Fall 2018 Communication Courses

Specialty offerings in:

English as a Second Language
Need to improve your English for speaking with coworkers and friends, talking on the phone, writing emails, reading websites, and applying for jobs? This course is for you! An ESL instructor with more than 20 years of experience will help you learn the vocabulary, grammar, and aspects of American culture that you can't learn from a book or website. After taking this course, you will better understand spoken English, speak with the correct vocabulary, and write using correct English grammar. You will learn all this by discussing and reading about interesting subjects. The instructor will assess and then focus on the topics important for all students. You don't need to buy any textbooks! The instructor will provide all materials.
10 Sessions, BTC 305
Wed., 9/26 - 12/5, 5 - 8 p.m.
No class 11/21
Elaine Friedman, Instructor

German for Everyone - Intensive
This course will review and build upon basic German phrases and grammar and to increase fluency. We will discuss such topics as greetings, talking about yourself, getting a hotel room, and making appointments. We will be using the text "Willkommen! German Beginner's Course" in a fun and interactive manner to improve hearing and speaking of the German language. You can find the course book on Amazon.
10 Sessions, ADM 103
Wed., 9/26 - 12/5, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
No class 11/21
Lisa Jiardini, Instructor

A to Z Grant Writing
Do you love writing and building rewarding, long-lasting relationships? Do you have a passion for a cause? As a grant writer, you can help nonprofit organizations, schools, religious institutions and research organizations acquire the funds they need to operate and to thrive. In our A to Z Grant Writing class, you'll learn how to put together a gold medal proposal package – one that will capture the attention, and the funds, of donors.

We offer one of the best online grant writing courses around, whether you're already involved in a related position or are looking to take your first step into this rewarding career.
Online Course Dates: 10/17 - 12/17

Getting Paid to Talk: Voice-Overs as a Profession
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 what the pros look for, 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. This class is lots of fun, realistic, and a great first step for anyone interested in the voice-over field. Learn more.
1 Session, ADM 102
Thurs., 11/1, 6:30 - 9 p.m.
Creative Voice Development, Instructor

Writing Fiction for Kids
If you're a budding Beatrix Potter or a struggling Dr. Seuss, discover the secrets of writing books for kids of all ages. Learn how to develop a compelling plot, create characters that come alive on the page and write believable dialogue so your story is successful. Course fee includes $15 materials fee.
1 Session, DCC B06 (Viking Day Care Center (DCC): Parking Information)
Sat., 10/27, 1 - 5 p.m.
Pauline Bartel, Instructor

Poetry is for Everyone
This is an introductory creative writing course focusing on poetry. It will include reading and analyzing poems, as well as plenty of time for students to write their own poetry. This course is open to poets of all ages and levels to deepen their love for and understanding of the craft of poetry.
6 Sessions, ADM 103
Tues., 9/11 - 10/16, 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Kendall Hoeft, Instructor

Characterization in Speculative Fiction
Do you love to write horror, science fiction, or fantasy? Then this class is for you! In this class, we will learn how to make our speculative fiction characters strong and unique. Character clichés are a big reason as to why some writers have a hard time publishing their stories. Learning how to develop strong and unique characters is important so that readers will be more drawn to read your work. We will read some short fiction written by authors like Poe and King and will explore writing activities such as brainstorming and peer editing. By the end of the class, you will have written about five pages of a newly crafted story. Please bring a notebook and writing utensils. A tablet or laptop is encouraged but not necessary.
4 Sessions, ADM 106
Wed., 9/26 - 10/17, 6 - 8 p.m.
Kristen Hewitt, Instructor

No Excuses! Writing and Selling Your Book
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? Do you dream of being a published author? 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. As a bonus, 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 $15 materials fee.
1 Session, DCC B06 (Viking Day Care Center (DCC): Parking Information)
Sat., 11/10, 1 - 5 p.m.
Pauline Bartel, Instructor

Learn a New Language

It is never too late to learn a new language. Whether you are planning a trip or just looking to obtain a new skill, take our online language courses. These courses are taught online through Ed2go. You will receive your online Ed2go username and password within one week of registration.

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.
Online Course Dates: 10/17 - 12/17

Conversational Japanese
Whether you want to learn conversational Japanese for travel or just for fun, you'll find 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.
Online Course Dates: 10/17 - 12/17

Discover Sign Language
It's truly amazing that we can communicate just by using our hands and different facial expressions! In this course, you'll discover how to use this graceful, expressive language to communicate with deaf people.Throughout the course, you'll learn by watching videos that demonstrate how to make the signs and how to incorporate facial expressions to communicate. You'll be immersed in silence during most of the course, so you'll gain an understanding of the perspective of deaf people and sign language. You'll also gain an introduction to the world of deaf culture and explore topics such as lip reading, baby signs, and the career of interpreting.
Online Course Dates: 10/17 - 12/17

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!
Online Course Dates: 10/17 - 12/17

Speed Spanish
Imagine yourself speaking, reading and writing Spanish. Now you can, with Speed Spanish! 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!
Online Course Dates: 10/17 - 12/17

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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)