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Directed Independent Language Study (DILS)

Learn a less commonly taught language.

Directed Independent Language Study (DILS) is designed to give people the opportunity to study languages that are not currently available to them through traditional classroom instruction at the University of Denver. In a traditional language classroom, the instructor sets goals and objectives for learners. The DILS program provides students with the freedom to study the language they desire and to focus on the aspects of language that are most relevant to their individual needs. With some guidance, the student has the responsibility to design a course of study that works specifically to address the most relevant skills and cultural contexts to reach personal and professional goals.

Participation in the DILS program requires time and dedication. As a DILS student you must be self-motivated and willing to assume full responsibility for your learning. As a guideline, you should spend approximately 9-12 hours per week working on DILS, including language partner meetings.

  • DILS is open to qualified undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Denver for undergraduate elective credit.
  • DILS does not fulfill the undergraduate common curriculum foreign language requirement. Students must complete their foreign language requirement before registering for a DILS class.
  • Undergraduates are advised to complete their first year at DU before registering for DILS.
  • DILS classes qualify for the University of Denver employee tuition waiver benefit.
DILS Expectations and Outcomes

The DILS program provides mentoring and materials to support you in your language study through the following components:

  • Language Partners – DILS students regularly meet with a Language Partner, a native speaker of the target language. The sessions aim to develop linguistic and cultural competence through active conversation, with limited instruction and correction.
  • Coaching – A language coach is assigned to each DILS student. The Coach provides guidance and advice on learning strategies and techniques, study abroad opportunities and additional language resources.
  • Instructional Materials – The DILS program is working to build a bank of instructional materials for students and Language Partners to borrow.
  • Assessment – Students are tested to determine language placement and progress. Whenever possible, tests are administered and evaluated according to national and standardized ACTFL testing scales.

You will be expected to:

  • commit to a regular schedule of independent study created with your coach and Language Partner
  • attend two weekly language sessions with your Language Partner
  • complete mid-term and final oral and/or written proficiency assessments with the Language Examiner

Participation in the program helps you:

  • shape your academic and career goals
  • prepare for study abroad, internships and other field experiences
  • continue studying a language after study abroad, internships and other field experiences 
  • experience rewarding intercultural relationships
Register

Registration in DILS classes require an application and instructor approval. Please contact Adrienne Gonzales for more information. Graduate students, faculty and staff who wish to enroll in DILS classes may be required to complete the Special Status Student Application prior to registration.

Enrollment in DILS may be limited. All students who would like to register for DILS must complete the DILS Language Application online and gain approval from Adrienne Gonzales prior to registering.

Please follow the Registrar's instructions to register for any of our DILS classes. You will find the classes listed in the schedule under the subject "Internationalization." 

Registration for Winter 2017 classes begins October 31st!

DILS Languages

Hindi

The study of Hindi is ideal for those interested in:

  • studying abroad in India
  • teaching in India
  • pursuing careers in technology, telecommunications, security, international relations, human rights, translation/interpretation and/or jobs with Indian companies
DILS Hindi - Winter Quarter 2017

INTZ 1891 - Ind Language Study: Hindi (CRN 4859)

Course Description: Directed Independent Language Study (DILS): Hindi provides students the opportunity to study Hindi language and cultures. The DILS program is appropriate for dedicated and disciplined students who can maintain a rigorous course of self-study that is supplemented with regular meetings with a Language Partner (LP). Students are provided with suggested curriculum and materials, develop their learning goals and plan to achieve those goals, reflect upon the language-learning process and are evaluated at mid-term and the end of quarter by an expert in the language from another institution. This course is recommended for students planning to or returning from study abroad in India, as well as those with cultural, academic and professional interests in the Hindi language. First year undergraduate students should not register for this course.

Prerequisite: Application through the Center for World Languages & Cultures and completion of the Common Curriculum foreign language requirement (FOLA).

NOTE: Registration in this course requires an application and instructor approval. Please contact Adrienne Gonzales for more information. Graduate students, faculty and staff who wish to enroll in INTZ 1891 may be required to complete the Special Status Student Application prior to registration.

Korean

The study of Korean is ideal for those interested in:

  • studying abroad in the Republic of Korea
  • teaching in Korea
  • pursuing careers in security, international relations, human rights, translation/interpretation and/or jobs with Korean companies
DILS Korean - Winter Quarter 2017

INTZ 1982 - Ind Language Study: Korean (CRN 4855)

Course Description: Directed Independent Language Study (DILS): Korean provides students the opportunity to study Korean language and cultures. The DILS program is appropriate for dedicated and disciplined students who can maintain a rigorous course of self-study that is supplemented with regular meetings with a Language Partner (LP). Students are provided with suggested curriculum and materials, develop their learning goals and plan to achieve those goals, reflect upon the language-learning process and are evaluated at mid-term and the end of quarter by an expert in the language from another institution. This course is recommended for students planning to or returning from study abroad in South Korea, as well as those with cultural, academic and professional interests in the Korean language. First year undergraduate students should not register for this course.

Prerequisite: Application through the Center for World Languages & Cultures and completion of the Common Curriculum foreign language requirement (FOLA).

NOTE: Registration in this course requires an application and instructor approval. Please contact Adrienne Gonzales for more information. Graduate students, faculty and staff who wish to enroll in INTZ 1982 may be required to complete the Special Status Student Application prior to registration.

Portuguese

The study of Portuguese is ideal for those interested in:

  • studying abroad in Brazil (SIT Brazil) or Portugal (Catholic University of Portugal)
  • working in or with Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, East Timor, Guine-Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal and São Tome and Príncipe.  Portuguese is the 6th most widely spoken language in the world
  • working with international organizations such as African Union, the Community of Portuguese Language Countries, the European Union, and Mercosul, the Organization of American States, the Organization of Ibero-American States, and the Union of South American Nations 
  • working with immigrant populations. There are an estimated 1.3 million native speakers of Portuguese in the U.S.
  • business. Brazil has the 5th largest economy in the world and is the industrial and economic superpower of Latin America
  • natural science. Brazil has an abundance of natural resources, and some scientists consider it to be the country with the most important biological diversity in the world
DILS Portuguese - Winter Quarter 2017

INTZ 1955 - Ind Language Study: Portuguese (CRN 4856)

Course Description: Directed Independent Language Study (DILS): Portuguese provides students the opportunity to study Portuguese language and Portuguese-speaking cultures. The DILS program is appropriate for dedicated and disciplined students who can maintain a rigorous course of self-study that is supplemented with regular meetings with a Language Partner (LP). Students are provided with suggested curriculum and materials, develop their learning goals and plan to achieve those goals, reflect upon the language-learning process and are evaluated at mid-term and the end of quarter by an expert in the language from another institution. This course is recommended for students planning to or returning from study abroad in Brazil or Portugal, as well as those with cultural, academic and professional interests in the Portuguese language. First year undergraduate students should not register for this course.

Prerequisite: Application through the Center for World Languages & Cultures and completion of the Common Curriculum foreign language requirement (FOLA).

NOTE: Registration in this course requires an application and instructor approval. Please contact Adrienne Gonzales for more information. Graduate students, faculty and staff who wish to enroll in INTZ 1955 may be required to complete the Special Status Student Application prior to registration.

Swahili

The study of Swahili is ideal for those interested in:

DILS Swahili - Winter Quarter 2017

INTZ 1255 - Ind Language Study: Swahili (CRN 4858)

Course Description: Directed Independent Language Study (DILS): Swahili provides students the opportunity to study Swahili (Kiswahili) language and cultures. The DILS program is appropriate for dedicated and disciplined students who can maintain a rigorous course of self-study that is supplemented with regular meetings with a Language Partner (LP). Students are provided with suggested curriculum and materials, develop their learning goals and plan to achieve those goals, reflect upon the language-learning process and are evaluated at mid-term and the end of quarter by an expert in the language from another institution. This course is recommended for students planning to or returning from study abroad in the African Great Lakes region and the Swahili Coast, as well as those with cultural, academic and professional interests in the Swahili language. First year undergraduate students should not register for this course.

Prerequisite: Application through the Center for World Languages & Cultures and completion of the Common Curriculum foreign language requirement (FOLA).

NOTE: Registration in this course requires an application and instructor approval. Please contact Adrienne Gonzales for more information. Graduate students, faculty and staff who wish to enroll in INTZ 1255 may be required to complete the Special Status Student Application prior to registration.

Swedish

The study of Swedish is ideal for those interested in:

DILS Swedish - Winter Quarter 2017

INTZ 1946 - Ind Language Study: Swedish (CRN 4857)

Course Description: Directed Independent Language Study (DILS): Swedish provides students the opportunity to study Swedish language and cultures. The DILS program is appropriate for dedicated and disciplined students who can maintain a rigorous course of self-study that is supplemented with regular meetings with a Language Partner (LP). Students are provided with suggested curriculum and materials, develop their learning goals and plan to achieve those goals, reflect upon the language-learning process and are evaluated at mid-term and the end of quarter by an expert in the language from another institution. This course is recommended for students planning to or returning from study abroad in Sweden, as well as those with cultural, academic and professional interests in the Swedish language. First year undergraduate students should not register for this course.

Prerequisite: Application through the Center for World Languages & Cultures and completion of the Common Curriculum foreign language requirement (FOLA).

NOTE: Registration in this course requires an application and instructor approval. Please contact Adrienne Gonzales for more information. Graduate students, faculty and staff who wish to enroll in INTZ 1946 may be required to complete the Special Status Student Application prior to registration.

Turkish

The study of Turkish is ideal for those interested in:

  • studying abroad in Turkey
  • internships and careers in Europe and the Middle East
DILS Turkish - Winter Quarter 2017

INTZ 1990 - Ind Language Study: Turkish (CRN 4860)

Course Description: Directed Independent Language Study (DILS): Turkish provides students the opportunity to study Turkish language and cultures. The DILS program is appropriate for dedicated and disciplined students who can maintain a rigorous course of self-study that is supplemented with regular meetings with a Language Partner (LP). Students are provided with suggested curriculum and materials, develop their learning goals and plan to achieve those goals, reflect upon the language-learning process and are evaluated at mid-term and the end of quarter by an expert in the language from another institution. This course is recommended for students planning to or returning from study abroad in Turkey, as well as those with cultural, academic and professional interests in the Turkish language. First year undergraduate students should not register for this course.

Prerequisite: Application through the Center for World Languages & Cultures and completion of the Common Curriculum foreign language requirement (FOLA).

NOTE: Registration in this course requires an application and instructor approval. Please contact Adrienne Gonzales for more information. Graduate students, faculty and staff who wish to enroll in INTZ 1990 may be required to complete the Special Status Student Application prior to registration.