Language Maintenance Tutorials

Posted by Bernice Jusino on September 10th, 2013 :: Filed under Uncategorized  
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These individual and group tutorials with instruction focused on everyday spoken language are voluntary, non-credit sessions designed to meet the needs of Columbia’s graduate and professional school students. The tutorials are designed to provide students with prior language proficiency (minimum of two years of language education at college level required) with the opportunity to maintain and advance their language skills. They are led by trained Columbia language instructors with experience in teaching a variety of levels. The tutorials generally meet once per week for 10 weeks during the semester.

Registration for the tutorials is open now until September 20th. If you are interested in enrolling you should register in the office of the Language Resource Center. The tutorials and conversation groups will begin around the 4th week of September.

Tutorials are offered in the following languages:  Arabic, Cantonese, Chinese, Czech, English, Farsi, French, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Turkish, Uzbek, and more.

If you wish to have individualized instruction, the tutorial can be tailored to your needs. An individualized tutorial will consist of ten 90 minutes-sessions. The fee for these tutorials is $650 per semester for Columbia Students, $900 for non-Columbia students. The fee for a conversation group is $500 per semester for Columbia students, $650 for non-Columbia students. A non-refundable fee of $30 due at the time of registration will be counted towards the cost of the tutorial or conversation group. Payment can be in cash or checks made out to Columbia University.

For available subsidies and grants, please check the website:

For other languages, more information about the program or advisement with respect to placement, go to or contact:

Kalinka Alvarez
(212) 854-9226


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