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LSC-Tomball Modern Language Department

Lone Star College-Tomball offers students the opportunity to develop relevant skills necessary for success in college-level courses. Currently, the Modern Languages Department offers classes in French, German, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese and Spanish.


Maurice AbboudHello, my name is Maurice Abboud and I am originally from Lebanon. I am a polyglot and I am a native speaker of Arabic. I have over 20 years of teaching experience in face to face, hybrid, and online courses. Teaching languages is my passion. The following are a few reasons one might consider learning Arabic.
  1. Arabic is the fifth most commonly spoken language in the world.

Arabic is spoken by more than 280 million people as a native language in the world.

  1. There is high demand and low supply for Arabic speakers in the Western world.

The Middle East continues to be an important region in the world economy and in international affairs, but there is a shortage of westerners who speak Arabic. More native Arabic speakers are learning English, but the majority still speak Arabic only. Mastery of the Arabic language will provide opportunities to LSC-Tomball students, in business and trade, energy, world affairs and diplomacy, tourism, education, translation and interpretation.

  1.  Arabic-speaking nations are a fast-growing market for trade in the global economy

The Arab region, with its rapidly growing population, provides a huge export market for goods and services. With a GDP of over 600 billion dollars annually, the region has huge opportunities for investment in areas like construction, finance, trade, telecom and tourism. In order to do business effectively, one must understand the language and culture of the region.

  1. The Arab-speaking world has a rich cultural heritage and Arabic is a bridge to other Eastern languages.

The Arab world has a very rich and diverse culture with its own unique art, music, cuisine, history, and literature. Arabic is also a bridge that leads to learning other languages in the Near-East and in the Middle-East region. About fifty percent of the vocabulary in the Persian (Farsi) language is composed of Arabic words. Similar rules also apply to Turkish and Urdu. Hebrew is also related to Arabic, which makes it easier to grasp the grammatical and semantic concepts in Hebrew.

  1. Arabic is a logical and exciting language.

Arabic is a cursive language without the variations from lower to upper case and letters are connected in both print and script. Arabic is also written from right to left and it is a phonetic language where words are generally written the way they are pronounced. Root words, which are usually formed from a core of three consonants that constitute its basic meaning, help the learners understand the different figures of speech related to this word. For example, 'kataba' means "He wrote" and 'kitab' means "a book." Similarly, 'katib' means "a writer" and 'maktoub' means "written." In addition, Arabic has a beautiful calligraphy and is crucial for reading the Coran and for better understanding Islam.


Heting TianInstructor: Heting Tian

Chinese is the most widely spoken language in the world. About 1.2 billion people, which is almost 16% of the world's population, speak Chinese. Additionally, Chinese history is rich and its culture is one of the oldest in the world. Learning Chinese is a tool to open your mind to a new world.

Learning Chinese is easier than you think. It has a logical pattern, less grammar than most Western languages, and pictographic characters. Learning Chinese may also open employment opportunities for you as China is one of the United States's largest trading partners. Many US companies do business in China and have long-term investments. Business leaders are looking for people who speak Chinese and operate successfully in a Chinese cultural context.

Let Mrs. Tian guide you to a new culture and a new language. She will use her schooling, living, and working experience to expand your understanding of Chinese life.

  • We will learn using the Pinyin system to help you pronounce the Chinese characterd accurately.
  • The class will mainly focus on the text book. Mrs. Tian will also use videos and provide some interesting activities to help students learn the language and the culture easily.
Register now; you will enjoy learning Chinese!


Amanda CrépinBonjour et Bienvenue,

I am glad you are considering online French through Lone Star College.
My name is Amanda Adams-Crépin. My love affair with France began in high school. I was a typical girl from Minneapolis, Minnesota, who had dreams of studying in Paris. Those dreams came true when I went to college where I studied French and history.

As an undergrad, I spent 6 months in Paris learning the language and culture. After I graduated from college, I went back to France and taught English to elementary school children in Falaise, France. (For the history buffs, it is the birthplace of William The Conqueror). Then, I became une jeune fille au pair (nanny) in Ardèche which is rich in prehistoric and Roman history. Eventually, I had to come back to the US where I completed graduate work in French and Francophone Studies at UMass, Amherst, married my husband from Annecy, and began my teaching career in Texas. I have been teaching in Houston area private schools since 2001, and have taught all levels of French as well as history, geography, and research seminars. I am active in professional organizations for world language teachers and enjoy professional development. Most of all, I love accompanying learners on their journey through language acquisition.

Amanda Crépin

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Engage in conversations using level-appropriate grammatical structures including narrating events that take place in the present and producing questions and responses on a variety of topics dealing with everyday life.
  2. Understand level-appropriate spoken French.
  3. Write simple sentences and organize them into paragraphs.
  4. Read and comprehend level-appropriate texts.
  5. Identify and discuss traditions, customs and values of the French speaking world, and compare and contrast them with characteristics of their own culture.

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Engage in conversations using level-appropriate grammatical structures including narrating events that take place in the past.
  2. Understand level-appropriate spoken French produced by French speakers of diverse origins.
  3. Write simple and moderately complex sentences using level-appropriate grammatical structures and organize them into cohesive paragraphs.
  4. Read and comprehend level-appropriate authentic texts.
  5. Identify and discuss traditions, customs and values of the French speaking world, and compare and contrast them with characteristics of their own culture.


Brenda BauskeMy name is Brenda Bauske. I have been an adjunct professor of German at LSC-Tomball for eleven years for both face-to-face and online courses. I currently teach Beginning German One (German 1411) online. My career as an educator teaching German spans twenty-three years at a variety of institutions: a public junior high, public high schools, a language immersion school, and LSC-Tomball. I am from Wisconsin and attended Ripon College where I majored in German and minored in English. I spent my junior year in college studying abroad in Bonn, Germany, at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhlems Universität. I also have a master's degree in German Studies from the University of Northern Iowa. During my graduate school studies, I participated in UNI's Study Abroad Program in Klagenfurt, Austria, for six summers.

One of my greatest joys is travel. I have traveled extensively all over Europe. The German-speaking countries are my favorite destinations. I encourage all of my students to travel in their futures. I firmly believe in the value of travel for learning and personal development and subscribe to the messages in two of my favorite quotations: "Travel is the best teacher" and "Travel is an endless university." Since we can't board a plane and fly off to Germany together at the start of a course, I hope instead to provide a passport to learning and academic adventures for all of my students.

My love for all things German comes from my father, a native German who emigrated to the USA when he was in his twenties. I have relatives in Germany whom I visit often; truly, Germany is my second home.

GERM 1411 – Beginning German I – includes beginner's pronunciation, oral practice, conversation, development of listening comprehension, basic principles of grammar, simple exercises in composition, and easy reading which includes cultural material. Topics covered include the alphabet, numbers, greetings/farewells, informal and formal discourse, the weather, student university life, hobbies and leisure time, friends, family, and daily life.

Tracy ShepherdHallo! My name is Tracy Shepherd, and I’ve been teaching German for 20 years, including nine years at the Lone Star College–Tomball and North Harris campuses, six years at Oklahoma State University, and five years at the high school level in Irving, TX.

I received a B.A. in Psychology from Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH, a secondary teaching certificate with certification in German and English as a Second Language from Baylor University, and an M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction (emphasis on second-language acquisition and education) from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Some of my favorite experiences in learning and teaching German include: a semester abroad at Phillips Universität in Marburg, Germany, when I was a junior in college; a month in Vienna, Austria, when I was in graduate school; and a year as an exchange teacher in 2005-2006 in Herne, Germany, where I taught at a Berufskolleg (a vocational/technical school for students 16+ years in age). In addition, I’ve been to Germany/Austria several times for language courses and travel.

On a more personal note, I am married, have a daughter and an Australian Shepherd mix. My hobbies include spending time with my family, mountain biking, reading, and traveling.

GERM 1412 – Beginning German II – is a continuation of GERM 1411 with increased emphasis on comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing.

In this course, we learn primarily from an interactive online textbook, with supplemental materials from websites, songs, and YouTube channels. Assignments include exercises in MyGermanLab, discussion boards, speaking activities, quizzes, and tests, including a comprehensive final exam. I offer office hours every week, alternating between interactive WebEx meetings (audio/videoconferencing) and chat. This is a time to check in, review material from the course, ask/answer questions, get to know your classmates, and practice conversation and pronunciation. Office hours are optional, but strongly encouraged (extra credit is given). Students who attend consistently say how helpful they are.

For GERM 1412 the only language requirement is successful completion of GERM 1411 or the passing of a placement exam. As you will discover, some students will have a more extensive background in German or other languages, while others have just begun their study of German. Whatever your status, I find that each student always has unique insights and experiences to bring to the class. I value your input and participation and encourage you to take an active role in the class. I am always open to suggestions and resources.

Germany is a great country, with sincerely friendly and warm people, with rich traditions, history, and culture. In addition to learning the language, it is also my goal for you to make and share your own personal connections to the culture and country. I hope that your study of German will pay off for you in the future, whether it be for your studies, work, travel, or enjoyment!


Naoka Okazaki Brogan

About the Instructor

Naoko Okazaki Brogan has been teaching Japanese at LSC-Tomball since 2014. Prior to joining the LSC-Tomball staff, she taught at the British International School of Houston for three years and successfully coached students to pass their GCSE standards (the first step for college entrance in the United Kingdom). She has also taught for more than 20 years at the Japanese Supplementary School of Houston, which is a K-12 school for native Japanese speakers.

Naoko Okazaki Brogan earned a university education degree in Japan and taught elementary school there for three years, including coordinating an early English education program in Yokohama public schools.

About the Class

Today many people encounter Japanese culture on a daily basis. Some of the most popular Japanese things in our lives are sushi, ramen, Manga, anime, J-Pop music, cos-play (costume play), and Japanese car culture. However, Japan has a very long history and its culture is a unique mixture of new and old that has evolved over thousands of years. Smaller than Texas, Japan is a mountainous country filled with beautiful nature and enormous, crowded cities. If you want to explore Japan, I can help you learn many aspects.

In the Japanese classes offered at LSC-Tomball, we will learn reading, writing, and practice intensive speaking and listening. No prior knowledge of Japanese is required. Our goal is for you to be able to understand and communicate using basic Japanese. In general, the classes will have 4 quizzes, 4 chapter tests, 2 oral exams, and 2 projects. Don’t be afraid. You will have many opportunities to practice during classes. Class attendance and keeping up with assigned homework is very important. You will receive homework in every class; homework assignments are the key to success and count for a major portion of your final grade. Also, our class includes many fun activities like cultural-related games with prizes, food tasting, and calligraphy. I’m happy for you to come join our class!


Reyna Sirias¡Hola!  My name is Reyna Sirias Ortiz.  I was born in Nicaragua, my native language is Spanish and I have experience teaching all levels of Spanish in face-to-face and online courses.

I took courses to become a journalist and an architect, among other things; eventually, I graduated in Nicaragua as a Licenciada en ciencias de la educación with a specialty in Spanish. In between, I graduated in Mexico as an International Dispatcher, and worked at an international airport a few years.

In high school, I had fallen in love with languages and literature, so I studied French and English and became fluent in both.  I came then to Texas where I got my Masters of Art at Rice University and my PHD at University of Pennsylvania.  I still love languages, so I continue studying them.  Now I am trying to become fluent in Portuguese, Italian and German.

Learning a second language is--in all senses--an incredibly rewarding experience; the more languages you speak, the better.  However, every journey begins with a single step:  our closest neighbors speak Spanish; let’s take that first step towards them! 

Course Offerings:

  • SPAN 1411.3E01/02, Spanish 1, Online section, meets September 10-December 16th.
  • SPAN 1411.3T01/02, Spanish 1, Meets Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30-1:25pm, September 10-Dec 16th.
  • SPAN 1412.3E01/02, Spanish 2, Online, meets Sept 10-dec 16th
  • SPAN 1412.3T01/02, Spanish 2, Meets Tuesday and Thursdays, 9:30-1:55pm, Sept 10-Dec 16th.
  • SPAN 2311.3E01, Spanish 3, Online, 8-week course, meets August 27-October 21st. This class requires two mandatory video conferences.
  • SPAN 2312.3E01, Spanish 4, Online, 8-week course, meets October 22nd-Dec 16th. This class requires two mandatory video conferences.