Course Description

This class is tailored for students of Romanian origin nationwide who do not understand, nor speak the language, but who have been exposed to Romanian culture and are curious to find out more about their heritage. They will learn basic conversational skills in Romanian and will develop their pronunciation, vocabulary, writing and reading knowledge.They will gain confidence and will be able to connect with their Romanian family in meaningful ways.  No knowledge of Romanian required. Groups of 4-5 students / 60 min, weekly. Tuition: 14 sessions for $ 350 (25$/h) - please scroll down for payment options.

We arre thrilled to partner with the Romanian United Fund to offer this class to children living in the Chicago area. 

Spring Semestrer Dates:  Jan 28, 5pm - 6pm CST, May 13, 2022  (our website posts the Pacific Time)

Instruction Days:

• Jan 28

• Feb 4, 11,18

• Mar 4, 11,18, 25

• April 1, 8, 22, 29

• May 6, 13  


• Mid-winter break: Feb 25

• Spring break: April 15

About Our School 

ARCS Romanian Heritage Language School offers innovative virtual classes and workshops for children, youth and adults with Romanian background or with an interest to learn Romanian, nationwide. Our teaching methods are based on the core principles of Heritage Language Education to nourish bilingualism and address holisitically the bi-cultural identity of our students through project-based activities, play, authentic sources, critical thinking, and meaningful interactions with their families and communities. Our students gain pride and confidence as heritage language speakers and learners of Romanian, while developing a global understanding of the world.

We are the first Romanian secular community-based school to have developed a teaching curriculum according to the priciples of HERITAGE EDUCATION, since 2016. We are looking for partners and happy to share our methodology with other communities in the Romanian diaspora. Our current students come from numerous regions in the US. We can accommodate to various time zones and have demonstrated experience teaching multiple levels and age groups.  

Please write to Otilia Baraboi at to find out more about our programs and possible collaborations with your communities.


Payment options

ARCS Romanian Language Program - Chicago
New Student, 2nd child per family (10 weeks, discounted)


with PayPal
New Student - 10 weeks


with PayPal


Otilia Baraboi, Ph.D.

Before coming to Seattle in 2000 from Romania, Otilia worked as a literary journalist and published short-fiction, translations and articles. She holds university degrees in French and English literatures from Romania, Switzerland, and the US. She has a Ph.D. on the politics of translation from the University of Washington, where she taught French language and literature for 17 years, and where she is currently co-teaching a course on Romanian literature and film. In 2013, she co-founded ARCS and was President of the Board for five years before becoming ARCS’ first Executive Director. For Otilia, ARCS has been a wonderful opportunity to remain connected with the vibrant culture of her birthplace, while contributing to the artistic and cultural vitality of the Pacific Northwest. As part of her work, Otilia has been managing the Romanian Film Festival in Seattle and ARCS community-based school for Romanian heritage students, as well as more than 300 cultural and educational events over the past 9 years. Her priorities are to create sustainable, community-building programs and partnerships, as well as develop ARCS' brand identity in accordance with its mission and values. Most of all, Otilia hopes that her work will have a direct, long-lasting impact on the ways in which future generations will define, celebrate and pass on their heritage. Otilia is also the President of the Ethnic Heritage Council of the Pacific Northwest and a board member of Romanian United Fund.