Communication

Learn a new language or discover the power of writing to tell your personal story with our communication courses.

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Register for a course by selecting "Add to Cart" on the desired course and select the "Cart" at the bottom of the page when you are ready to process your registration.
NOTE: The “Seats Left” information is updated every hour and when you checkout.

Courses

A to Z Grant Writing

A to Z Grant Writing
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Online, 8/12 - 10/2 ZILC-111 702 20 seats left $115

American Sign Language

American Sign Language (ASL) is the third most used language in the United States today. This course is designed for students who are interested in learning about the Deaf community and developing ASL expressive and receptive skills. The course will provide an introduction to ASL and Deaf culture. You will learn practical and common language so you can have a brief conversation with someone from the Deaf community. Learning will include a combination of lecture, practice exercises, video, and class discussion.

Shannon Johnson, Instructor

Course will meet in Administration Building, Room 103

American Sign Language
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Tuesdays, 9/22 - 10/27
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
ZCOM-067 500 12 seats left $49Opens 8/27

American Sign Language II

This course is designed to expand on the basic principles presented in ASL 1. Participants will continue to develop their ability to use linguistic features, cultural protocols, and core vocabulary to function in basic ASL conversations that include ASL grammar.  Students will be able to describe actions, provide directions, express numerical values and more. Students will also learn about deaf culture.

Shannon Johnson, Instructor

Course will meet in Administration Building, Room 103

American Sign Language II
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Tuesdays, 11/10 - 12/15
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
ZCOM-068 501 12 seats left $49Opens 8/27

Beginning Conversational French

This course will teach you how to communicate easily and comfortably with those who speak French. You will learn practical, common phrases that will make your trips to the many French-speaking regions of the world more pleasant. You will learn dialogue specific to various settings, and you will be surprised how easy it can be to speak another language.

This course is taught online through our partnership with Ed2go. To log into your online classroom, please visit www.ed2go.com/hvcc and select My Classroom. Please note, it may take 24 – 48 hours before your registered course appears in My Classroom.

Beginning Conversational French
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Online, 8/12 - 10/2 ZILC-062 703 20 seats left $115
Online, 9/16 - 11/6 ZILC-062 500 12 seats left $115
Online, 10/14 - 12/4 ZILC-062 501 12 seats left $115
Online, 11/11 - 1/1 ZILC-062 502 12 seats left $115

Conversational Japanese

Whether you want to learn conversational Japanese for travel or just for fun, this course makes it easy and enjoyable for beginners to master the essentials of the Japanese language. Guided by a native Japanese instructor, you’ll also gain cultural knowledge only an insider has.

This course is taught online through our partnership with Ed2go. To log into your online classroom, please visit www.ed2go.com/hvcc and select My Classroom. Please note, it may take 24 – 48 hours before your registered course appears in My Classroom.

Conversational Japanese
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Online, 8/12 - 10/2 ZILC-060 703 20 seats left $115
Online, 9/16 - 11/11 ZILC-060 500 20 seats left $115
Online, 10/14 - 12/4 ZILC-060 501 12 seats left $115
Online, 11/11 - 1/1 ZILC-060 502 20 seats left $115

Discover Sign Language

Discover Sign Language will teach you how to sign basic phrases and complete sentences and how to put it all together, allowing you to introduce yourself and start a conversation. Along the way, you will learn signs for colors, numbers, locations, family, and the activities you like to do. Throughout the course, you will learn by watching videos that demonstrate how to make the signs and how to incorporate facial expressions to communicate in this beautiful language. This course is taught using the best practices of the industry with a minimum of audio support. Throughout it, you will be immersed in silence, which will help you gain an understanding of the perspective of Deaf people and sign language. You will also gain an introduction to the world of the Deaf culture and explore topics such as lipreading, baby signs, and the career of interpreting. By the end of the course, when you meet a Deaf person, you will be ready to sign! This course is taught online through our partnership with Ed2go. To log into your online classroom, please visit www.ed2go.com/hvcc and select My Classroom. Please note, it may take 24 – 48 hours before your registered course appears in My Classroom.

Discover Sign Language
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Online, 8/12 - 10/2 ZILC-068 703 20 seats left $115

ESL Placement Test

In order to register for the ESL classes, you must first take a placement test. There is no cost for the placement test. After the placement test, you will be contacted about whether Level I or Level II would be the appropriate class.  Full payment ($25) and a valid Certificate of Residence are required prior to the start of the first class. Scholarships are available. Textbooks are required for all courses and are not included in the course fee.  This course is taught remotely via Zoom. You will need your Hudson Valley username and password to access the course.

Grammar and Writing for ESL Students - Level I
This course is designed for beginning-level English language learners. Little prior knowledge of English is needed. Students will be introduced to basic American English grammar and writing strategies needed to produce simple sentences, short paragraphs, and informal letters. Editing techniques will also be discussed. 
ZESL 015 500        $25
30 Sessions, Remote Course
Tues., & Thurs., 9/3 - 12/17, 6:15 - 8:15 p.m. 
No class 11/26 
Irene Cruz, Instructor 

 

Grammar and Writing for ESL Students - Level II
This course is designed for high beginner/low intermediate English language learners. Some knowledge of English is required. Students will be introduced to high-beginning/low-intermediate level grammar and writing strategies. Paragraph organization, formal letter and
business writing will also be addressed.
ZESL 016 500        $25 ;
30 Sessions, Remote Course 
Tues. & Thurs., 9/3 - 12/17, 6:15 - 8:16 p.m. 
No class 11/26 
Shauna Anderson, Instructor 

ESL Placement Test
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Tuesday, 9/1
6:15 pm - 8:15 pm
ZESL-017 500 20 seats left $0

Getting Paid to Talk

Have you ever been told you have a great voice? From audio books and cartoons to documentaries, commercials and more, this class will introduce you to the growing field of voice-over. Learn how to prepare and where to find work in your area. We’ll discuss industry pros and cons and play samples from working voice professionals. In addition, you’ll have an opportunity to record a short professional script under the direction of our teacher. For more information, please visit https://voicecoaches.com.

Creative Voice Development, Instructor

Course will meet in the Administration Building, Room 106 

Getting Paid to Talk
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Monday, 11/23
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
ZCOM-010 500 12 seats left $19Opens 8/27

Grammar Refresher

Develop your English grammar skills and take your writing and speaking to the next level of excellence in this course. This course explores the eight parts of speech, punctuation and mechanics, and foundational sentence construction. You will learn about phrases, clauses, problem words, common grammar mistakes, and much more through practical, hands-on exercises. You will also learn through short videos, examples, and even fun games. Take your writing and speaking to the next level of excellence! This course is taught online through our partnership with Ed2go. To log into your online classroom, please visit www.ed2go.com/hvcc and select My Classroom. Please note, it may take 24 – 48 hours before your registered course appears in My Classroom.

Grammar Refresher
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Online, 8/12 - 10/2 ZILC-081 703 20 seats left $115

Instant Italian

This dynamic course will teach you how to express yourself comfortably in Italian. You’ll learn practical, everyday words. You’ll read, hear and practice dialogues based on typical situations that you’re likely to encounter if you plan to vacation in Italy. The dialogues and follow-up exercises of each lesson will teach you to communicate in Italian in a wide variety of settings. You’ll be surprised by how quickly and easily you can learn many useful expressions in Italian!

This course is taught online through our partnership with Ed2go. To log into your online classroom, please visit www.ed2go.com/hvcc and select My Classroom. Please note, it may take 24 – 48 hours before your registered course appears in My Classroom.

Instant Italian
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Online, 8/12 - 10/2 ZILC-061 702 20 seats left $115
Online, 9/16 - 11/6 ZILC-061 500 20 seats left $115
Online, 10/14 - 12/4 ZILC-061 501 12 seats left $115
Online, 11/11 - 1/1 ZILC-061 502 12 seats left $115

Mastering Public Speaking

You can become an effective public speaker! In this course, you will discover how to talk confidently and persuasively to both large audiences and small groups. You will also learn how to plan and deliver your presentations skillfully and how to manage one of the most common public speaking barriers—fear. You'll learn the secrets to presenting a speech, how to handle questions and manage conflict in meetings, and even how to shine in a job interview. You will get tips for training your voice and learn how to use both verbal and nonverbal communication effectively. By the time you finish this course, you'll have an entire set of skills you can use on the job, in social settings, and in any other situation where you need to communicate with ease and authority! This course is taught online through our partnership with Ed2go. To log into your online classroom, please visit www.ed2go.com/hvcc and select My Classroom. Please note, it may take 24 – 48 hours before your registered course appears in My Classroom.

Mastering Public Speaking
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Online, 8/12 - 10/2 ZILC-069 703 20 seats left $115

No Excuses! Writing & Selling Your Boook

John Grisham scribbled notes on a legal pad between court sessions. Those notes eventually became his best-selling novel, “A Time to Kill.” Recollections of growing up in depression-era Ireland compelled Frank McCourt to write his best-selling memoir, “Angela’s Ashes.” Is a novel or nonfiction book burning inside you? If so, learn the ins and outs of publishing from a pro who has helped dozens of students become authors. Discover how the book publishing industry works, how to pitch your idea to publishers and agents and how to guide your book to publishing success. One-on-one consulting with the instructor about your project after the course eliminates any excuses preventing you from realizing your publishing dreams. Course fee includes a $15 materials fee. 

This course is taught remotely via Zoom. You will need your Hudson Valley username and password to access the course.

Pauline Bartel, Instructor 

No Excuses! Writing & Selling Your Boook
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Saturday, 11/7
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
ZCOM-019 500 12 seats left $65

Spanish for Law Enforcement

With more and more Spanish-speaking people living in the United States every year, learning the Spanish language is becoming ever more important. In the law enforcement field, mastering basic Spanish will give you more skill to handle situations involving Spanish-speaking individuals. Adding Spanish skills to your resume can also open doors to new job opportunities.

This course is taught online through our partnership with Ed2go. To log into your online classroom, please visit www.ed2go.com/hvcc and select My Classroom. Please note, it may take 24 – 48 hours before your registered course appears in My Classroom.

Spanish for Law Enforcement
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Online, 8/12 - 10/2 ZILC-070 702 20 seats left $115
Online, 9/16 - 11/6 ZILC-070 500 12 seats left $115
Online, 10/14 - 12/4 ZILC-070 501 12 seats left $115
Online, 11/11 - 1/1 ZILC-070 502 12 seats left $115

Speed Spanish

Imagine yourself speaking, reading and writing Spanish. Now you can! This course is designed for anyone who wants to learn Spanish, pronto. You’ll learn six easy recipes for gluing Spanish words together to form sentences. In no time at all, you’ll be able to go into any Spanish speaking situation and converse in Spanish. ¡Qué bueno!

This course is taught online through our partnership with Ed2go. To log into your online classroom, please visit www.ed2go.com/hvcc and select My Classroom. Please note, it may take 24 – 48 hours before your registered course appears in My Classroom.

 

Speed Spanish
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Online, 8/12 - 10/2 ZILC-063 702 20 seats left $115
Online, 9/16 - 11/6 ZILC-063 500 20 seats left $115
Online, 10/14 - 12/4 ZILC-063 501 12 seats left $115
Online, 11/11 - 1/1 ZILC-063 502 12 seats left $115

Wipe Your Feet Before You Step All Over Me!

If you hate your haircut, do you tell the stylist? If your car still thunks after the mechanic “fixed” it, do you go back? If your neighbor throws a loud party, do you complain? If you answered “no” to these questions, you could be a people-pleaser, and you could benefit from this lighthearted session to help you build assertiveness skills and stop being a doormat. Through discussion, role-play (optional participation), and eye-opening exercises, you’ll walk away with an action plan to start standing up for yourself. This course is facilitated by a recovering people-pleaser who understands the challenges of learning to be more assertive and is ready to help you on your journey.

Karen DeBonis, Instructor 

Course will meet in Day Care Building, Room 138

Wipe Your Feet Before You Step All Over Me!
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Thursday, 10/8
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
ZSPI-222 500 12 seats left $15Opens 8/27

You Can Be a Freelance Writer

Freelance writing is a low-investment business you can run from home, allowing you to set your own schedule and earn a good living. Discover the step-by-step process for establishing yourself in this highly desirable field, including identifying markets for your writing, finding and approaching clients, delivering assignments and cultivating repeat business. You’ll learn the nuts and bolts of the business, plus all the tricks of the trade so you can launch your own successful freelance writing business. Course fee includes a $15 materials fee. 

This course is taught remotely via Zoom. You will need your Hudson Valley username and password to access the course.

Pauline Bartel, Instructor

 

You Can Be a Freelance Writer
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Saturday, 12/5
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
ZCOM-029 500 12 seats left $65

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Community and Professional Education

Guenther Enrollment Services Center, Room 252

Fax: (518) 629-8103

Regular Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Summer Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
(excluding college holidays and vacations)