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Summer Language Institute

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Learn an entire year of a language online this summer! This program is ideal for students who want the opportunity to either learn a new language or continue learning a language in classes with current UChicago students as well as advanced high school students and visiting undergraduate and graduate students.

Students have the opportunity to take modern or ancient language courses. Beginning and intermediate intensive modern language courses are designed for students wishing to develop proficiency across all four language skills—speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Beginning and intermediate ancient language courses guide students in building and honing their reading abilities and their familiarity with ancient texts and culture.

DETAILS

Courses are between six and eight weeks long. Read each course listing carefully.

Each intensive Summer Language course is 300 units of credit, is equivalent to three quarter-long (9 week) courses, and meets for a least 90 contact hours. All Reading courses are 100 units of credit and equivalent to one quarter-long course. See individual course descriptions for prerequisites, if any.

Eligibility: Current high school juniors and older. 

Summer Language Institute will be taught online. There is no hybrid or in-person option for these courses. Students cannot live in residence on campus if they enroll in an online course.

Courses in Summer Language Institute

Arabic: Summer Intensive Arabic Level 1

*Taught Online*  This course is an 8-week course designed to introduce complete novices to the fundamentals of Arabic in the four language skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing).

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Session I

French: Reading French for Research Purposes

*Taught Online*  This intensive course is designed to help students with little or no background in French develop the reading comprehension skills necessary for academic research.

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Session II

French: Reading French for Research Purposes Prerequisite Course

*Taught Online*  This course is designed for students without prior experience or training in French who wish to take FREN 23333/33333, Reading French for Research Purposes.

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Session I

French: Summer Intensive Elementary French

*Taught Online*  Summer Intensive Elementary French is an eight-week course which is designed to help students with no prior French.

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Session I

German: Reading German for Research Purposes

*Taught Online*  Reading German for Research Purposes prepares students to read and do research using scholarly texts in German.

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Session II

German: Reading German for Research Purposes Prerequisite Course

*Taught Online*  The purpose of this course is to bring students with no background in German to the level of reading proficiency that is necessary to complete GRMN 33333 successfully and hence to pass

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Session I

German: Summer Intensive Introductory German

*Taught Online*  This course is a 7-week course designed for students wishing to develop intermediate proficiency in reading, writing, listening and speaking for use in everyday communication.

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Session I

Greek: Summer Intensive Intermediate Ancient Greek

*Taught Online*  Summer Intensive Intermediate Greek combines extensive reading of texts with a comprehensive review of Classical grammar and syntax.

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Session I

Greek: Summer Intensive Introductory Ancient Greek

*Taught Online*  Summer Introductory Ancient Greek comprises a thorough introduction to the Classical Greek language in 8 weeks. 

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Session I

Italian: Reading Italian for Research Purposes

*Taught Online*  Reading Italian for Research Purposes prepares students to read and do research using scholarly texts in Italian.

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Session II

Japanese: Summer Intensive Elementary Japanese

*Taught Online*  This 8-week summer intensive course is the equivalent of three quarters of Elementary Japanese (10100-10300) in the regular academic year (30 weeks).

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Session I

Spanish: Reading Spanish for Research Purposes

*Taught Online*  Reading Spanish for Research Purposes prepares students to read and do research using scholarly texts in Spanish.

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Session II

Spanish: Summer Intensive Elementary Spanish

*Taught Online*  This course is an 8-week course which helps beginning students build a solid foundation in the basic patterns of written and spoken Spanish and their use in everyday communication.

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Session I