LANGUAGE AND LINGUISTICS COURSES

NEW INTRO LANGUAGE COURSES BEGIN IN TERM 1 & TERM 3 EVERY YEAR. OUR TERM 1 COURSES BEGIN THE WEEK OF MON 13 FEB 2023.

EarthDiverse currently offers the following languages:
Pasifika Language programmes currently offered through our language partners Talents of the Pacific Academy (TOPA):
Additional Language programmes coming soon:
  • Afrikaans
  • French (coming soon)
  • Latin (starting February 2023!)
  • Punjabi
  • Russian
  • Sanskrit (coming soon)
  • Sindhi

Our language courses are designed for:

  • introductory learners,
  • those who do not read, write or speak a foreign language,
  • second+ generation migrants who wish to learn to read, write and speak their Heritage Language,
  • Pākehā learners who wish to better engage with native speakers.
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LINGUISTICS WORKSHOPS!

EarthDiverse is launching new Linguistics courses, seminars and workshops. These range from individual seminar series and weekend workshops, to 4- and 8-week courses, that will:

  • explore language not as a means of communication, but as the subject of analysis for the identification of thinking modes and cultural differences,
  • offer creative & comparative communication resources,
  • discuss approaches to pronunciation, structure and vocabulary, and
  • any other language-originated aspect that can be systematically broken down, analysed and interpreted for improved understanding of thought, behaviour and culture.

Our first course offering in this series is:

  • LIN201: “Let’s Talk About Words”: A 3-hour translinguistic seminar on word anatomy, etymology and creativity” with Cristina Schumacher, MA (next offered on Saturday 5 November 2022, 10:00am-1:00pm)

On language:

At EarthDiverse, we believe that language is culture, and there is no true understanding of other cultures unless we make an effort to learn non-English languages. If we truly wish to engage with others we must begin to learn some of the other spoken languages and written alphabets of our diverse earth. We have the capacity!

Language learning can be fun and engaging, and is a great way to exercise our brains.

Language training can improve brain fitness:

Learning a new language is excellent brain exercise and is an incredibly useful tool for learners of any age to keep our minds working and functioning properly and our cognitive abilities operating at peak performance. If we exercise our bodies, why not add some mental gymnastics to our tool boxes as well?

More information and links to scientific articles coming soon!

Our language teaching methods:

At EarthDiverse, we also know how busy we all are these days, and how much of a commitment learning a new language can be. That’s why we try to make learning a new language as effortless as possible. All we require is for you to commit an hour and a half of your time each week to attend your class sessions, either in-person, live-streaming via Zoom, or watching the recorded video sessions. That’s 12 class hours per term delivered in 8 sessions, or 48 hours a year. The majority of our students who commit to 2 years of class-only language instruction (or 96 hours total over two years), can read, understand and have conversations in their new language! We do not require you to complete extra study in addition to your hour and a half time commitment, nor do we require you to complete any outside-of-class homework. You can always do this if you like, and your instructor will support you 100%. If you’d like to go that extra mile, we provide sets of flashcards for vocabulary learning that you can freely access via the Quizlet app on your phones, tablets and computers. For learning new scripts, we suggest downloading the free Scripts app, which currently supports Hebrew, Hindi and Japanese. For grammar, conversation and comprehension, we suggest downloading the free Drops or Duolinguo apps.

Using Quizlet for vocabulary, Scripts for learning how to write non-Roman letters, and Drops or Duolinguo for grammar and comprehension allows you to reinforce your language learning while you’re waiting in line for your takeaway felafel, sitting in an office waiting for an appointment, or waiting in your car to pick up the kids. You can use any of these tools whenever and wherever you want, in short 5 minute bursts, and as often as you like, including not at all!

In short, EarthDiverse wants to make language learning as simple and easy as possible. And if you’re committed, think long term and we can make language acquisition as painless and passive as if you were a baby learning your first language. While this method is radically different from “intensive study” or “total immersion” methods of most language schools, we feel that our pedagogy actually works for busy adult learners who may not have more time to devote to language learning than the one and a half hour class commitment each week. While you may not be speaking your chosen language after a year of study (8 sessions per Term over 4 terms per year = 32 class sessions of 1.5 hrs = 48 class hours spread out over a year), if you stick with it, you most likely will by the end of your second year, and will have done so with little interruption to your weekly schedule other than setting aside a short period each week during the Term. And if you’re keen to do more or learn faster, our instructors are always ready to help you tailor your language programme to best suit your needs.

Language Programmes currently on offer:

The following Language programmes are currently offered by EarthDiverse. For more detailed information on each language, the different courses for each, class locations, and the respective days and times for each class, please click on the appropriate tiles below to be taken to the pages for each particular language.

NEW HERITAGE LANGUAGE PROGRAMMES ON OFFER!

EarthDiverse is pleased to announce the start of new Heritage Language classes for the children of migrants who are at risk of losing their cultural and linguistic heritage due to assimilation pressures. Kids of the ages of 5-13 years, and born of parents that are members of local ethnic community groups, are eligible to attend these classes.

 

HERITAGE SPANISH:

We began a new series of Heritage Spanish courses in 2022 Term 3 specifically designed for children whose parents are members of Spanish-speaking communities. This is a collaborative effort between the Waikato Hispano Latino Cultural Trust and EarthDiverse, with instructors coming from within the Hispano Latino community. We are pleased to continue offering this series in 2023 beginning the week starting Monday 13 February 2023. Find out more at: Heritage Spanish language and culture courses

  • Heritage Spanish 011: Developing Speaking Skills (Term 1 classes begin Tuesday 14 Feb 2023)
  • Heritage Spanish 021: Developing Reading & Writing Skills (Term 1 classes begin Wednesday 15 Feb 2023)
  • Heritage Spanish 031: Developing All Speaking, Reading & Writing Skills (Term 1 classes begin Friday 17 Feb 2023)

 

HERITAGE ARABIC:

We are also currently offering Arabic language instruction in collaboration with the Waikato Arab Cultural Society to children of member parents. These classes began on Sunday 22 May 2022 and are held each week at the EarthDiverse Centre. Please contact us if you’d like more information.

 

HERITAGE VIETNAMESE:

Heritage Vietnamese classes began in 2022 Term 3). These will again be offered in 2023. Info available here!

 

OTHER HERITAGE LANGUAGE COURSES COMING SOON!

We are currently working with other local ethnic communities to help them offer language and culture courses to their children.

OUR CURRENT LANGUAGE PROGRAMMES:

Language Courses currently offered:

ARABIC COURSES: with Esraa Abdelmaksoud and Dr Leen Al-Hadban, PhD

Arabic 101: Introductory Arabic, Part 1 (Term 1 & Term 3)

Arabic 102: Introductory Arabic, Part 2 (Term 2 & Term 4)

Arabic 103: Introductory Arabic, Part 3 (Term 1 & Term 3)

Arabic 104: Introductory Arabic, Part 4 (Term 2 & Term 4)

• Arabic 201: Intermediate Arabic, Pârț 1 (Term 1 & Term 3) (coming Term 1)

• Arabic 202: Intermediate Arabic, Pârț 2 (Term 2 & Term 4) (coming Term 2)

Arabic 300: Conversational Arabic offered every Term for continuing students

• Arabic Language and Culture courses for children of members of the Waikato Arab Social Club are currently offered on Sundays. Please contact us for information.

DUTCH COURSES: with Jay van der Most, MA

Dutch 101: Introductory Dutch, Part 1 (Thursdays 6:30-8:00pm, beginning 12 May 2022)

Dutch 102: Introductory Dutch, Part 2 (Thursdays 6:30-8:00pm, beginning 4 August 2022)

Dutch 103: Introductory Dutch, Part 3 (Thursdays 6:30-8:00pm, beginning 20 October 2022)

• Dutch 104: Introductory Dutch, Part 4 (coming in 2023 Term 1)

FARSI/PERSIAN COURSES: coming soon

Farsi 101: Introductory Farsi, Part 1 (coming 2023 Term 1)

• Farsi 102: Introductory Farsi, Part 2 (coming 2023 Term 2)

• Farsi 103: Introductory Farsi, Part 3 (coming 2023 Term 3)

• Farsi 104: Introductory Farsi, Part 4 (coming 2023 Term 4)

FRENCH COURSES: with …

• French 101: Introductory French, Part 1 (coming soon)

• French 102: Introductory French, Part 2 (coming soon)

• French 103: Introductory French, Part 3

• French 104: Introductory French, Part 4

GERMAN COURSES: with Norman Franke, PhD

German 101: Introductory German, Part 1 (Term 1 & Term 3 every year)

German 102: Introductory German, Part 2 (Term 2 & Term 4 every year)

German 103: Introductory German, Part 3  (Term 1 & Term 3 every year)

German 104: Introductory German, Part 4  (Term 2 & Term 4 every year)

HEBREW COURSES: with Ifat Vayner and Benny Tobias

HEB101: Introductory Hebrew, Part 1 (Term 1 & Term 3 every year)

HEB102: Introductory Hebrew, Part 2 (Term 2 & Term 4 every year)

HEB103: Introductory Hebrew, Part 3 (Term 1 & Term 3 every year)

HEB104: Introductory Hebrew, Part 4 (Term 2 & Term 4 every year)

HEB201: Intermediate Hebrew, Part 1 (Term 1 & Term 3 every year)

HEB202: Intermediate Hebrew, Part 2 (Term 2 & Term 4 every year)

HEB203: Intermediate Hebrew, Part 3 (Term 1 & Term 3 every year)

• HEB204: Intermediate Hebrew, Part 4  (Term 2 & Term 4 every year)

HINDI COURSES: with Todd Nachowitz, PhD

HIN101: Introductory Hindi, Part 1 (Term 1 & Term 3 every year)

HIN102: Introductory Hindi, Part 2 (Term 2 & Term 4 every year)

HIN103: Introductory Hindi, Part 3 (Term 1 & Term 3 every year)

HIN104: Introductory Hindi, Part 4 (Term 2 & Term 4 every year)

HIN201: Intermediate Hindi, Part 1 (Term 1 & Term 3 every year)

HIN202: Intermediate Hindi, Part 2 (Term 2 & Term 4 every year)

HIN203: Intermediate Hindi, Part 3 (Term 1 & Term 3 every year)

HIN204: Intermediate Hindi, Part 4 (Term 2 & Term 4 every year)

HIN300: Conversational Hindi (every term, all year)

JAPANESE COURSES:  with Yurika Arai, Hidekazu Oka and Mike Roberts, PhD

JPN101: Introductory Japanese, Part 1 (Term 1 & Term 3 every year)

JPN102: Introductory Japanese, Part 2 (Term 2 & Term 4 every year)

JPN103: Introductory Japanese, Part 3 (Term 1 & Term 3 every year)

JPN104: Introductory Japanese, Part 4  (Term 2 & Term 4 every year)

JPN201: Intermediate Japanese, Part 3 (Term 1 & Term 3 every year)

JPN202: Intermediate Japanese, Part 4  (Term 2 & Term 4 every year)

• JPN203: Introductory Japanese, Part 3 (Term 1 & Term 3 every year)

JPN204: Introductory Japanese, Part 4  (Term 2 & Term 4 every year)

JPN300: Conversational Japanese,   (offered every Term)

JPN400: Advanced Japanese: Japanese Language Proficiency Exam (offered as needed)

MANDARIN COURSES:  with Ada Xiao

Mandarin 101: Introductory Mandarin, Part 1 (starting Tuesday evenings 2 August 2022!)

• Mandarin 102: Introductory Mandarin, Part 2 (beginning in Term 4)

• Mandarin 103: Introductory Mandarin, Part 3 (beginning in 2023 Term 1)

• Mandarin 104: Introductory Mandarin, Part 4 (beginning in 2023 Term 2)

PORTUGUESE COURSES:  with Cristina Schumacher, MA

PRT101: Introductory Portuguese, Part 1  (Term 1 & Term 3 every year)

PRT102: Introductory Portuguese, Part 2 (Term 2 & Term 4 every year)

PRT103: Introductory Portuguese, Part 3 (Term 1 & Term 3 every year)

PRT104: Introductory Portuguese, Part 4 (Term 2 & Term 4 every year)

PRT201: Intermediate Portuguese, Part 1 (Term 1 & Term 3 every year)

PRT202: Intermediate Portuguese, Part 2 (Term 2 & Term 4 every year)

PRT203: Intermediate Portuguese, Part 3 (Term 1 & Term 3 every year)

PRT204: Intermediate Portuguese, Part 4 (Term 2 & Term 4 every year)

• PRT400: Conversational Portuguese (coming soon)

SPANISH COURSES:  with Pepa Torre, MA and others

SPA101: Introductory Spanish, Part 1 (Term 1 & Term 3 every year)

SPA102: Introductory Spanish, Part 2 (Term 2 & Term 4 every year)

SPA103: Introductory Spanish, Part 3 (Term 1 & Term 3 every year)

SPA104: Introductory Spanish, Part 4 (Term 2 & Term 4 every year)

SPA201: Intermediate Spanish, Part 1 (Term 1 & Term 3 every year)

• SPA202: Intermediate Spanish, Part 2 (beginning 2022 Term 4)

• SPA203: Intermediate Spanish, Part 3 (beginning 2023 Term 1)

• SPA204: Intermediate Spanish, Part 4 (beginning 2023 Term 2)

SPA400 Conversational Spanish (offered each term throughout the year)

HERITAGE SPANISH 001: Developing Speaking Skills (This course is not currently offered in 2022 Term 4)

HERITAGE SPANISH 002: Developing Reading & Writing Skills (Term 4 course starts Wednesday 19 October 2022)

HERITAGE SPANISH 003: Developing All Speaking, Reading & Writing Skills (Term 4 course starts Friday 21 October 2022)

SWAHILI COURSES:  with Amondi Ouko-Mowbray

SWA101: Introductory Swahili, Part 1 (Term 1 and Term 3 every year)

SWA102: Introductory Swahili, Part 2 (Term 2 and Term 4 every year)

• SWA103: Introductory Swahili, Part 3 (Term 1 and Term 3 every year)

• SWA104: Introductory Swahili, Part 4 (Term 2 and Term 4 every year)

TAMIL COURSES:  with Ganga Sudhan, MA and Halimah Ilavarasi, MEd

TML101: Introductory Tamil, Part 1 (Term 1 & Term 3 every year)

TML102: Introductory Tamil, Part 2 (Term 2 & Term 4 every year)

• TML103: Introductory Tamil, Part 3 (Term 1 & Term 3 every year)

• TML104: Introductory Tamil, Part 4 (Term 2 & Term 4 every year)

TE REO MĀORI COURSES:  with Ana Tashkoff, MA

Māori 101: Introductory Māori, Part 1 (coming soon). 

• Māori 102: Introductory Māori, Part 2

• Māori 103: Introductory Māori, Part 3

• Māori 104: Introductory Māori, Part 4

THAI COURSES:  with Machima (Mac) Aksonnit

THAI 101: Introductory Thai, Part 1  (Term 1 & Term 3 every year)

THAI 102: Introductory Thai, Part 2 (Term 2 & Term 4 every year)

THAI 103: Introductory Thai, Part 3 (Term 1 & Term 3 every year)

THAI 104: Introductory Thai, Part 4 (Term 2 & Term 4 every year)

THAI 201: Intermediate Thai, Part 1 (Term  1 & 3 every year)

THAI 202: Intermediate Thai, Part 2 (coming in 2022 Term 4)

URDU COURSES:  with Todd Nachowitz, PhD

Urdu 101: Introductory Urdu, Part 1 (Term 1 & Term 3)

Urdu 102: Introductory Urdu, Part 2 (Term 2 & Term 4)

Urdu 103: Introductory Urdu, Part 3 (Term 1 & Term 3)

Urdu 104: Introductory Urdu, Part 4 (Term 2 & Term 4)

Urdu 300: Conversational Urdu, offered every Term for continuing students

VIETNAMESE COURSES:  with Bao Hoang, PhD

Vietnamese 101: Introductory Vietnamese, Part 1 (Term 1 & Term 3)

Vietnamese 102: Introductory Vietnamese, Part 2 (Term 2 & Term 4)

Vietnamese 103: Introductory Vietnamese, Part 3 (Term 1 & Term 3)

Vietnamese 104: Introductory Vietnamese, Part 4 (Term 2 & Term 4)

Vietnamese 001: Heritage Vietnamese for kids(begins 2022 Term 3)

General Information:

For more detailed information on each series or course, when offered, class times and locations, and course fees and registration) click on the appropriate links above.

If the course you are interested in is not currently being taught, rest assured that it will be again in the future as we continuously rotate the courses on offer. We also plan to add additional courses and locations in the future. Please contact us if you are interested in having us teach in your area or through your local group, association or organisation.

2023 TERM DATES & CLASS LOCATION:

  • Term 1: begins the week of Mon 13 Feb, and ends Fri 7 Apr 2023
  • Term 2: begins the week of Mon 1 May, and ends Fri 23 Jun 2023
  • Term 3: begins the week of Mon 24 Jul, and ends Fri 15 Sep 2023
  • Term 4: begins the week of Mon 16 Oct, and ends Fri 8 Dec 2023

DISTANCE-LEARNING OPTIONS: In addition to our regular in-person classes which are offered in Hamilton, we offer ‘Distance Learning’ options for all of our Language courses. Study from anywhere and at any time! Distance-learning options have been added for those living outside the Waikato or for those unable to attend our in-person classes in Hamilton. If you are a Distance-Learner you have the option of joining our regular live classroom sessions via Zoom at the regularly scheduled class time, or you can watch a video-recording of the Zoom classroom session at your leisure and study at your own pace.

TERM COST PER COURSE:

HAMILTON & DISTANCE-LEARNING COURSES (8-week Terms):

  • Waged: NZ$150 per person per term (includes GST + online registration fee)
  • Unwaged/Student/Senior: NZ$125/person (includes GST + online registration fee)

LOCATION:

LOCATION: All in-person classes are held at the EarthDiverse Centre located at 401 Anglesea Street, Hamilton Central, Hamilton (located just north of the Hamilton Central Bus Station, above Copier World) (entrance is located on the left side of the building, see map below). Those looking for parking for our evening classes can park just in front of the building in any of the available car parks. Daytime parking can be found in our dedicated car parks, or free 2-hour on-street daytime parking can be found just in front on Anglesea Street.

Distance-Learning: You choose your location and Zoom in via free Zoom software.

ADDITIONAL LANGUAGE CLASSES:

If you are interested in teaching a language that is not usually taught in New Zealand, we are interested in talking with you! Drop us a line by using our Contact page, accessed from the above Menu bar. We plan to continually offer new language courses in the future.

If you are interested in attending any of these classes or would like additional information, please contact us by using the Contact Form on our Contact page.

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Wall of Love on Montmartre in Paris: “I love you” in 250 languages, by calligraphist Fédéric Baron and artist Claire Kito (2000), pic by Britchi Mirela