Language Classes

The Tucson J offers language classes in Spanish, Hebrew, Mandarin, Italian, and French that delve into language acquisition, literature, and cultural studies. Explore the world at The J this Fall! Please note: no refunds once the class has begun.

For questions about the course offerings, please contact Barbara Fenig, Director of Arts & Culture, at bfenig@tucsonjcc.org or 520-299-3000.

 

Hebrew at The J!

Beginner Hebrew
Thursdays, 2-3 pm

Yes – even you can learn to read, write and speak Hebrew. Individual attention at a relaxed pace. Six, one-hour classes designed for those at the beginner level. Instructor: Sara Golan Mussman. $70/ $60 members

Advanced Hebrew
Thursdays, 3-4 pm

Learn this ancient yet modern language from a native Hebrew speaker, Sara Golan-Mussman. This six-week course will focus on conversation, grammar, and Israeli culture for students who have prior knowledge of Hebrew reading and writing. Instructor: Sara Golan Mussman. $70/$60 members

 


Spanish at The J: June Workshops!

 

A Taste of Mexico
Wednesdays, June 6 – 27, Noon – 1:30 pm


It introduces a delicious variety of short readings about a simple Mexican food/dish/place or tradition which will please your knowledge and you palate. Practice your Spanish reading comprehension, learn, discover something new and participate in a tribute to Mexican food and culture. This is a scrumptious, adventurous learning and tasting experience. All Spanish levels.
Instructor: Myriam Barrientos
$65/60 members
Multipurpose Room

Spanish Cognates
Wednesdays, June 6 – 27, 1:45 – 3:15 pm


This workshop is for Beginners who want to learn lots of Spanish words in a fast and fun way. Cognates are words from two languages that are the same or similar. By learning many of these similar words, cognates, you can acquire an instant Spanish vocabulary of thousands of words. Correct Spanish pronunciation practice will be emphasized.
Instructor: Myriam Barrientos
$65/60 members
Multipurpose Room

Basic Verb Workshop
Wednesdays, June 6 – 27, 3:30 – 5 pm


This workshop will focus exclusively on Basic Spanish verbs and conjugations. As you learn more Spanish and your vocabulary increases, you encounter the need to use more verbs. Each class will be dedicated to specific verb forms and written material will be available in each class in order to practice and improve your ability to use Spanish verbs correctly.
Instructor: Myriam Barrientos
$65/60 members
Multipurpose Room

Análisis de Noticias y Novedades
Thursdays, June 7 – 28, 8 – 9:30 am


En esta clase analizaremos el texto y contexto de noticias, novedades y temas de interés. En cada clase se presentarán 3 temas diferentes los cuales estarán divididos en tres segmentos de 30 minutos cada uno. Excelente manera de practicar el español escrito y hablado. ¡Participa! Esta clase se desarrolla totalmente en español.
Instructor: Myriam Barrientos
$65/60 members
Multipurpose Room

Cuentos de Eva Luna y un repaso de gramática (Eva Luna Short Stories)
Thursdays, June 7 – 28, 9:45 – 11:15 am


An anthology of 4 short stories by the renowned Chilean writer, Isabel Allende. These stories will be a guide to comprehension and include a concise review of key elements of grammar. There will be discussion questions before and after the reading as well as a specific grammatical review after each story.
Instructor: Myriam Barrientos
$65/60 members
Multipurpose Room

Conquering Spanish Verbs
Thursdays, June 7 – 28, 11:30 am– 1:00 pm


For the more advanced student, this workshop will focus exclusively on more difficult Spanish verbs – Review, Relearn and maybe Renew your confidence in using advanced Spanish verbs forms correctly.
Instructor: Myriam Barrientos
$65/60 members
Multipurpose Room

Fun with Spanish/Mexican Idioms
Thursdays, June 7 – 28, 1:45 – 3:15 pm


Idioms are not only reserved for the native speakers; learn to communicate ideas and thoughts in a simple, imaginative and expressive way. Learning idioms will help you become more proficient and feel more the language since they are used in books, television, movies, songs, and simply in everyday life
Instructor: Myriam Barrientos
$65/60 members
Multipurpose Room

April Classes:
New! Beginners II     

Thursdays, 
11:30–1:00 pm
April 19 – May 24

A continuation course for the more advanced beginner. Continue learning in a stress-free environment vocabulary building, grammar, speech techniques, reading and writing.  Introduction to irregular verbs, reflexives in the present tense, and lots of conversation. Develop the ability to maintain a simple conversation in familiar environments and daily situations. Instructor: Myriam Barrientos. $90/$85 members. Multipurpose Room

New! Beginners III              
Wednesdays, 1 – 2:30 pm
April 18 – May 23

Let’s keep advancing on the road to improving the necessary skills to speak, listen, write and think in Spanish while introducing the past tenses, advanced grammar and practical vocabulary in the context of the Mexican culture and literature. Work on expressing your ideas in the present and past.
Instructor: Myriam Barrientos. $90/$85 members. Multipurpose Room

Basic Conversational Spanish
Wednesdays, 2:45 – 4:15 pm
April 18 – May 23

This course is for Intermediate Beginner student who only wants to focus on conversational Spanish, almost no grammar, but lots of vocabulary, audio, video, flash cards and games. Emphasis will be on pronunciation, basic conversational phrases and losing your shyness. Come join us!
Instructor: Myriam Barrientos. $90/$85 members. Multipurpose Room

New! Introduction to Spanish II
Thursdays, 
11:30am-1:00pm
April 19-May 24

Intro II is a continuation for those students who have already learned the daily greetings, basic every day words and the verbs “estar and ser”.  We will continue with present tense verbs. Practice will facilitate daily life situations while focusing on acquiring a basic knowledge of communication and reading.
Instructor: Myriam Barrientos. $90/$85 members. Multipurpose Room


 

Club del Libro
Wednesdays, 4:30 – 6 pm
April 18 – May 23

Club del Libro es un grupo de entusiastas lectores quienes disfrutan de la lectura hispana. Todos leemos el mismo libro, Morir en el intento by Jorge Ramos, y en cada clase analizaremos el contexto, los personajes, expresiones, modismos y expresamos nuestras opiniones sobre el tema del libro. Excelente práctica para la lectura y comprensión.
Instructor: Myriam Barrientos. $90/$85 members

Conversación Práctica y español avanzado
Thursdays, 8 – 9:30 am
April 19 – May 24

Esta clase es para aquellos quienes ya saben y quieren practicar más español. Mejoraremos la pronunciación, redacción y formas de expresión. Hablaremos de temas actuales, participaremos en actividades y juegos divertidos y creativos. Poca gramática, mucha conversación, lecturas, videos, juegos y escritura sobre la interesante cultura hispana. Clase totalmente en español ¡Disfruta y vive el español!
Instructor: Myriam Barrientos. $90/$85 members. Multipurpose Room