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Community school offers world language courses

UCA’s Community Language School provides a variety of language learning opportunities to children and adults.

The school offers fall courses, including Spanish for health professionals, conversational French, exploring Chinese, exploring Italian, Italian through music, conversational Spanish and features programs for children including summer language camps.

“Our programming has expanded over the years to include a variety of programs at local elementary schools, public libraries, and the Boys and Girls Club,” Sherrie Ray-Treviño, Community Language School director, said.

The school helps children who attend the institution to start learning a new language and other world cultures at an early age.

Professor Daryl Spurlock, who has been teaching at CLS since 2008, said the school has a wide range of “experienced and energetic teachers who want to teach in a fun enviornment.”

Spurlock called the school a “great opportunity” to reach people inside and outside the UCA community.

“I have loved teaching a variety of classes for CLS,” he said. “You meet people who have such a variety of interests and reasons for wanting to learn other languages.”

Spurlock said he enjoys meeting others who are involved in the school for different reasons including traveling abroad and marrying another individual who speaks another language.

Ray-Treviño said the school “would like to expand the program into more schools and libraries across Central Arkansas.”

The Community Language School was founded to offer community-based language and culture outreach programs on UCA’s campus and in other Central Arkansas locations, Ray-Treviño said.

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