Announcing a free 4-week Language and Culture Series starting the week of May 25. Click for more info.

Language and Culture Series

A FREE 4-week series of interactive classes for our community,
making cultural and language learning more accessible to more people.

The series starts the week of May 25, but each language has its own schedule so be sure to check out the details below.

There is no cost to participate in this series of classes, but we ask that you sign up below so we can send you the Zoom links to access the classes.

Donations are accepted and much appreciated. If you would like to donate to the language school, you can donate here.

We are thankful for your support.


Proudly Presenting....


with Rachel Graber (CSL Spanish teacher; Certified yoga instructor)

Thursdays from 5-5:45 p.m., starting May 28 for 4 weeks

Want to have fun moving with your family and learning Spanish at the same time? This 45-minute class is designed for ages 5 and up. The instructor will give a brief explanation and introduction in English and then spend the rest of the class giving instruction and demonstration in Spanish to guide you and your family through movements and postures using vocabulary for parts of the body, directions, animals, shapes, and numbers. No previous yoga or Spanish experience necessary.

More about Rachel:

Rachel Graber is a Spanish and Yoga Instructor in Chattanooga TN. Rachel received her Yoga Certification while she was finishing her music education degree in Appleton WI in 2012. After teaching middle school choir and dance for two years, Rachel was ready to fulfill her dream of becoming bilingual and found herself in Costa Rica that fall. Rachel spent three years learning Spanish and teaching at a bilingual school in Monteverde, CR. When Rachel moved to Chattanooga in 2017 to start a band with her sisters, she hoped to continue to use Spanish and yoga in her new community. She began teaching after school classes and at Fairyland Elementary through CSL and continues to teach yoga at High Point Climbing Gym and Thrive Yoga and Wellness. Rachel is excited to meld her passions and share them with families ready to learn and grow in new ways together!


with George Mattar (CSL Japanese teacher) and Yumi Shimada (Japanese Outreach Initiative Coordinator) and lots of impressive guest speakers

Mondays and Thursdays from 6:30-7:30 p.m., starting May 25 for 4 weeks

Ever wanted to delve deeper into Japanese pop culture, but didn’t have time to commit to a course? In this 4-week course, we will be covering a variety of Japanese language and culture through the lens of pop culture. This course will feature expert speakers from each of the respective areas in an addition to a language component. Topics include, Japanese Slang; Going out in Japan; Anime; Travel in Japan; A Calligraphy Performance; Harajuku Fashion; and Japanese music. We will be featuring a number of guest speakers both locally and from Japan to give insight into their experiences and how their time in Japan has influenced their careers. No previous Japanese proficiency necessary.

Week 1:
Monday-Differences between life in Japan and US with Yumi Shimada
Thursday-Japanese Slang: How does it differ from normal Japanese?
Week 2:
Monday-Dawn Mostow of Dawnamatrix on Harajuku Fashion
Thursday-Anime Talk
Week 3:
Monday-A Night Out in Japan with Yumi Shimada
Thursday-Travel in Japan with George Mattar
Week 4:
Monday-Japanese Music with George Mattar
Thursday-Jinmo Avanataque on Japanese calligraphy and Avant Garde music


with Aud Wilken (CSL German teacher and musician)

Fridays from 6-7:15 p.m., starting May 29 for 4 weeks
We will explore and discuss great German poetry and lyrics, as well as dive into poetry and lyric-writing in German through writing exercises and assignments.  According to participants interest we will also  work on putting music to favorite poetry and our own poetry.  All levels are welcome - all that is required is an interest and openness to explore, discover and experiment.
More about Aud:
Aud Wilken is a language teacher and musician. She grew up in Berlin and later, also for many years called Copenhagen, Denmark, her home. She has studied languages at the Copenhagen Business School and worked as a translator and language tutor and teacher for more than 20 years. The love for igniting creativity inside of the learning process has lead to many International collaborations in both music and poetry, music camps, workshops and the establishing of an early childhood music program. Aud has been teaching with the Chattanooga School of Language with all ages and levels since 2013.