NASK: North American Summer Esperanto Institute

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NASK 2005 (Photo/foto: Filipo Dorcas)

The Nord-Amerika Somera Kursaro (NASK - North American Summer Esperanto Institute) is an intensive immersion program in Esperanto. Prior to 2002, NASK was hosted for 31 years at San Francisco State University. From 2002 to 2006, the program was hosted by the School for International Training (SIT) in Brattleboro, Vermont, in 2007-2011, by the University of California at San Diego, in 2012, by the University of Texas at Dallas, in 2014 by the University of Victoria (Canada), and in 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 at William Peace University in Raleigh, North Carolina.

In 2020 NASK will be online using Zoom (Free video-conferencing software). NASK will offer three levels of instruction on weekday evenings across two weeks.  Each class will run from 19:30 to 21:00 Eastern Time.  (That's 7:30 - 9:00 pm New York time).  The class dates are Monday through Friday, June 29th through July 3rd, and Monday through Friday, July 6th to 10th

Registration is required.  See details after the course descriptions.

Postbaza Kurso / Post-Beginner Course:  Hans Becklin 

Now TWO sections!
Early Section:  5:30 to 7:00 pm Eastern Time.  (Closed).
Late Section:  7:30 to 9:00 pm Eastern Time. (Closed).

What's a "post-beginner" course? A post-beginner course is for every Esperanto-learner who has already finished a basic course like Duolingo or "Lernu!". In practice, a post-beginner course will help you jump in to Esperanto, or begin to use the language more independently and to attain your own language learning goals. In Hans's course you will reach a new level of Esperanto through a deeper understanding of its grammar and new and more intensive experiences in reading, speaking, and listening. Fortunately, Hans's energy-filled teaching will help you progress without boredom--he uses stories, songs, games, and exercises to teach the language and give you a real experience of the colorful Esperanto community.

Meznivela Kurso / Intermediate Course:  Thomas Alexander (Limit 25, so register early.)

Now TWO sections!
Early Section:  12:00 to 1:30 pm Eastern Time. (Closed).
Late Section:  7:30 to 9:00 pm Eastern Time.  (Closed).

Go deeper with Esperanto. Through spoken and written presentations, gain knowledge and confidence. Activities will include large and small group interaction, and opportunities for additional exercises outside of class. Participants will be expected to have a general understanding of Esperanto grammar, but we will be reviewing some of the more troublesome or misunderstood aspects--and covering questions and concerns as they come up. We will also dive into some important aspects of Esperanto literature that all "literate Esperantists" should be familiar with, as well as focusing on communication skills in common situations where Esperanto is spoken.

Supera Kurso / Advanced Course:  Prof.  Duncan Charters (Limit 50, so register early.) (Closed)

In the advanced course we will study the development of Esperanto as a linguistic and social phenomenon. Why and how did Dr. Zamenhof arrive at the idea and form of Esperanto? What problems did the evolving language and movement face? What were reform projects aimed at and how did the "Ido crisis" come about? Why from the beginning have there always been ideological tensions around the language, its use, and its goals? What role has literature played in the history of the language? What is Esperanto's current situation? The course will not be only in lecture format, since in each session small groups in breakout rooms will discuss key questions and debating points presented by the teacher, for later reporting to the full class.

Registration is required (Registration closes on Monday, 22 June 2020).  To fully register:

  1. Pay the $75.00 NASK course fees by check or by credit card.  See payment details below. (If you put your name on the waiting list, pay when you are accepted in the course.)
  2. Fill in the NASK registration form which you will find here.

Ellen Eddy ( will confirm by email that your registration is complete.  (Note that all fields in the registration form are required per request by the instructors since this information will help them prepare and communicate with the students.  Your registration information will not be shared with anyone other than the instructors and the NASK administrative team.)

Limited financial aid is available to cover up to 50% of the course cost.  Financial aid requests should go to the Administrator, Ellen Eddy, at If you are applying for financial aid, register now and pay later once Ellen Eddy has confirmed that you have received financial aid.

Zoom Registration: For security reasons, to participate in the NASK classes, each student must create a FREE Zoom account at We encourage you to create your Zoom account, download the free app to your computer or mobile device, and begin practicing with Zoom.  About a week before the first class, you will receive an invitation by email to register for your NASK class on Zoom.  After your Zoom registration has been approved, you will receive the Zoom link and password for your class.  If you want to move to a different class, you can request instructions from your course instructor. You will be able to join the different class the next day.

Payment can be made by:

  • US dollar check written to ESF-NASK and sent to Ellen M. Eddy, 11736 Scott Creek Drive SW, Olympia, WA 98512 USA.  Please send an email message to Ellen Eddy if you have paid by check.
  • PayPal or Credit Card via the PayPal link on this page

Please contact us regarding any problems paying via PayPal, by using the email address:

Pay USD 75.00 for full registration.  Pay USD 37.50 if you have received financial aid.

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