Winter/Spring 2019 Offerings: Communication

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

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. For more information, please visit
1 Session, ADM 101
Mon., 5/6, 6:30 - 9 p.m.
Creative Voice Development, Instructor

Break Into Print with Nonfiction Articles
Have you dreamed of writing for The Atlantic Monthly, Woman’s Day or other national magazines? Have you wondered how writers get their work accepted by these prestigious publications? Wonder no longer. Learn the step-by-step process of researching, writing and selling nonfiction in today’s magazine market. Discover how you can turn one idea into dozens of articles (and collect multiple paychecks), get editors call you when they need a feature and experience the thrill of seeing your magazine article in print. Course fee includes $15 materials fee.
1 Sessions, DCC B06
Sat., 4/13, 1 - 5 p.m.
Pauline Bartel, 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 this 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. This course is taught online through Ed2go. You will receive your online Ed2go username and password within one week of registration.
Online Course Dates: 3/13 - 5/3

Writing for the Workplace
Communicate confidently! Set yourself apart in the workplace with clear, concise and compelling communication. Whether you’re updating your resume and writing cover letters or looking for strategies to enhance your communication at work and get more traction for your ideas, this class can help. We’ll critique a variety of documents and engage in exercises to find solutions to common challenges. Leave with simple tips that can make a big impact on your daily correspondence, reports, or anywhere you need your writing to shine. Please bring a notebook and writing utensils.
1 Session, ADM 101
Thurs., 3/14, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Alice Broussard, Instructor

Feeling Stuck? Write
If you are feeling “stuck,” whether due to a breakup, divorce, unfulfilling job or a general desire to get more out of your life, writing about it can help. In this three-part course, we will explore how a consistent journaling practice can help us to both become self-aware about our past patterns and envision the future we want to create. Instructor Sara Kennedy is a tenured English and interpersonal communication professor with 17 years of teaching experience. Her essays have recently appeared on, and The Good Men project.
3 Sessions, BTC 217
Sat., 3/30 - 4/13, 9 - 11 a.m.
Sara Kennedy, Instructor


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: 3/13 - 5/3

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: 3/13 - 5/3

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: 3/13 - 5/3

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: 3/13 - 5/3

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: 3/13 - 5/3

German for Everyone: Intensive 1
This class is for those who have learned German before or those who are highly motivated to learn quickly. We will cover the first five chapters of Willkommen Book 1 (the 3rd edition).
10 Sessions, ADM 102
Mon., 2/25 - 5/13, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
No class 3/18 & 4/22
Lisa Jiardini, Instructor

German for Everyone - Intensive 2
This course is a follow-up to Intensive 1 and will continue with the rest of Willkommen Book 1 (3rd Edition). We will focus a lot on speaking as well as listening for understanding and slowly learning grammar.
10 Sessions, ADM 105
Wed., 3/6 - 5/15, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
No class 3/20
Lisa Jiardini, Instructor

Intermediate to Advanced ESL
This class is for ESL students who have studied intermediate to advanced grammar in previous classes and can understand most spoken English and written English. Students will improve their grammar for basic writing while learning advanced vocabulary and American culture. Class topics will be based on students’ professional and social needs and interests. This class is ideal for students who have taken several ESL classes here or in their country.
10 Sessions, BTC 217
Tues., 2/12 - 5/14, 5 - 8 p.m.
Elaine Friedman, Instructor

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