LANGUAGE COURSES

TERM 4 CLASSES BEGIN THE WEEK OF MONDAY 18 OCTOBER 2021.

EarthDiverse currently offers the following languages:
Additional Language programmes coming very soon:
  • Afrikaans
  • French  (beginning in 2021 Term 1)
  • Punjabi
  • Russian

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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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. 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.

Language Courses currently offered:

ARABIC COURSES: with Mohamed Chaar (101-102) and Dr Leen Al-Hadban, PhD (103-104)

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 300: Conversational Arabic (coming soon)

GERMAN COURSES: with Norman Franke, PhD

German 101: Introductory German, Part 1 ( 2021 Term 3 & 2022 Term 1)

German 102: Introductory German, Part 2 (2021 Term 4 & 2022 Term 2)

• German 103: Introductory German, Part 3  (2022 Term 1 & 2022 Term 3)

• German 104: Introductory German, Part 4  (2022 Term 2 & 2022 Term 4)

HEBREW COURSES: with Benny Tobias, LLB, LLM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

HINDI COURSES: with Todd Nachowitz, PhD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

HIN300: Conversational Hindi (every term, all year)

JAPANESE COURSES:  with Yurika Arai, M Phil & M Prof. Studies

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

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

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

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

PORTUGUESE COURSES:  with Cristina Schumacher, MA

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

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

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

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

• PRT300: Conversational Portuguese (coming soon)

SPANISH COURSES:  with Pepa Torre, MA

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

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

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

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

• SPA300 Conversational Spanish (coming soon!)

SWAHILI COURSES:  with Amondi Ouko-Mowbray

SWA101: Introductory Swahili, Part 1 (postponed until 2022 Term 1)

SWA102: Introductory Swahili, Part 2 (postponed until 2022 Term 2)

• SWA103: Introductory Swahili, Part 3

• SWA104: Introductory Swahili, Part 4

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

TML101: Introductory Tamil, Part 1 (2022 Term 1 & 2022 Term 3)

TML102: Introductory Tamil, Part 2 (2022 Term 2 & 2022 Term 4)

• TML103: Introductory Tamil, Part 3 (2022 Term 3)

• TML104: Introductory Tamil, Part 4 (2022 Term 4)

THAI COURSES:  with Machima (Mac) Aksonnit

THAI101: Introductory Thai, Part 1  (2021 Term 3)

THAI102: Introductory Thai, Part 2 (2021 Term 4)

• THAI103: Introductory Thai, Part 3 (2022 Term 1 and 2022 Term 3)

• THAI104: Introductory Thai, Part 4 (2022 Term 2 and 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)

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.

2021 TERM DATES & CLASS LOCATIONS:

  • Term 1: begins the week on Mon 15 Feb, and ends Fri 9 Apr 2021
  • Term 2: begins the week of Mon 10 May, and ends Fri 2 Jul 2021
  • Term 3: begins the week of Mon 2 Aug, and ends Fri 24 Sep 2021
  • Term 4: begins the week of Mon 18 Oct, and ends Fri 10 Dec 2021

Hamilton: Hamilton language classes are held at both EarthDiverse/Artmakers Trust, Norris Ward Park Arts Centre, 2 Seddon Road, Hamilton and at Berkeley Intermediate School in Hillcrest, Hamilton. Please see the individual course descriptions for the exact location of your course.

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 (Except for German in 2021 Term 3 while we wait for additional technology on order). 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.

Your instructor will send you instructions once you have registered for your course.

TERM COST PER COURSE:

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

  • Waged: $125 per person per term (includes GST + online registration fee)
  • Unwaged/Student/Senior: $100/person (includes GST + online registration fee)

LOCATION:

Hamilton: Hamilton language classes are held at both EarthDiverse/Artmakers Trust, Norris Ward Park Arts Centre, 2 Seddon Road, Hamilton and at Berkeley Intermediate School in Hillcrest, Hamilton. Please see the individual course descriptions for the exact location of your course.

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

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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