Introduction to Multi-cultural Experiences

Recognizing the need to be able to understand and interact with other cultures, the Center for Lifelong Learning is offering introductory level language courses. Each of these non-credit courses present students with the basic skills of each language as well as offer an overview of the culture. The goal of these courses is to encourage further study of other cultures.

Cost

$125 per course plus books
cost of the trip is included
course fee is not covered by tuition remission or block pricing

The purpose of this non-credit course is to introduce students to the basic skills in listening to and speaking Russian. Included will be a synopsis of the basic alphabet, informal conversation, getting around, and some basic grammar structure. An overview of basic family dynamics, cultural and religious expressions, and commonplace customs and lifestyles will be covered. Assignments will be made from the required text.

The instructor, Donna Messenger, spent a decade as a missionary in Odessa, Ukraine. She is currently part of Barnabas International.

Course Dates

Registration deadline: Monday, January 12, 2015
Class meets Mondays and Thursdays, January 19 through February 23, 2015
Time: 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Includes a Russian dinner night

Required Books

"Barron's Learn Russian the Fast and Fun Way" second edition by Thomas R. Beyer, Jr. 
ISBN-13 978-0-7641-4214-7    ISBN-10 0-7641-4214-3

The purpose of this non-creidt course is to introduce students to the basic skills in recognizing common Chinese scrips and characters as well as listening to and speaking the Mandarin dialect. Included will be an overview of basic family dynamics, cultural and religious expressions, and commonplace customs and lifestyles. Assignments will be made from the required text.

Course Outline

  • Learning to pīnyīn (pronounce)
  • Asking questions
  • Things around the house
  • Zhōngwén shùzì (Chinese numerals)
  • Money and more numbers
  • Greetings
  • Times, Calendars, Seasons
  • Directions, finding places
  • Traffic signs
  • Traveling, getting around
  • Shopping

The purpose of this non-credit course is to provide each student with an introduction to the basic skills in listening to and speaking Brazilian Portuguese. This introduction includes an overview of the family structure, religious customs, and lifestyles. Assignments will be made from the required text.

Course Dates

Registration deadline: January 8
Dates: January 15 - February 19, 2015
11 sessions including a Portuguese dinner 
Tuesday and Thursday 8:00 - 9:30 p.m.

Required Books

Portuguese in 10 Minutes a Day with CD-rom, third edition
ISBN-10 1931873097
ISBN-13 978-1931873093

The purpose of this non-credit course is to introduce students to the basic skills in listening to and speaking Spanish. Included will be an overview of basic family dynamics, cultural, and religious expressions, and commonplace customs and lifestyles. Assignments will be made from the required text.