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About BLI

Why BLI?

The Founders of BLI

Staff at BLI

Founders of The Berkeley Language Institute

Francine Kuipers received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology at the University of Paris VIII and a Master’s Degree in Psychology at the University of Paris VII - Jussieu. She is a linguist who understands the essential role language proficiency plays in intercultural communication.

She founded Linguatheque of Los Angeles, a language school and translation company. She launched Accent on Languages and Access Language Services in Berkeley in 1992 and has been the Director since their inception.

Ms. Kuipers was the Principal of the French American School in Los Angeles.  She taught at the University of Peru, in Russia, and at various schools across the United States. She serves as a language consultant to school districts and numerous companies and organizations.
Ms. Kuipers has been producing language tapes since 1986, and conducting translation workshops since 1995.

Angela Zawadzki, PhD. has over 20 years of experience as an English-Spanish Federal and California State certified interpreter, skilled in simultaneous, consecutive and sight interpreting. She is also an English-Italian interpreter in the legal and private sectors.

She has worked both in the United States and abroad in a variety of settings such as State and Federal courts, attorney-client interviews, depositions, administrative hearings, technical and business conferences, training seminars, press conferences, bilateral/multilateral negotiation talks, film festivals, among others.

In addition, she is an experienced language and literature instructor in Spanish, French, and Italian, as well as a trainer of legal, community, and educational interpreters and bilingual personnel. She also designs and teaches workshops for Spanish interpreters planning to take the California State interpreter exam. Angela earned her graduate degree in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Berkeley. Angela was born in Colombia, and has lived in Colombia, the Netherlands, France, and Italy.
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