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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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Advanced ESL Writing

This writing class is presented with ESL learners in mind. We will cover sentence structure, paragraph writing which includes topic sentences, body with supporting details and conclusion. Your writing will include essay topics such as description, point of view, persuasion and compare/contrast. There will be lively discussions to help you be creative and "think outside the box." We will be productive and have fun! Sally Weismann is an ESL teacher and author. She has a B.S. degree in Education with a minor in English from North Texas State University and a M.S. degree in Education from Texas A&M University Kingsville.

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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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Arabic, Beginning Level 3

Instructor Girgis Bakhoum will expand on your knowledge of adjectives by introducing comparative and superlative forms. You will learn to conjugate verbs in the past tense as well as other various conjugations. Continue to build your vocabulary and begin to build sentences into dialogues. As in Arabic, Beginning Level 2, the focus of the class will be on oral communication.

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Beginning Arabic

This course begins with learning the Arabic alphabet and letter sounds. We will focus on survival Arabic including greetings, numbers, short social exchanges and expressing daily needs. The focus will be on communication. Instructor Girgis Bakhoum has 25+ years teaching Arabic as a second language.

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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 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, Français Interactif 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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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 2

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 2 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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Editing Your Creative Writing for Publication

Those who write fiction, non-fiction and poetry will learn how to edit their manuscripts to improve their chances of publication. Participants will learn editing techniques, symbols and resources to improve the content, organization and mechanics of their manuscripts. They will do editing exercises and peer edit excerpts from their manuscripts or their query letters to editors. Upon completion of registration, participants will be contacted with instructions for submitting up to five double-spaced typed pages of a manuscript in progress to be edited by the class. Jan Kilby, Ph.D. is a college writing professor, a freelance writer with 203 publications, as well as a writing consultant.

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English Conversation - American Idioms & Slang

This class is for advanced ESL learners. If you feel that your understanding of English is fairly strong, but you still find yourself confused by certain American expressions, this may be the class for you. We will be covering many of the most frequently used American-English idioms, as well as some common slang words and expressions. Students will be expected to actively participate in paired, group and individual oral and written practice. Flor Nuno-Winterle is the instructor.

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ESL Bundle

Get more bang for your buck when you combine classes. Take the Advanced ESL Conversation and Advanced ESL Writing together and SAVE on tuition.

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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. Sabine Mueller is an experienced language instructor.

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Intermediate/Advanced English Pronunciation

Do you feel like you have a decent knowledge of the English language but still struggle at times with being understood by American English-speakers? This class is for high-intermediate and advanced ESL students who wish to practice and improve their English speaking and pronunciation skills. The focus of this class is to help students who have some confidence in English already but struggle in being understood when speaking English due to pronunciation, intonation and stress issues. Topics covered include: how to better predict vowel and consonant pronunciation when faced with new or unfamiliar words, how to improve pronunciation of vowels and consonants, word and sentence stress, ideas on how to practice at home and other topics as needed. This is a fast-paced class, taught entirely in English, that covers a lot of information in a short period of time and is not recommended for low or low-intermediate learners. Flor Nuno-Winterle is the instructor.

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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."

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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-13:978-4-7700-3008-5, 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 and hiragana and introduce the katakana syllabary. Building on the basic sentences, questions, and vocabulary from the Level 1 class, we will continue to develop sentence/question structures, verb conjugation, counting and start some informal patterns. The textbook is Japanese for Busy People, Third Edition, ISBN-13: 978-4-7700-3008-5, with a CD. Roger Pratt is the instructor.

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Russian, Advanced

This course is for those who have some ability to speak and understand Russian and is familiar with Russian grammar. Improve your conversation skills as well as reading and listening comprehension with instructor Viktoria Mokeyeva.

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Russian, Beginning

If you plan to travel to Russia or do business with Russian-speaking people, here is your chance to get started with the language of the tsars. Liudmila Samolovtceva, a native of Moscow, will have you speaking and understanding from the first class. In addition to honing conversational skills, you will be introduced to various cultural aspects of this fascinating country.

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Russian, Continuing

Continue to improve your speaking skills as you increase vocabulary and improve grammar. You will also be introduced to reading and writing in Russian. Instructor Viktoria Mokeyeva. Prerequisite: Beginning Russian or equivalent knowledge.

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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 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 is Silvia Garcia-Rosell.

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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. Rosalinda Stead 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. Aurora Ramos-Zuniga is the instructor.

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Spanish, Intermediate 1

Using "Madrigal’s Magic Key to Spanish" by Margarita Madrigal, this class will continue delving into the Spanish language by studying chapters 23-28. "Practice Makes Perfect Spanish Verb Tenses, Second Edition" chapters 9-12 will be covered as well. We will review stem changing verbs, present and past tense and convert verbs to nouns. Our study will also include a present and past tense review of the verbs "ir," "estar" and "ser." Then we will step into new territory by learning about present perfect tense, demonstrative pronouns and reflexive verbs. 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 is Silvia Garcia-Rosell.

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