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WD&CE offers a wide variety of world languages or foreign language study opportunities. Not all levels are offered every semester. Most classes with “brush-up” in their titles are only offered in the summer semester. Most semester courses are scheduled to meet one time a week for 12 weeks for a total of 24 classroom hours; some are shorter and some meet twice a week. See the Class Schedule & Information for classes that are open for registration, or visit the World Languages brochure. Many of these classes are also available as contract training classes, contact the program director for more information.

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American Sign Language Latin
Arabic Korean
French Chinese / Mandarin
German Portuguese
Hebrew Russian
Italian Spanish
Japanese  

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American Sign Language

ASL, Just Enough       LAN175
This is a beginning ASL course for students who are looking for a basic overview. You will learn, review and practice basic ASL grammar, fingerspelling, numbers, and basic sign vocabulary on a variety of topics. Aspects of Deaf culture will also be discussed.

Arabic

Arabic I Part 1 LAN149
This course is an introduction to spoken Arabic. You will learn the writing system, basic conversational patterns, and grammar so that you can begin to engage in practical everyday communications. Topics include greetings, polite expressions, asking and answering questions, and exchanging personal information. The present tense will be practiced. Arabic cultural topics will be introduced.

Arabic I Part 2 LAN161
This course provides a continued introduction to spoken Arabic. You will learn the writing system, basic conversational patters, and grammar so that you can begin to engage in practical everyday communications. Topics include greetings, polite expressions, asking and answering questions, and exchanging personal information. The present tense will be practiced. Arabic cultural topics will be introduced.

Arabic II Part I LAN206
Completion of Arabic I , part 2 or equivalent study or communications experience is helpful to succeed in this level. You will speak and respond to questions relating to self, family and personal life.

French

Language Institute for Travelers, French   LAN196
Are you planning a trip to a French speaking country? This class will help make the most of it. Join us to learn conversational French for travel-related situations. In addition to learning grammar and vocabulary for situations in the airport, at the hotel or restaurant. You will gain exposure to the culture and customs of French speaking countries.

French Brush-Up I   LAN088  
If you completed one or two semesters of our program during the school year or have some basic experience in French this course is appropriate. You can refine skills already learned and get questions answered through fun, dynamic and relaxing conversation and other interactive exercises. This level is not recommended if you have no prior experience with French. No textbook is required for this class; all materials will be provided by the instructor.

French Brush-Up II   LAN089 
If you have completed two years of study this level is appropriate. Participate in fun and relaxing conversation and interactive exercises to keep your skills fresh and review that grammar that you just haven’t quite absorbed. Textbook information will be available at the first class.

French Brush Up III LAN148
If you have completed at least 3-4 years of study and have some degree of comfort and fluency in French this level is appropriate. Class is conducted exclusively in French. Participate in fun and relaxing conversation and interactive exercises to keep your skills fresh. Grammar is reviewed as needed or requested by participants. No textbook is required for this class; all materials will be provided by the instructor.

French I, Part 1   LAN041
This is designed as an introduction to spoken French for those with no previous experience in the language. You will learn introductory level vocabulary and grammar, enabling you to engage in simple, practical everyday communications. Topics include greetings, polite expressions, exchanging personal information. You will be able to manage exchanges in the present tense.

French I, Part 2   LAN042
A continuation of French I Part 1 or for those with some basic experience. Grammar topics include present tense of regular and irregular verbs, definite and indefinite articles and gender and number. You will expand your vocabulary as you practice communicating basic needs and responding to questions on everyday topics.

French II, Part 1   LAN043
Completion of French I or some basic foundation in French is helpful to succeed at this level. You will be speaking and responding to questions more easily in everyday situations about routines, travel and planning as you learn descriptive adjectives and the “near future” tense. French and Francophone cultural topics are discussed.

French II, Part 2   LAN044
This is a continuation of French II part 1 and is for nonnative speakers with some basic foundation in French. You will continue to improve your ability to communicate and feel at ease in everyday situations. French and Francophone cultural topics are discussed.

French III, Part 1   LAN045
You are gaining some fluency in French at this level. You will practice communications about everyday events in the present and past tenses. Grammar study focuses on the imperfect tense and direct object pronouns. French and Francophone cultural topics are discussed.

French III, Part 2   LAN046
This course is a continuation of French III part 1. You will continue to improve in fluency as you discuss leisure activities and learn vocabulary about everyday activities. Grammar include s the stress pronouns, the imperfect, the “passé composé” and the two uses of the verbs to know, “savoir” and “connaitre” French and Francophone cultural topics are discussed.

French IV, Part 1   LAN047
This course is a continuation of French III part 2 or for nonnative speakers with a good foundation in French. Communication topics include daily routines, banking and finances, and jobs and professions. Grammar constructions include reflexive verbs, relative pronouns, comparing adjectives, and the “futur simple” tense. French and Francophone cultural topics are discussed.

French IV – Part 2     LAN048
This course is a continuation of French IV--Part I or for nonnative speakers with a good foundation in French. Communication topics include daily routine, questions asked while traveling, preferences, shopping and various information, and dialogue. Grammar reviews include comparison of passé compose and imparfait, pronoun review and irregular verbs in future tense. A variety of topics are discussed in depth. French videos developed for language learners are employed to improve listening skills and oral comprehension. Simplified versions of well-known authors' works are read.

French Conversation & Grammar Review #1   LAN101
This course is designed to develop your fluency. You will practice conversation and increase your vocabulary. Grammar is reviewed. Read simplified versions of well-known authors’ works and participate in short discussions on selected topics. You will be able to use past, imperfect and future tenses and conditionals in oral communication.

French Conversation & Grammar Review #2   LAN102 
You will develop more fluency, practice conversation, review grammar and increase your vocabulary through short presentations on topics of choice. Read simplified versions of well-known authors’ works and participate in discussions on selected topics. You will be able to communicate proficiently and comfortably, especially for travel.

French Conversation & Grammar Review #3   LAN103
This course, conducted almost exclusively in French, is designed to increase the fluency of nonnative speakers. You will develop good speech patterns through short oral presentations and class dialog. Grammar review is an integral part of the course. You will be able to use most verb tenses with ease and identify appropriate use of subjunctive.

French Conversation & Grammar Review #4   LAN104
This course, conducted exclusively in French, is designed to increase the fluency of nonnative speakers. Emphasis is on improving speech patterns through intensive conversation practice. Grammar review is an integral part of the course. Occasional reading of short stories reinforces grammar and vocabulary.

Advanced French   LAN105
This course is designed for nonnative French speakers with an excellent command of the spoken language. It is conducted exclusively in French. Emphasis is on participation in extended discussion of topics of choice. Student oral presentations are followed by class dialog. Grammar is reviewed as necessary.

Advanced French (Abbreviated), 18 hours LAN212
This course is designed for nonnative French speakers with an excellent command of the spoken language. Conducted exclusively in French, emphasis is on participation in extended discussion on topics of choice. Your oral presentations will be followed by class dialogue. Grammar is reviewed as necessary.

German

:Language Institute for Travelers - German, LAN200
Are you planning a trip to Germany? This class will help you make the most of it. Join us to learn conversational German for travel-related situations. In addition to learning grammar and vocabulary for situations in the airport, at the hotel or restaurant, you will gain exposure to German culture and customs.

German I, Part 1   LAN054
This course is an introduction to spoken German. You will learn introductory level vocabulary and grammar so that you can begin to engage in practical everyday communications. Topics include greetings, polite expressions, asking and answering questions and exchanging personal information. The present tense is introduced.

German I, Part 2   LAN055
This is a continuation of German I, Part 1 or for those with some basic experience. Grammar includes present tense, two-part and modal verbs, possessive adjectives and prepositions. You will expand your vocabulary as you practice communicating basic needs and distinguishing formal and informal levels of language. Cultural topics of German speaking nations are discussed.

German II, Part 1   LAN056
Your speaking and comprehension improve in this second year course. You begin to engage in practical communications about topics such as living arrangements, travel, descriptions and short narratives. Grammar focus is on adjectives, declensions of pronouns, use of indirect and direct objects and present perfect tense. Cultural topics of German speaking nations are discussed.

German II, Part 2   LAN057
This is a continuation of German II Part 1. You will be communicating more easily in everyday situations about routines, travel and shopping. Grammar focus is on prepositions for destination and location, comparatives, simple past tense of ‘haben’ and ‘sein’, reflexive verbs and the imperative. Cultural topics of German speaking nations are discussed.

German III, Part 1   LAN058
This is a continuation of German II Part 2. Previously acquired skills will enable you to communicate and respond to requests and wishes. You will expand and improve your vocabulary and fluency through text work, discussions, and listening comprehension practice.
Grammar focus is on idiomatic expressions (es gibt, da-compounds) and subjunctive forms.
Topics: family, friends, activities, health, concrete and abstract concepts such as generation differences, and the environment.

German III, Part 2   LAN059
This course is a continuation of German III part 1. You will continue to improve your vocabulary and fluency as you engage in discussion on topics such as the media, family, “Heimat” (homeland) and multicultural issues. Grammar focuses on subjunctive forms, construction of main and secondary clauses, past perfect and participial constructions. Some emphasis on narrative writing.

German IV Part I, LAN060
You will have completed German I, II, and III or are somewhat fluent and comfortable in conversations on a variety of topics. Continue to expand your vocabulary and ability to engage in discussion. Reading and writing are an integral part of the course. Cultural topics of German speaking nations are discussed.

German IV Part 2, LAN061
This is a continuation of German IV- Pat 1 and is designed to develop fluency for nonnative German speakers. You will practice conversation and increase vocabulary with simple texts that reinforce grammar structures as well as colloquial and idiomatic usage. Reading, writing, and grammar review are an integral part of the course exploring various subordinated clauses, less common prepositional phrases, adverbial sentence connectors, reciprocal verbs, and past perfect tense.

German Conversion and Grammar Review #1, LAN194
This course is for you if you have a foundation in all the basic German grammar. Conversation practice and reading will help you develop fluency with an emphasis on listening comprehension. Grammar review is an integral part of the course. Readings include simplified versions of articles on various topics.

Advanced German LAN064
This course, conducted almost exclusively in German, is designed to increase the fluency of nonnative speakers. You will develop good speech patterns, refine your communication skills, and improve your reading and writing. Grammar review is an integral part of the course. Cultural topics of German speaking nations are discussed.

Hebrew

Language Institute for Travelers - Hebrew LAN197
Are you planning a trip to Israel? This class will help you make the most of it. Join us to learn conversational Hebrew for travel-related situations. In addition to learning grammar and vocabulary for situations in the airport, at the hotel or restaurant., you will gain exposure to the culture and customs in Israel.

Hebrew I Part 1 LAN150
This course is an introduction to spoken Hebrew. You will learn the Hebrew alphabet, basic grammatical structures and vocabulary so that you can begin to engage in practical everyday communications. The course focuses on conversation skills and reading comprehension using the present tense. The cultural context uses examples of present day life in Israel.

Hebrew I Part 2         LAN171
The course Hebrew 1 part 2 is for students who have completed the course Hebrew 1 part 1 and/or know the alphabet, basic vocabulary, pronouns and can make short sentences using verbs in the present tense. In this course, you will learn additional verbs in the present tense in male, female, singular and plural tense, directions, numbers, and simple texts. You will also practice speaking, reading and writing.

Hebrew II Part 1        LAN177
Hebrew II Part I is an intermediate modern Hebrew language class intended for students with basic knowledge. You will start speaking in Hebrew from the first class and by the end of the course you will be able to use more verbs in the present tense and the infinitive for male, female, singular and plural forms; read and understand texts; converse about a variety of topics; give oral presentations; and write short texts.  

Hebrew II, Part 2 LAN 190
This class is an intermediate class for students who have basic conversational knowledge of Hebrew including basic verbs in the infinitive, present, and some past tense. You will practice having conversations, making presentation in Hebrew, and reading authentic Hebrew texts while furthering your vocabulary.

Hebrew III Part 1 LAN191
This is an advanced-intermediate Hebrew class. The class requires previous knowledge of basic verbs, conjugation in present tense, infinitive, and some past tense. You will develop your speaking skills, learn advanced prepositions and their conjugations, indirect speech, and consequence sentences. You will read one-page stories and articles in present and past tenses on various topics. Emphasis is placed on class conversations and discussions, student presentations and simulations.

Hebrew III Part 2    LAN195
This class is for you if you have previous knowledge of basic verbs, conjugation in the present and past tenses, and the infinitive. You will advance your speaking skills, learn advanced prepositions and their conjugations, indirect speech, and future tense. You will read one-page authentic stories, poems, and articles. This class will feature conversations and discussions, student presentations and simulations, and teacher presentations.

Hebrew IV Part I LAN207
This is an advanced Hebrew class. You will advance your speaking skills in past and present tenses. Learn future tense, advanced prepositions and their conjugations. Relative clauses, casual clauses,and the imperative will be studied as well. Lessons will include class conversations, discussions, presentations, simulations, text reading and presentations.

Italian

Just Enough Italian   LAN087  
This is a beginning course for anyone who has no experience with Italian and wants a quick introduction. You’ll learn pronunciation, basic grammar in the present tense and vocabulary – just enough to get you started in everyday conversational exchanges.

Language Institute for Travelers - Italian , LAN199
Are you planning a trip to Italy? This class will help you make the most of it. Join us to learn conversational Italian for travel-related situations. In addition to learning grammar and vocabulary for situations in the airport, at the hotel or restaurant, you will gain exposure to Italian culture and customs.

Advanced Italian: Language and Culture    LAN078
This course, conducted exclusively in Italian, is designed to increase the fluency of non-native speakers. You will receive conversation practice through readings and discussion on current media and Italian cultural topics. Grammar is reviewed as needed. Writing practice and composition with emphasis on grammar.

New Italian classes coming in the Fall.

Korean

New Korean classes available in the Fall.

Chinese/Mandarin

Language Institute for Travelers - Mandarin, LAN202
Are you planning a trip to China? This class will help you make the most of it. Join us to learn conversational Mandarin for travel=related situations. In addition to learning grammar and vocabulary for situations in the airport, at the hotel or restaurant, you will gain exposure to Chines culture and customs.

Mandarin IV Part 2 LAN163
This course is a continuation of Mandarin IV-Part 1. Emphasis is on intermediate level speaking and facilitating conversation skills. You will continue to develop communicative competence in Mandarin Chinese and focus on language proficiency. You will learn how to communicate about your personal life and experiences as well as ordering meals, purchasing goods, and asking for directions.

Additional classes coming in the Fall.  

Portuguese

Advanced Portuguese, LAN168
This course, conducted almost exclusively in Portuguese, provides students with an excellent command of Brazilian Portuguese. You will increase your fluency through informal readings and discussions from Portuguese and Lusophone literature and culture.

New Portuguese classes coming in the Fall.

Russian

New Russian classes coming in the Fall

Spanish

Not sure which level of Spanish to take? See Spanish Classes FAQs

Language Institute for Travelers-Spanish LAN208
Are you planning a trip to Mexico, Spain, or somewhere exotic in South America? This class will help you make the most of it. Come join us to learn conversational Spanish specifically for travel-related situations. Topics include conversations at airports, restaurants, and hotels, among others. In addition, you will gain exposure to the culture and customs of Spanish-speaking countries. The focus is to improve speaking and listening communication skills.

. Just Enough Spanish    LAN151
This is a beginning course for anyone who has no experience with Spanish and wants a quick introduction. You’ll learn pronunciation, basic grammar in the present tense and vocabulary – just enough to get you started in everyday conversational exchanges.

Spanish Brush-Up II    LAN086
If you have completed two years of study this level is appropriate. Participate in fun and relaxing conversation and interactive exercises to keep your skills fresh and review that grammar that you just haven’t quite absorbed.

Spanish Brush-Up III   LAN111
If you have completed at least 3-4 years of study and have some degree of comfort and fluency in Spanish, this level is appropriate. Class is conducted exclusively in Spanish. Participate in fun and relaxing conversation and interactive exercises to keep your skills fresh. Grammar is reviewed as needed or requested by participants.

Spanish Through Cinema   LAN174
If you have intermediate to advanced language skills and are able to follow either the Spanish dialogues or subtitles, this class is for you. Enhance your Spanish Language knowledge through movies from a variety of countries. Explore regional differences in accents, cadences, as well as idioms, grammar and vocabulary.

Spanish Through Visual Art LAN198
In this course, you will be able to practice and learn Spanish in the context of art appreciation. If you are an intermediate/advanced student, then this class is for you. You will develop your competencies in art-related discussions. Art will be used as a tool to enhance and enrich language learning and stimulate fluency.

Spanish I, Part 1   LAN009
This course is an introduction to spoken Spanish. You will learn introductory level vocabulary and grammar so that you can begin to engage in practical everyday communications. Topics include greetings, polite expressions, asking and answering questions and exchanging personal information. The present tense of regular verbs is introduced, and the use of 'ser' and 'gustar'. Hispanic and Spanish cultural topics are discussed.

Spanish I, Part 2   LAN010
This is a continuation of Spanish I, Part 1 or for those with some basic experience. Grammar topics include present tense of regular and irregular verbs, definite and indefinite articles and gender and number. You will expand your vocabulary as you practice communicating basic needs and responding to questions on everyday topics. Also, the use of the verbs 'estar' and 'ir'. Hispanic and Spanish cultural topics are discussed.

Spanish II Part 1        LAN011
Completion of Spanish I or equivalent study or communication experience is helpful to succeed at this level. You will be speaking and responding to questions more easily in everyday situations about routines, travel and transportation.  Learn uses of reflexive verbs and progressive tense. Hispanic and Spanish cultural topics are discussed.

Spanish II Part 2        LAN012
This is a continuation of Spanish II—Part 1. You will improve your fluency as you practice articulating needs about topics such as sports, leisure, and managing money exchanges. Grammar study includes use of ‘tener,’ and the preterite of regular and irregular verbs. Hispanic and Spanish cultural topics are discussed.

Spanish Reading Comprehension –Part 1 LAN156
This course is for students who have completed four semesters of Spanish or who have intermediate level proficiency. You will learn basic reading strategies to use in the comprehension of level A texts in Spanish. Readings and materials will be provided by the instructor. Grammar points and explanations will be covered.

Spanish III Part 1       LAN013
You are gaining some competency in Spanish at this level. You will practice communications about everyday events in the present and past tenses. Grammar study focuses on imperfect tense, subjunctive mood, time expressions of 'hacer', and the use of  “por”  and “para”. Hispanic and Spanish cultural topics are discussed.

Spanish III Part 2       LAN014
This is a continuation of Spanish III—Part 1. You will gain proficiency in expanded conversational exchanges. Topics include emotions, wishes, health and illness.  Grammar includes subjunctive with impersonal expressions and verbs of emotion,  subjunctive vs. indicative, and the future tense. Hispanic and Spanish cultural topics are discussed.

Spanish IV Part 1       LAN015
This course is for nonnative speakers with a good foundation in Spanish.  Grammar focus is on further practice with the subjunctive to express doubt, disbelief, and denial, as well as appropriate use of past perfect tense, present perfect subjunctive and the conditional. Hispanic and Spanish cultural topics are discussed.

Spanish IV, Part 2   LAN016
A continuation of Spanish IV Part 1 and for those with a good foundation in Spanish. Continue to improve your fluency in more extended exchanges using the subjunctive, different uses of the conditional 'si' and review of present perfect and past perfect tenses. Cultural topics continue to be discussed.

Spanish Conversation and Grammar Review, Part 1   LAN017
This is the first of a three-part sequence for non-native speakers who have a foundation in all the basic grammar; conversation practice and reading develop your vocabulary. Grammar review is an integral part of the course. Readings include simplified versions of novels and articles on various topics .Students are encouraged to write compositions on self-selected topics.

Spanish Conversation and Grammar Review, Part 2    LAN018 
This is the second course of a three-part sequence. Fluency is improved through extended discussions based on readings and conversational topics. Readings to improve comprehension and develop vocabulary include simplified versions of novels and articles on various topics. Students are encouraged to write compositions on self-selected topics.

Spanish Conversation and Grammar Review, Part 3   LAN019 
This is the final of a three-part sequence. Grammar review is guided by the needs of the participants. Fluency is improved through extended discussion. The demands of the reading selections will noticeably expand your vocabulary. Reading topics include literature, the environment, critical review of novels, current events, etc. Students are encouraged to write compositions on self-selected topics.

Spanish Conversation and Grammar Review, Part 4 LAN153
This course, conducted exclusively in Spanish, is designed to increase the fluency of non-native speakers. Emphasis is in improving speech patterns through conversation practice. Grammar review is an integral part of the course. Reading topics include literature, culture, and current events. You will be encouraged to make a presentation on a self-selected topic.

Advanced Spanish Conversation  LAN020
The focus of this course, which is conducted entirely in Spanish and assumes fluency, is discussion, reading, and oral presentation. Grammar review is based on the needs of the participants. Topics of discussion and reading selections are chosen in class and may include current media topics, culture, and literature.

Spanish Intensive Elementary, LAN183
This is an intensive language course comparable to SPAN101 and SPAN102 designed for students who have previously studied Spanish. The class is communicatively based, focusing on the further development of reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. Spanish placement test is required. First day in-class placement assessments will be made. In-class work is supplemented by 20 hours in the language learning laboratory

Spanish Intensive Intermediate, LAN184
This is an intensive language course comparable to SPAN201 and SPAN202. You will further your ability to communicate in Spanish through an advanced study of cultural themes and a review of Spanish grammar to support an increase focus on reading and composition. In-class work is supplemented by 10 hours in the language learning laboratory.

 

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