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Personal Enrichment

Personal Enrichment


Enhance your life through learning! Our in-person and online personal enrichment opportunities include fun, mentally-stimulating courses for people of all ages to cultivate new skills and hobbies.  

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discover sign language
Discover Sign Language  |  Instructor-Led
  • Type: Online
  • Start Date: Feb 9 | Mar 16 | Apr 13 | May 18
  • End Date: 6 Week Access
  • Cost: $99

Discover Sign Language will teach you how to sign basic phrases and complete sentences and how to put it all together, allowing you to introduce yourself and start a conversation. Along the way, you will learn signs for colors, numbers, locations, family, and the activities you like to do.

Throughout the course, you will learn by watching videos that demonstrate how to make the signs and how to incorporate facial expressions to communicate in this beautiful language. This course is taught using the best practices of the industry with a minimum of audio support. Throughout it, you will be immersed in silence, which will help you gain an understanding of the perspective of Deaf people and sign language.

You will also gain an introduction to the world of the Deaf culture and explore topics such as lip reading, baby signs, and the career of interpreting. By the end of the course, when you meet a Deaf person, you will be ready to sign!

Erin Trimble holds a Bachelor of Science in American Sign Language/English Interpreting from William Woods University and a Master of Arts in Interpreting Studies degree from Western Oregon University. Since 2003, Trimble has been professionally interpreting across a variety of settings including education, community, and medical. She has been both a staff interpreter and a freelance interpreter.

  • Lesson 1 - Getting Started
  • Lesson 2 - Fingerspelling
  • Lesson 3 - Introducing Yourself
  • Lesson 4 - Getting to Know You
  • Lesson 5 - Continuing the Conversation
  • Lesson 6 - Talking About Family
  • Lesson 7 - Extended Family and Beyond
  • Lesson 8 - A Sign for the Times
  • Lesson 9 - More Time on Your Hands
  • Lesson 10 - Feelings and Traits
  • Lesson 11 - Clothing and Hairstyle
  • Lesson 12 - Food and Animals

"Such a great course for the relevant content needed to understand the basics of sign language! The instructor was fantastic and knowledgeable in this area. She gave us variations to signs that we may see, which is super helpful. Overall, this was a great course."

"This was a great class, I really learned a lot about the Deaf Community, and signing and I feel very comfortable siging simple conversations. I loved this class, thank you for making it interesting. I highly recommend this course."

Prerequisites:
There are no prerequisites to take this course.

Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 or later.
  • Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.

Other:

  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.

Beginning Conversational French
Beginning Conversational French  |  Instructor-Led
  • Type: Online
  • Start Date: Feb 9 | Mar 16 | Apr 13 | May 18
  • End Date: 6 Week Access
  • Cost: $99

Proper pronunciation is important to good communication. Beginning Conversational French will help you master the best pronunciations. Simply click on each word to hear it spoken. Every word and sentence is also written out phonetically.

This course has been carefully crafted to ensure you will have no trouble pronouncing French words correctly. The first three lessons introduce the basics needed for most conversations in French, such as "please" and "thank you." You will also learn numbers, days of the week, months of the year, and telling time.

The entire course is structured in this logical, systematic method. After the introduction and basic conversation lessons, you will learn what to say at the airport. From the airport, you need to get to your hotel, so you will learn how to talk about transportation. The following lesson shows you how to talk to hotel employees. After you have settled into your hotel, you will probably be hungry, so the course also covers how to communicate in restaurants.

Each lesson also includes cultural tips. Hand and body gestures mean different things in different cultures. For example, do you know the proper way to point to avoid offending people in France? This course will tell you. You will be pleased with your quick progress, and you will be prepared for your next trip!

Sara Hardin is an educator with a focus on special education and language studies. She has taught special education at the elementary level for over a decade. Sara holds a BA in French, and lived in France to study at the university level. In 2000, she earned her master's degree in special education.

  • Lesson 1 - Introduction and Pronunciation
  • Lesson 2 - Conversation Basics
  • Lesson 3 - Numbers
  • Lesson 4 - Airport
  • Lesson 5 - Hotel
  • Lesson 6 - Restaurants
  • Lesson 7 - Currency and Communications
  • Lesson 8 - Shopping
  • Lesson 9 - Entertainment
  • Lesson 10 - Culture
  • Lesson 11 - In Case of Emergency
  • Lesson 12 - Putting It All Together

"I enjoyed taking this French conversational course and I would highly recommend it to anyone. It covered all the important basics and more! Ce cours de francais est excellent!"

"I feel empowered to speak my level of French on my trip to France this year, despite 35 years passing since my high school French classes, and all because of these wonderful lessons, discussions, and links! Thank you."

Prerequisites:
There are no prerequisites to take this course.

Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 or later.
  • Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.

Other:

  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.

Instant Italian
Instant Italian  |  Instructor-Led
  • Type: Online
  • Start Date: Feb 9 | Mar 16 | Apr 13 | May 18
  • End Date: 6 Week Access
  • Cost: $99

This dynamic course will teach you how to express yourself comfortably in Italian. You'll learn practical, everyday words. You'll read, hear, and practice dialogues based on typical situations that you're likely to encounter if you plan to vacation in Italy. The dialogues and follow-up exercises of each lesson will teach you to communicate in Italian in a wide variety of settings. You'll be surprised by how quickly and easily you can learn many useful expressions in Italian! This course will make it simple to master your pronunciation of Italian. Essential words and phrases are written phonetically by using sounds that are familiar to you from English words. The audio feature lets you hear the words and phrases spoken aloud with just a click of your mouse. Short exercises are included with each lesson to help you reinforce what you've learned and gauge your progress, making it easy to pinpoint areas that you still need to review. The exercises also give you immediate feedback—you'll know whether you answered correctly as soon as you finish.

As you go through the lessons, you will learn about the Italian language's impact on the world, the Italian alphabet, phonetics, and pronunciation, proper forms of address, expressions of courtesy, and how to make introductions. By the end of the course, you will know how to ask for help, ask directions, navigate Italian shops, book a hotel room, order a meal, and much more! Cultural notes are included throughout the course to help you better understand Italians and their way of life. You' will learn what various gestures mean to Italians, which ones to use, and those you should avoid. This course will convince you that learning a language is both fun and rewarding.

Robert Bertoldi has been mastering Italian for the past 25 years, and teaching college-level Italian in the classroom since 1987. He holds a Master of Arts in Italian literature, and has taught the language at several universities, colleges, and private language institutions. Bertoldi's proficiency in Italian has earned him university scholarships and a resident academic position in Italy. His enthusiastic teaching style has earned him the praise of hundreds of students, including fellow language instructors.

  • Lesson 1 - Basic Greetings
  • Lesson 2 - Alphabet and Pronunciation
  • Lesson 3 - Language Essentials
  • Lesson 4 - Verb "To Be" in Everyday Use
  • Lesson 5 - Getting Around Town
  • Lesson 6 - Numbers 1 - 100
  • Lesson 7 - Check the Calendar
  • Lesson 8 - Telling Time, Schedules and Transportation
  • Lesson 9 - Navigating Italian Shops
  • Lesson 10 - Lodging and Accommodations
  • Lesson 11 - Emergency Situations and Health Concerns
  • Lesson 12 - Dining Out

"I found the information in the class to be very useful and just the thing that I needed to be able to go to Italk and communicate in an understandable and basic way. Professor Bertoldi's explanations were very clear and the additional information available for each lesson was very helpful."

"This was my first time taking a class online. Professor Bertoldi came across as a warm, kind, encouraging individual! I was so grateful! He gave me encouragement throughout his narration that kept me going... I could see myself repearing this class next year... just to hear it... and practice it just for fun! Thank you - buona fortuna!"

Prerequisites:
There are no prerequisites to take this course.

Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 or later.
  • Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.

Other:

  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.

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