Courses

Note: Not all courses are offered each quarter.

Chinese

Elementary Modern Chinese Series

XL 1 Chinese 5 units
Instruction covers the fundamentals of standard Chinese (Mandarin), including pronunciation, grammar, and Chinese characters, emphasizing the four basic language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing; incorporates both traditional and simplified characters. Conducted entirely in Chinese, although no previous knowledge of Chinese is required. Not open to students who have learned, from whatever source, enough Chinese to qualify for more advanced courses. Academic credit not available to native speakers.

XL 2 Chinese 5 units
Instruction covers the fundamentals of standard Chinese (Mandarin), including pronunciation, grammar, and Chinese characters, emphasizing the four basic language skills:  listening, speaking, reading, and writing; incorporates both traditional and simplified characters. Prerequisite: XL 1 Elementary Modern Chinese or proof of equivalent and consent of instructor at the first class.

XL 3 Chinese 5 units
Instruction covers the fundamentals of standard Chinese (Mandarin), including pronunciation, grammar, and Chinese characters, emphasizing the four basic language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing; incorporates both traditional and simplified characters. Prerequisite: XL 2 Elementary Modern Chinese or proof of equivalent and consent of instructor at the first class.

 

French

Elementary French Series

XL 1 French 4 units online
This approach develops speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills, as well as an understanding of the cultures of the French-speaking world.  Activities allow students to focus on meaningful real-life communication while practicing key grammatical structures. Instruction emphasizes the present tense of regular and major irregular verbs, as well as the building of a basic conversational vocabulary. Conducted entirely in French, although no previous knowledge of French is required.

XL 2 French 4 units online
Instruction emphasizes past and future verb tenses, commands, object pronouns, idiomatic expressions, and the expansion of cultural vocabulary using a communicative, thematically based approach. Conducted entirely in French. Prerequisite: XL 1 Elementary French or proof of equivalent and consent of instructor at the first class.

XL 3 French 4 units online
This course emphasizes past and future verb tenses, commands, object pronouns, idiomatic expressions, and the expansion of cultural vocabulary using a communicative, thematically based approach. Conducted entirely in French. Prerequisite: XL 2 Elementary French or proof of equivalent and consent of instructor at the first class.

Italian

Elementary Italian Series

XL 1 Italian 4 units online
Fundamental communication skills are introduced, including grammar and pronunciation. Instruction develops a basic conversational vocabulary, including idiomatic expressions. Contemporary Italian language and culture are covered using a wide variety of interactive exercises and authentic materials. The present and past tense of regular and irregular verbs and the present progressive are emphasized. Conducted entirely in Italian, although no previous knowledge of Italian is required.

XL 2 Italian 4 units online
This course emphasizes reflexive verbs; commands; comparative, conditional, future, and imperfect verb tenses; idiomatic expressions; and the expansion of a basic conversational vocabulary. Contemporary Italian language and culture are covered using a wide variety of interactive exercises and authentic materials. Conducted entirely in Italian. Prerequisite: XL 1 Elementary Italian or equivalent and consent of instructor at the first class.

XL 3 Italian 4 units online
This course emphasizes passato remoto, subjunctive moods, idiomatic expressions, and further development of conversational skills. Contemporary Italian language and culture are covered using a variety of interactive exercises and authentic materials. Conducted entirely in Italian. Prerequisite: XL 2 Elementary Italian or equivalent and consent of instructor at the first class.

Japanese

Elementary Modern Japanese Series

XL 1 Japanese 5 units
This introduction to modern Japanese focuses on conversation, grammar, and written forms. Conversation drills are based on material covered in class. Conducted entirely in Japanese; no previous knowledge of Japanese required. Not open to students who have learned, from whatever source, enough Japanese to qualify for more advanced courses. Academic credit not available to native speakers.

XL 2 Japanese 5 units
This is the second course in the elementary sequence focusing on conversation, grammar, and written forms. Conversation drills are based on material covered in class. Grammar is explained in English. Not open to students who have learned, from whatever source, enough Japanese to qualify for more advanced courses.

XL 3 Japanese 5 units
This is the third course in the elementary sequence focusing on conversation, grammar, and written forms. Conversation drills are based on material covered in class. Grammar is explained in English. Not open to students who have learned, from whatever source, enough Japanese to qualify for more advanced courses.

Spanish

Elementary Spanish Series

XL 1 Spanish 4 units online
Using a communicative integrated skills approach, the program simultaneously develops speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. Reading and writing activities provide opportunities to practice key grammatical structures, acquire vocabulary, and develop cultural insights. Instruction emphasizes the present tense of regular and major irregular verbs and the building of a basic conversational vocabulary. Conducted primarily in Spanish, although no previous knowledge of Spanish is required.

XL 2 Spanish 4 units online and in classroom 
Instruction emphasizes reflexive verbs; present progressive, preterite, and imperfect verb tenses; idiomatic expressions; and the expansion of basic conversational vocabulary. Conducted entirely in Spanish. Prerequisite: XL 1 Elementary Spanish or proof of equivalent and consent of instructor at the first class.

XL 3 Spanish 4 units online
This course emphasizes conditional, future, present perfect, commands, and passive voice; subjunctive moods; idiomatic expressions; and further development of conversational skills using the Communicative Method. Conducted entirely in Spanish. Prerequisite: XL 2 Elementary Spanish or proof of equivalent and consent of instructor at the first class.

Conversational Spanish Series

Beginning Spanish for Business: Language, Culture and Communication
X 465 Spanish 4 units

This course provides an introduction to basic Spanish grammar. The course will focus on improving listening,comprehension, and conversation skills through communicative classroom activities that require active participation and offer practice in the functional use of Spanish for success in today’s business world. Along with developing speaking, reading and writing skills in Spanish, students can expect to expand their vocabulary and gain a working knowledge of business terminology for specific contexts. Some topics include: the logistics of business travel to Spanish-speaking countries; the importing and exporting of goods; inquiring about quality, prices and payments; the transportation of people and merchandise; and interviewing and hiring personnel. The course also highlights cultural practices relevant to the content and country under discussion.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where are my classes held?

Courses are held on the UCLA campus in Westwood, Woodland Hills, DTLA and online.

Who are our instructors?

Our instructors are language experts with PhDs from top universities and substantial years of academic teaching experience.

Who are our students?

The majority of our students are working professionals with bachelor’s degrees who are interested in developing global language proficiency skills for their career enhancement and/or personal enrichment. Some students are also in the process of fulfilling undergraduate language requirements. Although most students are post-graduates, a degree is not required to enroll in individual language courses.