French 101 - Beginner's French

This will be an introductory course in French lasting six weeks. Classes will begin September 25th. This will be regularly updated as I add more information such as email, etc. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to message me on here. This will not be like other language courses. I've tried numerous method of learning languages and through trial and error I've realized that most courses are inadequate, useless, and boring. This class will be for anyone who needs help in beginner French. Focus will be on what is practical, not what is in a textbook because frankly, I could purposely screw up and write a better textbook than 95% of what is out there now. For more info on the course lessons, please read below.

Spanish 101- Basics and Converstion

Hola! Ever land on the famed telenovela and wonder what it is they're talking about? Or what about the time that ESPN didn't have that fĂștbol match you wanted to see? Maybe you went to a local Latin restaurant and wanted to sound cool ordering in Spanish!?

Well now you can! With this 12 week course we'll cover Spanish in a simple and easy way. It'll be fun and silly and most of all it will be a great way to learn one of the fastest growing needed languages in the world!!!

Classes will start 8/04/13

Beginner Japanese [in Minecraft]

I am currently undertaking a PhD in education, and my research is centred around how virtual worlds may be appropriated for language learning. What I am offering is the opportunity to learn and study in a 3D environment with other students. The environment will be Minecraft! I plan to live stream lessons on and then upload them to YouTube for reference.

Reasons for choosing Minecraft:

  1. It allows for experiential learning. Instead of just talking about the language, you will have the opportunity to practice the language in an authentic way.
  2. The virtual environment is a persistent environment meaning that you can log in at anytime and practice. I recommend spending time on there outside of lessons.
  3. Minecraft is perfect for this as we can create lessons and activities easily. It's a fun game too! :)

The course will be approximately 15 weeks long and we will cover the majority of the Genki I textbook in that time.

Things to do before classes

YouTube playlist of ALL lessons

Zulu With Dingani

Zulu With Dingani is a beginner's Zulu course combining video lectures and word games. New material and updates will be added over time. If you have any questions/comments/suggestions, feel free to email us at or post here.

Argentine Spanish 101

With roughly 50 million speakers across Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay, River Plate Spanish is perhaps one of the largest Spanish dialect groups and, certainly, one of the most distinct. It's a language shaped by immigration: massive Italian immigration (60% of Argentines are of Italian descent) has given the language and populace a unique Italian feel.

The culture and architecture of Buenos Aires and Montevideo is strongly European, leading many to refer to Buenos Aires as the "Paris of South America". This should come as no surprise: Up to 97% of the Argentina population is of European descent, setting it apart from other countries in Latin America.

This course aims to teach not only River Plate Spanish, but also bits of culture and history.

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Language Construction

Have you ever wanted to create your very own language? If the answer to this is 'yes!' (or some variation of this), then this is the course for you!

In this course we will be looking at how actual languages are constructed and apply this to build our own languages with its own script, grammar, syntax and words!

Excited? Well, you should be! Sign up now!

German for advanced beginners (CEFR A2) 2013

Our goal in this class is reaching the A2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

After this class you will be able to:

Understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). Communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. Describe in simple terms aspects of your background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.

Intro to Composition

Writing begins with thinking. Words organize and shape the world around all of us. Without some sort of language we would be lost. Writing allows us to harness the power of words and use them to our advantage. For this reason, it is amazing how many people do not feel comfortable with writing in any setting. If you are one of these people this class will help you to feel more at ease with the entire writing process by introducing you to new and different ways of thinking about language and how writing is constructed!

Vahn 101

Next weekend, I will be aiming to begin a course centered around teaching Vahn to beginners. For those who may not have heard of Vahn, it is a constructed language with some unique features, including it's oligosynthetic nature, and syllable synthesis structure.

Class Will be starting on the weekend after I have enough signups to feel it justified. Hopefully the weekend starting on the 14th of June. I'll be sending the details of the teamspeak server as well as specific times through skype, so add me to express your interest (details bellow). All lectures will be recorded and posted on youtube so you can view them in post or to catch up.

Introduction to Japanese

This course will cover the basics of written and spoken communication in Japanese. You will learn both of the writing systems used to phonetically write Japanese, as well as the vastly more complex Kanji writing system. My goal is to get you reading, writing (and typing), and to whatever extent is possible in an exclusively online course, speaking in Japanese.

Class will be conducted via the online learning management system Schoology. It's free to use, and provides a straightforward, powerful means to organize classes, share content, and collaborate.

Link for Schoology (class site) and sign up code are contained in the syllabus.


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