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Institute for Foreign Language Study (IFLS)
Want to participate in the bilingual culture of our area, know your machaca from your horchata? Want to travel to Quebec without fear or shame, astound French waiters with your accent? Want to gossip with the locals in Tiananmen Square, understand the back chatter on Firefly? We have the courses for you! WILL's Foreign Language Institute offers four great courses starting late September, 2013. We have lined up wonderful teachers, each of whom will introduce you to greater cultural as well as linguistic knowledge. Each course has 30 hours of language instruction. You'll have fun as well as have an intensive experience!

Registration for IFLS courses is similar to regular WILL course registration with the added requirement that your $75 language course fee must be received in the WILL Office in order to hold your place in class.

Fall 2013 Registration begins on Thursday, August 22 at 8:00am. Find full registration information at [ Courses ].

Please note:
IFLS courses are offered separately from regular WILL Courses and do not count towards your five first courses choices, as explained in the [ Courses ] Registration Information.

Xinyan Weeks
Time: Tuesday and Thursday, 4:30-6:00pm. Sept. 24 - Dec. 5. No classes the week of Thanksgiving, Nov. 25-29

This has been one of our most popular courses. Beginning Mandarin Chinese provides students with an opportunity to learn a new language and provide students with an opportunity to explore Chinese History and Culture. Students will practice speaking Chinese in the class room and explore usage of the Chinese/English Dictionary. The goal for this course is that students learn Chinese basics such as phrases, pronunciation, and tone.

Instructor Xinyan Weeks was born and raised in a mountain village in Guanxi Province, Southern China and is a member of the Zhuang Tribe, one of the largest minority tribes. She received her B.A. from Hainan University and went on to be awarded a graduate certificate from Hainan International Language School in English. In China, Xinyan (pronounced Shin-yen) owned and operated her own tour company CHINA TRAVEL, which specialized in dealing with International business personal needing Chinese/English interpretation and advanced travel arrangements. Xinyan recently became an American citizen. Congratulations!

Farzana Curmally
Time: Monday and Thursday 2:00-4:00pm; Oct. 14 - Dec. 5. No classes the week of Thanksgiving, Nov. 25-29

We are really pleased to offer this learning opportunity in conversational French. Are you planning a trip to beautiful France or are you interested in learning French for the fun of it? Join this class to learn the basics of this romantic language in eight short weeks! This beginner's French class will concentrate on the development of a basic vocabulary, pronunciation and conversational ability through games and other fun activities. You will also get an introduction to French culture, its wonders and quirks.

Instructor Farzana Curmally has a wealth of experience. She lives in Paris several months of the year, and she has had a long career with Air France in which she trained personnel in both French and English. Farzana earned her B.A. From Bombay University, Mumbai. She was awarded her Professorat in teaching French from Alliance Francaise, Paris. Farzana is also a fantastic Indian cooking instructor!

Pilar Gascon Rus
Time: Tuesday and Thursday 9:00-10:30am; Sept. 24 - Dec. 5. No classes the week of Thanksgiving, Nov. 25-29

Many WILL members have asked for a course that takes them beyond the very basic but is still not an intermediate class. We heard you. Un Paso Mas! is for you. This course will cover basic conversation and basic grammar structures. It will boost your confidence to understand and speak Spanish in everyday interactions.

Instructor Dr. Pilar Gascon Rus is a native of Madrid, and has lived in United States for twenty years. She has taught Spanish at San Diego State University and Palomar College in California, Furman University, in South Carolina, and Texas A & M University. This is her third year at Western New Mexico University. She has published a book about a Galician writer, Eduardo Blanco Amor, and articles about film and literature. Pilar is also an accomplished flamenco dancer!

Note about Spanish Course offerings:
Both classes will be useful for native speakers who want to increase their writing and grammar skills. Students in both classes will work with the textbook Puntos de partida (7th edition), available on [ ]

Pilar Gascon Rus
Time: Tuesday and Thursday 10:45am-12:15pm; Sept. 24 - Dec. 5. No classes the week of Thanksgiving, Nov. 25-29

For those learners ready for a more advanced class, this is the place. This course will cover advanced conversation and grammar structures with special emphasis on culture and writing assignments. Students will complete a weekly journal with compositions of their choice, plus a writing project based on materials covered in class. Films, literature, and cultural discussion. Students are encouraged to read in English, The Sum of Our Days, by Isabel Allende.

Este curso está diseñado para estudiantes que, independientemente del nivel de actuación que tengan, estén dispuestos a ver películas y leer literatura para discutir en clase. Habrá un espacio para la escritura, en el que los estudiantes tendrán "blue books" de los grandes ($3.00) para escribir sobre sus experiencias personales y dentro de la clase, además de un trabajo final que incluirá sus comentarios sobre una pelicula.. Para sacarle el maximo rendimiento al curso, se recomienda que los estudiantes que gusten leer primero la versión en inglés de La suma de los días, de Isabel Allende, lo hagan con la idea de comprender luego mejor la publicación original.

OCTOBER 23 to OCTOBER 27, 2013

We will use 2 WNMU 14-passenger Vans. [ Trip Details PDF ]

Oct. 23: meet at a location to be determined at 6:30 am for a 7 am departure. We will cross the border into Mexico at Palomas, and stop in Janos, where we will tour a sotol factory and an old Spanish mission church, on our way to Mata Ortiz. This will be a long day of travel, possibly 10 hours or so. Bring your own lunch and water to eat along the way.

Oct. 24: We will visit potters, watch demonstrations, and try some painting. We will be free to tour the Village.

Oct. 25: We will visit Valley of the Caves (Cueva del la Ollas), and other archaeological sites near Mata Ortiz.

Oct. 26: We will: visit the ancient Paquime archaeological site and Museum, visit Casa Nopal, and have lunch at the old Hacienda de San Diego; enjoy a presentation and get acquainted meeting with Spencer MacCallum.

Oct. 27: Return to Silver City; lunch in Palomas at the Pink Store on the way.