Languages

The Foreign Language and English Enhancement Program offers noncredit language classes to the community. Registration is available online.

English Enhancement and ESL

The English Enhancement Program helps foreign professionals develop conversational skills in English. If you have already studied the grammar of the English language but can’t converse fluently, this class is for you. 

Our courses emphasize the following parts of the spoken language:

  • Pronunciation
  • Intonation
  • Common English speech patterns
  • Vocabulary
  • Idioms

All classes are offered on a noncredit basis.

For the beginning student, we offer English as a Second Language (ESL) in private lessons. These lessons teach writing, reading, listening, and speaking skills. You will also learn about grammar and cultural aspects of American.

Foreign Languages Offered

Arabic

Arabic 101 (elementary). Text: Alif Baa – Introduction to Arabic Letters and Sounds by Kristen Brustad.

Arabic 201 (intermediate). Text: Al – Kitaab fii Ta’allam al Arabiyya by Kristen Brustad.

These textbooks are readily available at online vendors.

Chinese

Mandarin Chinese offered at all levels from beginner (no previous study) to advanced. Text: Communicating In Chinese by Cynthia Ning; published by Far Eastern Publications, Yale University.

French

French offered at all levels from beginner (no previous study) to advanced. Text for all beginner and intermediate levels: Panorama by Jacky Girardet and Jean-Marie Cridlig: published by CLE International.

Text for advanced level: Le Nouveau Sans Frontières IV by Philipe Dominique, Jacky Girardet, Michèle Verdelhan and Michel Verdelhan; published by CLE International.

German
German offered at all levels from beginner (no previous study) to advanced. Text:  Passwort Deutsch Level 1 for beginners, Levels 2 & 3 for intermediate, and Level 4 & 5 for advance, all published by Klett (Ernst) Verlag, Stuttgart.
Italian
Italian Now! by Marcel Danesi
Japanese
Japanese offered at all levels from beginner (no previous study) to advanced. Text: Japanese For Busy People I, II by AJALT; published by Kodansha International. 
Portuguese
Living Language Brazilian Portuguese Complete Course, by Dulce Marcello
Russian
Russian offered at all levels from beginner (no previous study) to advanced. Text: Nachalo, Book One (blue) second edition, Lubensky, Ervin, McLellen, Jarvis;  Nachalo, Book Two (blue), Ervin, Lubensky, Jarvis 
Spanish
Spanish offered at all levels from beginner (no previous study) to advanced. Text: Open Door To Spanish I, II by Margarita Madrigal; published by Prentice Hall. 
Vietnamese
Classes offered upon request

Class Structure

Classes are small, with a minimum of five students. Classes meet for 90 minutes once a week for six weeks. Our classes are divided into sections to match student skills. English classes are held in the Bayou Building and are also available at the worksite.

CEU Credit

Course participants may receive Continuing Education Units (CEU) upon satisfactory completion of their classes. CEU registration forms may be obtained by calling: 281-283-3033. There is a $10 charge for CEU certificates.

Registration

Registration for a foreign language may be done by mail, fax, or phone. Fees are payable in advance for the entire session. Fees are not refundable except to students who withdraw before the first class meeting, and $30 will be deducted from refund checks. Otherwise, a credit will be given for the next session. Students may pay by Mastercard, Visa or Discover. Parking stickers may be purchased for UHCL parking lot D.

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Text Books and Audio Materials

Tuition fees do not include books and audio materials. Some textbooks are sold in the University Bookstore.