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Whether driven by an interest to explore a new culture or to improve existing language skills, our language classes help students of all levels accomplish language-learning goals in a non-competitive class environment.

Language-learning methods vary by instructor, but each course stresses confidence in the language and insight into the culture behind the language. University of Richmond professors, Fulbright scholars, and local professionals all serve as language instructors.

Depending on instructor availability, classes in Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, French, Italian, and other languages may also be offered.

Which Level is Right for Me?

  • Level I: For beginners. Pronunciation, vocabulary & fundamentals
  • Level II: Continuation of Level I focused on real situations & modes of interaction
  • Level III: For those with solid knowledge of language, emphasizing correct speaking patterns
  • Accelerated: Packed with twice the material of regular course
  • Immersion & Weekend Intensives: Two- to four-day classes designed for language immersion
  • Private/Small Group: For existing groups seeking communal instruction

Course and Registration Information

Select the title below for course schedules and online registration.

American Sign Language - Beginner I
Course Offerings (1)
September 19, 2017 through October 10, 2017
Tuesdays: 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Instructor: Reba Poole
CRN: ASL118.01
Fee: $105
Description
In these American Sign Language (ASL) classes you will learn fingerspelling, counting, and basic signs such as 'How are you,' non-manual signals (NMS), and how to convert English into ASL. Sessions include fun, hands-on activities which will enable you to communicate with our deaf community. Classes are taught by local organization ASL Champs. This is a beginner class and eligible for CEUs; books are included in tuition.

American Sign Language - Beginner II
Course Offerings (1)
October 24, 2017 through November 14, 2017
Tuesdays: 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Instructor: Reba Poole
CRN: ASL118.02
Fee: $105
Description
In these American Sign Language (ASL) classes you will learn fingerspelling, counting, and basic signs such as 'How are you,' non-manual signals (NMS), and how to convert English into ASL. Sessions include fun, hands-on activities which will enable you to communicate with our deaf community. Classes are taught by local organization ASL Champs. This is a continuation of Beginner I and is eligible for CEUs; books are included in tuition.

English Language Course - Session A
Course Offerings (1)
September 18, 2017 through October 11, 2017
Mondays and Wednesdays: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Instructor: David Reisenwitz
CRN: ENG118.01
Fee: $195
Description
Our four-week course provides an excellent opportunity to increase your English language skills. In these intensive sessions, students will be introduced to material and classroom exercises for practice in speaking, reading, and writing. There is no proficiency test required for enrollment; the course is designed for beginner to intermediate levels. Materials are included in course fee, and Certificate of Completion is provided at conclusion of course.

English Language Course - Session B
Course Offerings (1)
October 23, 2017 through November 15, 2017
Mondays and Wednesdays: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Instructor: David Reisenwitz
CRN: ENG118.02
Fee: $195
Description
Our four-week course provides an excellent opportunity to increase your English language skills. In these intensive sessions, students will be introduced to material and classroom exercises for practice in speaking, reading, and writing. There is no proficiency test required for enrollment, although the course is designed for intermediate levels. Materials are included in course fee, and a certificate of completion is provided at conclusion of course. New and returning students are welcome.

French - Level I
Course Offerings (1)
October 5, 2017 through November 9, 2017
Thursdays: 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Instructor: Allison Maltby
CRN: FRN118.01
Fee: $155
Description
In this course, students will be taught basic communication skills and grammar. This is an introductory course, not an immersion class, ideal for students who are new to the language and/or are interested in traveling to a French-speaking country.

Italian I
Course Offerings (1)
September 4, 2017 through October 23, 2017
Mondays: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Instructor: Sarah Skeen
CRN: ITAL118.01
Fee: $265
Description
This course is intended for travelers to Italy or anyone who desires to speak and understand 'la bella lingua.' Lessons integrate grammar and conversation practice with culture and etiquette skills. The student will be prepared to navigate a variety of social situations while dining, shopping, and traveling throughout Italy.

Italian II
Course Offerings (1)
October 30, 2017 through December 18, 2017
Mondays: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Instructor: Sarah Skeen
CRN: ITAL118.02
Fee: $265
Description
This six-week course is a continuation of Italian I, and it proceeds with the same textbook and CD used for that course. Students will progress with sequentially sophisticated grammatical and social situations, beginning with the various uses of the simple past and the imperfect.

Spanish - Conversation
Course Offerings (1)
September 20, 2017 through October 25, 2017
Wednesdays: 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Instructor: Amy Simonpietri
CRN: SPN118.03
Fee: $155
Description
This course is for those with advanced Spanish skills and designed for students who are ready to practice their speaking. The course will focus on students learning and speaking Spanish expressions and vocabulary beyond textbooks, as well as practicing listening and reading comprehension. Take your language to the next level!

Spanish - Level I
Course Offerings (1)
September 19, 2017 through October 24, 2017
Tuesdays: 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Instructor: Amy Simonpietri
CRN: SPN118.01
Fee: $155
Description
If you have been hesitant about attempting to learn a new language, now it is time to try it. Learning Spanish could be a valuable asset for you. In this course we will learn the foundation of the language, covering basic grammar, pronunciation, and vocabulary as well as an introduction to the Spanish culture.

Spanish - Level II
Course Offerings (1)
November 7, 2017 through December 12, 2017
Tuesdays: 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Instructor: Amy Simonpietri
CRN: SPN118.02
Fee: $155
Description
Did you take Spanish in high school or college and you want to refresh your skills? Are you pursuing a new challenge professionally and want to use your Spanish-speaking skills? This course is a continuation of Spanish for Beginners I. It is intended for students who want to refresh their basic skills in Spanish or further their knowledge of the Spanish language by acquiring new vocabulary and building confidence in speaking and comprehension.

Contact Us

Mary C. Raymond, Manager
Enrichment & Youth
Professional & Continuing Studies
Special Programs Building
28 Westhampton Way
Univ. of Richmond, VA 23173

Phone: (804) 289-8133
Fax: (804) 289-8138
mraymond@richmond.edu