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Fall 2019 Session II (Weekend Courses)

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Social Media: Societal Erosion or Explosion?—starts December 7

For better or for worse? View selections from mass media to examine people’s growing dependency on social media. Explore the lines between the real world and the virtual world. Analyze, discuss, and debate this phenomenon and its effects on society. Bring your real life experiences and opinions to this sweeping look at the role of social media in today’s world.

ELL 1016 / noncredit / $180 (20-hour section), $265 (30-hour section), $345 (40-hour section)
Instructor: Katherine Ellingsen
Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 am–5:00 pm
December 7–8 (2 sessions)
Music Building, room 0089A

Junk Food-Only in America?—starts December 14

Junk food–only in America? The same or similar in your home country? Does food in the U.S., even bread and cheese, taste different than at home? Your opinion matters as we highlight and examine the quality, lifespan, ingredients, taste, and branding of food items in your home countries, and compare them to those same items in the U.S.

ELL 2003 / noncredit / $180 (20-hour section), $265 (30-hour section), $345 (40-hour section)
Instructor: Darren Hamilton
Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 am–5:00 pm
December 14–15 (2 sessions)
Music Building, room 0089A

Spring 2020 Session I (Weekday Courses)

Dig Deeper

Earn up to 6 hours by digging deeper into an area studied in an ELL course this semester. Choose from material specially selected to broaden and deepen knowledge. Submit a written paper which, based on guidelines, may be a reaction paper, a summary, or similar. The paper will be 1 to 4 pages, depending upon the number of hours requested.

ELL 1049 / noncredit / $50
Instructor: Judith Lewis

 Registration opens Monday, December 2

Business English: Career Management Strategies—starts January 22

Thinking about choosing a career, hunting for your dream job, or changing jobs? Increase self-awareness of your natural interests, analyze your preferences, assess your marketable skills, and polish (or create) your résumé. Through class discussions, gain an understanding of the job search process and its critical aspects, prepare for the interview, and grasp their relationship to landing a satisfying career.

ELL 1045 / noncredit / $180 (20-hour section), $216 (24-hour section)
Instructor: Cynthia Brosnan
Wednesday, 9:30 am–12:30 pm
January 22–March 11, no class on February 19 (7 sessions)
Music Building, room 0089A

TOEFL Preparation—starts January 22

Learn test-taking strategies. Build your English language skills relevant for all sections of the paper-based TOEFL ITP – listening, structure and written expression, and reading comprehension. Boost your test-taking confidence. Increase familiarity and effective time management through frequent practice of exam sections and sample questions. Students will take the ITP at the last class meeting. Required text. Individual score letter issued.

ELL 3000 / noncredit / $205 (20-hour section), $240 (24-hour section)
Instructor: Deborah Cooper
Wednesday, 9:30 am–12:30 pm
January 22–March 11, no class on February 19 (7 sessions)
Location TBA

Business English: Sales Pitch Perfect—starts January 23

Examine selling techniques for a variety of sales situations, such as business to business, business to consumer, phone, internet, and outside sales in this interactive course. Learn how to get past the gatekeepers and get in front of the decision makers, how to plan a territory, effective networking, creating the perfect sales pitch, and efficient time management.

ELL 1044 / noncredit / $180 (20-hour section), $216 (24-hour section)
Instructor: Elsalee Flynn
Monday and Thursday, 9:30–11:00 am
January 23–March 12, no class on February 17 and 20 (13 sessions)
Music Building, room 0089A

New York City: Faces and Places—starts January 23

An in-depth look at the many faces, cultures, and neighborhoods that makes New York City one of the most unique, dynamic, and diverse cities in the world. Look beyond the usual tourist attractions to discover new and different places to eat, drink, play, stroll, and explore in “the city that never sleeps.” Make your New York City experience as exciting as the city itself!

ELL 1022 / noncredit / $180 (20-hour section), $216 (24-hour section)
Instructor: Malinda Barrett
Monday and Thursday, 9:30–11:00 am
January 23–March 12, no class on February 17 and 20 (13 sessions)
Location TBA

Just Write: Creative Writing—starts January 23

Calling all writers! Short story, novella or full-on novel. A great opportunity to create, learn proper structure, share our work, give and get feedback. If you ever wanted to write, this class will give you the foundation and confidence to make that dream a reality. Interactive and fun with real-life application.

ELL 1038 / noncredit / $180 (20-hour section), $216 (24-hour section)
Instructor: Elsalee Flynn
Monday and Thursday, 11:10 am–12:40 pm
January 23–March 12, no class on February 17 and 20 (13 sessions)
Music Building, room 0089A

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs, and Slang—starts January 23

Do you speak and understand English well but sometimes feel that you “can’t make heads or tails” of some Americans’ speech? Increase your vocabulary and understanding of American idioms, phrasal verbs, and slang in this course. A variety of materials is used to help students identify, clarify, learn, and practice the informal language of everyday American life.

ELL 1030 / noncredit / $180 (20-hour section), $216 (24-hour section)
Instructor: Malinda Barrett
Monday and Thursday, 11:10 am–12:40 pm
January 23–March 12, no class on February 17 and 20 (13 sessions)
Location TBA

Think Quick!—starts January 28

Use theatre and improv exercises to build skills needed in the professional world and social situations, i.e., thinking quickly and creatively, communicating clearly, collaborating with others, and presenting effectively. Join this engaging, informative and fun course, ideal for anyone in business, the arts, education, marketing, or any field where a creative approach can spell success.

ELL 2043 / noncredit / $180 (20-hour section), $216 (24-hour section)
Instructor: Linda Gelman
Tuesday, 9:30 am–12:30 pm
January 28–March 10, no class on February 18 (6 sessions)
Location TBA

Great Grammar and Confident Conversation—starts January 24

For intermediate-level students: Strengthen your grammar and conversation skills through a variety of stimulating activities that emphasize practical application to communication tasks, such as speaking and writing. Improve your grammar through interactive exercises that focus on challenging grammatical structures. Enhance your conversational ability and increase your vocabulary and listening comprehension through structured and open-ended activities, which may include videos, song lyrics, and both pair and group work.

ELL 1035 / noncredit / $180 (20-hour section), $216 (24-hour section)
Instructor: Olga Seham
Tuesday and Friday, 9:30–11:00 am
January 24–March 13, no class on February 18 and 21 (13 sessions)
Music Building, room 0089A

Happiness 101—starts January 24

“I’d be happy if I had more money, lost 10 pounds, were in a romantic relationship.” Do any of these statements sound familiar? Research has shown circumstances account for about 10% of an individual’s happiness. Through activities, videos, and readings, discover the habits proven to boost happiness levels. Gain the understanding and hands-on tools to use to increase your happiness.

ELL 1066 / noncredit / $180 (20-hour section), $216 (24-hour section)
Instructor: Olga Seham
Tuesday and Friday, 11:10 am–12:40 pm
January 24–March 13, no class on February 18 and 21 (13 sessions)
Music Building, room 0089A

Spring 2020 Session I (Weekend Courses)

Registration opens Monday, December 2

Organizing for Productivity: All the Sorted Details—starts January 25

Ever wonder where your day has gone? Do you feel like you’re working really hard with little result? Do you spend too much time searching through clutter? In this class you will gain a solid foundation in basic organizing theory. Learn core concepts behind categorizing, sorting, purging and the fundamentals of time management, space and digital organization for optimum productivity.

ELL 2008 / noncredit / $180 (20-hour section), $265 (30-hour section), $345 (40-hour section)
Instructor: Elsalee Flynn
Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 am–5:00 pm
January 25–26 (2 sessions)
Music Building, room 0089A

Consumer Psychology: Personal Perspectives—starts March 7

Did your last purchase make you happy? Impulsive or planned for – was there any difference in your feelings after purchase? Take a “deeper dive” into consumer psychology and the physiological effects on the brain. Bring your own personal perspective as we explore, discuss, and discover why we feel a sense of happiness, reward, or even regret after a purchase.

ELL 2004 / noncredit / $180 (20-hour section), $265 (30-hour section), $345 (40-hour section)
Instructor: Darren Hamilton
Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 am–5:00 pm
March 7–8 (2 sessions)
Music Building, room 0089A


Spring 2020 Session II (Weekday Courses)

Registration opens Monday, December 2

Digitally Speaking: Introduction to Internet Marketing—starts March 16

Explore digital marketing, the arena where marketing meets the internet, wireless devices, and other digital media. Examine online advertising, search engine optimization, participation in social media, and the analytics of web and social media. Develop the ability to design, implement, and evaluate digital marketing strategies through a combination of lecture, case studies, hands-on exercises, and mini-course projects.

ELL 1015 / noncredit / $180 (20-hour section), $216 (24-hour section)
Instructor: Elsalee Flynn
Monday and Thursday, 9:30–11:00 am
March 16–May 4, no class on April 6 and 9 (13 sessions)
Music Building, room 0089A

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs, and Slang—starts March 16

Do you speak and understand English well but sometimes feel that you “can’t make heads or tails” of some Americans’ speech? Increase your vocabulary and understanding of American idioms, phrasal verbs, and slang in this course. A variety of materials is used to help students identify, clarify, learn, and practice the informal language of everyday American life.

ELL 1030 / noncredit / $180 (20-hour section), $216 (24-hour section)
Instructor: Malinda Barrett
Monday and Thursday, 9:30–11:00 am
March 16–May 4, no class on April 6 and 9 (13 sessions)
Location TBA

Write On! Getting Published—starts March 16

From blogs to articles to full blown novels and everything in between, examine the techniques of writing to get published. Learn how to create your hook, build believable worlds and characters, research stories, and engage readers. Through practice, expand your understanding of the building blocks of the business of writing, from the idea to publication on all media platforms.

ELL 1047 / noncredit / $180 (20-hour section), $216 (24-hour section)
Instructor: Elsalee Flynn
Monday and Thursday, 11:10 am–12:40 pm
March 16–May 4, no class on April 6 and 9 (13 sessions)
Music Building, room 0089A

New York City: Faces and Places—starts March 16

An in-depth look at the many faces, cultures, and neighborhoods that makes New York City one of the most unique, dynamic, and diverse cities in the world. Look beyond the usual tourist attractions to discover new and different places to eat, drink, play, stroll, and explore in “the city that never sleeps.” Make your New York City experience as exciting as the city itself!

ELL 1022 / noncredit / $180 (20-hour section), $216 (24-hour section)
Instructor: Malinda Barrett
Monday and Thursday, 11:10 am–12:40 pm
March 16–May 4, no class on April 6 and 9 (13 sessions)
Location TBA

Great Grammar and Confident Conversation—starts March 17

For intermediate-level students: Strengthen your grammar and conversation skills through a variety of stimulating activities that emphasize practical application to communication tasks, such as speaking and writing. Improve your grammar through interactive exercises that focus on challenging grammatical structures. Enhance your conversational ability and increase your vocabulary and listening comprehension through structured and open-ended activities, which may include videos, song lyrics, and both pair and group work.

ELL 1035 / noncredit / $180 (20-hour section), $216 (24-hour section)
Instructor: Olga Seham
Tuesday and Friday, 9:30 –11:00 am
March 17–May 5, no class on April 7 and 10 (13 sessions)
Music Building, room 0089A

Think Quick!—starts March 17

Use theatre and improv exercises to build skills needed in the professional world and social situations, i.e., thinking quickly and creatively, communicating clearly, collaborating with others, and presenting effectively. Join this engaging, informative and fun course, ideal for anyone in business, the arts, education, marketing, or any field where a creative approach can spell success.

ELL 2043 / noncredit / $180 (20-hour section), $216 (24-hour section)
Instructor: Linda Gelman
Tuesday, 9:30 am–12:30 pm
March 17–May 5, no class on April 7 (7 sessions)
Location TBA

Advanced English Communication for the Professional—starts March 17

Advanced students: Challenge yourself to elevate your overall English language proficiency to the high standards needed for success in a variety of professional settings. Current topics of general interest such as psychology, education, the arts, and business will form the basis for participatory activities. Final project is a written and oral presentation on a topic of personal interest.

ELL 2060 / noncredit / $180 (20-hour section), $216 (24-hour section)
Instructor: Deborah Cooper
Tuesday, 9:30 am–12:30 pm
March 17–May 5, no class on April 7 (7 sessions)
Location TBA

Cultural Competence—starts March 17

Living or working in a foreign country or multicultural environment can present challenges. Through activities, discussions, and readings, explore key dimensions of culture and the behaviors that can vary between nations. Learn how cultural competence can lessen misunderstandings that occur when judging behaviors based on one’s own cultural expectations. Develop the mindset and tools for successful interaction across cultures.

ELL 1048 / noncredit / $180 (20-hour section), $216 (24-hour section)
Instructor: Olga Seham
Tuesday and Friday, 11:00 am–12:40 pm
March 17–May 5, no class on April 7 and 10 (13 sessions)
Music Building, room 0089A

Business Communication—starts March 18

Develop your oral and written communication skills for a business or workplace setting. Focus on enhancing your competency in holding productive professional conversations; writing effective business messages; and applying successfully for professional positions, including creating job application packages and polishing interviewing skills.

ELL 1040 / noncredit / $180 (20-hour section), $216 (24-hour section)
Instructor: Cynthia Brosnan
Wednesday, 9:30 am–12:30 pm
March 18–May 6, no class on April 8 (7 sessions)
Music Building, room 0089A

TOEFL Preparation—starts March 18

Learn test-taking strategies. Build your English language skills relevant for all sections of the paper-based TOEFL ITP – listening, structure and written expression, and reading comprehension. Boost your test-taking confidence. Increase familiarity and effective time management through frequent practice of exam sections and sample questions. Students will take the ITP at the last class meeting. Required text. Individual score letter issued.

ELL 3000 / noncredit / $205 (20-hour section), $240 (24-hour section)
Instructor: Deborah Cooper
Wednesday, 9:30 am–12:30 pm
March 18–May 6, no class on April 8 (7 sessions)
Location TBA

Winning Strategies for Workplace Success—starts March 19

Challenges: difficult, unexpected, or uncomfortable situations. You’ve managed them in everyday life. But, are you familiar with common challenges in professional life? Are you prepared with the tools to overcome challenges at the start and as you move ahead in a career? Explore and discuss successful strategies to keep your career on an upward path in today’s competitive professional world.

ELL 1080 / noncredit / $180 (20-hour section), $216 (24-hour section)
Instructor: Darren Hamilton
Thursday, 9:30 am–12:30 pm
March 19–May 7, no class on April 9 (7 sessions)
Location TBA

Peace, Justice, and Sustainability—starts March 20

As citizens of the world and consumers of the earth’s riches, students will have the opportunity to study and analyze keys to a peaceful, sustainable, and just global community. The Earth Charter and the Declaration of Human Rights will provide the basis for thoughtful reflection and lively discussion. From the global to the personal, learn to problem solve using nonviolent conflict-resolution techniques.

ELL 1021 / noncredit / $180 (20-hour section), $216 (24-hour section)
Instructor: Joan Katen
Friday, 9:30 am–12:30 pm
March 20–May 8, no class on April 10 (7 sessions)
Location TBA

Spring 2020 Session II (Weekend Courses)

Registration opens Monday, December 2

Business English: Prepare like a Professional—Job Search Essentials—starts March 21

Examine and explore the key strategies of preparing for and embarking on a successful job search. Topics discussed and practiced include employment goals, cover letters, résumé writing, compiling references, interview techniques, essentials of follow-up, and email etiquette. Hands-on, interactive, practical, and fun, this course provides the information and practice to put your best job-search foot forward.

ELL 1055 / noncredit / $180 (20-hour section), $265 (30-hour section), $345 (40-hour section)
Instructor: Laura Katen
Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 am–5:00 pm
March 21–22 (2 sessions)
Music Building, room 0089A

Intercultural Communication—starts April 18

Develop strategies for successful intercultural communication in professional and social settings. Examine and discuss the functional and practical components of communicative interactions and how processes differ among cultures. Through such activities as role playing, case studies, and analysis of videos and transcriptions, learn ways to creatively address intercultural challenges. Topics include socially appropriate ways to request, refuse, compliment, and hedge.

ELL 1001 / noncredit / $180 (20-hour section), $265 (30-hour section), $345 (40-hour section)
Instructor: Domenica Delprete
Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 am–5:00 pm
April 18–19 (2 sessions)
Music Building, room 0089A

Social Etiquette for Business and Beyond - Dining Do’s and Dont’s—starts May 2

Avoid an embarrassing faux pas by learning the essential tips for American dining etiquette. Increase your global awareness and sophistication through lively discussions of the cultural norms related to social etiquette in your classmates’ native countries. Practice navigating food, drink, and conversation in business and social settings, including cocktail party etiquette, networking, and buffet and sit-down dining. Learn to wine and dine with confidence in this interactive, engaging, and useful course!

ELL 1006 / noncredit / $180 (20-hour section), $265 (30-hour section), $345 (40-hour section)
Instructor: Laura Katen
Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 am–5:00 pm
May 2–3 (2 sessions)
Music Building, room 0089A