• 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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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

Christmas Break

Learning in Style School is closed during Christmas break. Registration for classes will start on January 5, 2015

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.

Year of Peace at Learning in Style

Last May 29 Learning in Style celebrated a Peace Pole placed on the school grounds. Beginning a new school year, a Peace Committee of staff members formed to bring forward thoughts and reflections about peace with the students, to live a Year of Peace at LIS.

Teachers decided how to consider “Peace” with students. There were suggestions of phrases to use, a song to sing, class visits to the Peace Pole, of encouraging all to see and live peace now.

In the halls you may hear “Peace, Salaam, Shalom,” the song from the spring celebration. There will be thoughts expressed verbally and in writing of the meaning of peace to us in classes and, hopefully, among the students as they see peace every day as a reality in their lives..

The staff viewed a DVD, “In the Footsteps of Francis and the Sultan.” The enacted meeting of two persons holding different religious positions gave a paradigm, an historical example of peacemaking. We saw the visit of Francis to the Muslim leader and their respect and mutual exchange of religious views.

__________   _ ___________ _ ___________ _ __________ _ __________

Suggestions to the teachers to promote peace ideas in class:


If you go, go in Peace. It makes the flowers sweeter along the path. (Mike Dilan)

Peace begins with a smile.

Peace is our gift to each other.

I bring Peace to others when I __________________.

Peacemakers speak only well of others.

Peace is life-giving.  Peace is serenity, inner calm.

“Salaam” is given to all.

Peace is kindness, gentleness, self control, joy; it is inner strength and inner quiet.

I am happy for you. Be happy in the good fortune of another.

To bless is to speak well to another.

Peace comes when we feel accepted, understood, loved.

Peacemakers build bridges.

May Peace be in our hearts, in our world, in our universe.

Peacemaking hearts

“War destroys. Peace is the language we must speak.” (Pope Francis)

May Peace prevail on earth today.

St Francis’s prayer:

where there is hatred, plant love,                       where injury, pardon

where despair, hope               where sadness, joy                 where dark, light

Peace turns hatred into love, harm into forgiveness, despair into hope, sadness into joy.

 Sheet hanging on classroom door:

for students to write their words and phrases of Peace, add pictures

Example: 10 Top Secrets to Peace (Pope Francis)

Great Room windows:

Peace words; seasonal changes


saying on the board each week, followed by comments in class

singing once a month the PEACE song

taking a class to see and read the Peace Pole

end of year: a bookmark with Peace Pole picture and peace sayings of the year


{spoken or sung} Peace, Salaam, Shalom (used at the installation of the Peace Pole May 29, 2014)

“Let there be Peace on earth and let it begin with me.”

“Peace is flowing like a river              (adapted version for words)

Flowing out from you and me

Flowing out into the avenues

Setting all our peoples free.”

Mary Lang