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ASL/ESL Meet up

Posted On: 07.21.16

ASL/ESL Meetup

Saturday, August 6th, 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Beyond Borders Language Learning Center will be hosting a meetup for those people interested in American Sign Language and English as a Second Language. If you would like to learn more about these languages, a member of the deaf/hard of hearing community, a sign language interpreter or an English to Speakers of Other Languages instructor (ESOL), please join us! Our ASL instructor, Becky, and our ESL coordinator, Elizabeth, will be present during the meeting to answer any questions! We hope to see you there!


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July Events

Posted On: 06.28.16

Embrace July and have fun with us during our summer events!

Beyond Barcodes Bookstore

Coffee, Culture, ColoringCoffee, Culture, Coloring: Adult Coloring Night
Thursday, June 30, 2016, 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Come join us for Adult Coloring Night! Think coffee talk, cool coloring pages, and cultural encounters. Feel free to BYOBC (Bring Your Own Coloring Book)!

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Open Mic Night

First Friday: OPEN MIC NIGHT
Friday, July 1, 2016, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

Join us as we participate in the First Friday activities with Open Mic Night! Email or call us at 765-201-0383 if you are interested in performing!

Crafting with Nana: Craft Time For All Ages
Saturday, July 16, 2016, 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Craft time with Nana! $5 for children and $8 for adults! It includes a delicious lunch from Bind Cafe! RSVP by emailing!

Stand for Violence

Stand for Violence: Anti-Violence Showcase
Thursday, July 21, 2016, 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Come join us at Bind Cafe for an evening of live music, art, unity, and anti-violence awareness. There will be delicious food provided by Bind Cafe and merchandise designed by Domonique O'Bannon. Music will be provided by Kokomo community natives with a portion of the proceeds going to the YFC Scholarship fund.

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Upcoming Events

Posted On: 05.18.16

Come join us for upcoming events this summer and help us make it a fun one!

Beyond Borders Language Learning CenterLanguage Learning Camp

BIENVENIDOS! Summer Language Camp
5 Days ~ 5 Languages ~ Learning for a Lifetime

Monday, June 6, 2016 - Friday, June 10, 2016,
10am - 12pm (ages 5-8)
Monday, June 13, 2016 - Friday, June 17, 2016,
10am - 12pm (ages 9-12)

Beyond Borders Language Learning Center will be hosting a five day children's summer language camp. Children will have the opportunity to learn Spanish, French, American Sign Language (ASL), Portuguese, and English by participating in fun games, crafts, and songs, as well as, grade level reading and writing activities!

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First Friday: Strawberry FestivalDr. Djo Bi
Friday, June 3, 2016,
Drumming Demo, 12:30pm - 1:30pm & 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Playing Time with Djo Bi, 6:30pm - 7:30pm

We will be joining in on the First Friday festivities with a drumming demo and show. Dr. Djo Bi is a master hand drummer from the village of Bangofia, Cote D'lvoire, West Africa where music permeates daily life. Ever since he was a toddler, Dr. Djo Bi has had a drum in his hands due to his unique talent and ability to understand the rhythms and sounds of his culture. After several years of musical experience, he moved to New York where he has been performing and educating people ever since. Dr. Djo Bi has taught individuals of all ages across the United States. He loves his craft and lives with it every day. It is his mission to share his love of music with you.

As always, there will be tasty food to enjoy with your show. On the menu there will be Farmers Market Salad and Strawberry Basil Lemonade.

Women's Bikeshow1st Annual Ladies Bike Show
Thursday, June 9, 2016, 6pm - 7pm

Beyond Borders will be hosting it's first annual women's motorcycle show! Show bikes should arrive at 5 to 5:45 PM with judging starting at 7 PM. Prizes will be given out for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. There will be music, sidewalk sales, and lots of fun! Lady Riders…it’s your day!

Summer Silo SeriesHealthy Homestead
Friday, June 10, 2016, 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Saturday, June 25, 2016, 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Friday, August 26, 2016, 7:30pm - 9:30pm

For three nights this summer, Healthy Homestead will host regional musicians on their "stage", the base of an old silo at Ripberger Farm in Kokomo, Indiana. BYOLC (Bring Your Own Lawn Chair) and enjoy a casual evening on the lawn.
Bind Cafe will be on location selling:
June 10th will feature up and coming band, The Stoffs with Laura Socha and Brenna McCormack opening with traditional and contemporary folk.

The show is $7 for adults, $5 for students, and kids five and under get in for free!

Rob Dixon and TriologyRob Dixon
Saturday, June 11, 2016, 7pm

Lovers of JAZZ and great local music: Rob Dixon and Trilogy will trade the big stage for an intimate show at Bind Cafe. This "all star" band is driven by the beat of our homeboy, Richard "Sleepy" Floyd on the drums! This is a show you DON'T WANT TO MISS!

Serving BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Sparkling Pink Lemonade and as always Yummy Treats and Great Coffee.

Cover: $10 at the door

Hoosierdance International Film FestivalFilm Festival
Thursday, June 23, 2016, 12pm -
Saturday, June 25, 2016, 11pm

Come join us at Bind Cafe as we enjoy quality features and short films from the hoosier state and around the world.

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Writer's CafeWriter's Cafe

Saturday, June 4, 2016, 11:30am -
Saturday, June 18, 2016, 11:30am

The Writer's Cafe is a "Kokomo-grown" community for writers of all genre and walks of life living in & or near the city of Kokomo. The group meets bi weekly to discuss writing, share resources, and seek support. Write-ins and Writer's Cafes are also scheduled throughout the month to provide members with additional opportunities to connect and share. The group also hosts events and workshops for the community.

The New Jim Crow

The New Jim Crow Book Study & Discussion
Tuesday, June 7, 2016, 6:30pm - 7:30 pm
Tuesday, June 21, 2016, 6:30pm - 7:30 pm

The New Jim Crow Reading Group will begin a necessary and relevant conversation about the main issues addressed in the poignant book by Michelle Alexander: the origins of mass incarceration in the US; the racialized structure of the US justice system; the aftermath and legacy of mass incarceration. The conversation will be led and motivated by group participants with hopes of drawing connections to recent events and creating strategies for our community.

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New Year -New Languages-New Instructors

Posted On: 10.21.14

It's a New Year!  Time to set new goals and really stick with them this time. 

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We Offer Something for Everyone

Beyond Borders offers language courses fit for every age and skill level. Contact us to see where you fit in best!

- Language courses for all ages
- 1-2-1 tutoring for all ages
- English as a Second Language (ESL)
- Executive ESL
- Spanish
- French
- American Sign Language (ASL)
- Portuguese

DeAndra Beard - Founder

DeAndra Beard is the CEO and founder of Beyond Borders Language Learning Center. Hundreds of students over the past decade have benefited from her skilled approached to language education. A former Spanish K-12 certified classroom teacher, turned award-winning business owner, she holds a B.A. in Education and Spanish with Reading Specialist and Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) endorsements. She is passionate about working with you to create common ground and connect with the world through the study of language and culture.