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¿dónde está el baño . . . and other handy phrases

Wednesday, April 23, 2014   by: Staff



Algoma University and the Modern Languages Department are pleased to offer the return of the successful Spring Language Program, a series of conversational workshops, which provide students and community members with the opportunity to learn how to converse in French, Spanish, Italian, and Japanese. 

Workshops will begin as early as May 28 and run until June 24. 

These language workshops provide participants with basic fundamental language skills for communicating in other countries or provinces.  

The workshops are ideal for those planning a trip or venturing abroad, since participants will cover topics of conversation which include travel, cooking, favourite pastimes, and hobbies. 

Such sessions will give participants confidence in asking for directions, ordering food, reserving rooms, and having light conversations with locals. 

Participants will also be given the opportunity to learn about cultural experiences of the language of interest, and about living in an ever-increasing multicultural community. 

Some grammar will also be reviewed. 

The language workshops will be taught by teams consisting of one language professor from the Modern Languages Department, and one student-teacher. 

Each session is two hours long. 

Those who complete a full workshop, which requires participation in all three of the workshop dates in that given language, will receive an honorary certificate of completion from the Modern Languages Department. 

This certificate can enhance your resume with proof of global learning, essential in today's multicultural society.

"I am thrilled Algoma University is once again offering this Spring Language Program," begins Marini-Wurdermann. "Sault Ste. Marie is becoming more diverse, and more people are showing greater interest in becoming versed in basic communication skills in other languages. The program allows participants to become better integrated into our diverse community and welcome people of different ethnic backgrounds. Plus the program is a lot of fun!"

Each workshop is $50 for University students, $70 for University faculty and staff, and $90 for community members.

Seniors (aged 55 and older) receive a discounted price of $50.

True beginners of any language are welcome to attend. 

The program is open to participants 16 years of age or older, but special consideration may be given to those who are younger.

To register for a workshop, please contact the George Leach Centre at 705-949-2301 ext. 4500, or at

To find out information about workshop dates and times, please contact Isabelle Michaud at or call 705-206-9014.

The University and the Modern Languages Department would like to thank all the participants who registered in the Fall Language Program, and the volunteers who helped make the program a success.

About Algoma University

Algoma University offers a wide variety of liberal arts and sciences degree options including programs in Psychology, Social Work, Computer Science, Business Administration, Fine Arts, Community Economic & Social Development, and Biology in Sault Ste. Marie, Brampton, Timmins and St. Thomas.

As a partner with Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig, Algoma U is committed to respecting Anishinaabe knowledge and culture.

Algoma University has launched its Essential Elements Campaign to expand its campus and offer more scholarships and awards to students. To learn more, visit


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