FOREIGN LANGUAGE TRAINING, Tailored to U(VA) Faculty and Staff!!
Did you know?
University of Virginia full-time employees (faculty and staff) have the opportunity to apply annual education benefits ($2,000/year) to language training with Speak!, a 10 year-old company based in downtown Charlottesville.
2018 benefits become available Jan 1!
Speak! is currently offering customized one-on-one courses, which you can schedule at a place, day/s and time that work for you, in : SPANISH, PORTUGUESE, , ITALIAN, FRENCH, GERMAN, RUSSIAN, MANDARIN CHINESE, JAPANESE, KOREAN , ARABIC and Dutch.
Employees who are not native speakers of English may apply for benefits to polish their spoken or written English and work towards greater fluency, confidence and professional success. Speak! also offers academic and medical editing services for international/visiting faculty, family and friends.
Individual courses can be customized to your level and personal/professional goal. You can sign up for our 37 hour course for $2,000, or opt for our 10-20 hour courses to get started.
Read about how one UVA Professor is using his education benefits to study Dutch and Polish at Speak! in our Speak! Student Spotlight
How does it work?
- You can fill out our Individual Lesson Registration Form. As you’ll see, our courses are organized into hourly “bundles”, with the maximum being 37 hours (for $2,000) and the minimum 10 hours ($600). Please be sure to list the specific days/times you would like to have your lessons, as well as a projected start date. Don’t worry about the payment/tuition information at the bottom of the form.
- Determine if you are eligible for the benefit. Language training at Speak! should either be job or career-growth related in some way (i.e. support your work or current/planned research, be relevant to planned travel such as leading a group trip or attending a conference overseas). Apply for your educational benefits on the UVa HR website. The form will ask you for a “course code,” which we will provide after you register (step 1 above).
- Pay for your Speak! course. Once you receive your funds, you can pay us by personal check or credit card at or before your first lesson. After you’ve been approved, the funds usually take 1-3 weeks to appear in an employee’s bank account.
Contact us for more info and to get started! Or register below: