Welcome to MSU Community Language School!

The Community Language School offers a variety of programs for children and youth. During spring and fall semesters, we offer weekly classes for preschoolers (ages 3-6), children (ages 6-9), pre-teens (10-12) and teens (ages 13+). In the summer, we offer week-long day-camps on campus. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are offering online programs.

Monthly culture events introduce children to cultures around the world. Enrichment programs at area elementary schools introduce children to different cultures and their languages.

We are also conduct culture events. Our culture events are open to the general public and are free of cost. To attend our culture events, we ask that our participants register in order to help us better plan materials and photocopies. Please register by emailing/calling us with the name(s) of participant(s), contact email/phone number and if participant(s) is child (3-12 years), minor (12-17 years) or adult (above 18 years). CLS culture events are open to children age 3 and above. Adults are welcome.

Meet Our Community Language School Staff and Teachers

CLS Online Programs

Ages 3-9

Our live online programs for preschoolers and kids (ages 3-9) are designed to provide a fun learning environment that focuses on playful interactions in the target language. It will sensitize children to language learning, help them acquire an awareness and appreciation of other cultures and enhance their understanding of the native language.

Ages 10-14

Our live online programs for pre-teens and teens (ages 10-14) focus on developing speaking and listening skills and introduce students to various aspects of the target culture and country/countries where the language is spoken. Students are introduced to different facets of the target language and culture, expand their existing knowledge, and increase their abilities in speaking and listening while incorporating some reading and writing in the target language.

Ages 18+

Our adult programs are designed for those busy adults who have had little or no previous instruction in the language and for those who wish to brush up on their speaking skills. It is ideal for those seeking to hone in their practical communication skills to carry on a basic conversations during travel (e.g. at an airport, hotel, train station, or a restaurant, etc.). Learn about the nuances of how to navigate a different culture and experience the joy of being back on campus through this enriching opportunity that will help you keep your brain fit and stay sharp intellectually. 

CLS In-Person Programs

Ages 3-6

Our preschooler programs introduce children to the target language and culture in a playful way. By speaking in the target language throughout the entire class, the children are immersed in the language and become familiarized with the sounds of the language while learning to say simple phrases. The focus of the class is on listening and speaking, supported by visual cues.

Ages 6-9

Our kids programs are designed to provide a fun learning environment that focuses on playful interactions in the target language. It will sensitize children to language learning, help them acquire an awareness and appreciation of other cultures, enhance their understanding of the native language, and hopefully motivate them to pursue language study. We emphasize functional language use and cultural awareness.

Ages 10-12

Our pre-teen programs focus on developing speaking and listening skills and introduce students to
various aspects of the target culture and country/countries where the language is spoken. Students are introduced to different facets of the target language and culture, expand their existing knowledge, and increase their abilities in speaking and listening while incorporating some reading and writing in the target language. This program serves as a stepping stone to students appreciating the
target language and culture and creates the global mindset. 

Ages 13-16

Want to learn a new language or get better at a language you are already studying? Our teen programs focus on developing speaking skills on daily topics with reading and writing used as support. Classes are designed to immerse students in the target language through popular audio and visual media like music, films, comics, popular TV shows, etc. as well as through stories and folktales.

Ages 18+

Our adult programs are designed for those busy adults who have had no or little previous instruction in the language and for those who wish to brush up on their speaking skills. It is ideal for those seeking to hone in their practical communication skills to carry on a basic conversations during travel (e.g. at an airport, hotel, train station, or a restaurant, etc.). Learn about the nuances of how to navigate a different
culture and experience the joy of being back on campus through this
enriching opportunity that will help you keep your brain fit and stay
sharp intellectually

Ages 6-16

Our summer camps introduce kids and teens to different languages and cultures by providing a fun learning environment that focuses on games, songs, and other playful interactions. The curricula are theme-based and include topics of interest and relevance to children. Different activity types are alternated with games and hands-on as well as visually activated learning.