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Beginning French

The focus of this introductory course is the acquisition of “survival French”- being able to ask for and understand directions to various places, to order food in a restaurant and other useful phrases perfect for traveling to French speaking countries. The textbook, “Practice Makes Perfect: Basic French" by Elaine Kurbegov will be used as a support tool throughout the course. Instructor Raphael Choury is a near native speaker from Germany and holds a Master’s degree in French from the University of Mainz, Germany.

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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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Chinese 1

By the end of this eight-week course, you will be able to ask and answer basic questions in Chinese and have simple dialogues about everyday life. You will learn a bit about contemporary Chinese culture as it relates to vocabulary and grammar. The instructor, Mary Field, will guide the class through speaking and listening comprehension skills and offer opportunities to learn to read and write Chinese characters through optional homework assignments. A supply fee of $15 is payable to the instructor at the beginning of the first class.

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Chinese, Continuing

In this class, you will build your Chinese vocabulary and learn how to make more complex sentences in Chinese. Students in this course should have already taken Chinese 1 or have an equivalent background in Chinese. You should already be familiar with hanyu pinyin, know the basic Chinese sentence structure and a have a Chinese vocabulary of at least 150 words. Chinese, Continuning will focus on developing speaking and listening skills for students who are interested in traveling to, working in or learning more about China. Instructor is Mary Field.

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German for Beginners

This course is an introduction to German. You will learn introductory level vocabulary and grammar so that you can begin to communicate in everyday situations. Topics include greetings, polite expressions, asking and answering questions and exchanging personal information. The textbook, "Living Language German: Essential Edition," ISBN: 9780307478528, is available from Amazon, BN.com, etc. Instructor Sabine Mueller a native of Germany, an experienced language instructor and has a Master's Degree in Education from Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universität in Frankfurt.

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German, Continuing

This class is for those who have taken German for Beginners or have equivalent knowledge. In this continuing class, you will expand your vocabulary, review and add grammar (particularly the dative and accusative cases) and you will learn to speak in the past tense. In addition to the second half of the textbook "Living Language German: Essential Edition," ISBN: 9780307478528, your instructor Sabine Mueller will supply handouts to supplement classroom activities.

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Intermediate French

This course is designed for those wishing to continue to develop fluency in reading, writing, speaking and listening to the French language. This course focuses on conversational French and the acquisition of grammatical accuracy. Tenses like the present perfect or the future will be part of course as well as a vocabulary that goes beyond the scope of basic survival French. The textbook, “Practice Makes Perfect: French Conversation” by Elaine Kurbegov will be used as a support tool throughout the course. Instructor Raphael Choury is a near native speaker from Germany and holds a Master’s degree in French from the University of Mainz, Germany.

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Italian, Beginning

This class will concentrate on developing a usual vocabulary with correct pronunciation. Conversation will be emphasized to help you learn to speak the language comfortably. Instructor Laura Spaller is a native of Italy. The textbook is "Learn Italian the Fast and Fun Way," ISBN 978-1-4380-7496-2.

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Italian, Continuing

Continue to increase vocabulary and conversational skills while polishing your grammar. We will emphasize speaking skills both for business and travel. Laura Spaller is the instructor.

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Japanese, Beginning Level 1

In this course, you will learn pronunciation (which is not difficult), how to introduce yourself, writing your name in Japanese and basic sentence and question structures that lead to holding beginning level conversations, such as “How are you?,” “Where is xyz?,” “Do you like xyz?,” etc. This class will focus on listening and speaking and will use a Romanized text, instead of one using the Japanese writing script. Instructor Roger Pratt lived a total of 19 years in Japan, got his undergraduate degree at Jochi Daigaku (Sophia University) International Division, Tokyo; a Master's in East Asian Studies at FSU; and previously taught Japanese language at UTSA. The textbook, "Japanese for Busy People, Third Edition," ISBN-13: 978-1568363844, with a CD, is available from Amazon, BN.com, etc.

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Japanese, Beginning Level 2

This class is a continuation of the Level 1 class. In this course, we will review pronunciation, build on the basic sentences, questions and vocabulary from the Level 1 class and continue to develop sentence/question patterns, verb tenses, counting and start some informal patterns. This class will focus on listening and speaking and will use a Romanized text, instead of one using Japanese writing script. The textbook is "Japanese for Busy People, Third Edition," ISBN-13: 978-1568363844, with a CD, is available from Amazon, BN.com, etc. Roger Pratt is the instructor.

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Spanish, Advanced 1

This class will begin with a review of future perfect tense, the conditional perfect, present and past perfect subjunctive tenses. Then take your knowledge of the Spanish language to the next level by learning the pluperfect subjunctive and passive voice, along with irregular past participles. The use of formal and informal conjugation of tu, usted, ustedes and vosotros will also be covered. This class will continue to use the two books, "Madrigal's Magic Key to Spanish" by Margarita Madrigal (chapters 41-45) and "Practice Makes Perfect Spanish Verb Tenses," Second Edition (chapters 22-26) by Dorothy Richmond. The instructor is Rosalinda Stead.

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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 4

Advanced conjugations like the subjunctive, imperfect subjunctive and past and present subjunctive will be reviewed in, "Repaso: A Complete Review Workbook for Grammar, Communication and Culture." Students will read from different books of short stories, translate articles or current events and will practice in-depth conversations. You will continue to watch "Destinos" in order to improve listening skills. 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 is Rosalinda Stead.

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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 on Mondays and Aurora Ramos-Zuniga is the instructor for Wednesdays.

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Spanish, Intermediate 3

Continue to review indirect object pronouns, present and past perfect tense, past participles of nonconformist verbs, stem changing verbs, reflexive verbs in different tenses, imperfect tense, imperative, subjunctive, the future and conditional perfect tense and the present and imperfect subjunctive. This course is designed for the student who is ready to dig deeper into the Spanish language. Chapters 35-40 will be covered in "Madrigal's Magic Key to Spanish" and chapters 17-21 in "Practice Makes Perfect Spanish Verb Tenses." Silvia Garcia-Rosell is the instructor.

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