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.


The purpose of this non-credit 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 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.

Cost

Course fee - $125. This is not covered by tuition remission or financial aid.

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

Student Comments

"There is a lot of vocabulary, but it is incorporated with a lot of practice. It is really fun and practical."
"Great course for beginniners!"
"She really combines language and culture, so it's a thoroughly informative and enjoyable class!"


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.

This noncredit course provides useful information for interacting with people in France. Students will learn simple phrases to use in common situations, such as ordering in a cafe', finding the train station or a restaurant, asking directions or for help, addressing salespersons, and greeting people politely. The course will use the text, dialogues with videos, and some views of the sights in France. At the end of the course, students will be able to communicate clearly and personally when visiting France. 

Cost

Course fee - $85.00  This is not covered by tuition remission or financial aid.

Course Dates

Registration deadline: April 30
Dates: May 5–21, 2015
Six two-hour sessions 
Tuesday and Thursday 7–9 p.m.

Required Books

French in 10 Minutes a Day, eighth edition
ISBN-10 1931873291
ISBN-13 978-1931873291