Learning another language exposes individuals to new cultures and global methods of communication, allowing them to develop a broad perspective for living in a multicultural society. This unique skill also gives learners an opportunity to explore different communities while building professional skills that can be applied to any industry. Evolving this asset can be incredibly beneficial for those who are looking to speak and understand locals when traveling abroad, providing them with a richer experience and the ability to connect with cultural contacts. Members of our community enjoy the challenge of expanding their knowledge of other languages. Isabella Marchand, a University of Waterloo student who travelled to Nanjing, Bejing, and Shanghai, explains how language programs offered at Waterloo’s Renison University College helped her throughout her travels:
“I loved doing little things like directing cabs, ordering food, asking if stores had certain products, and enjoying a bit of small talk with locals.”
Whether you are a beginner or advanced learner, the University of Waterloo’s Renison University College offers Community and Professional Education (CAPE) programs to the public. A new wave of language courses (Arabic, Korean, Japanese, Turkish, and Mandarin) are being offered this term, with classes beginning at the end of the month. No exams or prerequisites are required, welcoming all members of our community to come learn. Each course consists of ten weekly sessions and are held in the evenings between 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
To register for classes, please visit Renison’s website for more information.