International Students

IELP Instructors

Welcome to the SFCC and the City of Spokane. We’re glad you chose SFCC’s Intensive English Language Program for your English studies, and we know you will be pleased with how quickly your English skills will improve. We look forward to meeting and greeting you here in beautiful Spokane.

Ankcorn, Beth; ESL Instructor

Ankcorn, Beth; ESL Instructor Office: 005-0153

Phone: (509) 533-3561


60 Level Core Class (IELP)
Beth Ankcorn, Program Coordinator and ESL instructor in the Intensive English Language Program.

M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language, Gonzaga University, 2012; M.A. in English with a Certificate in the Teaching of Composition, 2004; B.A. of International Studies, Gonzaga University, 1999.

I grew up in a town of approximately 600 people (I didn't forget any zeros). I loved that small place, but growing up there made me hungry to learn about the world. Since then, I've travelled to approximately 25 countries, and I have lived in Japan and Italy--each for about a year. Through the disciplines of international politics, literature, and linguistics, I have arrived at ESL teaching. I am grateful for every day that I get to step into the classroom and interact with international students.

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Sylla, Laurie; ESL Instructor

Sylla, Laurie; ESL Instructor Office: 005-0160

Phone: (509) 533-3609


M.A. in TESL and Intercultural Studies, Wheaton College, 2003; B.A. in Cross-Cultural Studies, Northwestern College, 1998

I was born in chilly Minnesota but grew up in mountainous Colorado. I consider myself adventurous and, after graduating from college, decided to volunteer in Bangkok, Thailand for 1 year. That was the start of my career overseas, during which I returned to Thailand to teach for another 2 ½ years, taught in northern China for 1 year and trained teachers in rural Malaysia for 1 year. I love working with international students!

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