Summer Session

Summer Language Institute

The Summer Language Institute (SLI) has the course for you, whether you need to acquire proficiency skills to prepare to:

  • Study abroad
  • Gain reading skills in a language for scholarly research
  • Learn to read texts in their original language

SLI welcomes:

  • Visiting undergraduate and graduate students
  • Scholars and professionals
  • Academically advanced high school students
  • Current UChicago undergraduate and graduate students

SLI offers several categories of language courses:

  • Beginning and intermediate intensive modern language courses are designed for students wishing to develop proficiency across all four language skills—speaking, listening, reading, and writing—at a speed that is the equivalent of a year or more of instruction during the regular academic year.
  • Beginning and intermediate ancient language courses guide students in building and honing their reading abilities and their familiarity with ancient texts and culture.
  • Reading for Research courses focus on the skills graduate students need to access scholarly texts in other languages.

Summer Session also offers Heritage Language Courses that are only open to current UChicago students; these courses provide heritage speakers of selected languages the opportunity to strengthen their reading and writing skills, and jump-start their readiness for further coursework. See the separate Heritage Language Courses page for more information.

All 2022 SLI Courses will be taught remotely (online).

Introductory Intensive Courses

All introductory courses listed below are 300-unit offerings that provide the equivalent of one year's language instruction. All 2022 SLI Courses will be taught remotely (online).

    American Sign Language is the language of the Deaf in the United States and much of Canada. It is a full-fledged autonomous language, unrelated to English or other spoken languages. This introductory course teaches students basic vocabulary and grammatical structure, as well as aspects of Deaf culture.

     

    Course Dates Days & Times Course Code
    6/13-8/5/22

    Mo Tu We Th Fr

    9:00 am-2:30 pm

    ASLG 10123 91
         

     

    Summer Intensive Arabic Level 1 is an 8-week course designed to introduce complete novices to the fundamentals of Arabic in the four language skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing). Classes are small and use  the Alif Baa' and al-Kitaab textbook (3rd edition), supplemented by authentic materials both to learn the language and to experience the culture. Cultural proficiency is an integral part of the language instruction (forms of address, youth phrases, phrases used among intimate friends, etc.). Students will spend 4-5 hours per day practicing using Arabic in classroom activities, and should plan on studying an additional 3-4 hours most afternoons and evenings.  Cultural exposure will also be supplemented through songs, and films. At the conclusion of the course, students can expect to have mastered the sounds and shapes of the Arabic alphabet, to be able to speak about themselves and their world in Modern Standard Arabic, as well as to engage in conversations about familiar topics with native speakers,  to comprehend basic texts, and to use some common phrases in colloquial Egyptian and Shaami.

    All students participating Summer ARAB 10123 will participate in an online four skills proficiency assessment as the final exam for the course. Students will receive University of Chicago certification describing their language skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening, based on the results of the proficiency assessment.

    Course Dates

    Days & Times

    Course Code

    6/13-8/5/22

    Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
     09:00 AM-3:30 PM CST

    ARAB 10123 91

    Summer Introductory Chinese is an 8-week course that introduces the fundamentals of Modern Chinese (Mandarin). Listening, speaking, reading, and writing are equally emphasized, along with accurate pronunciation. Class will meet for five three-hour periods a week, with additional speaking practice during the afternoon. This intensive summer Chinese course requires students to spend several additional hours per day preparing for class through drill sessions, independent study, and other activities.

    This course will include a lunch break from 12:00pm -1:30pm.

    This course provides 140 contact hours and participants may be eligible to receive a FLAS grant from their home institution or from UChicago to support their study. The SLI accepts the FLAS.

    Course Dates

    Days & Times

    Course Code

    6/13-8/5/22

    Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
     09:00 AM-02:30 PM CST

    CHIN 10123 91
     

    As of April 12 there is a waitlist for this course.  Current UChicago students can sign up for the waitlist via this webpage.  Visiting graduate and undergraduate students will be placed on the waitlist through the Visiting Student admissions process.

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    Summer Elementary French is an eight-week course which helps students build a solid foundation in the basic patterns of written and spoken French and their use in everyday communication. 

    This course will include a lunch break from 12:00-1:00pm.

    Students will be expected to schedule and attend several short conversations on an online platform outside class hours. Online cultural activities will be offered as part of the course program. Additional details will be provided once class starts. All students participating Summer FREN 10123 will participate in an online four skills proficiency assessment as the final exam for the course.  Students will receive University of Chicago certification describing their language skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening, based on the results of the proficiency assessment.

    Course Dates

    Days & Times

    Course Code

    6/13-8/5/22

    Mon Tue Wed Thu 
     09:00 AM-02:30 PM CST

    FREN10123 91
     

    Summer Introductory German is a 7-week course designed for students wishing to develop intermediate proficiency in reading, writing, listening and speaking for use in everyday communication. Students will work with authentic materials as well as gain familiarity with the different cultures of the German-speaking countries. The course meets Monday through Thursday for three hours per day, with additional 90-minute meeting times in the afternoon. Summer Introductory German is the equivalent of the 10100-10200-10300 sequence offered during the regular academic year at the University of Chicago and satisfies the university competency requirement. 

    This course will include a lunch break from 12:00-1:30pm.

    All students participating Summer GRMN 10123 will participate in an online four skills proficiency assessment as the final exam for the course.  Students will receive University of Chicago certification describing their language skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening, based on the results of the proficiency assessment.

    Course Dates

    Days & Times

    Course Code

    6/13-7/29/22

    Mon Tue Wed Thu 
     09:00 AM-3:00 PM CST

    GRMN 10123 91

    As of April 12 there is a waitlist for this course.  Current UChicago students can sign up for the waitlist via this webpage.  Visiting graduate and undergraduate students will be placed on the waitlist through the Visiting Student admissions process.

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    Summer Introductory Ancient Greek comprises a thorough introduction to the Classical Greek language in eight weeks, using the Joint Association of Classical Teachers' Reading Greek (2nd ed.), and supplements from online resources.  Through a daily mixture of synchronous and asynchronous activities students learn new grammatical concepts and morphology, practice reading and translating increasingly complex Greek texts, and complete exercises in Greek to gain an active command of the language. In the latter half of the course, students will also read unadapted Greek from classical prose authors, including Plato and Xenophon. By the end of the 8 weeks, students will be thoroughly familiar with Classical Greek idiom and sentence structure, and will be able to proceed to reading courses in the language.

    This course will include a lunch break from 11:00am-1:00pm.  Summer Introductory Ancient Greek is an intensive course that requires a full-time commitment on the part of the student, with assignments due and activities scheduled every day. It also expects that students will undertake independent review and memorization in the evenings.

    Course Dates

    Days & Times

    Course Code

    6/13-8/5/22

    Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
     09:00 AM-3:00 PM CST

    GREK 10123 91

    As of April 12 there is a waitlist for this course.  Current UChicago students can sign up for the waitlist via this webpage.  Visiting graduate and undergraduate students will be placed on the waitlist through the Visiting Student admissions process.

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    This 8-week summer intensive course is the equivalent of three quarters of Elementary Japanese (10100-10300) in the regular academic year (30 weeks). Students will develop four skills—speaking writing, listening and reading. Students are expected to spend four to six hours outside of class every day for review and for preparation for the following day.
     
    The course is so intense that knowledge of 漢字 (kanji) is very helpful to finish this course successfully.
     
    Please do the following as preparation before starting this course. 1) Access the Japanese site on Canvas and take a look at the syllabus and files under Module. 2) Order the textbook Communicating in Japanese. Please see instructions on Canvas for how to purchase online. 3) Memorize how to read and write Hiragana and Katakana, using the textbook.

    This course provides 140 contact hours, and participants may be eligible to receive a FLAS grant from their home institution or from UChicago to support their study. The SLI accepts the FLAS award as full tuition for summer Japanese.
     
    All students will participate in a four-skills proficiency assessment as the final exam for the course. Students will receive a University of Chicago certification based on the results of the proficiency assessment.

    Course Dates

    Days & Times

    Course Code

    6/13-8/5/22

    Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri 
     08:30 AM-12:30 PM CST

    JAPN 10123 91

    This 8-week course will provide beginners with a solid basic foundation in modern Korean. In particular, this course offers a balanced emphasis on oral communication practice, listening and reading comprehension, and also develops students' writing abilities and familiarity with formal speech situations. Students will thus gain the skills for interpersonal interactions and interpretation, as well as for delivering presentations. The course will meet for 3-4 hours in the mornings, and students are expected to spend several hours preparing for class in the afternoons and evenings. Korean culture will also be incorporated into the course by working with contemporary Korean media, among other material. The curriculum for Intensive Introductory Korean is the equivalent of the KORE 10100-10200-10300 sequence during the regular academic year at the University of Chicago.

    This course provides 140 contact hours and participants may be eligible to receive a FLAS grant from their home institution or from UChicago to support their study. The SLI accepts the FLAS award as full tuition for summer Korean.

    All students participating in Summer KORE 10123 will participate in an online four skills proficiency assessment for the course.  Students will receive University of Chicago certification describing their language skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening, based on the results of the proficiency assessment.

    Course Dates

    Days & Times

    Course Code

    6/13-8/5/22

    Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri 
     09:00 AM-2:30 PM CST

    KORE 10123 91

    Summer Intensive Introductory Latin offers a comprehensive introduction to Classical Latin language in eight weeks, using Wheelock’s Latin (7th edition), Ørberg’s Lingua Latina (2nd ed.), and supplements from online resources. Through a daily mixture of synchronous and asynchronous activities, students learn new grammatical concepts and morphology, practice reading and translating increasingly complex Latin texts, and complete exercises in Latin to gain an active command of the language. Students will also read unadapted Latin from classical authors, including Caesar, Sallust, and Cicero. By the end of the summer Latin course, students will be thoroughly familiar with Latin idiom and sentence structure and will be able to proceed to reading courses in the language.

    This course will include a lunch break from 11:00am-1:00pm.  Summer Introductory Latin is an intensive course that requires a full-time commitment on the part of the student, with assignments due and activities scheduled every day. It also expects that students will undertake independent review and memorization in the evenings.

    Course Dates

    Days & Times

    Course Code

    6/13-8/5/22

    Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
     09:00 AM-3:00 PM CST

    LATN 10123 91

    As of April 12 there is a waitlist for this course.  Current UChicago students can sign up for the waitlist via this webpage.  Visiting graduate and undergraduate students will be placed on the waitlist through the Visiting Student admissions process.

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    Summer Elementary Spanish is an eight-week course which helps beginning students build a solid foundation in the basic patterns of written and spoken Spanish and their use in everyday communication. It is specifically designed to help you obtain functional competency in speaking, reading, writing and listening in Spanish. The curriculum in Summer Elementary Spanish is the equivalent of SPAN 10100-10200-10300 during the regular academic year, and successful completion of the fulfills the language competency requirement for UChicago students in the College.

    This course will include a lunch break from 12:00-1:00pm.

    All students participating Summer SPAN 10123 will participate in an online four skills proficiency assessment as the final exam for the course.  Students will receive University of Chicago certification describing their language skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening, based on the results of the proficiency assessment.

    Students will be expected to schedule and attend several short conversations on an online platform outside class hours. Online cultural activities will be offered as part of the course program. Additional details will be provided once class starts.

    Course Dates

    Days & Times

    Course Code

    6/13-8/5/22

    Mon Tue Wed Thu 
     09:00 AM-2:30 PM CST

    SPAN 10123 91

Intermediate Intensive Courses

For those who have completed a full year of an introductory course. All intermediate courses listed below are 300-unit offerings that provide the equivalent of one year's language instruction. All 2022 SLI Courses will be taught remotely (online).

    Summer Intensive Arabic Level 2 is designed for students who have completed the equivalent of Alif Baa' and al-Kitaab Part One. In this 8-week summer course in Arabic, instructors will make full use of the abundant online resources and real-time interactions with native speakers to achieve the course objective of intermediate high proficiency in the four skills. Students will improve and refine their language skills using al-Kitaab part 2 (3rd edition), along with authentic film and video clips, social media posts, songs, stories, poems, and articles. Cultural proficiency is an integral part of the language instruction, as students immerse themselves in readings (literary and journalistic) and engage in conversations with their classmates and with guest lecturers/presenters. Students will also extend their language and cultural skills by working on songs and film extracts, and when the class is conducted in person, through cultural excursions. The class will help students develop their ability to initiate and sustain discussion on topics of general interest and to present information and simple narratives in Modern Standard Arabic; to understand a wide range of written genres in Arabic, including formal writing, journalistic texts, and less formal styles; to write and speak with increasing accuracy and fluency; and to carry out basic research with non-technical texts.

     This course includes a lunch break from 12:00-1:30pm.

    This course provides 200 contact hours and participants may be eligible to receive a FLAS grant from their home institution or from UChicago to support their study. The SLI accepts the FLAS award as full tuition for Summer Arabic Level 2.  

    Course Dates

    Days & Times

    Course Code

    6/13-8/5/22

    Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
     09:00 AM-3:30 PM CST

    ARAB 20123 91

    Summer Intermediate Chinese is an 8-week course designed for students who have already completed one year of college-level study of Modern Chinese (Mandarin). Listening, speaking, reading, and writing are equally emphasized, and materials from Chinese culture will also be incorporated into the course. Class will meet for five  three-hour periods a week, with additional speaking practice during the afternoon. This intensive summer Chinese course requires students to spend several additional hours per day preparing for class through drill sessions, independent study, and other activities. The curriculum for Intensive Intermediate Chinese is the equivalent of the CHIN 20100-20200-20300 sequence during the regular academic year at the University of Chicago.

    This course will include a lunch break from 12:00-1:30pm.

    Prerequisite of CHIN 10300 or equivalent; non-UChicago students should schedule placement counseling with department. All students participating Summer CHIN 20123 will participate in a four skills proficiency assessment as the final exam for the course. Students will receive University of Chicago certification describing their language skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening, based on the results of the proficiency assessment.

    Course Dates

    Days & Times

    Course Code

    6/13-8/5/22

    Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
     09:00 AM-2:30 PM CST

    CHIN 20123 91

    Summer Intensive Intermediate Greek combines extensive reading of texts with a comprehensive review of Classical grammar and syntax; it prepares students for advanced courses in Greek and for the use of Greek texts in their research. Texts studied are taken from a variety of representative and important Classical authors, and typically include Plato and Herodotus, Demosthenes or Thucydides. The backbone of the review sessions is Mastronarde’s Introduction to Ancient Greek combined with sight reading skill practice. The program combines daily synchronous and asynchronous activities. Students are responsible for considerable amounts of class preparation in the evenings, requiring a full-time commitment for the duration of the course. This course equips students to continue with advanced coursework or independent reading in Ancient Greek in all its varieties. Summer Intermediate Greek corresponds to a full year's worth of instruction at the University of Chicago.

    This course will include a lunch break from 11:00am-1:00pm. 

    Students who wish to take Intensive Summer Intermediate Greek must have completed a textbook like that of Mastronarde or Reading Greek prior to taking the course; preferably they should have some experience beyond that in reading original texts.

    Course Dates

    Days & Times

    Course Code

    6/13-7/22/22

    Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
     09:00 AM-3:00 PM CST

    GREK 20123 91

    Summer Intermediate Latin combines extensive reading of texts with a comprehensive review of classical grammar and syntax; it prepares students for advanced courses in Latin and for the use of Latin texts in the course of their research. Texts studied are taken from one or more representative and important authors, which may include Cicero, Seneca, Pliny, and others. The backbone of the review sessions is Wheelock's Latin, with supplementary exercises in composition. The program includes synchronous meetings five days a week as well as daily asynchronous assignments. Students are responsible for considerable amounts of class preparation during the evenings, requiring a full-time commitment for the duration of the course. Summer Intermediate Latin equips students to continue with advanced coursework or independent reading in Latin in all its varieties. Summer Intermediate Latin corresponds to a full year's worth of instruction at the University of Chicago.

    This course will include a lunch break from 11:00am-1:00pm. Students who wish to take this course must have completed a textbook like that of Keller and Russell prior to taking this course; preferably they should have some experience beyond that in reading original texts.

    Course Dates

    Days & Times

    Course Code

    6/13-8/5/22

    Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
     09:00 AM-3:00 PM CST

    LATN 20123 91

    Summer Intensive Intermediate Turkish enables students to develop strong intermediate speaking, listening, reading and writing skills and further solidify their foundation and proficiency in Turkish. Students study Turkish as it is used in authentic media, literature, and film, and gain familiarity with Turkish culture and civilization. The course will also address the needs of those preparing to study Ottoman. The first half of the course emphasizes completing skills acquired in Beginning Turkish and improving competency, while the second half further deepens students’ proficiency, using an introductory sample of authentic textual and audio-visual materials, and excerpts from Turkish literature and texts, ranging from late Ottoman and early Republican period to the present time. Students will have 25 contact hours per week in this course, including synchronous and asynchronous online class time with the instructor, and time spent similarly with the native language assistant. Several hours will be allocated each week to cultural activities such as viewing films, clips, and presentations, and virtual conversation tables. Intensive Intermediate Turkish is the equivalent of the 20100-20200-20300 sequence offered during the regular academic year at the University of Chicago.

    This course includes a lunch break from 12:00-1:30pm. 

    This course provides 150 contact hours and participants may be eligible to receive a FLAS grant from their home institution or from UChicago to support their study. The SLI accepts the FLAS award as full tuition for summer Turkish.

    Course Dates

    Days & Times

    Course Code

    6/13-7/22/22

    Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
     09:00 AM-3:30 PM CST

    TURK 20123 91

Reading for Research Courses

For graduate and undergraduate students only. All 2022 SLI Courses will be taught remotely (online).

    This course is designed for students without prior experience or training in French who wish to take FREN 33333, Reading French for Research Purposes. The prerequisite for FREN 33333 is either one year of French language instruction (FREN 10100-10200-10300), placement into FREN 201, or successful completion of FREN 13333. In this course, students learn the basics of French grammar and syntax, some basic French vocabulary, and they also begin to learn some of the reading strategies they will need to be successful in FREN 33333.

     

    Course Dates Days & Times Course Code
    6/13-7/1/22 TWR 9:00 am-12:30 pm FREN 13333 91

     

    Reading French for Research Purposes prepares students to read and do research using scholarly texts in French. Students will build on their fundamental knowledge of French grammar and the most common vocabulary terms used in scholarly writing, while developing reading comprehension skills and working intensively with academic texts in their areas of research specialty. Students who perform well in FREN 33333/23333 will be able to comprehend difficult scholarly texts and begin using them in their own research. The course also includes practice of skills necessary to pass the Academic Reading Comprehension Assessment (ARCA) in French, administered by the Office for Language Assessment (OLA).

    This course may fulfill the graduate language requirement in some departments.

    While there is currently no strict prerequisite, one year of introductory French or the equivalent is highly recommended.

    Course Dates

    Days & Times

    Course Code

    7/5-8/12/22

    Tue Thu 
     09:00 AM-12:00 PM CST

    FREN 33333 91

    The purpose of this course is to bring students with no background in German to the level of reading proficiency that is necessary to complete GRMN 33333 successfully and hence to pass the ARCA (Academic Reading Comprehension Assessment) in their respective fields. In order to attain that level of proficiency (intermediate-mid in the ACTFL scale), students will learn the basics of German grammar and syntax - roughly the equivalent of what students in the regular, four-skills German courses learn after one year of instruction. The grammar study is oriented toward reading proficiency, meaning that students will apply the knowledge they acquire to scanning and decoding texts. It is thus primarily through reading, and reading attentively, that students consolidate their knowledge of German grammar and vocabulary. The primary focus of each course module will be on the morphological and syntactic markers of various structures, the markers that students need to be able to recognize structures not only in didactic example sentences but also in the flow of reading authentic texts - not only in textbook "captivity," but also in the "wilderness" of academic discourse. To that end, students will also acquire a reading (passive) knowledge of some basic German vocabulary -- both general vocabulary and words belong to particular parts of speech (e.g. in order to be able to recognize prepositional phrases, one must know the prepositions). Finally, students will also begin to gain the more advanced reading skills, exercised on longer texts, that they will continue to develop in GRMN 33333. For this course component, we will begin with reading comprehension assignments using edited texts from the textbook on a variety of topics. As the course progresses, we will add more authentic texts on general academic subjects.

     

    Course Dates Days & Times Course Code
    6/13-7/1 MWF 12:00-3:30 pm GRMN 13333 91

     

    Reading German for Research Purposes prepares students to read and do research using scholarly texts in German. Students will build on their fundamental knowledge of German grammar and the most common vocabulary terms used in scholarly writing, while developing reading comprehension skills and working intensively with academic texts in their areas of research specialty. Students who perform well in GRMN 33333/23333 will be able to comprehend difficult scholarly texts and begin using them in their own research. The course also includes practice of skills necessary to pass the Academic Reading Comprehension Assessment (ARCA) in German, administered by the Office for Language Assessment (OLA).

    This course may fulfill the graduate language requirement in some departments.

    While there is currently no strict prerequisite, one year of introductory German or the equivalent is highly recommended.

    Course Dates

    Days & Times

    Course Code

    7/5-8/12/22

    Mon Wed
     12:00 PM-3:00 PM CST

    GRMN 33300 91

Program Details

    Current UChicago Students

    Current UChicago undergraduate students must request term activation prior to self-registration.  Self-registration for Summer Quarter occurs through My UChicago and opens on March 1, 2022. 

    For Summer Language Institute, current UChicago MA or PhD students may self-enroll beginning March 28. Prior to this date, MA and PhD students will be enrolled through their home departments or divisions - contact your Dean of Students office for more information.

    See the Current UChicago Students page for more information on Summer Quarter registration.

    Visiting Undergraduate and Graduate Students

    The application for Summer 2022 programs is now open. See the Visiting Students page for more information or go here to continue your application.

    Pre College Students

    See the Pre-College Student How to Apply page for more information or go here to continue your application.

    If the SLI course are interested in is full, you may request to be placed on a waitlist. Click the appropriate link below to be taken to the correct waitlist for your student type.

    Visiting or Pre-College Students who apply for a class that is full will be managed by the Summer Session Office.

    For details on costs, financial aid, and refund or withdrawal deadlines, see the Summer Quarter page.

    All SLI courses will be remotely taught, so on-campus dining and housing are not available for SLI students in Summer 2022.

Questions?

Contact Summer Session at summersession@uchicago.edu