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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

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

FULL W 8/20–10/15 6 – 8:30 p.m. Main Campus, TBA

 

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. 67.5 hours  $184. Students are required to have the textbook on the first day of class: Longman Preparation Course for the TOEFL iBT 2nd Edition by Deborah Phillips ISBN: 9780132056908 Course Outline

43554 TTh 9/9–12/11 6 –8:30 p.m. Main Campus, TBA
43553 TTh 9/9–12/11 noon – 2:30 p.m. OCC

 

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.50 hours $129. Course Outline

43562 TTh 9/16–12/11 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. 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. 50 hours $129.
Course Outline
*Different skills are emphasized in the the fall, spring and summer semesters, allowing students to repeat the course, if desired. 

43555 MW 9/15–12/10 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Main Campus, TBA
43557 MW 9/15–12/10 6 – 8 p.m. Main Campus, TBA
43556 MW 9/15–12/10 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. OCC

 

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. 30 hours. $129 Course Outline

43560 M 9/15–12/1 6 –8:30 p.m. Main Campus, TBA
43561 W 9/17–12/10 9:15 – 11:45 a.m. OCC
43568 F 9/12–12/12 9:30 – noon Main Campus, TBA
    Please note the new start date!

 

Business English I

Business English, Part I is the first of two courses intended to give students a solid foundation and a working knowledge of business English. The class is taught at an intermediate level and students should have a level of intermediate English language proficiency and writing experience. Various aspects of business English will be covered, including, but not limited to measurements, social language, participation in meetings, and presentations. Also in the course is an introduction to business letters — enquiries, ordering, confirmations, etc. 50 hours $129.

Students are required to have both the textbook and workbook on the first day of class. Both courses (I and II) use the same books.
Business Objectives (International Edition), by Vicki Hollet, Oxford University Press, 2009, ISBN: 0-19-457830-5.
Business Objectives Workbook, by Vicki Hollet, and Michael Duckworth, ISBN 0-19-457827-5.

43558 MW 9/15–12/10 noon – 2 p.m. Main Campus, TBA

 

Step By Step Writing: Description and Narration

This course presents an exploration of different writing genres with focused grammar topics and writing strategies intended to improve and enhance the student’s use of grammar and the written language. This course is designed for students with an advanced level of academic English proficiency. Students will refine their use of writing and English grammar through various practice exercises, writing and homework assignments.  Students will also become familiar with the writing process and will compose a variety of documents both in class and as homework assignments in conjunction with interesting, thought-provoking readings and topics. This course offers “how-to,” step by step instructions of the writing process to guide the student through the process of composing their own documents. Students are required to have the textbook on the first day of class. 50 hours $129.

Students are required to have both the textbook and workbook on the first day of class.
Understanding and Using English Grammar, Fourth Edition with Answer Key, by B.S. Azar and S.A. Hagen, Pearson/Longman, 2009.

43564 TTh 9/16–12/11 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Main Campus, TBA

 

Intermediate 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 an intermediate level of accuracy and fluency in speech and pronunciation. In addition, they should be able to work with intermediate level reading and listening materials. Students will improve their ability to converse in standard American English in academic and professional situations and increase their understanding and use of idiomatic expressions. The course will address common pronunciation challenges in American English, but does not focus on pronunciation. No required textbook. 50 hours $129.

43565 TTh 9/16–12/11 noon – 2 p.m. OCC

 

Public Speaking/Oral Communications I

Prerequisite: Students should be prepared to study English at an intermediate or higher 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 student speaking confidence, general fluency and accuracy, especially in more formal settings. Emphasis will be on practice through a variety of thematic classroom activities, including presentations on various topics, debates, storytelling and public speeches as well as weekly homework assignments. 50 hours $129.

In order to receive a certificate of completion for this class, students must attend 80 percent of the classes and complete 80 percent of all assignments and presentations. The presentation schedule will be strictly adhered to without exception.

Students are required to have both the textbook and workbook 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.

43566 TTh 9/16–12/11 noon – 2 p.m. Main Campus, TBA

 

Expanding Your Vocabulary

This course is designed for advanced ESL students who want to develop their spoken and written American English vocabulary. Topics include: word parts (prefixes, suffixes and roots); synonyms, antonyms and homonyms; strategies to determine word meaning; and appropriate academic and informal word usage. The class will focus on helping students expand vocabulary through word analysis, reading, writing, discussion, and utilization of online resources (media, dictionaries and websites). 22.5 hours $74.

Students are required to have both the textbook and workbook on the first day of class. Both courses (I and II) use the same books.
Vocabulary Workshop: New Edition, Level B, by Jerome Shostak, Sadlier-Oxford Publishing, 2005, ISBN: 0-8215-7107-9.

43570 MW 10/6–11/24 2:15 – 3:45 p.m. Main Campus, TBA

 

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