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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 academically advanced high school 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 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, regardless of length, is the equivalent to three quarter-long (10 week) courses, and meets for a least 90 contact hours. See individual course descriptions for prerequisites, if any.

Learn more about Summer Language Institute!

Eligibility: Current high school juniors and older. 

Pre-College Summer Language Institute will be taught remotely 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

Reading German for Research Purposes Prerequisite Course

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 the ARCA (Academic Reading

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Reading French for Research Purposes Prerequisite Course

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

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Intensive Elementary American Sign Language

*Taught Online*  American Sign Language is the language of the Deaf in the United States and much of Canada. It is a full-fledged autonomous language, unrelated to English or other spoken languages.

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Summer Intensive Intermediate Chinese

*Taught Online*  Summer Intermediate Chinese is an 8-week course designed for students who have already completed one year of college-level study of Modern Chinese (Mandarin).

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Summer Intensive Intermediate Turkish

*Taught Online*  This course enables students to develop strong intermediate speaking, listening, reading and writing skills and further solidify their foundation and proficiency in Turkish.

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Summer Intensive Elementary Spanish

*Taught Online*  This course is an eight-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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Summer Intensive Introductory Latin

*Taught Online*  Summer Intensive Introductory Latin offers a comprehensive introduction to Classical Latin language in eight weeks, using Wheelock’s Latin (7th edition), Ørberg’s Lingua Latina (2nd ed.

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Summer Intensive Introductory Korean

This 8-week course will provide beginners with a basic foundation in modern Korean. In particular, this course offers a balanced emphasis on oral communication and listening and reading comprehension.

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Summer Intensive Elementary Japanese

This program is currently at capacity. If you select this course as a first choice on your application, please apply for a second option that fulfills your interests.

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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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Summer Intensive Introductory Ancient Greek

This program is currently at capacity during the Extended and Rolling deadlines. If you select this course as a first choice on your application, please apply for a second option that fulfills your interests.

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Summer Intensive Elementary French

This program is currently at capacity. If you select this course as a first choice on your application, please apply for a second option that fulfills your interests.

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Summer Intensive Introductory Chinese

*Taught Online*  Summer Introductory Chinese is an 8-week course that introduces the fundamentals of Modern Chinese (Mandarin).

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Summer Intensive Arabic Level 2

*Taught Online*  Summer Intensive Arabic Level 2 is designed for students who have completed the equivalent of Alif Baa' and al-Kitaab Part One.

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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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Summer Intensive Intermediate Latin

*Taught Online*  Summer Intermediate Latin combines extensive reading of texts with a comprehensive review of classical grammar and syntax.

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Reading German for Research Purposes

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

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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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Reading French for Research Purposes

*Taught Online; not open to Pre-College students*  This intensive course is designed to help students with little or no background in French develop the reading comprehension skills necessary for academ

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