many others do in a much longer time.

Marc J. Chelemer, Senior Liaison Officer

Massachusetts Institute of Technology



  • Since classes are limited to 12 students, we encourage you to register early. You can register online. Select your language, level, session and time. For those not able to register online, a Program Coordinator will be happy to take registration information by phone ( x241), or e-mail. The Institute holds monthly Open Houses at our Kenmore Square office where you can discuss your language needs and meet teachers and staff. Registration is also available at a Open House.



Open House


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Private instruction offers students an opportunity to work one-on-one with an instructor at their own pace. The instructor carefully selects materials and plans lessons to effectively meet the student's goals and individual learning style.

Private programs offer a flexible schedule and a customized curriculum. A minimum of 20 hours of instruction with one or two classes (each 90 or 120 minutes) per week is the suggested module, but dates, times and content can be arranged according to your requirement.


Immersion programs are designed to teach the equivalent of levels 1 to 5 of the Institute's regular core programs in one 6-week or 4-week, 90-hour sessions. Classes meet Monday through Friday, 3 hours a day in 6-week programs/4.5 hours a day in 4-week programs).

The main goal of these programs, which meet in small classes of 4 to 12, is to help students, from day one, to increase confidence in their ability to use their new language in a wide range of real-life situations and improve their oral skills as they progress from level to level.


Since 1981, The Boston Language Institute has been serving the language needs of major international corporations, government agencies and leading professional firms.

Our training in over 140 languages, along with our cross cultural orientation seminars and executive coaching, have helped our clients succeed in the international arena. Whether on a one-on-one basis or in a group setting, we work closely with our clients, assisting them to choose a program that best fits their schedule and language needs.