A linguaphile is a person who loves languages. While everyone may not be a linguaphile, there's no doubt that learning a new language can be both fun and important.
Many Dallas International School families and faculty have aspirations of learning a new language, whether it be for better communication with a foreign-born spouse, a life-long interest in another language or culture, or simply witnessing the progress of their children’s language learning in school. These reasons are why the Language Institute opens its doors to anyone wishing to start their language learning journey. While one’s reason for taking this journey may vary, there’s no denying the benefits a bi- or multi-lingual life can provide.
DIS Communications Coordinator, Joseph Lasseigne, has caught on to this DIS philosophy. He plans to begin his language journey this year with the Language Institute. Attempting to hone his foreign language skills inconsistently over the last several years, Joseph plans to begin classes this January and improve his current Spanish skills while learning French. When asked what he hopes to accomplish in 2019, Joseph explained, “Currently, my initial goals are to begin French classes and get to a level where my pronunciation is good enough for me to be able to practice with family members and colleagues. I have great-grandparents and cousins who speak French, and I’ve always wanted to be able to communicate with them in another language. DIS is a French-learner’s dream, and I would love to be able to practice on a daily basis with coworkers and people throughout my department. I also plan on taking Spanish classes, and I would say that my current level of Spanish is intermediate. I can converse with native speakers fluidly, but I would love to take it up a notch. I would love to be able to discuss certain topics in-depth and be able to seamlessly talk about politics, spots, entertainment, etc.”
If you, too, have an urge to adopt the DIS language-loving philosophy, the Language Institute will begin its 2019 Winter-Spring session of classes the week of January 14, 2019. Children and adult classes are available at a wide range of times, from morning, evening and weekend classes, and in a multitude of languages, including Spanish, French, Mandarin, Arabic and German. These classes are offered at different levels, including beginner, intermediate and advanced, and in small class sizes where students are able to learn at their own pace and interaction is encouraged. Private classes are also available upon request. Click here for more info.