Language, Communication and Intercultural Awareness

Beginning Spanish I
LNG-400  $129

Designed for students with little or no background in the Spanish language, this course focuses on the acquisition of basic listening, speaking, reading and writing skills within a cultural framework.


Beginning Spanish II
LNG-400A  $129

Continuing LNG-400, Beginning Spanish II focuses on furthering the acquisition of basic listening, speaking, reading and writing skills within a cultural framework.


Understanding Parenting in America for Au Pairs
LNG-207  $359

This course is specially designed for “au pairs” or other professionals in the child-care field who want to understand current American parenting practices from a cross-cultural perspective.

The course is 45 hours and offers the equivalent of 3 credits toward the “au pair” educational requirement. Twenty-five hours will be spent in the classroom and the other 20 hours will involve pre-assignments and a field-based, faculty-mentored project.

Together we will examine American parenting styles—including styles of discipline--and their effect on child development. We will compare and contrast these styles with those of other cultures, especially the cultures of students in the class. We will also discuss the potential inter- cultural conflicts that may arise from parenting with different cultural values and strategize resolutions.

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Beginning Portuguese I
LNG-402  $140

This eight-session course is designed for students with little or no background in the Brazilian Portuguese language. It focuses on the acquisition of the basic listening, speaking, reading and writing skills within a Brazilian cultural framework. It is not intended for native speakers but for local community employers who want to communicate better with employees, or for those who want to speak Portuguese while visiting Brazil. Total hours: 24


Beginning Portuguese II
LNG-402A  $140

Continuing beginning Portuguese I, Beginning Portuguese II furthers the acquisition of basic listening, speaking, reading and writing skills within a Brazilian cultural framework. The eight-session course introduces the sounds and structures of Brazilian Portuguese with an emphasis on the acquisition of a limited but practical vocabulary. Total hours: 24