The Community Language School offers a variety of weekly classes for preschoolers (ages 3-6), children (ages 6-9), pre-teens/teens (10-14) and adults (18+). Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be offering online classes and events in lieu of our face-to-face programs. 

Summer 2021 Kids Programs

Our online language courses are designed to provide a fun, virtual learning environment which will introduce kids to different languages and cultures with a focus on developing oral communication skills. Our family programs are offered for kids 3-6 years of age, kids programs for children 6-9 years of age and pre-teen/teen programs for kids 10-14 years of age. Our live classes via Zoom (links will be sent the week before classes begin) taught by qualified teachers. The family and kids classes will meet once a week for 45 minutes and our Pre-teen/Teen classes will meet once a week for 60 minutes.

Online programs are scheduled over two 5-week sessions: Session 1 (weeks of June 7-July 5, 2021) & Session 2 (weeks of July 19-August 16, 2021). Registration fee per session: $40

Note: We require a minimum enrollment limit of 8 students to run our programs and will accept no more than 10 students. We will not process your payment until we reach our minimum enrollment of 8 participants. You will be charged only if we meet our minimum enrollment limit to run the program. A confirmation will be sent to you via email for each program you are registered for.

Note: If you are unable to enroll because the program has reached its maximum limit, please contact Sandhya Shanker (shankers@msu.edu) to be added to our waitlist.

Family Language Classes

Ages 3-6

Our live online programs for children (ages 3-9) provide an introduction 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. A parent/guardian must be present during class on Zoom. 

Session 1

Online Spanish Family Class – *FULL*

  • Mondays, June 7 – July 5, 4:00-4:45pm (EST)

Online Chinese Family Class

  • Thursdays, June 10 – July 8, 4:00-4:45pm (EST)

Session 2

Online Spanish Family Class

  • Mondays, July 19 – August 16, 4:00-4:45pm (EST)

Online Chinese Family Class

  • Thursdays, July 22 – August 19, 4:00-4:45pm (EST)

Kids Language Classes

Ages 6-9

Our live online programs for kids (ages 6-9) 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, enhance their understanding of the native language, and hopefully motivate them to pursue language study. We emphasize functional language use and cultural awareness. 

Session 1

Online Spanish Kids Class

  • Mondays, June 7 – July 5, 5:00-5:45pm (EST)

Online German for Kids Class

  • Tuesdays, June 8 – July 6, 5:00-5:45pm (EST)

Online Italian for Kids Class

  • Tuesdays, June 8 – July 6, 5:00-5:45pm (EST)

Online Spanish for Kids Class

  • Wednesdays, June 9 – July 7, 4:00-4:45pm (EST)

Online Chinese for Kids Class

  • Wednesdays, June 9 – July 7, 5:00-5:45pm (EST)

Online Japanese for Kids Class

  • Thursdays, June 10 – July 8, 5:00-5:45pm (EST)

Online ESL for Kids Class

  • Intermediate Level
  • Wednesdays, June 9 – July 7, 5:00pm-5:45pm (EST)
  • Our online ESL class for kids offers language and culture practice with an MSU English language instructor.  Through vocabulary, pronunciation, and creative language activities, students gain confidence communicating in English on a variety of topics. This program assumes that students have some basic functional knowledge of English (e.g. introducing yourself, expressing likes and dislikes, asking questions, etc.).

Session 2

Online Spanish Kids Class

  • Mondays, July 19 – August 16, 5:00-5:45pm (EST)

Online German for Kids Class

  • Tuesdays, July 20 – August 17, 5:00-5:45pm (EST)

Online Italian for Kids Class

  • Tuesdays, July 20 – August 17, 5:00-5:45pm (EST)

Online Spanish for Kids Class

  • Wednesdays, July 21 – August 18, 4:00-4:45pm (EST)

Online Chinese for Kids Class

  • Wednesdays, July 21 – August 18, 5:00-5:45pm (EST)

Online Japanese for Kids Class

  • Thursdays, July 22 – August 19, 5:00-5:45pm (EST)

Online ESL for Kids Class

  • Intermediate Level
  • Wednesdays, July 21 – August 18, 5:00pm-5:45pm (EST)
  • Our online ESL class for kids offers language and culture practice with an MSU English language instructor.  Through vocabulary, pronunciation, and creative language activities, students gain confidence communicating in English on a variety of topics. This program assumes that students have some basic functional knowledge of English (e.g. introducing yourself, expressing likes and dislikes, asking questions, etc.).

Pre-Teens & Teens Classes

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. 

Session 1

Online Spanish Preteens/Teens Class

  • Mondays, June 7 – July 5, 6:00-7:00pm (EST)

Online German for Preteens/Teens Class

  • Tuesdays, June 8 – July 6, 6:00-7:00pm (EST)

Online Arabic for Preteens/Teens Class

  • Tuesdays, June 8 – July 6, 6:00-7:00pm (EST)

Online Chinese for Preteens/Teens Class

  • Tuesdays, June 8 – July 6, 6:00-7:00pm (EST)

Online French for Preteens/Teens Class

  • Wednesdays, June 9 – July 7, 6:00-7:00pm (EST)

Online Japanese for Preteens/Teens Class

  • Thursdays, June 10 – July 8, 6:00-7:00pm (EST)

Online Italian for Preteens/Teens Class

  • Thursdays, June 10 – July 8, 6:00-7:00pm (EST)

Online ESL for Preteens/Teens Class

  • Intermediate Level
  • Wednesdays, June 9 – July 7, 6:00-7:00pm (EST)
  • Our online ESL class for preteens/teens offers language and culture practice with an MSU English language instructor.  Through vocabulary, pronunciation, and creative language activities, students gain confidence communicating in English on a variety of topics. This program assumes that students have some basic functional knowledge of English (e.g. introducing yourself, expressing likes and dislikes, asking questions, etc.).

Session 2

Online Spanish Preteens/Teens Class

  • Mondays, July 19 – August 16, 6:00-7:00pm (EST)

Online German for Preteens/Teens Class

  • Tuesdays, July 20 – August 17, 6:00-7:00pm (EST) 

Online Chinese for Preteens/Teens Class

  • Tuesdays, July 20 – August 17, 6:00-7:00pm (EST)

Online French for Preteens/Teens Class

  • Wednesdays, July 21 – August 18, 6:00-7:00pm (EST)

Online Japanese for Preteens/Teens Class

  • Thursdays, July 22 – August 19, 6:00-7:00pm (EST)

Online Italian for Preteen/Teens Class

  • Thursdays, July 22 – August 19, 6:00-7:00pm (EST)

Online ESL for Preteens/Teens Class

  • Intermediate Level
  • Wednesdays, July 21 – August 18, 6:00-7:00pm (EST)
  • Our online ESL class for preteens/teens offers language and culture practice with an MSU English language instructor.  Through vocabulary, pronunciation, and creative language activities, students gain confidence communicating in English on a variety of topics. This program assumes that students have some basic functional knowledge of English (e.g. introducing yourself, expressing likes and dislikes, asking questions, etc.).

*CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!*

Summer 2021 Adult Programs

Our online language courses are designed for those busy adults who have had some or no previous instruction in the language and for those who wish to brush up on their speaking skills. It is ideal for anyone wishing to acquire basic communication skills and learn about cultures and traditions of the various regions where the language is spoken. Our classes are offered in various levels:

-Low Beginners-High Beginners: for those who have had little to no experience in the language

-Intermediate: for those who have had some prior experience with the language

-Low Intermediate-Intermediate-High: for those who have had more than 1 year experience with the language

Our small group classes will be held live via Zoom by instructors from Michigan State University. Experience the joy of learning a language in the comfort of your own home and interacting with other like-minded people through this enriching opportunity to navigate a different culture and keep your brain intellectually fit and sharp. Classes will be held once a week, 1.5 hours per week via Zoom (links will be sent the week before classes begin) from the week of June 7 – July 5. Registration fee: $120.

Note: We require a minimum enrollment limit of 8 students to run our programs and will accept no more than 10 students. We will not process your payment until we reach our minimum enrollment of 8 participants. You will be charged only if we meet our minimum enrollment limit to run the program. A confirmation will be sent to you via email for each program you are registered for.

Note: If you are unable to enroll because the program has reached its maximum limit, please email Sandhya Shanker (shankers@msu.edu) to be added to our waitlist.

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Session 1

Online Italian for Adults – *FULL*

  • Beginners-High Beginners
  • Tuesdays, June 8 – July 6, 6:00-7:30pm (EST)
  • Instructor: Carmen De Lorenzo

Online Spanish for Adults

  • Intermediate
  • Tuesdays, June 8 – July 6, 6:00-7:30pm (EST)
  • Instructor: Delia Castaneda

Online French for Adults – *FULL*

  • Beginners-High Beginners
  • Wednesdays, June 9 – July 7, 6:00-7:30pm (EST)
  • Instructor: Sandhya Shanker

Online Spanish for Adults

  • Beginners-High Beginners
  • Thursdays, June 10 – July 8, 6:00-7:30pm (EST)
  • Instructor: Delia Castaneda

Online Chinese for Adults

  • Beginners-High Beginners
  • Thursdays, June 10 – July 8, 6:00-7:30pm (EST)
  • Instructor: Wenying Zhou

Session 2

Online Italian for Adults

  • Intermediate
  • Tuesdays, July 20 – August 17, 6:00-7:30pm (EST)
  • Instructor: Carmen De Lorenzo

Online Spanish for Adults

  • Intermediate
  • Tuesdays, July 20 – August 17, 6:00-7:30pm (EST)
  • Instructor: Delia Castaneda

Online French for Adults

  • Intermediate
  • Wednesdays, July 21 – August 18, 6:00-7:30pm (EST)
  • Instructor: Sandhya Shanker

Online Spanish for Adults

  • Beginners-High Beginners
  • Thursdays, July 22 – August 19, 6:00-7:30pm (EST)
  • Instructor: Delia Castaneda

Online Chinese for Adults

  • Beginners-High Beginners
  • Thursdays, July 22 – August 19, 6:00-7:30pm (EST)
  • Instructor: Wenying Zhou

*CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!*

DISCOVER a language with cls!

"Our professor was wonderful! She engaged everyone in the class which is hard to do with people being at different experience levels. She always included time to speak to others in Spanish, explained the material well, and really focused on improving our communication skills."
-Participant
Adults program
"I think my child expanded his vocabulary and confidence in using a new language. More importantly, he had fun in the class, and because he had fun I think he will look forward to taking additional classes in a new language."
-PARENT
Kids program

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