Directed Independent Language Study (DILS) courses make possible the study of less commonly taught languages. The DILS model allows for smaller class sizes and more one-on-one attention from the instructor.
The Ethnologue catalogue of world languages, one of the most reliable linguistic resources, currently lists 7097 living languages. Approximately forty of these have at least one million speakers each. Most universities are not able to offer all forty languages and the same is true for CU Boulder. To compensate for this, ALTEC has teamed with many departments around campus, such as Anthropology, the Center for Asian Studies, Geography, and Religious Studies, as well as traditional language departments, to develop non-credit language offerings. Often, these are created for graduate students who need to learn the lanaguge(s) for their research. In the past, ALTEC has offered DILS courses in Czech, Dutch, Hungarian, Indonesian, Polish, Tibetan, Turkish, Swahili, Swedish, Yiddish, and more.
*Free for students and non-students.