Noncredit Language Courses

Learning a new language will broaden your horizons. Choose from more than a dozen different conversational language classes taught for enrichment. 

Most classes will take place via live web meetings! Benefit from the expertise of a skilled instructor, and interact with a group of motivated learners from the convenience of home. 


For fall, Spanish courses will require purchase of interactive online modules (instead of a textbook) that will supplement the 20 hours of instructor-led online meetings.

Spanish 1

If you want to learn to speak Spanish, this is where to start! This class is designed for students with little or no previous knowledge of Spanish. This is an introductory course in Spanish language including basic commands, greetings, colors, numbers, parts of the body, family relationships, time, and foods.

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Spanish 2

Spanish 2 is ideal for those who have had some Spanish before and are seeking to refresh what they know and to improve their reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. There will be an emphasis on vocabulary building, covering a variety of topics, and being able to communicate in a meaningful way. Grammar will also be covered in order to help students understand the structure behind the language.

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Spanish 3

Spanish 3 is a continuation of Spanish 2. Gain more advanced skills in reading, writing, and speaking Spanish.

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Spanish 4

In this class conducted largely in Spanish, you will have the opportunity to learn complex sentence structures and become more comfortable communicating in the Spanish language.

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Spanish 5

Conducted exclusively in Spanish, this class will cover more advanced grammar points (subjunctive) while also reviewing the basics (preterite and imperfect). Students will be discussing movies and current events while also reading short pieces of literature. Come prepared to further delve into the language and culture of Latin America and Spain.

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Spanish Conversation Practice - Advanced

The instructor will facilitate conversation in Spanish by grouping students by skill level and organizing activities. This is an excellent way for Spanish students to improve fluency and vocabulary and practice what they've learned in other classes.

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Portuguese 1

This class is designed for students with little or no previous knowledge of Portuguese. This is an introductory course in Portuguese language including basic commands, greetings, colors, numbers, parts of the body, family relationships, time, and foods. Due to the similarity of Portuguese to the Spanish language, some comparisons will be made between the two languages, and differences between Brazil and Portugal will be reviewed.

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Sign Language 1

ASL class

Students learn basic skills of the American Sign Language (ASL) used by and for the deaf. This is an introductory course for those wanting to learn a second language or those who want to communicate with people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Clinical and cultural aspects are covered as well as basic tips on how to best communicate with people who have hearing loss. Receptive and expressive sign vocabulary building activities are introduced through class activities stressing conversational skills. Students learn basic ASL questions, commands, and simple sentences. Information about the deaf community is also presented. Students practice with non-verbal/gesture activities, alphabet, and numbers.

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Sign Language 2

For students who have completed one or two semesters of introductory American Sign Language and want continued practice with previously introduced sign vocabulary, nuances of ASL non-verbal communication, expression, and structure. The class features further vocabulary building, advancement of grammar pattern use and increased ASL conversation without voice. Guest deaf participants provide receptive finger spelling and conversational skill practice.

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French 1

This course is for students with no previous French experience. It will emphasize French for recreation. Topics include basic phonetics, numbers, foods and travel with very elementary, uncomplicated verbal communication.

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French 2

This course is for students who have some previous knowledge of French, or have successfully completed non-degree French 1. Engage in elementary to intermediate study of phonetics, numbers, travel vocabulary, and verbal communication.

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French 3

If you can already express wants and needs, descriptions, and opinions in some detail using French, this course is for you. In French 3, you will talk about the past, future, and hypothetical situations and will broaden your vocabulary and knowledge of the francophone world in real-world contexts.

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French for Travel

This course is tailored to the individual needs of students and presents the basic language skills you will need to travel to any French-speaking country. You will feel confident making hotel and travel reservations, navigating public transportation, buying lunch in an open air market or café, shopping for souvenirs and sightseeing, as well as striking up conversations with the locals and handling health and emergency situations. Along the way, Madame will introduce you to many French-speaking cultures around the world where you can put your traveler's French to use. Expect three fun, high-energy sessions filled with interactive activities, plenty of authentic resources, and the necessary language tools to jump-start your travels. “On y va!”

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Italian 1

This course is designed for the beginning student. Emphasis is on basic grammar, comprehension, and pronunciation.

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Italian 2

This class is for students with previous Italian language knowledge. Emphasis is on elementary grammar, comprehension and pronunciation.

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German 1

Do you want to learn to speak German for conversation or travel? In this course you will learn the vocabulary and grammar to be able to ask and understand questions and answers as well as to express yourself on topics such as your own background and favorite activities. We will work toward these goals using authentic German materials in addition to our textbook, and class time will offer many opportunities and exercises for practice with meaningful interaction in German.

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Japanese 1

Japanese class

This course is for students with no previous knowledge of the Japanese language. We will be emphasizing introductory-level Japanese for recreation. Topics included basic pronunciation, alphabets, numbers, travel and ordering food with uncomplicated verbal communication.

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Japanese 2

Students will spend more time improving their grammar, practicing and building upon sentence patterns, and expanding their vocabularies. Time will also be spent in conversation with fellow students and the instructor in order to become more comfortable with everyday situations and common expressions.

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Arabic 1

Arabic 1 is an introductory course in both Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) and spoken Arabic (Levantine dialect), each used in a culturally appropriate context. By the end of the course, we will have covered the whole of the Arabic alphabet and be able to have simple conversations in spoken Arabic as well as read and write simple texts in MSA.

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Arabic 2

Arabic 2 is a continuation of Arabic 1 and will build up vocabulary and fluency, especially in spoken Arabic (Levantine dialect). At the same time we will develop reading and writing in Modern Standard Arabic. Successful completion of Arabic 1 is highly recommended, but some other exposure to the language and mastery of the Arabic alphabet may suffice.

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Arabic Intermediate Studies

This class will continue to develop vocabulary and grammar in the Levantine Arabic dialect (Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine) covering Units 8 and 9 of our textbook pursuing the theme of shopping while advancing reading and writing ability in Modern Standard Arabic.

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Norwegian 1

This elementary, introductory course is for students with no previous knowledge of the Norwegian language. We will be emphasizing Norwegian for recreation. Topics include basic phonetics, numbers, foods, and travel with uncomplicated verbal communication.

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Norwegian 2

This class is a continuation of Norwegian 1 and will focus on continuing conversational skills in Norwegian.

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Thai 1

This is an introductory Thai course for English speaking students with little or no background in the language. The emphasis of this course is to develop a basic foundation in conversational Standard Thai for beginning learners. We will strive to develop proper pronunciation and effective speaking and listening skills. Additionally, we will begin to learn the fundamental components of the Thai writing system.

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Use the links above to find a class and register online or phone (608) 258-2301, menu option 2 for registration assistance.