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
  • Korean
  • 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.

Translation and InterpretationFLI-3700C2
This general course provides students with real-life translating and interpreting practice in a variety of fields. The course addresses the skills required and the tools and technologies used in translation and interpretation. Students will be prepared for further study in t...
Career Seeking Skills for Translators and InterpretersHRD-3004AW4
Explore the skills necessary to become an interpreter and/or translator. Students will learn the difference between being an interpreter and a translator and have the opportunity to assess their language skills for either industry. They will understand the necessity of cul...
Memorization and Note-Taking Techniques for InterpretersFLI-3700B7
Qualified interpreters and translators are in high demand, and the field is growing. This course provides training and practice in memorization and note-taking techniques, which are tremendous assets in Consecutive Interpreting (CI).
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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.