About Us

Originally founded to provide language training for the US military, directly and under GSA sub-contract, and consulting services for language programs, Aspire now provides online courses and translation services for the general public.
Aspire’s partners have over 40 years of experience in language in instructional, administrative and executive positions.

Translation and Interpretation

English to target language or target language to English.

Editing and/or consultation regarding English language material to assure accurate vocabulary and appropriate voice for the intended reader such as a publisher, an employer, a review committee or a customer.

Language Instruction

All instructional hours are with well qualified instructors who guide learners from their level, from beginner to advanced, to higher proficiencies.

Intermediate level and above learners can choose to focus on conversation, formal speaking, business protocol or test (DLPT, AP, CLEP) preparation. 

Consulting

All areas of curriculum, instruction and assessment.

Professional development programs for instructors, administrators and support staff.

Advice for accreditation (CEA and ACCET) studies and visits.

Recruitment of bi-lingual professionals.

Government Services

English to target language or target language to English.

Editing and/or consultation regarding English language material to assure accurate vocabulary and appropriate voice for the intended reader such as a publisher, an employer, a review committee or a customer.

Our Story 

President and Senior Partner 

msasamoto@aspirelanguage.com
BS – The University of Hawaii at Manoa (Food Science, Human Nutrition & Clinical Dietetics) Boston University – additional course work

As Executive Director of the Intercultural Communications College of Honolulu, Hawaii, Mika served students arriving from 6 continents learning languages and teachers learning the principles of language instruction. She led ICC Hawaii to its accreditation from the Commission on English Language Accreditation, its becoming a University of Cambridge testing center and receiving approval at the State and Federal level for tuition assistance for its CELTA teacher training program. Under Mika’s leadership, ICC expanded its programs to include winter and summer ESL camps for Kids and Teens; foreign language instruction for government personnel and the general public and more professional development options for language teachers around the world. Prior to her leadership at ICC, Mika held positions in the travel industry. She is fluent in English and Japanese.

CEO and Senior Partner 

lminervino@aspirelanguage.com
MBA – University of Chicago. Concentration in personnel issues
MS and BA University of Iowa – Library Science and General Studies.

For 14 years, Louise served in Director positions at ICC Hawaii and Academia Language schools. In each of these schools, she wrote curriculum and instructional policy and led the self-studies to receive national accreditation through ACCET and CEA. In both institutions, she supervised foreign language and ESL instructors and instruction. Prior to this she taught ESL in Honolulu and the Dalian Railway Institute (now Jiang Tong University) in Dalian, China and worked with a team to set up an American school for the Futures School in Cairo, Egypt. She has served as an Assistant Commissioner of Education for the State of New Jersey. Louise has a BA and MA from the University of Iowa and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

OVER 40 YEARS OF TEACHING 

Teaching Languages to People for Academics, Business, Travel, & Fun! 

Most of our Instructors are native speakers of the language they teach. Many also have master’s degrees in their language or in areas such as Instructional Design, Learning Design and Technology, Second Language Instruction and/or the target language. Others have PhDs in linguistics or literature of their target language. All instructors have had teaching experience and most have long experience in preparing students for the DLPT tests.

Why Learn a new Language?

Travel The World With Confidence

Learning a new language can enrich your traveling experience and has many proven benefits.

Increase Your Job Opportunities

Leaning a foreign language can open up new job opportunities and financial growth.

More Perspective on Arts & Culture

Learning a new language can open a journey into new arts and cultures that can develop a lifetime of enrichment.

Become a Better Learner

Learning a new language has shown to improve learning skills.

Business Travel & Communication

Global business and travel are expanding quickly, learn a new language to give you the leading edge.

Speak With More People 

Speaking more than one language can help you connect with people from all over the world.