Best Language Classes In Tampa Bay

January 12, 2014 8:00 AM

File photo of students in a lecture hall on a college campus. (Photo by JEAN-PIERRE CLATOT/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of students in a lecture hall on a college campus. (Photo by JEAN-PIERRE CLATOT/AFP/Getty Images)

Learning a new language can be a fun and rewarding experience. How long it takes to learn a foreign language depends on your proficiency level in the language you want to study. There are many choices available as to which foreign language to take. Let your mind explore the many possibilities that a class in Arabic, Portuguese or Chinese can offer.

Tampa Language Center
4815 East Busch Blvd., Suites 109-110
Tampa, FL 33617
(813) 988-7900

Tampa Language Center offers classes in Italian, German, French, Arabic, Portuguese and Spanish. The center offers private lessons for both adults and children. All foreign language classes provide the vocabulary and speaking skills necessary to communicate with others in the foreign language. Students will learn to read, write and speak in the foreign languages offered at the Center. Prices vary by private, semi-private and group classes. Registration fees and materials are $60. Courses are 16 hours/units long.

Longmen Chinese Language Center
3825 Henderson Blvd., Suite 206
Tampa, FL 33629
(813) 658-5129

Longmen Chinese Language Center teaches Mandarin Chinese, Zhuyin or Pinyin language classes. Private classes, in-home tutoring and small group classes of four to 10 students are all offered at the language center. The center offers Mandarin classes for children in kindergarten through eighth grade. Culture lessons are integrated into the classroom curriculum so that students are not just learning to speak and write the language, they are also learning about the culture of the language and the people.

Apex Language Center

301 South Mac Dill Ave.
Tampa, FL 33609
(813) 877-8487

Apex Language Center has been in the business of teaching foreign languages for eight years. Classrooms are designed for a maximum of six students per class and each class is offered in a home-like setting. The center’s instructors have a combined total of over 60 years of teaching foreign languages. Apex Language Center offers placement in private family residences near the school for those who live out of town. Care will be made to place students who require housing into a home with families who speak the language the student is studying, thereby helping the student to get practice speaking the language in real-life situations.

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The Italian American Society of St. Petersburg
c/o Gulfport Senior Center
5501  27th Ave. South
Gulfport, FL 33707

The Italian American Society of St. Petersburg offers free Italian classes every Thursday from September through May. The 6 p.m. class covers elementary grammar as well as both intermediate and advanced conversation. The 7 p.m. class covers conversation for travelers as well as intermediate and advanced grammar.

Russian School of Tampa Bay
13880 Feather Sound Drive
Clearwater, FL 33762
(727) 804-0554

The Russian School of Tampa Bay offers after-school Russian language classes to children and adults. Classes range from beginner to advanced and cover the Russian language as well as the literature and natural history of Russia. The school is open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. The school accepts students as young as three years of age. The school also accepts students from neighboring communities in the Tampa Bay area.

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