December 2009 ISSS Newsletter

Another Successful Semester of Basic Language Training

The Basic Language Training Program is a series of non-credit language courses taught by native speakers of the languages.  All of the instructors are international students currently enrolled at Kansas State. The student instructors teach the basics of their language and also explore the culture and history of their home country with their students. The classes occur over the course of six weeks and meet twice per week for an hour each session for a total of 12 classes.

Course offerings depend upon instructor interest and participation making it difficult to predict which languages will be offered each semester. This semester ISSS was proud to offer German, Korean, French, Arabic, Chinese and two levels of Spanish.  Typically our instructors have some type of teaching experience (GA, GTA, language, etc.) but this is not a requirement for instructors.  This semester’s instructors were: 

  • Marzena Anna Nagel (German)
  • Eun Hee Kim (Korean)
  • Fernando Sierra (Spanish I)
  • Quentin Baudouin (French)
  • Alba Liliana Baquero Gomez (Spanish II)
  • Mahdi Al Musawi (Arabic)
  • Jianjun Hua (Chinese)

This is one of the most popular on-going programs offered through ISSS, and has been offered for nine years now.  This semester there were 41 participants enrolled in the Basic Language Training courses.  The group of participants was comprised of K-State students, staff, and Manhattan community members, and they came from a variety of countries.  Jianjun Hua, instructor of Chinese, thought that it was a wonderful class, and “a great opportunity for international students to learn Chinese language and culture and make friends.”

If you have questions about the Basic Language Program, or if you wish to be considered as a course instructor, please contact Karl Anderson at (785) 532-6448 or at