Non-Credit

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.

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Course Offerings

  • American Sign Language (ASL)

    CWLC offers several levels of ASL courses.

    Available Winter 2022

    American Sign Language - Beginner 1  

    Cost: $300

    Schedule: January 10–March 18, 2022. Tuesdays from 5:30–6:20 p.m.

    Instructor: Nadelle Payne

    Course Description: American Sign Language (ASL) is the third most common language in America. American Sign Language Beginner 1 is a 10-week course designed for people who have no previous knowledge of American Sign Language.  

    In this non-credit course, students will learn how to have a very basic conversation in American Sign language. Students will also learn how to interact with deaf people through basic signs, gestures, facial expressions and basic handshapes. 

    Location: Online

    Register Here and use the following discount codes. DU students and employees, use code DUCWLC25 for a 25% discount—available until January 10, 2022. Community members, use code EARLY20 for a 20% early registration discount—available until January 1, 2022.

    American Sign Language - Beginner 2

    Cost: $300

    Schedule: TBA

    Instructor: Nadelle Payne

    Course Description: American Sign Language (ASL) is the third most common language in America. American Sign Language Beginner 2 is a 10-week course designed for people have had some exposure to ASL.

    In this non-credit course, students will continue developing their skills to have a basic conversation in American Sign language. Students will also learn how to interact with deaf people through basic signs, gestures, facial expressions and basic handshapes. 

    Location: Online

  • German

    CWLC offers several levels of German language courses.

    Beginning German Conversation 101

    Cost: $300

    Schedule: TBA

    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

    Cost: $300

    Schedule: TBA

    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

    Cost: $300

    Schedule: TBA

    Instructor: Linda Susak

    Course Description: Advanced German focuses on advanced readings, writing, and conversation. It also 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

    Cost: $300

    Schedule: TBA

    Instructor: Linda Susak

    Course Description: Our German Literature & Culture course focuses on advanced readings, writing, and conversation. It also 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.

     

  • Italian

    Beginner Italian Conversation

    Cost: $300

    Schedule: TBA

    Instructor: TBA

    Course Description: Beginner Italian Conversation is a 10-week course that covers the basics of the 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.

    Location: TBA

     

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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.

Tuition: $400 | Materials Costs: Vary

Please contact the CWLC to inquire about language offerings and how to register. Email Virginie.Cassidy@du.edu or cwlc@du.edu.

Please note that due to program revisions, we have suspended the SDLS program for the 2021–2022 academic year.

Expectations and 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 Professions

Languages for Professions courses aim to help learners further their language skills and cultural competencies in specific academic disciplines and professional contexts. In these courses, students will complete tasks related to a given professional domain and discuss situations relevant to their field of study or their professional setting.

Examples of course in development are Spanish for Health and Human Services and French for Professional Communication.

Courses are open to undergraduate, graduate students, and community members with an intermediate mid-level of language proficiency. Courses are taught in the target language. 

Please contact Virginie Cassidy at Virginie.Cassidy@du.edu if you are interested in the development of other courses.

  • French for International Relations 1

    Are you ready to communicate effectively in French and to develop intercultural competencies required to pursue collaboration, problem-solving and decision-making in the context of international relations?

    Examples of tasks are: communicate professionally with your future colleagues, organize an event and design official invitations, report on current events of the Francophone world, identify a mission and convince partners to join your project, describe the humanitarian/political situation of a Francophone country. 

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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. 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

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 cwlc@du.edu.