We offer non-credit language learning opportunities to Denver metro community members in the evenings. Our classes are dedicated to lifelong learners, professionals and academics who want to practice their language skills, discover opportunities to study less commonly taught languages and develop a language skillset for their personal or professional use.
Our courses include community classes, online practice and exploration, as well as individual, self-directed language study formats. Please contact us to find the best program for your needs.
Community Language Courses
Our instructor-led community courses run in the evenings and provide learners the chance to study various languages in an encouraging and fun group environment.
Our Current Courses
American Sign Language (ASL), Level 2
Instructor: Nadelle Payne
Course Description: American Sign Language (ASL) is the third most common language in America. American Sign Language Level 2 is a 10-week course designed for people who have previous knowledge of American Sign Language and wish to practice and develop their language skills while developing cultural knowledge.
The course focuses on basic vocabulary, structure, syntax and grammar. You will focus on mastering the basics of fingerspelling, numbers, colors, facial grammar and sentence structure. Throughout the course, you also will learn conversational/cultural behaviors necessary to hold a beginning-level conversation in ASL, with deaf/hard-of-hearing native users of the language.
We present introductory information about deaf culture, along with deaf humor, to give you a broad picture of the language and culture.
CWLC offers several levels of German language courses.
Beginning German Conversation 101
Instructor: Linda Susak
Course Description: Beginning German offers you the opportunity to start completely fresh with learning German; no previous knowledge is required. We will use the book, Deutsch Heute, 10th Edition, and cover the Introduction and Chapter 1 in a conversational way, focusing on using the language orally at all times.
Intermediate German Conversation 201
Instructor: Linda Susak
Course Description: Intermediate German caters to learners who have a little knowledge of German, or have studied the language a long time ago. You will learn how to build good sentences with both present and past tenses and will master everyday vocabulary.
Advanced German Conversation 301
Instructor: Linda Susak
Course Description: Advanced German focuses on advanced readings, writing and conversation, reviews difficult grammar concepts and practices advanced grammar. In this class, you will become comfortable using the language, vocabulary and grammar. Your individual interests are included in the lesson plans at all levels of instruction.
All of the grammar and chapters of Deutsch Heute, 10th Edition, will be covered. In-class and take home worksheets are provided by the instructor, as well as short stories, anecdotes or informational reading selections. At this level, the class is conducted solely in German.
German classes 301 and 401 meet together for 30 minutes each session for joint conversational activities.
Advanced German Literature & Culture 401
Instructor: Linda Susak
Course Description: Our German Literature & Culture course focuses on advanced readings, writing and conversation, reviews difficult grammar concepts and practices advanced grammar. You will become comfortable using the language, vocabulary and grammar. Students' individual interests are included in the lesson plans at all levels.
All of the grammar and chapters of Deutsch Heute, 10th Edition, will be covered. In-class and take home worksheets are provided by the instructor, as well as short stories, anecdotes or informational reading selections. At this level, the class is conducted solely in German, but does not assume the level of fluency.
301 and 401 meet together for 30 minutes each session for joint conversational activities.
Beginner Italian Conversation
Instructor: Eleonora Miller
Course Description: Beginner Italian Conversation is a 10-week course that covers the basics of Italian language, including grammar, vocabulary and conversation, along with important cultural aspects and current events. This course is intended for students with little or no background in Italian and welcomes any elementary-level student. We aim to have a flexible curriculum to meet your needs and goals.
Self-Directed Language Study
Our Self-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. Flexibility is one of the key components of our SDLS program, responding to your language needs and language acquisition capabilities. The goal of SDLS is to assist you in reaching your academic, personal and professional language learning goals.
As this class is self-directed, you must be self-motivated in managing your goals, schedule and progress during the course. The SDLS program will provide guidance in setting these goals and finding learning material, such as providing sample curricular outlines and material lists. You will also meet weekly with a Language Partner, in person or online, to practice active conversation, ask questions and develop cultural insights.
At the end of the course, you will complete a final assessment with an expert in the language to determine your proficiency level and receive a letter of completion. Whenever possible, tests are administered and evaluated according to national and standardized ACTFL testing scales.
Several Languages Available - Contact the CWLC for current offerings.
Materials Costs: Vary
Expectations & Outcomes
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.
Languages for Specific Purposes
We work with DU departments to develop non-credit Languages for Specific Purposes (LSP) classes to support your specific needs, such as international service learning courses, travel courses, interterm courses and international internship programs. These classes focus on language and culture basics, preparing you for specific international and intercultural experiences. Current and past classes include:
- Bosnian Basics for the Graduate School of Social Work's Global Practice Bosnia summer program
- French for Geneva for the Josef Korbel School of International Studies' Korbel in Geneva Program
- Hindi Basics and Tibetan Basics for the Office of Special Programs' International Service Learning Dharamsala winter interterm course
- Spanish for Health and Human Services, serving students and professionals in the area of social work, psychology, medicine, etc.
Classes may be open to all or limited to students enrolled in specific programs and meet three hours a week for 10 weeks. If you have a need for language preparation for a specific group or program, please contact us about developing an LSP opportunity for your students.
Please contact the Center for World Languages & Cultures for more information and to register at 303.871.4601 or firstname.lastname@example.org.