Instructor Suzanne Anderson | Seattle Central College - Continuing Education

Suzanne's Background

Suzanne Anderson loves learning and teaching languages and is conversational in French as well as German, which is her first language since her parents spoke only German at home.

She moved to France as a young mom in the 90s with no French ability at all and learned through immersion and a local class with a gifted teacher. She also loves Spanish, and that language is "in process."

Suzanne is TESOL certified, and is currently teaching ESL at Goodwill Job Training Center and King County Corrections, as well as the World School for newly arrived immigrants and refugees. She is also a host family for incoming international students and has hosted over 90 in the past 10 years, mostly for the University of Washington.

Originally from California where she worked in advertising, Suzanne moved to Seattle 35 years ago to work in TV and now considers herself a Seattle local. She loves the city, and living on Capitol Hill allows her to explore the changing landscape without a car.

Suzanne is an exhibiting oil painter and tomato farmer, and since her three children have left home, she has replaced them with a Golden Retriever named Lucky.

Her art can be seen at

Suzanne's Teaching Style & Approach

Learning English is fun, and Suzanne lets her students help determine the pace and content of the course.

She believes that the more mistakes, the better the class!

Language learning is supported by themes and topics such as cultural differences, Seattle history, American traditions, and issues related to childcare and child development.

Suzanne's Classes