Learning a Language through continuing education

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Learning a Language through continuing education

Article by Chris Rudolph

You are doing what you have always wanted and planning the trip of a lifetime across South America. You plan to visit each country for a long period of time and see the sights and sounds like that of a local. One issue. And it is a big one: you cannot speak Spanish and know you will need to know at least a little bit before you go.

Thankfully, you still have a few months before your vacation starts, so you can try to learn some Spanish before heading on your trip. However, you are not sure whats the best way to learning the language. You see the advertisements on televisions for the books and CD-ROM sets that claim to teach you the language in just a few days. You are more than skeptical.

Instead, you decide that taking a course with a native speaker would probably be the best for you. But where can you find these sorts of courses without enrolling in an actual Spanish language degree program? You are most likely to find programs like this for individuals just like you in continuing education programs.

Continuing education programs that have language courses are more tailored to the adult learner who wants to learn the practical part of the language. The people who take these classes are usually using it for business purposes or for recreational reasons. They need to know the phrases and would like to practice conversation. Continuing education classes like this are great for that.

How can you find continuing education courses where you can learn all the vital parts of the language in the shortest amount of time avaialable? Well, most colleges and universities offer language courses for adult learners that do not involve enrolling in a degree program. To find out more about these sorts of courses, contact your local college and university and speak to an enrollment specialist about the registration process, the class times and what you can expect to learn in the class.

Most times, these classes are taught by native speakers who can provide the much needed practice to perfect your accent and comprehension of the language. These courses are also offered in a beginner, intermediate and advanced level that allows individuals to learn at their own pace. Students can also retake courses if they choose to perfect something they did not feel like they mastered previously.

Some colleges and universities also offer lessons in other languages such as Arabic, French, Italian and German, mostly depending on what part of the country you live in and your interests. Arabic language courses have increased in popularity in the years since 9/11 and will most likely continue to rise in popularity as refugees continue to come to this country.

On the flip side, continuing education courses are also offered to non-English speakers who have recently come to this country. These immigrants want and need to learn the English language and continuing education courses like this provide the best format for them to do so.

So say “hola” to continuing education and learn enough Spanish to spend your vacation like a native.

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