Curriculum & Workshop Descriptions

All Employee Language Program offerings are facilitated by upper division students in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages at Western. Please see below for recommended background levels and workshop descriptions. Workshops are repeatable, depending on skill level.
Note: Not all workshops are offered every quarter.

Spanish Workshops

Spanish: Level 1: Basic Conversation

Recommended Background: Workshops taught at this level are designed for people with little or no previous exposure to Spanish (including those who might have had some Spanish years ago but who currently have little or no conversational fluency).

Description: Participants starting at this level are not expected to have any prior knowledge of Spanish. Workshop activities will focus on phrases and special topics to help build vocabulary and knowledge of simple grammar structures for basic conversational fluency.

Spanish: Level 2: Basic Conversation

Recommended Background: Workshops taught at this level are designed for people who have some prior experience with Spanish and limited conversational ability or for those who have completed Basic Conversation, Level 1.

Description: Participants starting at this level should be able to talk in very basic terms about daily activities, family or work relationships, hobbies, likes and dislikes, and related topics. Workshop activities will help participants build vocabulary and simple grammar structures to communicate with more conversational fluency.

Spanish: Level 3: Written and Oral Communication Workshop

Recommended Background: Workshops taught at this level are designed for people who have prior experience with Spanish and basic conversational ability or for those who have completed Basic Conversation, Level 2.

Description: The activities in this workshop will focus on increasing conversational fluency and will build on the vocabulary and grammar structures covered in levels 1 and 2 to help polish the participants’ written Spanish. As with all Employee Language Program workshops, participants are encouraged to work with their facilitators to help tailor the workshop to their needs. Past topics have included lessons on idiomatic expressions, more complex grammar topics, and translation, among others.

Spanish: Conversation Partners

Recommended Background: Workshops taught at this level are designed for individuals at all levels.

Description: Workshop participants schedule one-on-one discussion sessions with an Employee Language Program workshop facilitator. In these sessions, participants will work on their listening and speaking skills.

Spanish: Spanish for Outreach and Specific Purposes

Recommended Background: Workshops taught at this level are designed for individuals at all levels.

Description: University departments and units may request a customized workshop be developed to meet unit-specific outreach initiatives. Workshops will be designed with specific goals for a specific audience.

Additional Language Workshops

Chinese

Chinese: Basic Language and Culture

Recommended Background: All are welcome.

Description: Participants will gain a basic understanding of the cultural traditions of the Chinese-speaking world and learn basic Chinese phrases and vocabulary.

English

Those interested in participating in an Occupational English workshop should contact the Employee Language Program at EmployeeLanguage@wwu.edu or at 360-650-2841.

English: Basic Occupational and Professional English

Recommended Background: All are welcome.

Description: Participants will practice and apply English language skills, as used in specific professional settings.

English: Conversation Partners

Recommended Background: All are welcome.

Description: Workshop participants schedule one-on-one discussion sessions with an Employee Language Program workshop facilitator. In these sessions, participants will work on their listening and speaking skills.

French

French: Basic Language and Culture

Recommended Background: All are welcome.

Description: Participants will gain a basic understanding of the cultural traditions of the francophone world and learn basic French phrases and vocabulary.

French: Conversation Partners

Recommended Background: All are welcome.

Description: Workshop participants schedule one-on-one discussion sessions with an Employee Language Program workshop facilitator. In these sessions, participants will work on their listening and speaking skills.

 

Interested in a customized workshop for your unit/department?

If your Western department or program is interested in a customized training that fits the mission of the Employee Language Program, please contact us.  

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