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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 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 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. 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, Advanced I

Continue your study in "Repaso: A Complete Review Workbook for Grammar, Communication and Culture" with instructor Silvia Garcia-Rosell. Reading newspaper articles in Spanish and grammar will also be covered in this class.

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Brown Bag Spanish, Beginning Level III

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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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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Spanish, Advanced 6

Continue your study in "Repaso: A Complete Review Workbook for Grammar, Communication and Culture" and the video series "Destinos" with instructor Silvia Garcia-Rosell. Current events and articles will be discussed in Spanish.

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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. Rosalinda Stead 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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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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