Introductory Filipino

Meet the Faculty

Maria Barrios-Leblanc

Maria Barrios-Leblanc has a Ph.D. in Filipino from the University in the Philippines. She is the author of more than a dozen books, among them, Tagalog for Beginners (Tuttle, 2011) and Intermediate Tagalog (Tuttle, 2015). 

Karen Llagas

Karen Llagas is the lead intermediate teacher at UC Berkeley. Karen is co-author of 500 Tagalog Verbs, forthcoming at Tuttle. Before coming to Berkeley, Karen worked as a community language teacher at the Bayanihan Center. As a certified Tagalog interpreter, translator and linguist, she was lead Tagalog specialist for LinkedIn and Pinterest localization. Additionally, she is a highly trained and provisionally certified CA Court Interpreter. 

Course created by Maria Barrios-Leblanc

Introductory Filipino

Winter/Spring 2017


UC Berkeley, FILIPN W1Y
7.5 quarter units/5 semester units

This course is an elementary Filipino class designed for heritage learners, and the second course in a sequence (Filipino W1X and W1Y). Using the functional-situational approach, the course builds on students’ passive vocabulary to harness four skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

Online proctoring by tutors.

Important dates: 

Registration opens: Nov 22, 2016
Registration ends: Jan 16, 2017
First day of instruction: Jan 17, 2017 
Last day of instruction: May 5, 2017


Please click here to download a syllabus for this course.


Maria Barrios-Leblanc