The Institute for Foreign Languages invites DelVal students to sample a foreign language class

Nov 10, 2014

Dr. Anna M. Shantz, director of the Doylestown-based Institute for Foreign Languages, has had people come to her asking for help with translating love letters, finding their roots in Italy or, just looking for an opportunity to interact with like-minded people. She now wants to attract a new kind of client, Delaware Valley College students looking to increase their marketability as young professionals.

The Institute, located in the heart of Doylestown at 118 Wood Street, is offering DelVal students the chance to try one free, 90-minute class in the language of their choosing. Students who like the classes are offered the opportunity to enroll. Less than two miles from campus, the Institute is accessible by foot, train or car.

Courses are available in a wide-variety of languages to help students become comfortable enough to hold simple conversations. All majors are welcome to sign up, but the Institute is particularly interested in working with DelVal’s graduate policy studies students. Dr. Shantz, who is on the Board of the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce, said the courses not only build conversational ability in a language, they also provide an opportunity to network with Bucks County professionals with a shared interest.

“The Institute's programs in foreign language training will enhance the marketability of current and future students in a competitive job market,” said Dr. Shantz. “The goal is to achieve conversational comfort, which can be used in business and professional settings or to help students advance in their careers.”

Courses are open to anyone in the community interested in learning a new language. For $255 a unit, participants get a set of courses. Smaller classes are shorter per unit. Classes range in size from one to eight students and generally meet once per week. The Institute also offers drop-in knitting and alternating language sessions for free on Sundays at 2 p.m. Guests need to call ahead to knit in a group while practicing a language. Dr. Shantz said knitting relaxes a lot of people, which helps them become more open to learning languages. To schedule a visit to participate in a free, 90-minute course contact The Institute for Foreign Languages or, Dr. Shantz at 215.348.0378 or