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Community Language Classes: Learn a language and build community

Register now for Winter 2017 Language Classes!

Community Language Institute

The Community Language Institute offers noncredit, nontraditional language learning opportunities to the Denver metro community in the evenings with online practice and exploration, as well as in individual, self-directed language study formats. These classes are ideal for lifelong learners who want to learn a language and build communities around languages and cultures.

Please contact the Center for World Languages & Cultures for more information and to register at 303.871.4601 or

Winter classes begin January 9, 2017.

Community Language Classes

Course levels are loosely structured; students may self-select into their level. We are always happy to help you figure out where to begin. At the completion of the class, students may elect to enroll in the same level or move to a different level. Students may learn at a pace with which they are comfortable. Materials and tools are available online, and students learn and practice grammar and vocabulary topics between each class. Students are encouraged to participate in cultural events and different opportunities to engage with cultures and languages outside of the classroom.


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Winter 2017 OFFERINGS

American Sign Language (ASL)

Beginning American Sign Language and Culture

Tuition: $350*

Schedule: Tuesdays, 6:00pm-8:00pm, January 10 – March 14, 2017

Instructor: Nadelle Payne

Course Description: This is an overview of American Sign Language (ASL), the third most common language in America We will focus on its basic vocabulary, structure, syntax and grammar. Students will also focus on mastering the basics of fingerspelling, numbers, colors, facial grammar and sentence structure; students will also learn conversational/cultural behaviors necessary to hold a beginning-level conversation in ASL, with deaf/hard-of-hearing native users of the language. Introductory information about deaf culture will also be presented, along with deaf humor, to provide students with a broad picture of language and culture.




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Beginning Italian Language and Culture

Tuition: $350*

Schedule: Thursdays, 6:00pm-8:00pm, January 12 – March 16, 2017

Instructor: Eleonora Miller

Course Description: Beginning Italian Language and Culture is a multi-level course that covers the basics of Italian language, including grammar, vocabulary, conversation, along with important cultural aspects and current events. This course is intended for students with little or no background in Italian and welcomes any elementary-level student. It is a non-credit course, with a flexible curriculum to meet students' needs and goals.


Materials provided by the instructor.


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*DU Faculty & Staff may enroll in Community Language Classes at a discounted rate of $280. Contact for the discount code.