World Languages

Wake Tech offers a variety of world languages, with levels from beginner to advanced. Friendly teachers, small class sizes and online learning options make getting started easier than ever.

Classes are available for the following languages:

  • Spanish
  • French
  • Italian
  • German
  • Chinese
  • Korean
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Arabic

Looking for a private class for your group? We can tailor our courses to meet the unique needs of your business, church, civic or social group.

For more information, email [email protected].

Course details and registration information

Click on a button to find out what classes Wake Tech offers in each language and how to sign up.

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Portuguese Beginning Part 1CSP-4000JX2
Discover a fun and interactive introduction to basic components of the Portuguese language. Content includes grammar and vocabulary for handling social situations such as introductions, ordering in a restaurant, checking into a hotel, and more. Successful completion of thi...
Portuguese Beginning Part 2CSP-4000JY2
Part 2 in this series offers fun, interactive lessons to help you build confidence and fluency in Portuguese. You'll learn how to communicate in social situations - describing activities, making plans, and expressing feelings and preferences. You'll also learn verb tenses fo...
Russian FundamentalsSEF-3001DL2
Learn the Russian language in a fun and friendly course that focuses on practical use. Designed for beginning-level students, the course consists of conversational Russian in daily situations, from common workplace terminology to ordering at restaurants and conversing while...
Russian Fundamentals Part 2SEF-3001EU2
This course is designed for students who know the Russian alphabet, the main rules of pronunciation and reading, and how to generate basic phrases. The explanatory style of the course is simple and provides numerous examples to illustrate points of grammar as they arise. The...
Spanish for ConstructionFLI-3701E2
Acquire the Spanish language skills you need for communicating on a construction job site. Lessons include practical, non-academic methods that are ideal for construction supervisors and their employees. Participants will practice speaking and listening to Spanish commands,...
Spanish for Construction Part 2SEF-3001OL2
Continue working on the Spanish you need for communicating clearly and appropriately on the construction site. In the second course in this two-part series, you’ll learn practical language that can be used immediately. The course also includes important cultural information...
Spanish for Medical ProfessionalsFLI-3717WE
What do you do if a patient needs your help, but you can't understand them? What if you encounter worried family members, but aren't able to reassure them that everything will be fine? Those in the medical field can easily find themselves in such situations, and you want to...
Spanish for Social ServicesSEF-3001AP
This self-paced, online course is designed for social workers, counselors, non-profit staff, ministers, and anyone working with Spanish-speakers in an outreach capacity. In addition to basic greetings and general Spanish vocabulary, you’ll learn how to talk about job titles,...
Spanish Immersion Spanish Movie NightCSP-4000AO2
Attention movie lovers! This immersion course is an excellent way to learn and practice Spanish conversation and comprehension skills. In each class you will view a Spanish film with English subtitles, then discuss it in Spanish. The course is designed for students with an a...
Spanish Intermediate Part 1FLI-3717T3
This is the first course in a three-part series for intermediate students. You’ll further your Spanish language skills through writing, reading, having conversations, and giving presentations. Homework and class participation are included to reinforce language skills.
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Frequently asked questions

Isn’t it really hard for adults to learn another language?

Yes and no. Language learning requires quite a bit of time and effort. The busy lives of most adults don't allow much extra time to memorize, study and practice another language. However, the self-discipline and life experience of adult learners contribute to successful language learning. Studies show that learning another language is great exercise for our brains and can result in increased cognitive function. It’s never too late to learn another language.

Can I learn a language on my own with my phone app?

Phone apps can be great supports for learning language, especially when it comes to grammar and vocabulary. However, if we want to develop communicative competence, we need to practice speaking and listening with real people.

Is it possible to become fluent within a few months?

Most people require quite a lot of time and effort to acquire another language. The old adage "use it or lose it" was never more true than with language acquisition. Regardless of age or stage, second languages require lots of practice. The more time a person is able to devote to reading, writing, speaking and listening, the faster he or she will acquire a second language. On average, an adult learner needs approximately 18 to 24 months to acquire basic spoken fluency.

Is there a placement test for any of the languages offered?

We do not currently have a placement test available for any of our languages. If you’re not sure which level to take, we can send you a list of topics covered in each level to help you decide which class is right for you.

Will these classes transfer for high school or college credit?

The classes are all non-credit and will not count for transfer credit.

Can my child take one of the language classes?

Students must be at least 16 years old on the first day of class. Students under 18 must register in person.

How often are classes offered?

Classes begin throughout the year and do not necessarily follow a semester schedule.

The class I would like to take isn’t offered right now. Can I add my name to a notification list?

Yes. If the class you would like to take is not available, click the "Notify me when offered" button to register your email address. You will be notified as soon as a section of that class becomes available.