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Deutsch für Anfänger : German for Beginners
6 week Online Course
September 4 - October 15, 2019
Cost: $79


Deutsch für Anfänger is a self-contained, online (asynchronous), conversation-based beginning German course designed for adults and built around high-quality, original, electronic materials designed by course instructor Dr. Will Lehman and requires no extra purchase. Topics to be covered include: formal and informal introductions, talking about origins and home towns, shopping, traveling, eating, clothing and colors, the weather, family life, marriage, hobbies, and more. Although students will generally be discovering German and practicing grammar individually through the online system, there will be optional bi-weekly opportunities for conversation practice with the instructor and other students through live video technology.


Dr. Will Lehman teaches all levels of German--and sometimes Spanish--at WCU. He is himself an avid traveler and language learner and has also taken classes in Dutch, Hebrew, and Cherokee. He is currently learning Mandarin, for which he has taken courses in the US and in China. Every summer he takes a group of WCU students to his "zweite Heimat" (home away from home) in Stuttgart, Germany.

Introductory Japanese Language & Culture
October 22 - November 19
Tuesdays from 6 pm to 7 pm
WCU Biltmore Park, Asheville
$99 (Early registration by October 1 is $85)


A great opportunity to start learning Japanese! This introductory language and culture course is designed for anyone interested in language as well as the traditional and contemporary culture of Japan. Topics will include: 

  • Basics of Japanese conversation (greetings, role-plays for traveling, etc)
  • Cultural activities (ex: how to use chopsticks correctly, etc)
  • And the basic Japanese writing system.

Don't worry, you don't need any previous knowledge of Japanese to enjoy this course.

Sensei (Instructor):
Soichiro Motohashi is an instructor of Japanese at Western Carolina University. He grew up in Japan and moved to the United States in 2008. He holds a Master's degree in Applied Linguistics and has been teaching Japanese language and culture for over 9 years.

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