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Self-Directed Language Study

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 at 303.871.4601 or [email protected].

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Self-Directed Language Study


Korean Language PartnerSelf-Directed Language Study (SDLS) is designed to give you the opportunity to study less commonly taught languages not available through traditional classroom instruction at the University of Denver. You manage your goals, schedule and progress, with weekly interaction with a native speaker to practice, ask questions, and develop cultural insights. Flexibility is one of the key components of SDLS, responding to the students’ language needs and language acquisition capabilities.

The goal of SDLS is to assist you in reaching your academic, personal and professional language learning goals and to promote your ability to easily adapt and respond to new linguistic and cultural environments. Participation in the SDLS program requires time and dedication. You must be self-motivated and willing to assume full responsibility for your learning. At the end of the quarter, you will complete a final assessment with an expert in the language to determine your proficiency level. 

Several Languages Available - Contact the CWLC for current offerings.
Tuition: $350*
Materials Costs: Vary

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SDLS Expectations and Outcomes

Language study in SDLS does not earn credit. Upon successful completion of a SDLS course, you receive a letter of completion that outlines their level of achievement. The SDLS program provides guidance and materials to support you in your language study through the following components:

  • Language Partners – SDLS students regularly meet with a native speaker of the target language in person or via online conversation/meeting tools such as Skype or Google Hangouts. The sessions aim to develop linguistic and cultural competence through active conversation, with limited instruction and correction.
  • Instructional Materials – Students are provided with guidance in setting goals, find learning materials, and managing their learning process. When possible, students are provided with sample curricular outlines and materials lists. Some instructional materials may be available to assist language partners in their meetings with students.
  • Assessment – Students are tested at the end of the quarter 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
  • attend two weekly language sessions with your Language Partner, in person and/or online
  • participate in a final oral and/or written proficiency assessment (informal and formal)

Participation in the program helps you:

  • shape and achieve your academic and career goals
  • prepare for travel, study abroad, work abroad and other field experiences
  • build rewarding intercultural relationships.



*There is no faculty/staff discount for SDLS.