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Advanced ESL Conversation

This class is for students who wish to practice their English speaking and conversation skills in a teacher-guided setting. The focus will be on improving pronunciation, increasing vocabulary and fine-tuning spoken American English. Grammar topics will be covered briefly, as needed, but are not a focus of this class. Discussion topics will vary and will be based on teacher and student input. Students will be expected to actively participate in oral discussions. If you have been looking for a class where you can practice your English while getting some constructive feedback from an experienced ESL teacher - this is the class for you. Instructor is Flor Nuno-Winterle.

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Arabic, Beginning Level 2

In level 2 of beginning Arabic, instructor Girgis Bakhoum will build on the structures, vocabulary and topics learned in beginning Arabic. Students will begin to conjugate verbs using tense and gender and express duals and plurals. Students will learn to form full sentences in Arabic and how to negate them. As in the beginning Arabic class, the focus will be on oral communication.

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Beginning American Sign Language

Learn American Sign Language at your own pace. You will learn the manual alphabet and how to improve your expressive and receptive fingerspelling skills. You will learn signs, but more importantly, how to communicate with Deaf people, building on previously learned material each week. Finally, you will learn about Deaf culture, which will help you understand and communicate better with Deaf people. The textbook, "The American Sign Language Phrase Book", is recommended but not required. Instructor Tim Ketterman has a MA from Gallaudet University and has taught ASL at the high school and college level for 16 years.

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Beginning French

An introductory course that focuses on understanding and speaking French. This course emphasizes the acquisition of "survival French" - being able to ask for and understand directions to various places, how to ask for and understand how much something costs, how to to order food in a restaurant, being able to obtain phone numbers and travel information, and other basic phrases that would be useful when traveling to a French speaking country. Français interactif, a free, open access web site, will be used for vocabulary and various activities. The book is available for purchase online but can be accessed for free via smartphone or laptop with an internet connection. Instructor Jessica McConnell has a bachelor’s degree in French from Western Michigan University and is currently a NEISD French teacher.

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Brown Bag Spanish, Advanced & Conversational

Advanced students will practice and perfect conversational skills and further enlarge vocabulary and smooth out grammar glitches.

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Brown Bag Spanish, Beginning

Get started with Spanish by learning correct pronunciation, vocabulary and simple verb tenses.

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Brown Bag Spanish, Beginning Level II

Students will continue their study of the Spanish language with instructor Silvia Garcia-Rosell.

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Brown Bag Spanish, Intermediate I

Continue to expand your knowledge of Spanish as you increase your vocabulary and learn more verb tenses and irregular verbs.

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Brown Bag Spanish, Intermediate II

Continue to improve conversational skills, increase vocabulary and learn more grammar. Classes will be conducted mostly in Spanish.

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Japanese Society and Culture

This class, offered in English by Roger Pratt, is oriented to those who want to know more about the country of Japan itself and various aspects of the Japanese people, their customs, etiquette, mores, culture, language, sports, education, music, entertainment industry, politics, religion, shrines, daily life, etc. It is designed to acquaint you with these and other topics through question and answer sessions. Topics for the last three classes will be based solely on your input. Roger Pratt lived and worked a total of 19 years in Japan, got his undergraduate degree at Jochi Daigaku (Sophia Univ.) International Division, a Master's in East Asian Studies at FSU.

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Spanish, Advanced 3

Continuing with the book, "Repaso: A Complete Review Workbook for Grammar, Communication, and Culture" published by McGraw-Hill, we will review imperfect tense. Students will translate articles and short stories and will practice in-depth conversations in Spanish. You will be watching "Destinos" beginning on episode 35 to improve listening skills. Silvia Garcia-Rosell is the instructor.

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Spanish, Advanced 5

This class will focus on conversation and a complete review of grammar structure, reading and translation. The textbook “Spanish Three Years” by Stephen Levy and Robert Nassi will be used in class. You will complete the final episodes of “Destinos” for listening comprehension. Silvia Garcia-Rosell is the instructor.

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Spanish, Beginning 1

The very first step in learning Spanish is to learn the basics including the alphabet, articles, pronouns, nouns, simple prepositions, "to be" (present tense) and verb conjugations in past tense. You will also be able to convert English words into their Spanish equivalents. Begin to build your vocabulary with some common Spanish words. Chapters 1-9 will be covered in "Madrigal's Magic Key to Spanish." Sign up for this class and bring a friend for half the price. Online registration is not available for special 50% off pricing. Please call (210) 407-0140, option 3, for registration information. Instructor Rosalinda Stead is a native of Mexico and has a BA in Spanish from UTSA.

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Spanish, Beginning 2

You will practice the conjugation of regular verbs, learn verbs that end in -er and -ir, learn how to form adverbs, the plural of nouns and how to convert nouns into verbs. In addition, you will learn adjectives, how to form the past tense plural of -ar, -er and -ir verbs and when to use "estar." Chapters 10-16 will be covered in "Madrigal's Magic Key to Spanish." Chapters 1-4 will be covered in "Practice Makes Perfect Spanish Verb Tenses, Third Edition" by Dorothy Richmond. Silvia Garcia-Rosell is the instructor.

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Spanish, Beginning 3

This class will take you through the paces of stem changing and irregular verbs in the present and past tenses. You will learn more about the plural forms of -ar, -er and -ir verbs in the present and past tenses. Other topics covered will include present and past tenses of the verb "to be" and the progressive tense. You will continue to use "Madrigal's Magic Key to Spanish" by Margarita Madrigal and will cover chapters 17-22. You will cover chapters 5-8 in "Practice Makes Perfect Spanish Verb Tenses, Third Edition" by Dorothy Richmond. Silvia Garcia-Rosell is the instructor.

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Spanish, Intermediate 2

This class will take the Spanish language learner deeper into conjugation of the imperfect tense, direct object pronouns and indirect object pronouns. There will be a continuation of learning about present progressive, preterit and future tenses. We will continue to use "Madrigal’s Magic Key to Spanish" chapters 29-34, along with "Practice Makes Perfect Spanish Verb Tenses," Third Edition by Dorothy Richmond, chapters 13-16. Continue learning with us! Instructor Rosalinda Stead is a native of Mexico and has a BA in Spanish from UTSA.

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