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Language Classes:

2020 TERM 2 CLASSES BEGIN WEEK OF MONDAY 4 MAY 2020. During New Zealand’s Covid-19 lockdown all EarthDiverse classes (except Hebrew) offered in the Waikato are live-streamed via Zoom. In-person classes will only begin again once the lockdown ends. For those living outside the Waikato who wish to register and attend EarthDiverse classes, EarthDiverse is now offering one on-line ‘Live-streaming Distance Learning’ course from our catalogue of Religious Diversity and Language courses each Term. Our on-line Language course for Term 2 beginning the week of Monday 4 May will be “Hindi 101: Introductory Hindi”. Other classes may have live-streaming capabilities. See below.

Registration for all Term 2 classes is available now on our Registration page.

At EarthDiverse, we believe that language is culture, and there is no true understanding of other cultures unless we make an effort to learn non-English languages. If we truly wish to engage with others we must begin to learn some of the other spoken languages and written alphabets of our diverse earth. We have the capacity!

Language learning can be fun and engaging, and is a great way to exercise our brains.

EarthDiverse is currently offering language courses in Arabic ( اَلْعَرَبِيَّةُ ), Hebrew (עִבְרִית), Hindi (हिन्दी) and Urdu (اُردُو), with additional languages coming soon.

Our language courses are designed for:

  • introductory learners,
  • those who do not read, write or speak a foreign language,
  • children of migrants who wish to learn to read, write and speak their Heritage Language,
  • Pākehā learners who wish to better engage with native speakers.

Hindi classes for younger children will be considered if there is sufficient interest. Intermediate language courses will be introduced as learners progress.

Please Note: The start of our Hebrew language class will be delayed due to the Covid-19 Level 4 Lockdown. All other language classes will begin, as scheduled, but will be offered on-line as long as Aotearoa New Zealand remains in Lockdown.

The following Language courses are offered by EarthDiverse. For more detailed information on each language being offered, the different courses for each, class locations, and the respective days and times for each class, please click on the headings below (i.e. Arabic, Hebrew, Hindi, Urdu) to be taken to separate pages with the additional information.

ARABIC (اَلْعَرَبِيَّةُ)

The start of Arabic language classes will begin, as scheduled during Level 3, but will be offered on-line due to the Covid-19 Lockdown until we can resume in-person classes under Level 2.

Introductory Arabic classes focus on learning the Arabic script, while subsequent Terms focus on conversation, grammar, reading and writing.

  • Arabic 101: Introductory Arabic – 1 (offered 2020 Term 2)
  • Arabic 102: Introductory Arabic – 2 (offered 2020 Term 3)
  • Arabic 103: Introductory Arabic – 3 (offered 2020 Term 4)

Arabic 101 classes are offered during Term 2 and are offered on Monday afternoons from 4:00-5:30pm. Term 2 classes begin on Monday 4 May 2020 and run for eight successive weeks, ending on Wednesday 24 June 2020.

Arabic classes will take place at Lady Goodfellow Chapel at the University of Waikato (Gate 1, Knighton Road, Hamilton).

Detailed information on our Arabic classes can be found on our Arabic language page.

Registration information for our Arabic language classes can be found on our Registration page.

HEBREW (עִבְרִית)

Update: Hebrew language classes for Term 2 will be delayed due to the Covid-19 Lockdown. Hebrew classes will be up and running again as soon as we return to Level-2 restrictions.

Introductory Hebrew classes focus on learning the Hebrew script during Term 1, while subsequent Terms focus on conversation, grammar, reading and writing.

  • Hebrew 101: Introductory Hebrew – Term 1
  • Hebrew 102: Introductory Hebrew – Term 2
  • Hebrew 103: Introductory Hebrew – Term 3
  • Hebrew 104: Introductory Hebrew – Term 4 (offered 2020 Term 2)
  • Hebrew 201: Intermediate Hebrew – Term 1
  • Hebrew 202: Intermediate Hebrew – Term 2
  • Hebrew 203: Intermediate Hebrew – Term 3
  • Hebrew 204: Intermediate Hebrew – Term 4

Our current 2020 Term 2 continuing Hebrew class (Hebrew 104) begins on Wednesday 6 May 2020 and runs for eight successive weeks, ending on Wednesday 24 June 2020.

Please note that Term 2 Hebrew classes will be delayed until we return to Covid-19 Level 2.

Detailed information on all of our Hebrew classes can be found on our Hebrew language page.

Registration information for our Hebrew language classes can be found on our Registration page.


HINDI (हिन्दी)

Our Introductory Hindi language classes begin in Term 1 with a focus on learning the Devanāgarī (देवनागरी) script and basic conversation and vocabulary. Subsequent Terms reinforce both reading and writing, and focus on grammar, conversation and vocabulary. A new on-line distance learning Introductory beginners class (Hindi 101) is being offered in Term 2 beginning the week of Monday 4 May 2020. Subsequent Terms may introduce new beginners Hindi classes if there is sufficient interest.

EarthDiverse offers the following Hindi language classes on a rotating basis:

  • Hindi 011: Introductory Hindi for Kids – Term 1 
  • Hindi 012: Introductory Hindi for Kids – Term 2
  • Hindi 013: Introductory Hindi for Kids – Term 3
  • Hindi 014: Introductory Hindi for Kids – Term 4
  • Hindi 201: Intermediate Hindi for Adults – Term 1 (to be offered 2020 Term 3)
  • Hindi 202: Intermediate Hindi for Adults – Term 2
  • Hindi 203: Intermediate Hindi for Adults – Term 3
  • Hindi 204: Intermediate Hindi for Adults – Term 4

Our 2020 Term 2 Hindi classes begin the week on Monday 4 May 2020 and run for eight successive weeks, ending the week of Monday 22 June 2020.

Please note that Hindi classes will continue with on-line live-streaming as long as the Covid-19 Level 3 lockdown continues.

Detailed information on all of our Hindi classes can be found on our Hindi Language page.

Registration information for our Hindi language classes can be found on our Registration page.


URDU (اُردُو)

Our Introductory Urdu language classes began in Term 1 with a focus on learning the Nastaʿlīq (نستعلیق) script and basic conversation and vocabulary. Subsequent Terms (e.g. Urdu 102 offered in Term 2) reinforce both reading and writing, and focus on grammar, conversation and vocabulary.

EarthDiverse currently offers the following Urdu language classes on a rotating basis:

  • Urdu 201: Intermediate Urdu – Term 1
  • Urdu 202: Intermediate Urdu – Term 2
  • Urdu 203: Intermediate Urdu – Term 3
  • Urdu 204: Intermediate Urdu – Term 4

Our 2020 Term 1 Urdu class begins on Tuesday 5 May 2020 and runs for eight successive weeks, ending on Tuesday 23 June 2020.

Please note that Urdu classes will continue with on-line live-streaming as long as the Covid-19 Level 3 lockdown continues.

Detailed information on all of our Urdu classes can be found on our Urdu Language page.

Registration information for our Urdu language classes can be found on our Registration page.


GENERAL INFORMATION:

LOCATIONS:

Arabic language classes take place at Lady Goodfellow Chapel at the University of Waikato. The Chapel is located inside Gate 1, off Knighton Road, at the University in Hamilton. The Chapel is located across the street from the Uni Rec Centre, and just before the University Bus Stop by the shops at the lake.

All other language classes (Hebrew, Hindi and Urdu) are held at Artmakers Trust, Norris Ward Park Arts Centre, 2 Seddon Road, Hamilton. The carpark entrance is off Seddon Road at the back of Norris Ward Park. The classroom is immediately to the left of the Waikato Society of Potters studio. There is plenty of free parking available in the carpark just outside the classroom. Bikes are also welcomed!

All on-line distance-learning language classes are offered using free Zoom software. Your instructor will provide details on how to access your classes before your course begins.


• ADDITIONAL LANGUAGE CLASSES:

If you are interested in teaching a language that is not usually taught in New Zealand, we are interested in talking with you! Drop us a line at by using our Contact page, accessed from the above Menu bar. We plan to offer additional language courses in the future.

 If you are interested in attending any of these classes or would like additional information, please drop us an email at <info @ earthdiverse.org.nz>.

Page last updated 5 May 2020.