What is the Trilingual Program?
The Trilingual Program is a program that allows you to learn English, Spanish or Portuguese as a second foreign language, primarily for the Latino Community.

The Program offers both in-person and online classes. Enrollment is held four times per year each new season, offering several class options for those who want to learn any of the three languages.

The trilingual program was developed by COESA, has been in existence for 10 years and is considered a reference not only for allowing the teaching of Portuguese to immigrant's children who were born and literate in Pittsburgh, but also for being a great incentive for parents who do not speak English or Spanish to learn these new languages.

This program has now been absorbed by PHDC, as part of the dissolution of COESA.
When is the next course date?

Module 1 - January, February and March

Module 2 - April, May and June

Module 3 - July, August and September

Module 4 - October, November and December.

All registrations close on the 20th day of the month prior to the start of the Module.


Teacher: Melanie Bozic   

Melanie R. Bozic has taught English/Language Arts (ELA) in the Pittsburgh Public Schools for 30 years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania State Teaching Certification, a Master of Science degree in Education/Reading and Language Arts from Duquesne University, and an ESL certificate from Oxford Seminars. In addition, she has taught ESL to adolescents in Santarém, Brazil (Amizade/Pastoral do Menor), as well as to adults in Pittsburgh, PA and online with an adult in Curitiba, Brazil.

Teacher: Thaís Braga

I am an English teacher and I have been teaching children and adults for almost six years.  I graduated as a Safety and Health Engineer and during graduation I had the opportunity to do an exchange program in the United States. I studied at the University of Alabama at Birmingham from August 2013 to December 2014. 

After graduating, I started working as an English teacher in a language school. I enjoy teaching and being able to help people learn other languages. I currently work in two schools, Escola Educação Criativa which is a regular school and Number One which is a language school.

Teacher: Rebekah Kummer   

Rebekah is a native English speaker with undergraduate and master's degrees in English, as well as a Certificate of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA). 

She is also a language learner. She studied Spanish formally for seven years, and Portuguese informally for about nine years, and she use her experience as a learner to inform and improve her teaching. 

Her teaching philosophy focuses on contextual learning, systematizing language, and building connections with her students to make classes a worthwhile and fun experience.


Teacher: Sandra Chaves  

Experienced teacher and elementary, middle and high school teacher with a proven track record of working in the higher education industry and in public and private schools. Over 25 years of experience in the Education sector. My skills include lesson planning, instruction, classroom management and professional development. I am proficient in English, Portuguese and Spanish as a first and second language. Holds two Master's degrees focused on Education and American Studies and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Education.


Teacher: Nicolás Pinzón  

After completing my studies at the Universidad Santo Tomás in 2014, I made the decision to start a career in France. During a two-year stay in the country, I engaged in various  teaching experiences of Spanish to French students. In 2016, I returned to Colombia and secured a teaching position at the Aspaen Gimnasio Saucara in my home city of Piedecuesta. Over the subsequent two years, I imparted language skills to students there.

These experiences served as powerful motivation for me to establish my own language teaching institute in 2020, which has since experienced steady growth. My passions lie in the teaching and acquisition of new languages, as I firmly believe it opens doors and broadens our understanding of unfamiliar cultures.

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