Language & Culture

Program Description

Languages Made Easy

Register for our 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 to obtain approval for Professional Development hours. Processing fee of $25 payable to RIROE.

Basic French  (Teachers can 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. 10 – Oct. 29           6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
CRN 81346           Bldg. 3 – Rm. 302           Tuition Fee $120

Basic Spanish  (Teachers can 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!
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8 Tuesdays             Sept. 11 – Oct. 30          6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
CRN 81348           Bldg. 3 – Rm. 303           Tuition Fee $165

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. Before the first class, purchase required textbook at

3 Thursdays           Sept. 20 – Oct. 4                 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
CRN 81347           CASI                                  Fee $45

1035 West Kimberly Road, Davenport, IA

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 Mondays             Oct. 15 – Oct. 29             3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
CRN 81349           Outreach – Rm. 204         Fee $45

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 Tuesdays             Nov. 13 – Nov. 27           5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
CRN 81350           Outreach – Rm. 406        Fee $45

French Refresher  (Teachers can 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.

1 Mon./3 Wed.       Oct. 31 – Nov. 14           6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
CRN 81351           Bldg. 3 – Rm. 302            Tuition Fee $85
(No class on Nov. 12)

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.

6 Wednesdays       Oct. 10 – Nov. 14           6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
CRN 81211           Bldg. 3 – Rm. 311           Tuition Fee $149

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

Enroll in and successfully complete the four ASL/HOH courses below 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, Nursing Home Administrators, Physical Therapists, Physical Therapy Assistants, and Massage Therapists for these classes.

American Sign Language (ASL) – Beginning (Teachers can 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. Before the first class, purchase required textbook at

8 Tuesdays           Sept. 4 – Oct. 23           6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
CRN 81352           Bldg. 3 – Rm. 302         Tuition Fee $159

American Sign Language (ASL) – Intermediate 
(Teachers can 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. Before the first class, purchase required textbook at Same textbook as used in the Beginning class.

6 Tuesdays             Nov. 6 – Dec. 11            6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
CRN 81353           Bldg. 3 – Rm. 302           Tuition Fee $120

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. 8 – Sept. 15           9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
CRN 81354           Outreach – Rm. 407       Fee $79

Introduction to Deaf Culture (Teachers can 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            Sept. 22 – Sept. 29              9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
CRN 81355          Outreach – Rm. 406            Fee $79

Required Textbook Purchasing Procedure:

  1. For a list of PaCE textbooks, visit
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  3. Click on (Order Textbooks) in the Textbooks box.
  4. Select Term (Fall 18), Select Department (Adult Ed)
  5. Click on your course name under Select Course and click (Add Selection).
  6. Click on (Get Course Materials) to see your book title.
  7. Payment options – debit, credit, or pay at pickup.
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