"The program really helped our child to improve their Russian skills. We're very pleased with this program and we would recommend it to our friends!"

Parent of Summer 2015 student

"The day I heard them say 'The class goes by so fast that we cut from lunch to have more time' I knew this was a once in a lifetime experience that these kids were lucky to have. It is an undiscovered treasure, and I hope more Armenian parents will take advantage of it."

Parent of Summer 2015 student

"Since the class ended, I've noticed that my daughters are more interested in their culture and heritage than they were before. They eagerly read Korean whenever they encounter it and readily speak Korean with their grandparents."

Parent of Summer 2015 student

"Teaching Farsi to high school graduates is an excellent idea. At a time that many of our youth are still deciding what to do with their future, your program gives them a chance to contemplate and think about their heritage and encourages them to learn more about it."

Parent of Summer 2015 student

In summer 2016, UCLA will offer special language classes for high school students who speak, understand and/or hear Armenian, Japanese, Korean, Persian or Russian at home and want to learn to read, write and expand their listening and speaking skills. The classes offer a fun and challenging opportunity to study the home language and meet other heritage speakers from the greater Los Angeles area.

Classes will be held from July 5 - 28 (first week will begin Tuesday July 5), Monday - Thursday 9am - 2pm. The cost is $200.

We accept all levels of heritage language students in our program. Please email us or call us at (310) 825-2510 if you have any questions.

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  • Improve your knowledge of your home language and learn to value your bilingual heritage
  • Use classroom immersion in the heritage language to build comprehensive language skills.
  • Build connections between students and family members through the oral histories project, in which students conduct interviews with family and community members.
  • Foster an appreciation for various genres of texts, including fiction, poetry, current events, and contemporary and traditional film and arts.
  • Cultivate a love and appreciation for world cultures as well as the many diaspora cultures in Los Angeles.
  • Encourage a lifelong connection to the ideas, history and cultures of other languages.
  • Foster an appreciation for world cultural traditions, holidays, dance, food, music and art.
  • Nurture friendships by building strong classroom bonds.
  • Encourage parent and community involvement through community events and social gatherings, including a program-wide film festival and exhibition.
  • Use technology for language learning to stimulate active and exciting learning.
  • Use authentic materials to simulate real-life language experience.