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Tagalog (Filipino) - Level 1


Course description

Immerse yourself in the heart of Filipino culture by learning Tagalog, the language spoken by millions. Tagalog opens doors to a rich tapestry of traditions, music, and history, while also broadening your horizons linguistically. It belongs to the Austronesian language family, with connections to Hawaiian and Malay.

This introductory course is designed for complete beginners with no prior knowledge of Tagalog. Embark on a journey that equips you with the essential greetings, vocabulary, and communication skills to navigate everyday situations with confidence.

Learning objectives

After completing this course, students are expected to:

  • Build a practical vocabulary for common topics like greetings, numbers (0-20), colors, food and drinks, and basic personal information.
  • Develop basic communication skills to ask and answer simple questions about yourself and others.
  • Navigate simple interactions in shops, restaurants, and other common settings.
  • Lay the groundwork for further Tagalog language learning.


World Language courses are offered three times per year:

  • September (registration opens in June)
  • January (registration opens in November)
  • April (registration opens in November)


Our online hybrid language courses make language learning flexible and convenient. The use of both synchronous and asynchronous delivery styles allows for both real-time virtual classroom conversation practice (synchronous delivery) and self-paced study (asynchronous delivery). The synchronous delivery style will occur during the scheduled class dates and time, using Zoom for videoconferencing, chat and screen sharing for class instruction and pair/group work. The asynchronous delivery style uses Brightspace, an online environment where learners can access class materials and resources for self-paced study throughout the week. Educational activities can include exercises, readings, forums, audio/video files, quizzes, etc.

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