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Community Language Classes: Learn a language and build community

Register now for Spring 2017 Language Classes!

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 cwlc@du.edu.

Spring classes begin March 27, 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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Spring 2017 OFFERINGS

American Sign Language (ASL)

Basic American Sign Language and Culture

Tuition: $350*

Schedule: Mondays 6pm-8pm, March 27 - May 29, 2017

Instructor: Nadelle Payne

Course Description: This is an overview of American Sign Language (ASL), the third most common language in America, for students with no previous study or background in ASL. We focus on basic vocabulary, structure, syntax and grammar. Students also focus on mastering the basics of fingerspelling, numbers, colors, facial grammar and sentence structure; students 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 is presented, along with deaf humor, to provide students with a broad picture of ASL language and culture.

Materials: 

TBD

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Beginning American Sign Language and Culture

Tuition: $350*

Schedule: Tuesdays 6pm-8pm, March 28 - May 30, 2017

Instructor: Nadelle Payne

Course Description: Beginning American Sign Language (ASL) and Culture is a multi-level course for students who have some previous study or background in ASL. (Students who have completed the Basics course at the Community Language Institute should register for this course.) In this course, we focus on beginner vocabulary, structure, syntax and grammar at a deeper level than the Basics course. Students also focus on fingerspelling fluency, number fluency, becoming more comfortable and accurate with facial grammar and ASL sentence structure. Students increase conversation/cultural behavior awareness necessary to hold a conversation in ASL with deaf/hard-of-hearing native users of the language. In-depth information about deaf culture is presented, along with deaf humor, to provide students with a more in-depth picture of ASL language and culture.

Materials:

TBD

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Italian

Beginning Italian Language and Culture

Tuition: $350*

Schedule: Tuesdays 6pm – 8pm, March 28 - May 30, 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: 

Materials provided by the instructor.

 

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Intermediate Italian Language and Culture

Tuition: $350*

Schedule: Thursdays 6pm-8pm, March 30 - June 1, 2017

Instructor: Eleonora Miller


Course Description: Intermediate Italian Language and Culture is intended for students with some knowledge of the language in respect to vocabulary and grammar structures. It focuses on conversation and explores cultural aspects and important events of the country. It is a non-credit course, with a flexible curriculum to meet students' needs and goals.

Materials: 

TBD

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Spanish

Beginning Spanish

Tuition: $350*

Schedule: Wednesdays 6pm-8pm, March 29 - May 31, 2017

Instructor: Oriol Casañas

Course Description: Beginning Spanish at the Community Language Institute is a multi-level course that focuses on the grammar, vocabulary, and cultural topics necessary to work towards basic communicative competence in the Spanish language. This course is intended for students with limited or no previous study of the Spanish language and those who wish to refresh basic skills. While course content is flexible to meet the needs to the group, please see our list of grammar and vocabulary topics for an idea of what may be covered in this course.

Materials: 

TBD

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Intermediate Spanish

Tuition: $350*

Schedule: Thursdays 6pm-8pm, March 30 - June 1, 2017

Instructor: Oriol Casañas

Course Description: Intermediate Spanish at the Community Language Institute is a multi-level course that focuses on grammar, vocabulary, and cultural topics necessary to expand communicative competence in the Spanish language. This course is intended for students with one or more years of previous formal study of Spanish, or who have spent significant time traveling or working with the language. While course content is flexible to meet the needs of the group, please see our list of grammar and vocabulary topics for an idea of what may be covered in this course.

Materials:

TBD

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French

Beginning French

Tuition: $350*

Schedule: Wednesdays 6pm-8pm, March 29 - May 31, 2017

Instructor: Hélène Grall-Johnson

Course Description: Beginning French at the Community Language Institute is a multi-level course that focuses on the grammar, vocabulary, and cultural topics necessary to work towards basic communicative competence in the French language. This course is intended for students with limited or no previous study of the French language and those who wish to refresh basic skills. While course content is flexible to meet the needs to the group, please see our list of grammar and vocabulary topics for an idea of what may be covered in this course.

Materials: 

TBD

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