Language Classes

The Basque Museum & Cultural Center offers adult language classes throughout the year, both online and in-person. Check below for the most current language courses being offered!


Note the start and end dates as well as days of the week offered for each class when signing up.
Regular Course: $175            Mini Course $100
We require 7 students minimum per class. If a class doesn’t meet the required minimum by the registration deadline, they will be contacted and given the option of shifting to another class or a refund (less credit card fees). 

BASQUE MUSEUM MEMBERS: Receive a $50 discount on REGULAR class price! Call 208-343-2671 to receive code or use the link below.  *Does not apply for Mini Course, discount is for FULL SEMESTER only. Email Teresa to request a discount code via email.

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE: The Basque Museum is proud to offer a limited number of scholarships to cover course fees. To request a scholarship, please email us before registration deadline. Course fees help cover the cost of administering classes and paying instructors a fair wage, but we don’t want to limit access to classes because of financial barriers. 


12-Week Classes

Beginning the week of January 24 and finishing the week of April 18 (unless otherwise noted)


Level 1, Beginner Courses

Level 1: This course is for beginner students with no, or very little, Euskara knowledge or experience. Course is designed around the objective of content based learning with practical skills.

Learning Outcomes: Students will learn the language with a functional approach with emphasis on communicative competence being able to introduce themselves and others, exchange personal information, describe places and express what they want/have to do while sightseeing/shopping, check timetables of events, ask about/give information about touristic places and express purpose. Students will be given exercises, listening/video watching activities, speaking activities, worksheets and more.

Course 1 Option 1 – Mondays 6-8pm IN PERSON (February 7 to May 2, no class March 21)

Course 1 Option 2 – Tuesdays 6-8pm ONLINE (January 25 to April 19, no class March 22)


Level 2, Beginner Courses

Level 2:  This course is a continuation of level 1 and it is appropriate for students with basic vocabulary, an understanding of common verbs patterns/expressions for social interaction. This course is designed to foster further communicative competence through speaking and listening practical skills.

 Learning Outcomes: Students will learn how to express past/future actions as well as habits/routines, describe plans through conditional situations, express likes/dislikes among other functional/social skills. Students will be given exercises, listening/video watching activities, speaking activities, worksheets and more.

Course 2 Option 1 – Mondays 6-8pm ONLINE (January 24 to April 18, no class March 21)

Course 2 Option 2 – Wednesdays 6-8pm ONLINE (January 26 to April 20, no class March 23)

Course 2 Option 3 – Sundays 10am-12pm ONLINE (January 23 to April 17, no class March 20)


Level 3, Beginner Course

Level 3: This course is a follow-up of level 1 and 2 with an emphasis on more complex sentences with a higher level of grammar/lexis. The course is designed to increase communicative competence through coherence and grammar context based and a functional/situational approach.

Learning Outcomes: Students will learn how to express current activities, conditional situations, what they can/can’t do, give/ask for opinions, interact socially in real life situations through role-playing, listening to/watching native people while doing exercises and practicing oral interactions.

Course 3 Option 1 – Tuesdays 6-8pm ONLINE (February 15 to May 10, no class March 22)


Conversation Course

Course Description: This course is for students with a few years of formal Euskara education or comfortable at a basic conversation level. More advanced grammar concepts are taught through practical listening and activities.

Learning Outcomes: Students will be fully immersed in Euskara, focusing on correct usage of grammar, improving on fluency & comprehensibility as well as reading comprehension. Students will give oral presentations and receive feedback throughout the course to improve their skills.

Conversation Option 1 – Mondays 6-8pm IN PERSON (January 24 to April 18, no class March 21)

Conversation Option 2 – Tuesdays 6-8pm ONLINE (January 25 to April 19, no class March 22)


Mini Courses (8 weeks)

Week of January 24 through week of March 28 (week of March 21 off – Spring Break)


Mini Course 1: Euskal Herria Ezagutzen I: Euskara for Traveling to the Basque Country 

Mini Course 1: This course offers you Euskara language skills you would want to have to travel to the Basque Country. Thoughtfully designed, this course introduces a new province each week while focusing on topics that will prove useful on your next visit such as travelling, shopping, ordering in a restaurant, understanding different Euskara dialects/accents.

Learning Outcomes: Students will be able to communicate effectively with accurate vocabulary/grammar on travelling situations and ask for/exchange information in oral communicative activities.

Mini Course 1 – Tuesdays 6-8pm ONLINE (January 25 to March 15)


Mini Course 2: Euskal Herria Ezagutzen II

Mini Course 2:  This course is a continuation of mini course 1. Designed for students who already have the basics of the language (by attending or not mini course 1) this course goes deeper into the Basque culture, increasing the linguistic level through real life listening/videos activities.

Learning Outcomes: Students will be able to interact with one of the key aspects of local traditions and go beyond Euskara by learning much more than the language itself. Surveys, competitions, games and awards included in the course.

Mini Course 2 – Wednesdays 6-8pm ONLINE (January 26 to March 16)


Mini Course 3: Euskal Herria Ezagutzen III

Mini Course 3:  This course fosters communication in Euskara throughout content-based syllabi enjoying one of the key aspects of Basque culture. Designed for students with a basis in the language, recycles topics learned in mini courses 1 and 2 (by attending or not mini courses) adding new functional based linguistic topics.

Learning Outcomes: Students will be able to communicate in Euskara among themselves and with natives through activities in which they will experience the very heart of Basque traditions. Surveys, competitions, games and awards included in the course.

Mini Course 3 – Thursdays 6-8pm ONLINE (January 27 to March 17)

Meet the Instructors

Christine Aramburu Alegria
Formerly a university professor and currently an Euskara teacher for NABO, Christine brings years of teaching experience to her first year of teaching with the Basque Museum. She joins us from Austin, Texas.

Todor Azurtza Sorrondegi
Todor has been part of Boise and the Boise Basque community since moving here in 2016. He is originally from Donosti/San Sebastian. His language skills are immense, speaking several other languages for work and living all over the world. He is most happy when speaking and sharing Euskara and feels his knowledge of learning a new language will help students do the same. Todor is very passionate about Basque culture, especially the language, and wants to help others learn and become passionate about preserving and spreading Basque language and culture. Todor has taught for the Basque Museum in the past and is excited to join us again.

Sonia Castañon
Sonia is the current Euskara Coordinator for the North American Basque Organization and bring years or Euskara instruction experience to the table. This is her first year teaching with the Basque Museum, joining us from Salt Lake City, Utah.

Esther Ciganda
Esther is a veteran teacher with years of language instruction experience. Esther excels at teaching beginner level students and adapting to the online format in the most effective way possible. She joins us all the way from Euskal Herria, and this is her second year teaching with the BMCC.

Susana Siccardi Ohaco
Susana is an accomplished curriculum developer and language instructor. Her mini-courses have become widely popular and she approaches Euskara in a content based manner that leaves students feeling accomplished and hungry for more. This is her third set of classes teaching with the BMCC and is joining us all the way from Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Itxaso Uriarte
Itxaso is a native Euskara speaker that has been active in promoting Euskara throughout North America. She is a former NABO Euskara coordinator, helping to build the language program throughout the US. Itxaso also spent 5 years teaching at Boise Ikastola and has been teaching adults through the Basque Museum program since 2009. During her time with the BMCC, she has taught several different levels from beginners to advanced. She has a notable teaching style that incorporates games and other activities to make learning fun. Itxaso is based in Boise, Idaho.

Alex Wray
Alex has studied Euskara for many yearsincluding a year (2015-2016) at Maizpide in their language immersion program. He has been an active member of the Oinkari Basque Dancers since 2007 and is currently the President of the group. This is Alex’s second year teaching Euskara online with the Basque Museum. He is based in Boise, Idaho.