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Lara Herter, Program Coordinator

Language Classes  

Explore the world through language! Continuing Education provides language classes designed to improve your communication in the workplace, community, and abroad.

ESL:  Spanish to English for social settings 

¡Bienvenido! Participants will acquire basic phrases for various social settings, become acquainted with the multiple U.S. holidays, recognize cultural differences, build social and cultural bridges, and identify resources to continue learning and staying connected. Participants will acquire English conversation skills, become familiar with the structure of the language, learn a wide range of everyday topics, and recognize cultural differences. Prerequisite: Basic English grammar. Textbook included.


Tues. & Thurs., Sept. 12 – Dec. 7, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Student Union West (SUW) 347
Fee: $400

NOTE:  There will not be classes Thanksgiving Week (November 20 – 24, 2023)

Beginning Conversational Spanish 

Hola! Como estas? In this 6-hour course participants will learn basic conversational Spanish, from a friendly greeting to instructional content. Learn how to speak with confidence when interacting with customers, fellow church members, students or any Spanish speaking member of our community. Participants will engage in lively activities to learn helpful vocabulary, pronunciation and structures.


Wed., Oct. 4 - 25, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Student Union East (SUE) 246
Fee: $85

American Sign Language 

This course introduces the fundamentals of American Sign Language. It includes an introduction to the basic skills in production and comprehension of Sign Language, including finger spelling and numbers, conversational ability and culturally appropriate behaviors to ASL grammar. This interactive class includes extensive practice to further develop student's ASL proficiency.


Mon., Oct. 16 – Nov. 27, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Student Union East (SUE) 243
Fee: $175

NOTE: There will be no class October 30th.

American Sign Language II   

This course develops receptive and expressive ability and allows recognition and demonstration of more sophisticated grammatical features of American Sign Language (ASL). It increases fluency and accuracy in finger spelling and numbers. The course is designed to further develop students' ASL proficiency through extensive communicative practice. Sustained attention is given to deaf culture, its values, norms, history, literature, and folklore.

Intermediate Conversational Spanish

This course will building upon lessons and concepts learned in the Conversational Spanish Basic class.  Students will learn intermediate concepts in Spanish and strategies to expand their conversational abilities by sharpening their speaking and listening skills. Prerequisite: Beginning Conversational Spanish class.

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