Registration opens for UI winter language program

Registration opens for UI winter language program

URBANA — The University of Illinois has begun registration for its winter foreign language program.

The UI's School of Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics organizes the Intensive Foreign Language Instruction Program. Courses will be held daily (except Saturday and Sunday) from Monday, Jan. 6, through Friday, Jan. 17, for three hours a day. They are taught by advanced graduate students or UI faculty.

Courses focus on conversational skills, travel preparation and language survival skills. There is minimal homework, no attendance policy and no academic credit is offered. Each class must have a minimum of 10 participants.

Except as noted below, classes will take place from 9 a.m. to noon. Instruction will be offered in elementary Chinese (Mandarin); elementary French; intermediate French; elementary German; elementary Italian; intermediate Italian (1-4 p.m.); elementary Japanese; elementary Latin (5-8 p.m.); elementary Portuguese; intermediate Portuguese (1-4 p.m.); elementary Russian; elementary Spanish (9-noon and 5-8 p.m.); intermediate Spanish (9-noon and 1-4 p.m.); and advanced Spanish (5-8 p.m.).

The cost for UI students is $100; $125 for UI faculty, staff and retirees; and $150 for the public. Payments must be made at the time of registration.

Cancellations after Monday, Dec. 16, will be assessed a $25 fee. There will be no refunds after the first day of class, Monday, Jan. 6.

Participants can place themselves based on the following guidelines:

— Elementary, for those with no prior experience or formal training in the language.

— Intermediate, for those with the equivalent of one year of college-level instruction in the language.

— Advanced, for those with the equivalent of two or more years of college-level instruction in the language.

Registration is encouraged by Dec. 2. Course offerings with fewer than 10 participants as of that date are subject to cancellation. Registration fees will be refunded in full for classes cancelled due to limited enrollment.

Online registration and payment information is available at More information also is available at

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