Cortina Learning International, Inc.

Cortina Learning International

Corporate Office
7 Hollyhock Road
Wilton, CT 06897

t: 800.245.2145
t: 203.762.2510
f: 203.762.2514

Warehouse &
Shipping Dept.

15 Great Pasture Road
Danbury, CT 06810

t: 203.778.9639
f: 203.778.4029

President:
Robert E. Livesey

Managing Editor:
Magdalen B. Livesey

General Manager:
George G. Bollas

 

Leading publisher of home study courses

Cortina Learning International, Inc. (CLI) is a multimedia publishing company specializing in instructional materials and educational programs for individual home study in foreign languages, English as a second language, fine art, commercial art, and fiction and non-fiction writing.

Founded in 1882 as Cortina Academy of Languages by Professor Rafael Diaz de la Cortina, CLI originated the recorded method of language learning, using early cylinders developed for Cortina by Thomas Edison.

Since its founding, Cortina has been in the forefront of the language learning field, and offers both short and advanced Courses in CD and cassette format, including textbooks and other supplementary materials.

In 1981, CLI expanded its distance education curriculum by acquiring Famous Schools, publishers of the Famous Artists Courses and Famous Writers Courses. These thorough and comprehensive Courses feature extensive instructional materials plus the individual attention of accomplished artists and writers who critique each student's assignments. We invite you to visit our educational material sites and see for yourself the depth and quality of our Course offerings.

Course Offerings

Foreign Language Courses

Our foreign language home study courses are available on high-quality cassettes or CDs. Course contents include companion texts, conversation books, language study guides, bilingual dictionaries, self-correcting exercise books, comprehension tests, final exams, and a year of personal consulting. The courses are packaged in handsome bookshelf albums. See information about these and other foreign language courses and materials at www.cortina-languages.com.

Aprender Inglés (Learn English)

El Curso de Inglés Cortina es el camino mas fácil para aprender Inglés … con tan sólo unos minutos por día. Usted recibirá todo este material al inscribirse en su Curso. Será suyo y podrá usarlo … ¡Siempre!

  • Libro de Texto Básico
  • 8 Cintas/Cassettes o en CDs de Audio
  • Libro Complementario de Conversación
  • Diccionario Bilingüe
  • 2 Libros de Ejercicios
  • 2 Pruebas de Comprensión (cassettes y hojas)
  • Grabación y Libro de Práctica
  • Examenes de Repaso No. 1 y No. 2
  • Guía del Alumno
  • 2 Estuches de Lujo
  • Servicio Personal de Consulta
  • Diploma

Fine Art & Commercial Art Courses

Famous Artists School employs a revolutionary method of study capitalizing on your own talent and imagination and giving you the tools to develop and use what you have — through a process that’s easy and rewarding. You are taught by professional artists — in your spare time, without leaving your home. It's a complete course of study which starts with basic principles gleaned from the knowledge of some of America's best artists — presented in a set of handsome textbooks.

Famous Artists School offers four courses:

  • Famous Artist Certificate Program in Fine Art Painting and Drawing. This course includes three fully illustrated colorful Textbooks, Study Guide with Home Projects and ten Lesson Assignments for submission to Famous Artists School, a Kit of Art Materials for you to use in completing your Assignments; and ten personal Lesson Critiques from your Famous Artists School instructor.
  • Famous Artists Master Program in Fine Art Painting and Drawing. This Course includes the Textbooks, art materials, and Assignments listed above, plus the Study Guide with Home Projects and fourteen Lesson Assignments in electives of your choice (General, Landscapes, and Portraiture), and a total of twenty-four personal Lesson Critiques from your Famous Artists School instructor.
  • Famous Artists Certificate Program in Commercial Art, Illustration, and Design. This Course was developed for those seeking a career creating illustrations for books and magazines, fashion drawings, posters, greeting cards, graphic designs, or many other areas in the field of commercial art. The Course includes four fully illustrated colorful Textbooks, Study Guide with Home Projects and ten Lesson Assignments for submission to Famous Artists School, a Kit of Art Materials to use in completing Assignments; and ten personal Lesson Critiques from your Famous Artists School instructor.
  • Famous Artists Master Program in Commercial Art, Illustration, and Design. This Course includes the Textbooks, art materials, and Assignments listed above, plus the Study Guide with Home Projects and fourteen Lesson Assignments in electives of your choice (Illustration, Design and Art Direction, and Fashion Illustration), and a total of twenty-four personal Lesson Critiques from your Famous Artists School instructor.

Fiction & Non-fiction Writing Courses

Famous Writers School is a unique system of writing training in which you are taught by professional authors and editors — in your spare time, without leaving your home. It's a complete course of study which starts with basic principles gleaned from the knowledge of some of America's best-known writers — presented in a set of handsome textbooks. Through your Home Projects and Assignments you hone your skills in every aspect of writing under the guidance of instructors who give you personalized help with each piece of writing you do.

Famous Writers School offers three courses:

  • Famous Writers Certificate Program in Effective Writing. This Course includes six textbooks (Principles of Good Writing I and II, Fiction Writing I and II, Non-Fiction Writing I and II), Study Guide with Home Projects and six Lesson Assignments for submission to Famous Writers School, How to Turn Your Writing into Dollars (market service manual), Reader's Encyclopedia, and six personal Lesson Critiques from your Famous Writers School instructor.
  • Famous Writers Master Program in Fiction Writing. This Course includes the textbooks, supplementary books, and Assignments listed above, plus the Study Guide with Home Projects and twelve Lesson Assignments in Fiction Writing, and a total of eighteen personal Lesson Critiques from your Famous Writers School instructor.
  • Famous Writers Master Program in Non-Fiction Writing. This Course includes the textbooks, supplementary books, and Assignments listed above, plus the Study Guide with Home Projects and twelve Lesson Assignments in Fiction Writing, and a total of eighteen personal Lesson Critiques from your Famous Writers School instructor.