• Learning in Style

    2200 Nicollet Avenue South
    Minneapolis, MN 55404
    Phone 612-870-1815
    Fax 612-871-7370


    Learning in Style follows the Minneapolis Public School Schedule. Our first semester runs from September 2, 2014 to December 19, 2014.

  • Our Mission

    Since 1994 Learning in Style has provided a rich learning experience for newcomers to the Twin Cities community. Our emphasis at Learning in Style is on building literacy and citizenship skills in a supportive, affordable and respectful environment that is open to all who want to learn. In both mission and ministry, Learning in Style functions from within the charism, tradition and expertise of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and Consociates of the St. Paul Province. Classes are offered at no cost to students.

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Volunteer Appreciation

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADuring the week of April 12-18 we celebrate our Volunteers. Here at LIS we are gifted by “giving hearts” of 25 volunteers.

Our volunteers share their talents and give help to our students in English, Math, Children’s RoomOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA and Computer Lab. The volunteer works with an individual or a small group of students. The teacher lines up the activities and work that they will do with each student.

Enjoy looking at the pictures of some of the work volunteers do here.

If you want to know more about volunteering at LIS feel free to e-mail or call.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

jbakssnd@gmail.com  612-8701815 (LIS)

(Judy Bakula, Volunteer Coordinator)OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Health Fair

Health Fair8Learning In Style School held a Health Fair on Thursday, February 26th, 2015 to bring various organizations that work with immigrants and refugee populations on health care issues. It included the Minnesota Department of Health, who provided information about immunization and vaccination to our students. In addition, the Neighborhood Health Fair4Healthsource Clinic presenters brought much helpful information about preventative health issues such as diabetes and cancer screening. Many of our students were able to learn about diabetes and get diabetic screening done from the St.Mary’s Health Clinic. The participants found the health fair informative and fun!

Author: Norzin

Sewnet: New U.S. Citizen

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASewnet moved to Minnesota with her son Abereham in 2010 to join her husband. As a determined ESL student her goal was to become a US citizen. Her two sons have been part of our Children’s Room while Sewnet faithfully studied her English and took Citizenship class. It has paid off! On January 20, 2015 she participated in the Citizenship Ceremony at Roy Wilkins Auditorium in St. Paul where 147 new citizens from 47 countries took the oath of allegiance.

Congratulations, Sewnet!

Author: Esther

Health Class

DiabestesTalk2This year the Learning In Style School began a health and wellness class to educate its students on health issues. To introduce the various neighborhood clinics and organizations that work with our student population we had presenters from the sites educate on health concerns and discuss the resources available. In addition, to these professional presenters from the community, the class uses health curriculum by the DiabestesTalk1Minnesota Department of Health designed for English language learners. The students have been learning about diabetes, oral, cardiovascular and nervous systems. The health class is offered twice a week both in the morning from 9:15 to 10:00am and the afternoon from 2:30-3:15pm to make it accessible for all our students.

Author: Norzin

MANY HANDS MAKE LIGHT WOR (and delicious fruit salad!)

My English class met in the Great Room at the Learning-in-Style school to prepare and eat a fruit salad. We had been studying a unit on Food, and this was a practical way to try out some of what we had learned.

The students went shopping at their regular supermarkets for fruit. They were all asked to bring one piece of fruit to share. They were also reminded that if they could not bring a fruit, to still come to school, as we would have plenty. (We would have the “Fruit of Plenty” instead of the “Horn of Plenty”, or cornucopia.) We’d been looking at a cornucopia on our table all month.

The first direction on our big chart was to wash our hands, then wash our fruit. The students then peeled, cut, or chopped fruit and added it to a huge bowl. We had pomegranate, kiwi, grapes, pineapple, apples, bananas, oranges, and pears. We added vanilla yogurt as the dressing, but had to learn that yogurt was not a fruit.

We learned the word for “delicious” in the languages of the students from Somalia, Djibouti, Gambia, Togo, Mexico, and Ecuador. We talked about making this salad at home for their families and children and how it was a choice for a meal or a snack. We talked about how to make a vegetable salad also.

All the students helped to wash the dishes and clean the tables. And the left over salad was enjoyed by the Staff for lunch. The students then wrote a story about our experience together.

Look for a cake-baking lesson next!

By Teacher Connie, Nov. 2014

Thank you to Judy, who helped us in many ways in the Great Room, and to our Volunteer that day; Connie F.