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Department of Modern Languages

K-State Summer Language Institute

Learn a new language, increase your proficiency in one you know, and enhance your intercultural and interlingual communication. 

The Summer Language Institute offers a range of online courses for beginner tadvanced learners, in Chinese, French, Japanese, German, Latin, and Spanish through a supportive, immersive community-oriented approach. Pursue courses in the language sequence, start to learn a new language, or enhance your linguistic ability through advanced studies in cultural and linguistic topics. Meet other language learners, learn to leverage your linguistic ability in a professional context, and improve your communication skills, all in a virtual community settingOpen to K-State students and non-degree seeking students.  


Courses are offered fully online, so students do not need to be in Manhattan this summer to take a course. Many courses are a mix of synchronous and asynchronous modalities, meaning that students may be expected to meet with their classmates and professor via Zoom on a regular basis. Courses with synchronous expectations have meeting times listed next to the course title in the sessions below. Those that are fully asynchronous (no meeting time) are CLSCS 105 and SPAN 575.


Session One (6 weeks - May 23rd to July 1st)

  • FREN 301 – French IV (11261), MoWeFr 10:30 am – 11:20 am 
    • Finish your French language requirement during the summer!  This course is appropriate for students with 3 semesters of college French, 3-4 years of high school French, and those who have completed French 300 at KSU. 
    • FREN 530 – Topic: "Senegal and Letters" (11257), TuTh 11:30 am to 12:45 pm
      • Appropriate for students who have completed French 4. 
      • JAPAN 101 – Japanese 1 (11519), MoTuWeThFr 10:20 am – 12:00 pm 
        • This introductory Japanese course is designed to develop all four language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing at the beginning level. The course includes communication tasks to provide meaningful contexts in which to learn basic Japanese language structures. This will help students comprehend and better appreciate both traditional Japanese culture and pop culture, including anime, manga, and variety TV shows.
      • SPAN 101 – Spanish I (11561), MoTuWeThFr 10:20 am – 11:50 am 
        • Designed for students with no prior Spanish experience.  Develops basic language skills and cultural awareness to function in everyday situations in Spanish-speaking communities.  Conducted in Spanish with practice in speaking, listening, reading, and writing.
      • SPAN 300 – Spanish III (11520), MoTuWeThFr 10:20 am – 11:50 am 
        • Enhances skills in reading and analysis to develop intermediate proficiency in Spanish.  Grammatical structures presented in context through literary and informational texts, media, to promote cultural awareness.


      Session Two (8 weeks - June 7th to July 30th)

      • FREN 103 – Beginning Accelerated French (12049), MoTuWeThFr 11:30 am – 12:20 pm
        • Finish French 1 and 2 in one summer course!  This accelerated course is appropriate for students with no background in French, those who have taken one semester of college French, and those with up to two years of high school French experience. 
      • CLSCS 105 – Medical Terminology: Latin and Greek for Scientists (11326) - online with Dr. McCloskey 
        • This course provides students with the framework and experience required to understand and use scientific and medical terminology. 
        • No prior knowledge of either Latin or Greek is required. 
      • SPAN 575 – Introduction to Spanish Translation (11474) - online with Dr. Kanost 
        • Targeted grammar review applied to (Spanish <> English) translation in both directions; work with a variety of text types and learn about professional standards 
        • Prerequisite: At least one 500-level Spanish course


      Session Three (6 weeks - July 6th to August 12th)

      • CHINE 102 – Chinese 2 (11258), MoTuWeThFr 10:20 am – 11:30 am 
        • Continued development of linguistic and cultural characteristics of Mandarin Chinese and promotion of students’ functional use of the language 
      • SPAN 102 – Spanish II (11560), MoTuWeThFr 10:20 am – 11:50 am 
        • Continuation of Spanish 1.  Develops basic language skills and cultural awareness to function in everyday situations in Spanish-speaking communities.  Conducted in Spanish with practice in speaking, listening, reading, and writing.
      • SPAN 301 – Spanish IV (11521), MoTuWeThFr 10:20 am – 11:30 am 
        • Bridges to more advanced language, culture, and literature courses.  Grammatical structures studied in context through literary and informational materials.  Conducted in Spanish.  Practice in researching and presenting the history and cultures of Spanish-speaking countries.

      Co-Curricular Events

      Learning a language is all about joining a community, a global community and a local community of language learners. In our unique language institute, we’ll connect you to other learners passionate about languages, host co-curricular opportunities to increase your cultural understanding through culture chats, improve your conversational skills through conversation tables, and learn about the countries and contexts in which the language(s) you’re studying is spoken 

      • KSTATE MLANG Meet and Greet Social Hour 
      • Coffee hours -meet other language learners and speakers, learn about the cultures in which languages are spoken, test your trivia knowledge, and join our community of learners! 
      • Modern Languages Advising 101 
      • KState MLANG Campfire Closing 

      Application information & Placement 

      Careers with Languages

      List of Careers that you can have with languages, includes: Foreign language instructor, Translator, Forensic Linguist, Lexicographer, Speech pathologist, Librarian, Editor, Museum Curator, Copywriter, Editor, Author, Foreign correspondent, Computational Linguist, Travel and tourism professional, Country Program Officer, International Marketing, Curriculum developer, Educational administrator, Policy developer, Healthcare worker, Social worker, Community outreach, Immigrant and refugee support, International communications.

      Additional Information

      Do you have any other questions about the program, placement, enrollment, or our language offerings? Please contact us through the "Request for Additional Information" on the top right of this page

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