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Learning Languages

Courses and Programs Available

Western Ontario and its Affiliated University Colleges offer language instructions in French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, German, Russian, Polish, Ancient Greek, Latin, Mohawk, Mandarin, Japanese, Hebrew, and Arabic. Courses are regularly available during the fall and spring terms, and selectively available during intersession and summer sessions. A wide range of associated fields of study are also available, including literatures from all over the world taught both in the original and in translation, literary theory, culture and civilization, foreign film study, linguistics, and translation. First-year courses are available in a variety of forms designed to meet the needs of students who may be absolute beginners, or who may come with different degrees of knowledge up to a level of proficiency equivalent to a grade 12 credit. A placement test will recommend the most appropriate course. Most first-year courses make use of multimedia computer technology to enhance learning through independent study.

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