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 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.       Mar. 5 – Mar. 21  6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
CRN 11374    Bldg. 3 – 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 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     Mar. 6 – Apr. 24    6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
CRN 11375   Bldg. 3 – Rm. 304   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. Required textbook must be purchased at the Hawk’s Hub (the QC Campus bookstore) prior to first class.

3 Wednesdays        Apr. 4 – Apr. 18 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
CRN 11376    CASI                   Fee $45

CASI, 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 Wednesdays        Mar. 7 – Mar. 21 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
CRN 11377    Bldg. 3 – Rm. 306      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 Wednesdays   Mar. 14 – Mar. 28    5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
CRN 11378                 Bldg. 3 – Rm. 311 Fee $45

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 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 QC Campus bookstore) prior to first class.

8 Tuesdays     Jan. 30 – Mar. 27  6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
CRN 11379    Bldg. 3 – Rm. 302 Tuition Fee $159

(No class Feb. 13)

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 QC Campus bookstore) prior to first class. Same textbook as used in the Beginning class.

6 Tuesdays     Apr. 3 – May 8       6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
CRN 11380    Bldg. 3 – Rm. 308 Tuition Fee $120

Disabilities Studies (Teachers earn PD Hours)

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    Mar. 3 – Mar. 10    9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
CRN 11381    Bldg. 3 – Rm. 306 Fee $79

Introduction to Deaf Culture

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    Apr. 7 – Apr. 14     9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
CRN 11382     Bldg. 3 – Rm. 306   Fee $79

BHC Hawk’s Hub (bookstore) information:

  • For a list of PaCE books, visit
  • Click on campus location (QC or East)
  • Select Term (Spring 18), Select Department (Adult Ed)
  • Books may be purchased online or at the bookstore.