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Community Language Program

Teachers College, Columbia University

Foreign Languages

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Did you know that the CLP also offers Spanish classes? Meet one of our students and learn about her experience!

Beginner Spanish, Level 1-2 (level offerings each semester will vary):

40 hours: $375.00

[FALL 2019] The Spanish Beginner 1 course targets "true beginner" students who have never taken Spanish classes before, or who need to review the very basics of the language. The course is aimed at developing basic communication skills through fostering all language skills (i.e. reading, listening, writing, and speaking) and language structures that are necessary for everyday life. Using a variety of approaches (e.g. learner- centered instruction, task-based instruction, communicative approach, TPR), students will develop their knowledge of grammar, pronunciation, vocabulary, and pragmatic routines to perform quotidian tasks in a Spanish-speaking context. For example, students will learn the building blocks (the alphabet, numbers, family members and professional occupations) and will be able to use the simple present in the context of everyday interactions (introductions, talking about places, routines, and asking for prices). The course syllabus follows a theme-based approach, with three units that revolve around a main theme in order to coherently sequence learning goals. The course requires a total of 40 hours of onsite lessons and 20 hours of independent work.

[SPRING 2020] The Spanish Beginner 2 course targets students who have taken a previous course in Spanish and can share personal information about themselves. The course is aimed at developing basic communication skills through development of all language skills (i.e. reading, listening, writing, and speaking) and language structures that are necessary for everyday life. Using a variety of approaches (e.g. learner-centered instruction, task-based instruction, communicative approach, TPR), students will develop their knowledge of grammar, pronunciation, vocabulary, and pragmatic routines to perform a wide variety of quotidian tasks in a Spanish-speaking context. For example, students will learn to express themselves when talking about food and restaurants, plans, and travel. They will also learn to talk about actions in progress and about past experiences (presente progresivo and preterito perfecto, respectively). The course syllabus follows a theme-based approach, with three units that revolve around a main theme in order to coherently sequence learning goals. The course requires a total of 40 hours of onsite lessons and 20 hours of independent work.

After registration for Spanish B2, you will be contacted by the office regarding the placement test for foreign language courses.
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Beginner French, Level 1-2 (level offerings each semester will vary):

 

30 hours: $350.00 + $119 (Cost of online digital learning platform, good for 1 year)
 
[FALL 2019] The French Beginner 1 course introduces students to French through a communicative approach to teaching language, where material is taught in the target language so students are immersed and begin to quickly speak French independently. In addition to learning the foundational grammar and vocabulary needed to engage in simple conversation about everyday topics as well as to read and write simple texts, students will be exposed to French culture through authentic audio, video, and text materials. 
 
[Spring 2020] The French Beginner 2 course is intended for students who have taken a previous course in French and have a basic understanding of the French language (in oral and written form). This course will provide students with an opportunity to strengthen their skills with an emphasis on listening and speaking in order to communicate more effectively.  Students will build fluency through authentic models of communication, interactive and multimedia activities, discussions, and presentations.  By the end of the course students will be able to describe people, events and situations, in the present, future and the past, and will have acquired the necessary vocabulary to communicate about everyday situations. The course syllabus follows a theme-based approach; with three units that revolve around a main theme in order to coherently sequence learning goals. The course requires a total of 30 hours of onsite lessons.
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Beginner Italian, Level 1-2 (level offerings each semester will vary):

 

30 hours: $350.00 + $119 (Cost of online digital learning platform, good for 1 year)

[FALL 2019] The Italian Beginner 1 course introduces students to the Italian language through a communicative approach in the four language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. By the end of the course, students will have acquired the necessary language to engage in simple conversation about everyday topics, read simple texts, and write short texts on familiar topics. In addition to the language component, the course offers an introduction to Italian culture and society through a critical use of authentic materials on topics such as leisure activities, cuisine, family, holidays and traditions, identity, and the arts.

[Spring 2020] The Italian Beginner 2 course is for students who have previously studied Italian and have a strong grasp of the present tense, family, friends, hobbies, sports, and food vocabulary.  Language objectives will be received through the Italian piazza, the heart of Italian life and community, throughout Italy’s 20 regions. By the end of the course students will be able to utilize the past tense (passato prossimo), the imperfect tense (l'imperfetto), technology, fashion, art, theater, and politics.  The course aims to improve students’ awareness of Italian grammar and foster students’ communication skills. Students will read about modern Italian society, listen to conversations, and watch movies, which become topics for essays and class discussions.  This class will cover all modes of communication: speaking, reading, writing, and listening.