Employee Language Program

The WWU Employee Language Program is an initiative put forth by the President's Office to support Western faculty and staff through professional development and to encourage multicultural outreach and awareness. The workshops are the result of a combined effort of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, and Extended Education.

Western is proud to again offer Employee Language Program workshops for Academic Year 2015-16.  We would like to thank President Shepard and the President's Office for their continued support of this program.

These professional development opportunities will be facilitated by upper division students in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages at Western.

Registration Information and Fall Offerings

If you are interested in registering, please click the "Register Now" button to complete the program survey and to register for your workshops.

Register Now - Button

Please note that participants will be registered on a priority basis, giving those who work on the front line and with the public first priority. See the workshop schedule below for dates and times. Be sure to consult with your supervisor prior to registering for a workshop. If your office has a need for a language other than Spanish please indicate on the survey.

Note: This program is restricted to WWU Employees.

Fall Quarter Offerings

Spanish Workshops

  • Spanish: Level 1: Basic Conversation
    M/W: 4-4:50 PM in Miller Hall (MH) 231, 10/3 – 11/21
  • Spanish: Level 2: Basic Conversation
    T/Th: 9-9:50 AM in Miller Hall (MH) 114, 10/4 - 11/22
  • Spanish: Level 3: Written and Oral Communication Workshop
    T/Th: 3-3:50 PM in Old Main (OM) 580, 10/4 - 11/22
  • Spanish: Basic Spanish Workshop [Online]
    Online: 10/4 - 11/22
  • Spanish: Written Communication Workshop [Online]
    Online: 10/4 - 11/22
  • Spanish: Club de lectura (Reading Club)
    T/Th: 12-12:50 PM in Old Main (OM) 580, 10/4 - 11/22
  • Spanish: Conversation Partners
    Times/Meetings/Location TBA: Arranged with Facilitator

French Workshops

  • French: Language & Culture
    T/Th: 4-4:50 PM in Miller Hall (MH) 154, 10/4 - 11/22

English Workshops

Those interested in participating in an Occupational English workshop should contact the Employee Language Program at EmployeeLanguage@wwu.edu or at 360-650-2841.

For descriptions of course levels and recommended preparation, please refer to the Curriculum section of this web site.

Program Foundations

The WWU Employee Language Program was first introduced in President Shepard's Fall 2012 Opening Convocation for Faculty and Staff (see embedded video below).

Convocation Transcript: http://www.wwu.edu/president/speeches/sept-20-2012.shtml

Facilitator Testimonials

Spring Showcase

The Employee Language Program will host a Showcase during Western's Scholars Week. Click here for more information.

Date: Wednesday (5/18/2016)
Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Academic West 4th Floor Skybridge

2014-15 Annual Report

For the 2014-15 Annual Report, please click here.

Contact Information


Page Updated 10.03.2016