Language Classes

The Tucson J offers language classes in Spanish, Hebrew, Mandarin 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.

 

Beginner French
Tuesdays, March 6-April 10
6 – 8 pm

In collaboration with the Alliance Française de Tucson, learn French from the very beginning! This class will work to quickly increase your ability to communicate in French. We will focus mainly on speaking and listening comprehension, with some reading and writing as well. In this six-week class, you will learn foundational skills such as introducing yourself, exchanging basic personal information, knowing which form of address to use with others (tu versus vous), numbers, the alphabet, units of time, and more. Course fee includes membership to the Alliance Française de Tucson. Instructor: Liz Guillen. $165 plus a one-time, $60 purchase of textbook, workbook and CD, Latitudes.  SNS Room 2


New! Beginner Italian
Tuesdays, February 20-March 27
6-8pm

Creator of “Tucson Italian,” Theresa Levy, Ph.D. always offers a fun and useful approach to learning the Italian language. Levy has more than 25 years of experience teaching Italian privately, as well having taught Italian for nine years at the University of Arizona, and at Pima Community College. Instructor: Theresa Levy of Tucson Italian. $70/ $65. Boardroom


Hebrew at The J!

Beginner Hebrew
Thursdays, 2-3 pm
February 22-March 29

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
February 22- March 29

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!

NEW! Introduction to Spanish
Wednesdays, 11:15am-12:45pm
February 28-April 4

This course is designed for the true beginners who, for the first time or after a long time, will be introduced to Spanish and would like to learn, understand and speak basic “every day” Spanish in a stress free environment. It develops the basic language skills: listening comprehension, speaking, pronunciation and vocabulary acquisition. Instructor: Myriam Barrientos. $90/$85 members. Multipurpose Room

Beginners I                
Thursdays, 11:30–1:00 pm
March 1 – April 5

Designed for students with more experience and background in simple Spanish.  Practice what you have learned in previous courses and expand your vocabulary, grammar and ability to communicate, as well as accent reduction. Previous knowledge: basic vocabulary, Ser/Estar, present tense of regular and irregular verbs.
Instructor: Myriam Barrientos. $90/$85 members. Multipurpose Room

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! Advanced Beginners II
Wednesdays, 1-2:30 pm
February 28 – April 4

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 the imperative and future tenses, and lots of conversation. Develop the ability to maintain a 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
February 28 – April 4
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

Introduction to Spanish I
Thursdays, 1:15 – 2:30 pm
March 1 – April 5

A continuation of Intro for those students who have already been introduced to the structure and usage of nouns, verbs, simple sentences and the verb “estar”. Students will gain confidence in their ability to learn a second language; will be prepared for further Spanish language instruction by gaining sufficient vocabulary to form simple sentences. Instructor: Myriam Barrientos. $90/$85 members. Multipurpose Room

New! Introduction to Spanish II
Thursdays, 
11:30am-1:00pm
April 10-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


Spanish Intermediate I
Thursdays, 9:45 – 11:15 am
March 1 – April 15

This course is for students who can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including discussions in different every day topics There will be an emphasis in conversation and writing, strengthened and expanded by more complex verb forms, including the present  and past perfect, imperative and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without too much difficulty. Instructor: Myriam Barrientos. $90/$85 members. Multipurpose Room

 New! Spanish Intermediate II 
Thursdays, 9:45 – 11:15 am
April 19 – May 24

This level is a sequel of Intermediate I. Students must be able to produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and be able to explain a viewpoint on topical issues. In addition, students will develop an oral proficiency, a solid foundation of the language and culture and obtain a higher level of linguistic and grammatical accuracy and social correctness. Course is conducted entirely in Spanish.
Instructor: Myriam Barrientos. $90/$85 members. Multipurpose Room

Club del Libro
Wednesdays, 4:30 – 6 pm
February 28 – April 4
April 18 – May 23

Club del Libro es un grupo de entusiastas lectores quienes disfrutan de la lectura hispana. Todos leemos el mismo libro, El libro secreto de Frida Kahlo, F.G. Haghnbeck, 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
March 1 – April 5
April 10 – 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