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Top Language Classes In Connecticut

June 11, 2012 6:00 AM

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It’s the 21st century and the world is not only getting smaller, but closer as well. It’s not surprising then that the need for multi-lingual communication is at an all-time high. Business professionals and world travelers need and want to communicate globally. Thankfully, Connecticut has great colleges and universities that offer the study of many different languages. Learning in a classroom environment is one of the most effective ways to learn a language. At Connecticut’s colleges, modern, romantic and classical languages are taught well. Most colleges teach language at the non-matriculated, undergraduate and graduate levels. Please check with each university or college for specific courses and costs. The information provided here offers a wide spectrum of offerings.
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Yale Center for Language Study
370 Temple St
New Haven, CT 06520
(203) 432-8196
cls.yale.edu

Yale is a school with a global reputation. People from all over the world apply to join the ranks of Yale’s students. Here, one can attend language classes with people from many other countries. The courses here are so far reaching that it is impossible to list them all. Everything from ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics and Sanskrit to Chinese and Japanese can be found here. Please note that Yale only has full-time undergraduate courses. The school does not break down the cost for individual courses. If someone wanted to take a course without being a full-time student, then one would have to consider a summer course. A sample of such a course would be German, which is an eight-week summer course that includes four weeks at Yale in New Haven and four weeks abroad in Berlin. The cost for this course is $3,150.

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The University of Connecticut
228 J.H. Arjona Building
Storrs, CT 06269
(860) 486-3313
languages.uconn.edu

Rated one of the top 20 universities in the country, UConn offers more than basketball. It offers traditional classroom instruction in Arabic, American Sign Language, Chinese, Japanese, Modern Greek and Polish. UConn has a large language department with six different sections. According to information available from the language department, it also has a program called Critical Languages and an exciting Study Abroad Program as well as self instruction. A typical three-credit, undergraduate language course would cost around $1000.

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Tunxis Community College
271 Scott Swamp Road
Farmington, CT 06032
(860) 255-3500
tunxis.edu

One school where you will not get sticker shock when you decide to study a foreign language is Tunxis Community College. The state of Connecticut has a wonderful system of community colleges located in the accessible cities and towns. While some of the foreign languages alternate semesters in which they are offered, currently Tunxis offers Chinese, Spanish, French, Italian, Polish, Latin and Russian. While Connecticut has some of the most world-renowned universities and colleges, it also has a plethora of very affordable community colleges. You can take a three-credit course in the above languages for around $600.

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Wesleyan University
45 Wyllys Avenue
Middletown, CT 06459
(860) 685-2000
wesleyan.edu

Wesleyan University offers less-commonly-taught languages and it even provides a long list of possible career paths one could have by majoring in international studies and foreign languages. Contact the University for price per course. Some of the many foreign languages taught here include Arabic, Asian Languages and Literatures, Chinese, French, German Studies, Greek, Hebrew, Japanese and Latin. See a full list here.

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Post University
800 Country Club Road
Waterbury, CT 06723
(203) 596-4500
www.post.edu

Post University offers the romance languages and the course sequence of foreign languages includes developing the student’s ability to speak, read, write and understand the language. There are also seminars in foreign languages taught at this culture-friendly university. Prices are changing for the upcoming semester, so call ahead for information on course costs. The foreign languages taught here include French, Italian and Spanish.

Joanne Greco Rochman is the arts editor of The Fairfield County Review, a columnist, critic, feature story writer and English professor. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Republican-American and Hersam-Acorn Publications. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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