Speaking In Tounges
Want to learn a foreign language? You've come to the right place.
Thursday, August 17, 2000
Whether you''re a hard-core Francophile or just interested in trying something new, you''ll find a language program to match your needs. One route is to enroll in one of several local community colleges or adult schools. Monterey Peninsula College and Hartnell College offer structured and intensive semester-long group language classes that use textbooks, language labs and oral practice. Anyone over 18 can sign up for classes in languages as diverse as Arabic, Russian and Tagalog for a low per-unit fee. For a mellower pace, try the Pacific Grove or Salinas adult schools, for small group classes in Spanish, French and Italian focused on communication skills.
If your piggy bank is full and you learn better one-on-one, or have very specified language needs, try one of the area''s private language schools. Go to JK Language Solutions for customized individual tutoring in Asian languages or the Spanish Language Institute of Carmel for one-on-one and small group Spanish classes running from $200-400 per course. For executive language training in any number of dialects--including Latin, Japanese, Hebrew and Spanish--check out the Monterey Language Academy''s tailor-made courses designed for professionals.
And then there''s the Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS), which offers just about any course you could dream up, from Masters level degrees in interpretation, translation and linguistics to overseas language study in Germany, China and beyond. Popular, if not cheap, MIIS programs include summer and winter intensive language programs in eight to 10 widely used languages.
And once you learn the language, call the Volunteer Center of Monterey County to find out how to put your skills to good use. Second language speakers have become invaluable to social service providers as our county becomes increasingly diverse. Some public service agencies, such as police departments and hospitals, subscribe to "Language Line Services" where they can get on-the-spot translation and interpretation in more than 140 languages, but smaller nonprofits generally cannot afford the service. Whether you speak a widely spoken language like Spanish or a less common language like Greek, you''re almost guaranteed to find a venue to use it. Be a docent with the Central Coast Lighthouse Program or the Monterey Bay Aquarium, or translate calls for the domestic violence hotline. Whichever way you cut it, bilingualism is the wave of the future.
JK Language Solutions,Seaside: 394-5855
Monterey Institute of International Studies:
Monterey Language Academy: 649-8122
Spanish Language Institute of Carmel: 624-0318
Pacific Grove Adult School: 646-6580
Salinas Adult School: 753-4260
Monterey Peninsula College, Monterey:
Hartnell College, Salinas: 755-6905,