Spots still open in free employee Spanish classes

Giselle Alcantar Soto, a Spanish student at Western Washington University, facilitates a Friday conversation hour in the Viking Union during the 2012-13 school year. Faculty, staff and students gathered every week to play games and speak in Spanish with each other. File photo by Caroline Lee | Communications and Marketing intern

WWU faculty and staff play a Spanish bingo-style game as a vocabulary-building exercise at the weekly conversation hour in the Viking Union. The Friday conversations are in addition to the two hour-long classes that take place during the week. File photo by Caroline Lee | Communications and Marketing intern

WWU faculty and staff play a Spanish bingo-style game as a vocabulary-building exercise at the weekly conversation hour in the Viking Union. The Friday conversations are in addition to the two hour-long classes that take place during the week. File photo by Caroline Lee | Communications and Marketing intern

Western Today staff

Space is still available in levels one and two of the Employee Conversational Spanish workshops this quarter. If you've ever considered learning another language, this is your chance!

These free workshops are an initiative put forth by the President's Office to support Western faculty and staff through professional development and to encourage multicultural outreach and awareness.

If the class time occurs during a participant’s regular work day, it will be considered paid work time. The workshops are the result of a combined effort by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Extended Education.

The classes are facilitated by upper division students studying Spanish at Western. Those interested in participating in this program should complete the initial program survey as soon as possible. Workshops will be held twice a week on Monday/Wednesday and Tuesday/Thursday with an optional conversation session on Friday.

Frequently asked questions and general information about this program can be found at www.wwu.edu/employeelanguage. Additional questions may be directed to EmployeeLanguage@wwu.edu.

The Employee Language Program thanks President Shepard and the President's Office for their continued support of this program. Participants from the winter and spring quarter workshops have reported a very positive response about their experience with the program, and the facilitators report that past participants made great progress.