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'Travel Tasters'

Are you travelling overseas for the holidays? Want to learn some useful phrases before you go?

USC is offering 'travel taster' short courses in French, Italian, Spanish and Japanese, suitable for anyone travelling to other countries these holidays or just looking to learn some useful everyday phrases. Topics covered include:

  • Greetings
  • Ordering food and drinks
  • Travel and directions
  • Money and time

Four week courses. No text books required.

Commencing date

Wednesday 6 November 2019


A$180 registration fee

How to register 

To register visit the event page

More information

For further information please email us


Beginner and Elementary 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.

Choose from 7 different languages

Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Japanese, Italian, Indonesian (Bahasa) and Spanish
* Not all languages offered in elementary classes


The courses are coordinated by Dr Peter Grainger, School of Education, 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.

Both beginner and elementary courses are available and are held over an 8 week period, 2 hours per week from 6-8pm.


A$360 registration fee 

Beginner course dates
  • 11 February
  • 15 July
  • 14 October
How to register

To register visit the event page


J1.13 - Beginner Spanish
J1.14 - Beginner Chinese (Mandarin)

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
  • Talk German 1 (Book/CD Pack)

  • Let's Speak Indonesian: Ayo Berbahasa Indonesia Volume 1
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