USC language short courses - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Beginner and Intermediate Language Courses

USC is offering short courses in a range of different languages and skill levels to suit your ability and aspirations. Our reputation for delivering a quality teaching experience through highly proficient teaching staff in a relaxed learning environment will give you every opportunity to succeed.

We are excited to include Beginner Auslan in our suite of languages. This six-week course will teach you the fundamental skills to communicate with people who are Deaf. No previous Auslan experience is required.

Choose from 6 different languages

Chinese (Mandarin), French, Japanese, Italian, Spanish and Auslan.
* Intermediate classes offered in all languages with sufficient community interest.


The courses are coordinated by Dr Peter Grainger, School of Education and Tertiary Access, an applied linguist with a PhD in Language Learning Strategies, and an experienced teacher for 25 years in Queensland schools. The courses are delivered by practising accredited school teachers.

Beginner and intermediate spoken languages are delivered over an 8 week period, 2 hours per week, from 6pm to 8pm.

Beginner Auslan is a six-week course, 2 hours per week, from 6pm - 8pm, a total of 12 hours tuition.

2021 start dates for beginner classes 
  • Mon 11 October - 5 spoken languages
2022 start dates for beginner classes to be confirmed

Auslan sign language start date tbc

Registration link

Beginner language courses


A$360 registration fee for spoken languages
A$200 registration fee for Auslan

More information

For further information contact Dr Peter Grainger or the Office of Engagement


Textbooks can be purchased online from Amazon, Booktopia or Book Depository.

  • Talk Mandarin Chinese  book and CD pack
  • Talk French 1
  • New Italian Espresso 1 Textbook and DVD 
  • Marugoto: Japanese language and culture Starter A1 Coursebook
  • Talk Spanish book and CD pack
  • Information for Auslan text available soon