Being able to speak more than one language has a host of benefits. Not only does it open up more areas of the world for easy travel and allow you to interact with more people, but studies have shown that being bilingual can have cognitive benefits and may even potentially reduce one’s risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Give yourself the gift that gives back this new year and make a resolution to learn a second language. There are many different styles of classes around the Houston area, and one of them is sure to be right for you.
Rice University Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies
Foreign Language Program
6100 Main St.
Houston, TX 77005
The program at the Glasscock School at Rice University offers eight different languages in four sessions each year. While space is limited, this is beneficial to the students in each course as it allows them to have much more personalized attention from the instructor and quality interaction with their classmates. Classes are offered at beginner, intermediate and more advanced levels of all of the languages, which include Spanish, French, Portuguese, Italian, Arabic, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese and Russian.
Texas School of Languages
13700 Lakewood Forest Drive
Houston, TX 77070
Texas School of LanguagesThe Texas School of Languages was founded in 2007 on the principle that knowing a different language allows people to develop further in all areas of life. The school offers a variety of classes, including group courses, individual instruction and small group tutoring. All of the instructors are certified teachers and are fluent in at least three languages. Texas School of Languages even offers language camps for younger learners, Each course is a 20-week program that takes place on the campus or in the comfort of your home.
University of Houston School of Continuing and Professional Studies Online
4800 Calhoun Road
Houston, TX 772004
Need to learn another language for work or for personal enrichment, but have a busy schedule that makes it difficult to plan to be in a classroom at a set time every week? The University of Houston has the answer – high-quality online courses in many popular second languages that you can complete when it is most convenient for you. Students still have access to the University’s library and other educational resources while learning a language and about another culture online. Take online conversational Japanese or Spanish for going abroad.
German Language Center
3516 Mt. Vernon
Houston, TX 77006
Want to visit Deutschland? Don’t go before you take a class from the German Language Center. It has licensed instructors who teach small group courses throughout the year at the basic and intermediate levels. It also has a free online placement test for those coming from other language classes or those who had one year of high school German 20 years ago to figure out what course they should start with. This class setting will be great for those who are looking for specialized attention from a fluent German speaker.
2107 Lexington St.
Houston, TX 77000
A certified women-owned small business, FS Languages features translation services in more than 60 languages, as well as courses in more languages than one person could ever imagine wanting to learn. Not only does it offer classes for children and adults who are interested in personal development, the company also has courses specifically designed for those who need to learn a second language for their professional life. The personalized instruction and multiple levels of difficulty give clients a boost in their endeavors to learn Dutch, Japanese, Arabic, Spanish, American Sign Language or many of the other courses offered.
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