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Community Language Classes: Learn a language and build community

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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 cwlc@du.edu.

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

French

If you have previously studied French and are unsure in which level to enroll, please use our list of grammar and vocabulary topics to determine which level is best for you.

Beginning French

Tuition: $350*

Schedule: Tuesdays, 6-8pm, January 10 - March 14, 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 will be 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:

Nouveau Rond-Point 1: Livre De L'Élève + CD-Audio 1 (A1-A2), French Edition (ISBN-10: 8484436616, ISBN-13: 978-8484436614). Available on Amazon

 

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Spanish

If you have previously studied Spanish and are unsure in which level to enroll, please use our list of grammar and vocabulary topics to determine which level is best for you.

Beginning Spanish (Midday)

Tuition: $350*

Schedule: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12-1pm, January 10 – March 16, 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 will be 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: 

Course Pack will be available for $30 (cash or check made out to University of Denver) at the first class.

Beginning Spanish (Evening)

Tuition: $350*

Schedule: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12-1pm, January 10 – March 16, 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 will be 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: 

Course Pack will be available for $30 (cash or check made out to University of Denver) at the first class.

Intermediate Spanish

Tuition: $350*

Schedule: Thursdays, 6pm-8pm, January 12 – March 16, 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 significant time spent traveling or working with the language. While course content will be 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: 

Breaking the Spanish Barrier: Advanced. Available on Amazon.

Spanish for Health & Human Services

Tuition: $350*

Schedule: Wednesdays, 6pm-8pm, January 11 – March 15, 2017

Instructor: Sarah McDaniel

Course Description:This course is intended for current and future professionals in the areas of psychology/counseling, social work, medicine, and other various health and human services oriented fields. The course will enable learners to better communicate, connect, conduct field work, and build community with neighbors and colleagues. This is a non-credit course with a flexible curriculum to meet the needs of the group. Linguistic and cultural skills will be interwoven to address topics such as (but not limited to):

  • Families/ family therapy
  • Child welfare/adolescents
  • International disaster
  • Terminology for mental health practitioners
  • Best practices for translating and/or interpreting
  • Review of grammar topics

This course is conducted in Spanish. Students should have at least an intermediate language proficiency upon registration. For a list of topics covered in the beginning and intermediate level courses, please see the Community Language Institute Spanish Placement Topics document.

Required Materials: 

An English-Spanish Manual for Mental Health Professionals (ISBN-10: 1453777199, ISBN-13: 978-1453777190) Available on Amazon.

Spanish and the Medical Interview: A Textbook for Clinically Relevant Medical Spanish, 2nd Edition (ISBN-10: 0323371140, ISBN-13: 978-0323371148). Available on Amazon.

Optional Materials:

McGraw-Hill Education Complete Medical Spanish: Practical Medical Spanish for Quick and Confident Communication, 3rd Edition (ISBN-10: 0071841881, ISBN-13: 978-0071841887). Available on Amazon.

 

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Portuguese

Beginning Portuguese Language and Brazilian Culture

Tuition: $350*

Schedule: Mondays, 6:15pm-8:15pm, January 9 – March 13, 2017

Instructor: Luciana Marques

Course Description: Portuguese is the 6th most spoken language in the world. It is the vehicle to culturally and economically diverse communities, including Angola, Brazil and Portugal. Beginning Portuguese is a multi-level course that covers the basics of Portuguese language for communication, along with substantial Brazilian cultural aspects and current events. This course is intended for students with little or no background in Portuguese and welcomes any elementary-level student. This non-credit course will be flexible to meet students' needs and goals, covering grammar, vocabulary and communication skills.

Materials: 

Novo Avenida Brasil 1, Portuguese Edition. (ISBN-10: 8512545208, ISBN-13: 978-8512545202). Available on Amazon.

 

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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.