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Reputation & Experience

Capital Region Language Center (CRLC) is celebrating its second decade of providing outstanding language services to New York’s Capital Region and beyond. We teach world languages to adults and children offering private instruction and small group classes tailored to your needs and language levels. We offer an array of language-related business services for both native or non-native English speakers and provide professional level translation and interpretation.

We are proud of our stellar reputation and are known regionally for our professional instructors and flexible learning options. We are the go-to language resource for businesses, schools, individuals, and public agencies.

Flexible & Accommodating

We offer private instruction, small group classes, and on-site training tailored to your needs and language levels. Our services include multiple learning options for both non-native and native English speakers. Classes range from absolute beginners to advanced and conversational. We also offer remedial tutoring and enrichment classes.

New classes start all the time and we run our classes approximately 50 weeks per year. For adults and children, we meet a minimum of once a week for a total of 20 hours per session. Business programs are customized to meet specific needs and schedules. When working with schools, we encourage an academic year commitment. We are also offering all of our courses online.


Capital Region Language Center is conveniently located in Colonie, close to downtown Albany, Schenectady, Clifton Park, and surrounding areas. Our team of talented instructors teach at our Colonie location, or can arrange to come to your place of business, school, or government office. If you’d rather take classes from the comfort of your home or office, consider our remote learning options.

It’s all about improving and expanding communication. Let’s start the conversation!

Our Story


About Kim Andersen

Founder and Director Kim Andersen has been an educator, team leader, student motivator, and businesswoman for more than 20 years. Kim holds an MS in Education with a focus on TESOL and a BA in Spanish from George Washington University.

She began her teaching career in inner-city Washington, DC, and then moved to teach in a bilingual and ESL math and science program for the San Francisco Unified School District. The desire to teach and live abroad brought her to Paraguay for four years and instilled an ongoing desire to travel internationally and explore other cultures.

This global perspective motivated Kim to start Las Mariposas Spanish School in Ballston Spa, New York, in 2003. Over the years, Las Mariposas grew and evolved into the Capital Region Language Center, a dynamic learning center committed to empowering individuals through language, education, culture and community.

Kim is involved in the Capital Region Chamber of Commerce, serving as chairperson for the Education and Business Partnership Committee. She is also the licensed director of Empire State English, a Volunteer Peer Reviewer for CEA, and a member of TESOL and EnglishUSA.

Focus on ESL

Circling back to her English as a Second Language (ESL) roots, Kim opened Empire State English in 2012 to specifically serve the adult ESL community in and around Albany. Empire State English is licensed by the NYS Education Department, accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation, and certified by the Student Exchange and Visitor Program (SEVP) to issue the I-20 for its intensive English program .

Empire State English and Capital Region Language Center often work hand-in-hand, educating and empowering the region’s international population.

The Capital Region Language Center continues to innovate and expand under Kim Andersen’s direction, endeavoring to meet the growing and changing language needs of a dynamic and diverse community.

The Capital Region Language Center is proud to be a Certified NYS Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE). Please contact us to find out more about the mutual benefits of this important designation.


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