Language & Culture

Program Description

Languages Made Easy

Register for one of our four introductory language courses and learn the basics of the culture. These classes are perfect for anyone especially a beginner, a K-12 teacher needing PD hours, or a business/leisure traveler.

Teachers: Contact Julie Cox at the Rock Island County Regional Office of Education (RIROE) (309-736-1111) or julie.cox@riroc.com to obtain approval for Professional Development hours. Processing fee of $25 payable to RIROE.


Basic French (Teachers earn PD Hours)
Instructor: M. Friedrichsen
You will learn the basics of French in this fun and interactive introductory course taught by a native speaker and experienced educator. You will learn keywords and phrases, correct pronunciation, listening and comprehension skills, social dos and don’ts and much more! Please bring to class a three-ring binder, 15 tabbed divider sheets for the binder and a French-English/English-French dictionary.

3 Mon./3 Wed.       Oct. 2 – Oct. 23  6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
CRN 81491    Bldg. 1 – Rm. 303 Tuition Fee $120

(No class Oct. 9)


Basic Russian (Teachers earn PD Hours)
Instructor: O. Betzel
Would you like to learn about the Russian language and culture? Russian is spoken by almost 300 million people around the world. It is the native language of 147 million citizens of the Russian Federation, the world’s largest country. In this course, you will learn some basic vocabulary and conversational phrases from a native speaker.

6 Tuesdays     Sept. 12 – Oct. 17 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
CRN 81495      Bldg. 1 – Rm. 304       Fee $120


Basic Chinese   (Teachers earn PD Hours)
Instructor: H. Chen
You will learn the basics of Chinese in this fun and interactive introductory course taught by a native speaker and former instructor at the high school and university level in China. You will learn Chinese phrases, greetings, numbers, everyday expressions, Chinese characters and the Chinese phonetic scheme.

6 Mondays     Oct. 30 – Dec. 4    6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
CRN 81494    Bldg. 1 – Rm. 304       Tuition Fee $120


Basic Spanish   (Teachers earn PD Hours)
Instructor: M. Cavazos
You will be introduced to Spanish vocabulary and expressions for everyday situations in this fun and interactive introductory course. Practice how to correctly pronounce the language while gaining knowledge of the Hispanic culture. This class would also serve as a great refresher course! eBook is downloadable at a cost of $9.99. Go to www.workplacespanish.com   Click on Downloads Prices & Orders. Look for the Travelers & Tourists title. Place your order for eBook. Material can be printed or transferred to a Smartphone, iPad, Tablet or e-Reader.

8 Tuesdays     Sept. 5 – Oct. 24   6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
CRN 81492      Bldg. 1 – Rm. 305      Tuition Fee $165


Italy
Instructor: M. McCandless
Planning a trip to Italy? Wanting to learn a new language? Why not explore the Italian language and culture? In this class, you will learn basic Italian words and phrases as well as the culture from a native Italian. Required textbook must be purchased at the Hawk’s Hub (the college bookstore) prior to first class.

3 Wednesdays        Sept. 20 – Oct. 4 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
CRN 81496    CASI                          Fee $45

1035 West Kimberly Road, Davenport, IA


France
Instructor: M. Friedrichsen
No grammar! No homework! This fun interactive class will touch on the French culture, food and travel and social dos and don’ts. You will also learn and practice proper pronunciation of simple French words and phrases. Please bring a folder to class.

3 Wednesdays        Oct. 4 – Oct. 18  3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
CRN 81497    Outreach – Rm. 204   Fee $45


Spanish
Instructor: M. Cavazos
Whether you are planning a trip or just want to learn the language, use this course as a way to quickly learn pronunciation, numbers, how to say currency, colors, months and days and everyday words and conversational phrases. You’ll also learn some travel-related vocabulary in this course taught by a native speaker.

3 Wednesdays        Oct. 4 – Oct. 18  5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
CRN 81498      Outreach – Rm. 105    Fee $45


French Refresher (Teachers earn PD Hours)
Instructor: M. Friedrichsen
This is the perfect course if you have ever taken a French class or traveled to France and would like to brush up. You will review and practice key phrases, vocabulary and pronunciation while refining your listening and comprehension skills. Taught by a native speaker, this class will offer a fun interactive environment to hone your language skills. Returning students: please bring to the first class your French I binder and your French-English/English-French dictionary. New students: please bring to the first class a three-ring binder, 15 tabbed divider sheets for the binder and a French-English/English-French dictionary.

2 Mon./2 Wed.       Oct. 30 – Nov. 8  6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
CRN 81493      Bldg. 1 – Rm. 303       Tuition Fee $85


Spanish for the Health Care Professional
Instructor: M. Cavazos
This class will help health care professionals communicate simply and effectively in Spanish to medical staff, patients and families. Learn Spanish pronunciation, basic vocabulary such as family members, numbers, body parts, times, and directions. Gather personal information and symptoms from a patient with confidence. Course includes learning kit with manual and audio CD.

7 Mondays     Sept. 18 – Nov. 6  6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
CRN 81546    Bldg. 1 – Rm. 305 Tuition Fee $155

(No class Oct. 9)


American Sign Language (ASL)/Hard of Hearing (HOH) Certificate

Enroll in and successfully complete the four ASL/HOH courses above in one academic year and you will receive a professional certificate. This certificate is designed to help you achieve a career path in the field of ASL/HOH.

*Classes are open to all students. You DO NOT need to be in the certificate program to take individual classes.

Professional Continuing Education Credits: CEs provided for Social Workers for these classes.

American Sign Language (ASL) – Beginning (Teachers earn PD Hours)
Instructor: H. Jackson
Learn enough basic signs, finger spelling, and sign language syntax to be able to express and understand simple concepts in American Sign Language (ASL). You will be able to sign a simple conversation/dialog with others. Required textbook must be purchased at the Hawk’s Hub (the college bookstore) prior to first class.

8 Tuesdays     Sept. 5 – Oct. 24   6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
CRN 81499    Bldg. 1 – Rm. 303 Tuition Fee $159


American Sign Language (ASL) – Intermediate (Teachers earn PD Hours)
Instructor: H. Jackson

Prerequisite: American Sign Language (ASL) – Beginning.

This class is a continuation of American Sign Language (ASL) – Beginning. Expand your sign language vocabulary, improve your communication skills and develop fluency in American Sign Language. Required textbook must be purchased at the Hawk’s Hub (the college bookstore) prior to first class. Same textbook as used in the Beginning class.

6 Tuesdays     Oct. 31 – Dec. 12  6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
CRN 81500    Bldg. 1 – Rm. 303 Tuition Fee $120

(No class Nov. 14)


Disabilities Studies
Instructor: J. Gipson
This course will introduce you to the field of disability studies. As an emerging interdisciplinary field of study, disability studies does not approach disability as a “medical condition, but as a human condition” (Charlton). Instead of studying the causes and rehabilitation of persons with disabilities, we will explore the historical, social, political, religious, philosophical and cultural influences that construct the category of disability. We will also examine how persons with disabilities construct their own meanings and identities.

2 Saturdays          Sept. 9 & Sept. 23            9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
CRN 81501           Outreach – Rm. 407        Fee $79
(No class Sept. 16)


Introduction to Deaf Culture   (Teachers earn PD Hours)
Instructor: J. Gipson
All cultures including Deaf culture have four components: language, behavioral norms, values, and traditions. Learn how people who are deaf rely strongly on their vision to communicate and gather information. Explore technology, art, and history as well as understand a deaf person’s world from his or her perspective. This course will introduce you to the concepts and issues within the deaf community.

2 Saturdays    Nov. 4 – Nov. 11          9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
CRN 81502    Outreach – Rm. 407   Fee $79


BHC Hawk’s Hub (bookstore) information

  • For a list of PaCE books, visit www.bhc.edu/hawkshub .
  • Click on campus location (QC or East), select Term (Fall 17), select Department (Adult Ed)
  • Books may be purchased online or at the bookstore.