Our Students Talk about Their Experiences...
Spanish class has been an extreme eye opener. The expectations of the class are set
to accept every member in the class. The rewards are great. I missed a few weeks
and when I returned, the level of Spanish learned had greatly increased. The friendships
you make in class are very interesting. The students come from all walks of life
with differing view points. This has been a marvelous learning experience. -- S.
Carter, public school teacher
This was a good course, specially for a non native english speaker.
In my opinion the course was very interactive, informative, and fulfilling. The format
of the course was very flexible and versatile. We learned english in lot of different
and non traditional ways. My favorite part was using english with a creativity to
come up with animated stories. The professor's teaching method was very interactive.
She was always available for us. We learned grammar, participated in lot of interesting
discussions, and sharpened comprehension skills. All in all this was a great english
course. It definitely offers a great opportunity to learn english for someone whose
native language is not english.
I will definitely look for additional courses.
I continue to enroll in advanced French classes because of its continued excellence.
I have been studying French continuously for 13 years, and recommend the Foreign Language
Department at UHCL to friends who seek to learn other languages.
— Don C., retired engineer
I really love my private Japanese lessons at UHCL. The schedule was flexible, and
my teacher is very knowledgeable and patient. I can really see an improvement in
— Don H., educator
Fluent in French, I’m not just yet,
That I’ll never be is the current bet,
But I’ll continue to try and stay about
At least until the funds run out.
Actually now, I can now speak a bit
And reading, I’m getting good at it.
It’s the understanding when the words come my way,
I want to achieve – and so I stay.
Doc Pepper, 14 April 2010, poet/NASA engineer
The Spanish class rocks! I love it! You can really learn how to speak Spanish on
a daily basis. I was afraid to speak but now I feel more confident about it. Good
vocabulary and simple grammar. I recommend it to all ages and people. Small classes
are good too.
— Robert L., Canadian author/sailor
I have been taking French class at UHCL for over two years and have enjoyed every
minute of it. It is a refreshing change from my work day and over time I feel as
though I am making significant progress. I enjoy the class members and the teacher
and plan to continue my studies at UHCL. I would highly recommend the Foreign Language
Program to anyone who enjoys learning and appreciates different cultures.
— B.Z., NASA engineer
As a stay-at-home mom, I wanted a chance to recapture my French, started in college.
The UHCL class was recommended by a friend, also a lover of the French language.
Although that friend could never come back to the class, it became something I looked
forward to each week. I not only learned new things right at my level, but made friends
and had fun. The teacher also could not have been better! I highly recommend it
and personally, never plan to stop signing up until I am totally fluent!
— C.B., May 5, 2010
I enjoy the class very much. I had not taken any type of course in a very long time,
was pleasantly surprised to find it so enjoyable. I look forward to it each week.
I have enjoyed this class and will continue to enjoy it in the future because learning
a foreign language is really something I have always wanted to do, but never had the
time to do. I have learned bits and pieces of Spanish in the past but the interaction
and entire approach of this course, and of course the great expertise of the professor
well surpasses my expectations. It truly is great!
— UHCL graduate student
The French class was good because it allows varying degrees of French language abilities
to learn simultaneously. Hopefully it will help me to learn – too early to tell.
— Mother of three young children
I’ve really enjoyed learning French with my instructor, and wish she taught all the
French classes. I am learning slowly, but am making progress. I will be signing
up for more classes.
— Biotechnology professional
Great class, very helpful for me. It sometimes feels like one meeting per week is
too rare – but it is convenient.
— Literature graduate student
J’aime la classe de français! C’est excellent ! Madame Paul est la bombe ! French
is good. We learn a lot, lots of pronunciation practice. We should do little parties
with coffee, croissants, wine, or what not.
— LW, public school teacher
Great class! Very convenient time for people who work during the day. I like the
pace and the atmosphere.
— D.M., NASA engineer
My main objective in taking French classes is to improve my ability to read and write
the language. I use these skills in my writing and research projects. I’ve taken
these classes for the past twelve years and enjoy them very much. The instructor has
been especially helpful because of her extensive knowledge of the language. I especially
like the small classes and the friendly atmosphere.
— Don P., retired USAF officer, NASA engineer, historian
I am a professor in computer engineering and have participated in the French classes
for many years. The classes are useful and informative. I look forward to such classes
in the future. These classes are to be recommended to anyone who wishes to improve
his or her language skills.
— Dr. Thomas Harman, UHCL
I enrolled in this class to reinforce my knowledge. The class has done everything
I have expected of it. My vocabulary is improving and so is my comprehension of the
written word. I enjoy being able to converse a lot as part of the class.
— R. Vargas
I have enjoyed taking this class because my goal is to become fluent in Spanish.
We go over the grammar and writing but the conversations that we have in class is
what I think is more important. I know at least an hour on Mondays I have to converse,
so it forces us to learn the language and do the homework. I have taken this class
for several years and feel more comfortable with the language.
— Denny, age 50
The purpose of my attendance in class was to become more fluent in Spanish because
I volunteer at an agency with many Spanish speaking clients. The class has proven
effective in meeting this goal, and I am now conducting interviews in Spanish. Variety
in conversation, vocabulary and learning materials has also been helpful.
— Terrie, age 65, volunteer
I have been taking Spanish since November. The class is a real challenge for my skill
level, but it has pushed me hard to learn more than I would have in an easier class.
I need to use Spanish each week at my volunteer work at Crossroads, a homeless shelter
in Houston. The conversational class is quite helpful. I had not taken Spanish since
college 40 years ago!
— Nancy C.