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Language Learning at DU

Classes and Opportunities to Learn Languages

There are many opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students at the University to pursue language learning. 

Department of Languages & Literatures

The Department of Languages & Literatures is the primary source of language learning at the University of Denver. The undergraduate common curriculum foreign language "proficiency plus" requirement must be fulfilled through Languages & Literatures classes. Incoming undergraduate students may take placement tests through the Center for World Languages & Cultures for any of the languages that fulfill this requirement. 

Graduate students may take classes through Languages & Literatures. Please note that undergraduate language credits do not apply toward graduate degree credits. Classes may not be audited.

Additional Language Study for Elective Credit

Cultures & Languages Across the Curriculum (CLAC)

The curricular philosophy of Cultures & Languages Across the Curriculum (CLAC) is at the heart of the Center for World Languages & Cultures. We offer 1-credit add-on discussion courses, conducted in another language, to major classes in non-language disciplines to allow intermediate/advanced language students to use their language skills in their major discipline of study. Contact Director Alison Nishi if you are interested in participating in a CLAC experience.

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Online Swedish with Lund University

INTZ 1101: Swedish as a Foreign Language: Level 1 (Lund SFSA11)

  • Spring 2018 CRN: 5350
  • Instructor: Fredrik Persson
  • Instructorof Record: Adrienne Gonzales
  • Credits: 4

This new offering is designed specifically for our students going to Sweden: an online course taught by a Lund University Swedish instructor. INTZ 1101 covers the first level of Swedish at LU, allowing students to register for second semester Swedish (SFSA12) when they are in Lund. Students and instructor will meet Monday and Wednesday mornings during spring quarter 2018, 8:00am to 9:50 am MDT, via Zoom. Two class sessions will be held face-to-face on April 11 and 16, 2018, when instructor, Fredrik Persson, visits DU on a teaching grant. This course is ideal for study abroad students, exchange students, and Global Masters Scholars in our 3+1+1 cooperative programs (e.g., Gender and Women’s Studies and Biology) at Lund University in Sweden. Lund University has delivered this course via Zoom for the University of California system as well, and it provides not only language preparation for students, but also an introduction to life in Lund. This course is strongly recommended for any students who will study in Sweden for 1 to 2 years.

Course Description

This course is an introduction to the Swedish Language, emphasizing interpretive listening and reading, presentational speaking and writing, and interpersonal communication skills. The course consists of teaching and practical exercises pertaining to vocabulary, pronunciation, and sentence structure. Cultural topics pertaining to Sweden and Swedish society aim to facilitate students’ transition into study abroad. This course is delivered synchronously via an online meeting software platform, such as Zoom, by a Swedish as a Foreign Language instructor at Lund University in Sweden. Students engage as a class remotely through both audio and video connection; students receive login instructions prior to week 1. Remote attendance and participation during class sessions is mandatory. NOTE: This course is offered for elective credit only. Successful completion of this course prepares students to register for Swedish as a Foreign Language: Level 2 (SFSA12) at Lund University.

Course Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Recognize familiar spoken words and phrases. Understand some words, phrases, and simple sentences related to everyday life. Recognize pieces of information and sometimes understand the main topic of what is being said. (interpretive listening)
  • Understand familiar read learned or memorized words and phrases within short and simple texts related to everyday life. Sometimes understand the main idea read material. (interpretive reading)
  • Present information about self and some other familiar topics using a variety of words, phrases, memorized expressions, and simple sentences that have been practiced. (presentational speaking)
  • Write lists, memorized phrases, short messages, and notes on familiar topics related to everyday life. (presentational writing)
  • Communicate and exchange information about familiar topics using phrases and simple sentences, sometimes supported by practiced and memorized language. Handle short social interactions in everyday situations by asking and answering simple questions. (interpersonal communication)
Directed Independent Language Study (DILS)

Students may elect to study a less commonly taught language for undergraduate elective credit through the Center for World Languages & Cultures' Directed Independent Language Study (DILS) program. Students have studied Korean, Portuguese and Swedish for one or more quarters. This program is ideal for students who are self-motivated to develop their own learning goals and plan to achieve those goals. Students meet with a native speaker of the language each week for practice and to ask specific questions; they are evaluated at mid-term and the end of quarter by an expert in the language from another institution.

Noncredit Language Learning

Community Language Institute


Languages for Specific Purposes (LSP)


Summer Language @ DU