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@ Florissant Valley | Forest Park | Meramec | South County

Learning a new language opens new avenues of thought, new modes of expression, and new models of understanding. Expand your mind and change your life by taking a journey to new cultures, people and places with Continuing Education language classes. Offered throughout the year, offerings include Arabic, Bosnian, Chinese, French, German, Irish, Italian, Korean, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

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Arabic

NEW! Arabic for the Traveler

Traveling to an Arabic-speaking country for business or pleasure? Explore a new culture and language in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. Learn practical vocabulary for traveling, correct pronunciation and the basic sentence structure necessary to understand and begin to formulate conversations in Arabic. Bring required text to first class: “Ultimate Arabic Beginner-Intermediate” ISBN 978-1400009770. Suggested texts: “Arabic Practical Dictionary” ISBN 978-0781810456, “Arabic: A Language Map” ISBN 978-0944502181.
FLAR:701 | 4 sessions | $39.50 AGE 60+ | $59 REG

Arabic Language: Beginning I

The Arabic language is one of the most widely-spoken languages in the world! Learn fundamentals of the Arabic language including the alphabet, reading, writing, grammar and conversation. Meet with others who share a common interest in the Arabic culture and language in this introduction to Modern Standard Arabic. Bring required text to first class: “Ultimate Arabic Beginner-Intermediate” ISBN 978-1400009770. Suggested texts: “Arabic Practical Dictionary” ISBN 978-0781810456, “Arabic: A Language Map” ISBN 978-0944502181.
FLAR:717 | 8 sessions | $60 AGE 60+ | $99 REG

Bosnian/Croatian

NEW! Bosnian-Croatian for Neighbors

How did St. Louis become home to 70,000 Bosnians, the highest population outside of Europe? What is the difference in a Bosniak, Croat and Serb? Get the opportunity to learn more about your Bosnian neighbors from customs and food to religion and history! Learn more about those from the Balkan peninsula and be able to say hello to your Bosnian neighbors in their native language. If you are interested in cultures and inclusion, this is the class for you! No text required. Bring notebook, pencil and small pocket notebook.
FLBO:765 | 1 session | $14 AGE 60+ | $19 REG

Bosnian-Croatian Language: Beginning I

Are you interested in the Bosnian-Croatian language and culture of the region? Learn basic everyday expressions, simple conversational phrases and contemporary culture of this region. No text required. Bring notebook, pencil and small pocket notebook.
FLBO:717 | 8 sessions | $60 AGE 60+ | $99 REG

Bosnian-Croatian Language: Beginning II

Explore Bosnian-Croatian culture and language in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. Continue to study reading, writing, and grammar, and build stronger communicative competence and vocabulary in a new language. Prerequisite: Bosnian-Croatian Language: Beginning I or equivalent experience. No text required. Bring notebook, pencil and small pocket notebook.
FLBO:718 | 8 sessions | $60 AGE 60+ | $99 REG

Chinese (Mandarin)

Chinese for First Timers

Explore an ancient culture and language with this perfect class for beginners who are ready to start with the basics. Get introduced to pronunciation, the Pin Yin system, greetings and basic sentences. No text required.
FLCH:717 | 4 sessions | $39.50 AGE 60+ | $59 REG

Chinese (Mandarin) Language: Beginning I

Learn practical Mandarin conversation skills and dialogue for travel or business. Master useful dialogue to ask for directions, navigate public transportation, order at restaurants and other necessities. After completing this class you will have a basic knowledge of the Chinese language. Prerequisite: Chinese for First Timers or knowledge of the Pin Yin system. Bring required text to first class: “Lonely Planet Mandarin Phrasebook and Dictionary” 10th ed., ISBN 978-1786571694.
FLCH:717 | 8 sessions | $60 AGE 60+ | $99 REG

French

French Language: Beginning I

Explore a new culture and language in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. Learn practical vocabulary, correct pronunciation and the basic sentence structure necessary to understand and begin to formulate conversations in French. Bring required text to first class: “French Now! Level 1” ISBN 978-1438072791.
FLFR:717 | 8 sessions | $60 AGE 60+ | $99 REG

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Discover more about Southeastern France through our travelogue course under “Vicarious Travel.”

Irish (Gaelic)

Irish (Gaelic) Language: Beginning I

Explore a new culture and language in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. Learn practical vocabulary, correct pronunciation and the basic sentence structure necessary to understand and converse in Gaelic. No text required.
FLIR:717 | 8 sessions | $60 AGE 60+ | $99 REG

Irish (Gaelic) Language: Beginning II

Continue to increase your knowledge of Gaelic including speaking, grammar and vocabulary. Concentration will be on oral use of the language in everyday situations. Prerequisite: Irish (Gaelic) Language: Beginning I or equivalent experience. No text required.
FLIR:718 | 8 sessions | $60 AGE 60+ | $99 REG

Italian

Preparing for Your Trip to Italy

Do you have an upcoming trip to Italy or want to know more about traveling there? Then this is the course for you! Learn practical traveling tips and cultural differences to be aware of while in the country. Instructor previously lived in Italy and travels there frequently. Now she wants to help prepare you to enjoy your experience while in this beautiful country! No text required.
FLIT:765 | 1 session | $19 AGE 60+ | $25 REG

Italian for the Traveler

Enjoy an easy and practical introduction to the Italian language. Learn survival phrases, how to read signs and menus, transportation schedules and more. Explore cultural differences and be prepared to enjoy your adventure in Italy with this jump-start course for smart travelers! Bring required text to first class: “Berlitz Italian Phrase Book & Dictionary” ISBN 978-1780044866.
FLIT:716 | 6 sessions | $45.50 AGE 60+ | $75 REG

Italian Language: Beginning I

Explore a new culture and language in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. Learn practical vocabulary, correct pronunciation and the basic sentence structure necessary to understand and formulate conversations in Italian. Bring required text to first class: “Ultimate Italian: Beginner-Intermediate” ISBN# 978-1400009671.
FLIT:717 | 8 sessions | $60 AGE 60+ | $99 REG

Italian Language: Beginning II

Continue to increase your knowledge of the Italian language including speaking, grammar and vocabulary! Concentration on oral use of the language in everyday situations and conversation with cultural elements are emphasized. Class is conducted almost exclusively in Italian. Prerequisite: Italian Language: Beginning I or equivalent experience. Bring required text to first class: “Ultimate Italian: Beginner-Intermediate” ISBN 978-1400009671.
FLIT:718 | 8 sessions | $60 AGE 60+ | $99 REG

Italian Language: Beginning III

Continue to increase your knowledge of the Italian language including speaking, grammar and vocabulary! Concentration on oral use of the language in everyday situations and conversation with cultural elements are emphasized. Class is conducted almost exclusively in Italian. Prerequisite: Italian Language: Beginning II or equivalent experience. Bring required text to first class: “Ultimate Italian: Beginner-Intermediate” ISBN 978-1400009671.
FLIT:719 | 8 sessions | $60 AGE 60+ | $99 REG

Italian Conversation: Advanced

Continue to review grammar and syntax in conjunction with reading and discussion of articles and short stories in this advanced Italian conversation class. Prerequisite: Italian Language: Intermediate II or equivalent experience. Must have a good command of the Italian language, its structure and vocabulary. No text required.
FLIT:723 | 8 sessions | $60 AGE 60+ | $99 REG

Korean

Korean Language: Beginning I

Explore a new culture and language in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. Learn practical vocabulary, correct pronunciation and the basic sentence structure necessary to understand and converse in Korean. Last class will be a Korean potluck. Bring recommended text to first class: “Korean for Beginners: Mastering Conversational Korean” ISBN 978-0804841009.
FLKO:717 | 8 sessions | $60 AGE 60+ | $99 REG

NEW! Korean Language: Beginning II

Continue to increase your knowledge of the Korean language including speaking, grammar and vocabulary. Concentration will be on oral use of the language in everyday situations. Conversation with cultural elements will be emphasized. Prerequisite: Korean Language: Beginning I or equivalent experience. One class will be held at a local Korean restaurant where students will be able to test their skills! Bring required text to first class: “Korean for Beginners: Mastering Conversational Korean” ISBN 978-0804841009.
FLKO:718 | 8 sessions | $60 AGE 60+ | $99 REG

German

German for the Traveler

Enjoy an easy and practical introduction to the German language. Learn survival phrases, how to read signs and menus, transportation schedules and more! Explore cultural differences and be prepared to enjoy your adventure in Germany with this jump-start course for smart travelers! Bring required text to first class: “Berlitz German Phrase Book & Dictionary” ISBN 978-1780045016.
FLGE:716 | 4 sessions | $39.50 AGE 60+ | $59 REG

German Language: Beginning II

Continue to increase your knowledge of the German language including speaking, grammar and vocabulary! Concentration will be on oral use of the language in everyday situations. Prerequisite: German Language: Beginning I or equivalent experience. Bring required text to first class: “Access to German: Jagerbuch, Band 1” ISBN 978-0072853766.
FLGE:718 | 8 sessions | $60 AGE 60+ | $99 REG

German Language: Intermediate I

Continue to increase your knowledge of the German language including speaking, writing, grammar and vocabulary. Dialogue will be utilized with a special emphasis placed on grammar. Prerequisite: German Language: Beginning III or equivalent experience. Bring required text to first class: “Berliner Platz 1, NEU” ISBN 978-3126060257.
FLGE:720 | 8 sessions | $60 AGE 60+ | $99 REG

Portuguese

Portuguese for the Traveler

Enjoy an easy and practical introduction to the Brazilian Portuguese language. Learn survival phrases, how to read signs and menus, transportation schedules and more. Explore cultural differences and be prepared to enjoy your adventure in Brazil with this jump-start course for smart travelers! Suggested text: “Berlitz Brazilian Portuguese Phrase Book and Dictionary” ISBN 978-1780045115. Class is taught by a native-fluent speaker provided by Viva Brasil STL.
FLPG:716 | 6 sessions | $79 AGE 60+ | $79 REG

Portuguese I

Ideal for tourists, business travelers or those interested in the Brazilian culture, this beginning course provides the necessary tools for students to engage in simple Brazilian Portuguese conversation and to acquire basic reading skills. While the emphasis is on conversation, class also includes grammar. Suggested text: “Bom Dia, Brasil” ISBN 978-0300116311. Class is taught by a native-fluent speaker provided by Viva Brasil STL.
FLPG:717 | 8 sessions | $99 AGE 60+ | $99 REG

Portuguese II

Learn language structures, vocabulary, communication skills, and information about the culture and geography of Brazil! While the emphasis is on conversation, class also includes grammar. Prerequisite: Portuguese I or equivalent experience. Suggested text: “Bom Dia, Brasil” ISBN 978-0300116311. Class is taught by a native-fluent speaker provided by Viva Brasil STL.
FLPG:718 | 8 sessions | $99 AGE 60+ | $99 REG

Portuguese III

Continue to learn language structures, vocabulary, communication skills, culture and everyday vocabulary. This course is for those with basic conversational ability in Portuguese. Prerequisite: Portuguese II or equivalent experience. Suggested text: “Bom Dia, Brasil” ISBN 978-0300116311. Class is taught by a native-fluent speaker provided by Viva Brasil STL.
FLPG:719 | 8 sessions | $99 AGE 60+ | $99 REG

Portuguese Conversation

Continue to increase your knowledge of the Portuguese language including speaking, grammar and vocabulary in this immersive class conducted almost exclusively in Portuguese. Concentration will be on oral use of the language in everyday situations, emphasizing conversation with cultural elements. Prerequisite: Portuguese III or equivalent experience. Suggested text: “Bom Dia, Brasil” ISBN 978-0300116311. Class is taught by a native-fluent speaker provided by Viva Brasil STL.
FLPG:720 | 8 sessions | $79 AGE 60+ | $79 REG

Russian

Russian for First Timers

Explore a new culture and language. This class is perfect for beginners who are ready to start with the basics. Get introduced to the alphabet, pronunciation, greetings and phrases. Bring required text to first class: “Russian in 10 Minutes a Day” ISBN 978-1931873345.
FLRU:717 | 4 sessions | $39.50 AGE 60+ | $59 REG

Russian Language: Beginning I

Explore a new culture and language in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. This course will primarily focus on oral proficiency of the Russian language. Prerequisite: Russian for First Timers or a good understanding of the Russian alphabet. Bring required text to first class: “Live from Russia! Volume 1” ISBN 978-0757552014.
FLRU:717 | 6 sessions | $60 AGE 60+ | $99 REG

Russian Language: Beginning III

Continue to increase your knowledge of the Russian language including speaking, grammar and vocabulary. Concentration will be on oral use of the language in everyday situations. Prerequisite: Russian Language: Beginning II or equivalent experience. Bring required text to first class: “Live from Russia! Volume 1” ISBN 978-0757552014.
FLRU:719 | 12 sessions | $89 AGE 60+ | $159 REG

Russian Language: Intermediate II

Continue to deepen your knowledge of Russian and expand its use. Students will become increasingly proficient in conversational skills as they use their language to explore real-life situations. Prerequisite: Russian Language: Intermediate I. Bring required text to first class: “Live from Russia! Volume 1” ISBN 978-0757552014.
FLRU:721 | 12 sessions | $89 AGE 60+ | $159 REG

Russian Language: Advanced I

Continue to refine grammar and expand vocabulary while gaining confidence and comfort in conversational Russian. Prerequisite: Russian Language: Intermediate III or equivalent experience. Bring required text to first class: “Live from Russia! Volume 1” ISBN 978-0757552014.
FLRU:723 | 12 sessions | $89 AGE 60+ | $159 REG

Russian Conversation: Advanced II

Continue to expand your understanding of Russian and develop your language skills. Become increasingly proficient in conversational skills as you use the language to explore real-life situations. Prerequisite: Russian Language: Advanced I or equivalent experience. Bring required text to first class: “Live from Russia! Volume 2” ISBN 978-0757558412.
FLRU:724 | 12 sessions | $89 AGE 60+ | $159 REG

Spanish

Spanish for the Traveler

Traveling to a Spanish-speaking country? Explore a new culture and language in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. Learn practical vocabulary for traveling, correct pronunciation and the basic sentence structure necessary to understand and begin to formulate conversations in Spanish. Bring required texts to first class: “Spanish is Fun: Book 1” ISBN 978-1634199285 and “Spanish is Fun: Book 1 Companion Workbook” ISBN 978-1531106331.
FLSP:716 | 8 sessions | $60 AGE 60+ | $99 REG

Spanish Language: Beginning I

Explore a new culture and language in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. Learn practical vocabulary, correct pronunciation and the basic sentence structure necessary to understand and begin to formulate conversations in Spanish! Bring required texts to first class: “Spanish is Fun: Book 1” ISBN 978-1634199285 and “Spanish is Fun: Book 1 Companion Workbook” ISBN 978-1531106331.
FLSP:717 | 8 sessions | $60 AGE 60+ | $99 REG

Spanish Language: Beginning II

Continue to increase your knowledge of the Spanish language including speaking, grammar and vocabulary. Concentration will be on oral use of the language in everyday situations. Prerequisite: Spanish Language: Beginning I or equivalent experience. Bring required texts to first class: “Spanish is Fun: Book 1” ISBN 978-1634199285 and “Spanish is Fun: Book 1 Companion Workbook” ISBN 978-1531106331.
FLSP:718 | 8 sessions | $60 AGE 60+ | $99 REG

Spanish Language: Beginning III

Continue to increase your knowledge of the Spanish language including speaking, grammar and vocabulary. Concentration will be on oral use of the language in everyday situations. Prerequisite: Spanish Language: Beginning II or equivalent experience. Bring required texts to first class: “Spanish is Fun: Book 1” ISBN 978-1634199285 and “Spanish is Fun: Book 1 Companion Workbook” ISBN 978-1531106331.
FLSP:719 | 7 sessions | $60 AGE 60+ | $99 REG
FLSP:719
| 8 sessions | $60 AGE 60+ | $99 REG

Spanish Language: Intermediate I

Improve your conversational skills in Spanish through focus on everyday vocabulary and situations. Examine and review basic grammar and sentence structure. Aspects of Latino culture will be introduced and highlighted as topics of conversation throughout the class. Prerequisite: Spanish Language: Beginning III or equivalent experience. Bring required texts to first class: “Spanish is Fun: Book 2” ISBN 978-1629746708 and “Spanish is Fun: Book 2 Companion Workbook” ISBN 978-1629746654.
FLSP:720 | 8 sessions | $60 AGE 60+ | $99 REG

Spanish Language: Intermediate II

Improve your conversational skills in Spanish through focus on everyday vocabulary and situations. Examine and review basic grammar and sentence structure. Aspects of Latin culture will be introduced and highlighted as topics of conversation throughout the class. Prerequisite: Spanish Language: Intermediate I or equivalent experience. Bring required texts to first class: “Spanish is Fun: Book 2” ISBN 978-1629746708 and “Spanish is Fun: Book 2 Companion Workbook” ISBN 978-1629746654.
FLSP:721 | 8 sessions | $60 AGE 60+ | $99 REG

Spanish Conversation: Intermediate III

Expand your conversational skills in Spanish through focus on everyday vocabulary and situations. Advanced level grammar and sentence structure will be examined and reviewed. Aspects of Latin culture will be introduced and highlighted as topics of conversation throughout the class. Prerequisite: Spanish Conversation: Intermediate II or equivalent experience. Bring required texts to first class: “Spanish is Fun: Book 2” ISBN 978-1629746708 and “Spanish is Fun: Book 2 Companion Workbook” ISBN 978-1629746654.
FLSP:722 | 8 sessions | $60 AGE 60+ | $99 REG

Spanish Conversation: Advanced I

Increase your vocabulary and conversational skills through this advanced level course. Emphasis will be on speaking Spanish by discussing short readings on a variety of topics. Prerequisite: Spanish Conversation: Intermediate III or equivalent experience. Bring required text to first class: “Easy Spanish Reader” ISBN 978-0071850193, available online.
FLSP:723 | 8 sessions | $60 AGE 60+ | $99 REG

Spanish Grammar: Beginning II

Continue to increase your proficiency in conjugating verbs and understanding the present tense and the preterite (past) tense through more writing and conversation as you master the Spanish language. Prerequisite: Spanish Grammar: Beginning I or equivalent experience, basic pronunciation, and understanding of subject pronouns and verb conjugation. Bring required text to first class: “Primer Libro (Spanish First Year) Workbook” ISBN 978-0877205197.
FLSP:718 | 8 sessions | $60 AGE 60+ | $99 REG

Spanish Grammar: Intermediate I

Continue to increase your proficiency in conjugating verbs and understanding of the present, preterite, imperfect and future tenses through more writing and speaking as you master the Spanish language. Prerequisite: Spanish Grammar: Beginning III or equivalent experience, basic pronunciation, and understanding of subject pronouns and verb conjugation. Bring required text to first class: “Primer Libro (Spanish First Year) Workbook” ISBN 978-0877205197.
FLSP:720 | 8 sessions | $60 AGE 60+ | $99 REG

Spanish Grammar: Intermediate II

Continue to increase your proficiency in conjugating verbs and understanding the present, preterite, imperfect and future tenses through writing and speaking. Practice incorporating prepositional pronouns, direct and indirect objects, and interrogative words as you master the Spanish language. Prerequisite: Spanish Grammar: Intermediate I or equivalent experience, basic pronunciation, and understanding of subject pronouns and verb conjugation. Bring required text to first class: “Primer Libro (Spanish First Year) Workbook” ISBN 978-0877205197.
FLSP:720 | 7 sessions | $60 AGE 60+ | $99 REG

Spanish Grammar: Advanced I

Continue to increase your proficiency in conjugating verbs and understanding the present tense of regular, irregular and stem-changing verbs; the preterite of regular and irregular verbs; and the imperfect tense through more writing and conversation as you master the Spanish language. Prerequisite: Spanish Grammar: Intermediate III or equivalent experience, basic pronunciation, and understanding of subject pronouns and verb conjugation. Bring required text to first class: “Segundo Libro (Workbook in Spanish Two Years)” 2nd ed., ISBN 978-0877205067, available online.
FLSP:723 | 8 sessions | $60 AGE 60+ | $99 REG

Spanish Grammar: Advanced II

Continue to increase your proficiency in conjugating verbs and understanding the present and preterite tenses through more writing and conversation as you master the Spanish language. Topics covered will be stem-changing verbs in the present and preterite, future and conditional tenses, and the present, past, future and conditional perfect tenses. Prerequisite: Spanish Grammar: Advanced I or equivalent experience, basic pronunciation, and understanding of subject pronouns and verb conjugation. Bring required text to first class: “Segundo Libro (Workbook in Spanish Two Years)” 2nd ed., ISBN 978-0877205067, available online.
FLSP:723 | 8 sessions | $60 AGE 60+ | $99 REG

Spanish Grammar: Advanced III

Continue to increase your proficiency in conjugating verbs and understanding tenses through practice with future and conditional tenses; present, past, future and conditional perfect tenses; reflexive verbs, polite commands, and verbs categorized by special infinitive endings. Prerequisite: Spanish Grammar: Advanced II or equivalent experience, basic pronunciation, and understanding of subject pronouns and verb conjugation. Bring required text to first class: “Segundo Libro (Workbook in Spanish Two Years)” 2nd ed., ISBN 978-0877205067, available online.
FLSP:723 | 8 sessions | $60 AGE 60+ | $99 REG

 

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