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Center for the Global Learner
Durham Technical Community College
1637 East Lawson Street
Durham, NC 27703

Center for the Global Learner Noncredit Courses

Non-Native English Speakers Beyond Basic ESL

  • Students should be registered and paid at least one week prior to the start date of the course.
  • Register in-person at the CGL office, main campus, White Building, room 58 or by fax: 919-536-7281. Bring a completed registration form.
  • Payment is due at the time of registration. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Classes fill quickly.
  • Check your schedule carefully before registering. Students cannot transfer from one class to another.
  • Please read the Course Cancellations and Refund Policy. Refunds are not automatic for course withdrawals.
  • Note: Textbooks are not available for purchase on campus. Students may purchase textbooks through an online resource or through a local bookstore.
  • Additional questions? Contact: Ms.JoAnn Molnar at molnarj@durhamtech.edu

Special Mini-Sessions — Advanced Guided Conversation

There is no admissions test or prerequisite class for this course; however, students who place themselves in this class are expected to demonstrate a high-intermediate to an advanced level of accuracy and fluency in speech and pronunciation. In addition, they should be able to work with higher level reading and listening materials. In this course, students will practice conversation while considering elements of American culture. Conversations in class will focus on everyday topics, as represented in newspapers, magazines, books, blogs, and other media. Students will enhance and refine their conversation, listening and pronunciation skills, and build higher level vocabulary and expressions. The cultural and strategic aspects of oral communication will also be explored. Main Campus: 20 hours; OCC: 24 hours $74. *Different skills are emphasized in the the fall, spring and summer semesters, allowing students to repeat the course, if desired. 

42244 MW 4/30–6/4 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. WHIT 62
42259 TTh 4/29–6/5 11:45 a.m.– 1:45 p.m. OCC

 

Accent Reduction for International Professionals

This comprehensive course will help you learn to speak American English more clearly and accurately, which will have a significant impact on successful communication at work, from informal conversations with coworkers to formal presentations. All aspects of pronunciation are covered, including production and discrimination of consonants and vowels, as well as other important aspects of English pronunciation such as stress, rhythm, and intonation. Students are encouraged to set individualized goals for focused study throughout the semester. 22.5 hours $74.
Students are required to have the textbook on the first day of class: Focus on Pronunciation 3 by Linda Lane, Third Edition, Pearson Longman ISBN 0-13-231500-9

42234 W 5/28–7/30 6 – 8:15 p.m. WHIT 69

 

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Preparation

This course will develop the English skills necessary to communicate effectively in academic settings. Assignments will emphasize critical thinking, formulating opinions, and integrative skill development through reading, writing, listening, and speaking activities. Students will learn to recognize the common structures of reading materials while producing summaries and opinion essays, deepen their understanding of essential grammar and sentence structures, and increase their vocabulary. Students are expected to complete all homework assignments on time. 66 hours  $184.

42224 TTh 5/27–8/7 noon – 3 p.m. OCC
42233 TTh 5/27–8/7 6 – 9 p.m. WHIT 69

 

Essential English for Academic Purposes

This course will develop the English skills necessary to communicate effectively in academic settings. Assignments will emphasize critical thinking, formulating opinions, and integrative skill development through reading, writing, listening, and speaking activities. Students will learn to recognize the common structures of reading materials while producing summaries and opinion essays, deepen their understanding of essential grammar and sentence structures, and increase their vocabulary. Students are expected to complete all homework assignments on time. Course.42.5 hours $129

42235 TTh 6/3–8/5 9:30 a.m. – noon OCC

 

Advanced Guided Conversation

There is no admissions test or prerequisite class for this course; however, students who place themselves in this class are expected to demonstrate a high-intermediate to an advanced level of accuracy and fluency in speech and pronunciation. In addition, they should be able to work with higher level reading and listening materials. In this course, students will practice conversation while considering elements of American culture. Conversations in class will focus on everyday topics, as represented in newspapers, magazines, books, blogs, and other media. Students will enhance and refine their conversation, listening and pronunciation skills, and build higher level vocabulary and expressions. The cultural and strategic aspects of oral communication will also be explored. 40 hours $129.
Course Outline
*Different skills are emphasized in the the fall, spring and summer semesters, allowing students to repeat the course, if desired. 

42237 MW 6/9–8/13 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. WHIT 69
42238 M
W
6/9–8/13 6 – 8 p.m. WHIT 69
WHIT 62
42239 TTh 6/10–8/14 11:45 a.m.– 1:45 p.m. OCC

 

Business English Communications

Business English Communications is a short intensive Business English course intended for students with an intermediate level of English language proficiency. Business English Communications will give students a solid foundation and a working knowledge in the communications aspects of business. The class will cover general improvement of listening and speaking skills. 36 hours $129.
Students are required to have the textbook on the first day of class. Sweeney, Simon, Communicating in Business (Second Edition), Cambridge University Press, 2005. ISBN: 0-521-5491     

42236 MW 6/9––8/6 noon – 2 p.m. WHIT 69

 

Oral Communications- Presentations/ Public Speaking

This class is not a conversation class. Students should already be prepared to use and study English at a minimum of an intermediate academic level. Grammar and speaking diagnostics will be given in the first class to identify areas for skill improvement. This course is intended to improve and enhance general fluency, accuracy and student speaking confidence, especially in more formal settings. Emphasis will be on practice through a variety of thematic classroom activities, including debates, storytelling and public speaking as well as weekly homework assignments. In order to receive a certificate of completion, students must complete 80% of all assignments and presentations. The presentation schedule will be strictly adhered to without exception. 40 hours $129
Courses I & II use the same textbook, but cover different material each semester. Students are required to have the textbook on the first day of class. Speech Communication Made Simple, 3rd edition by Paulette Dale and James C. Wolf, Pearson Longman ISBN 0-13-195544-6

42240 TTh 8/10–8/14 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. WHIT 69

 

Focused Listening: American Media

Students should already be able to speak and read English at a high intermediate or advanced level. Second language speakers often find that while they be mastering the art of conversation, they still have trouble following movies, video/streaming, television or radio in another language. This class will focus on practicing standard American English through the use of American media, as well as introducing how the evolution of American media has shaped American culture. TV newscasts, radio programs, documentaries, sports, sitcoms, and of course movies that reflect how Americans use the English language to express their culture and opinions will be viewed. This course is intended to improve and enhance student comprehension of the spoken idiomatic and colloquial use of American English. Emphasis will be on comprehension of standard American English spoken with slang and colloquialism through American media. Subtitles will not be used. 22.5 hours. $129 Course Outline

42241 F 6/6–8/8 9:30 – noon WHIT 50
42242 W 6/11–8/6 9:30 – noon OCC

 

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