Course Descriptions

Au Pair Language & Culture Program

Advanced Grammar for Au Pairs

NCIE 3501-201
Tuesday/Thursday, 6:30-8:25 pm
March 21-May 18, 2017 (No classes week of March 27)
October 24-December 21, 2017 (No classes week of November 20)
36 instructional hours

In this course, students learn more complex grammar forms to help them communicate clearly and effectively in English. Engaging activities, projects, and presentations help students practice new structures and work toward greater fluency and native-like usage.

U.S. History & Society

NCIE 3502-201
Saturday, 9:00 am-12:50 pm
March 25-May 20, 2017 (No class on April 1)
36 instructional hours

This course explores U.S. history and culture as it relates to politics, religion, and values. Students polish their listening, speaking, writing, reading, and grammar skills in lessons with guest lectures and field trips, and collaborate on projects and presentations.

Oral Communication through Storytelling

NCIE 3503-101
Tuesday/Thursday, 6:30-8:25 pm
June 6-August 1, 2017 (No class on July 4)
36 instructional hours

Designed for au pairs who want to communicate engagingly and persuasively in English, this course focuses on storytelling, using short stories, advertising, and online models. Students enhance their narrative writing, speaking, and pronunciation skills while developing a final story project.

American Art & Pop Culture

NCIE 3504-101
Saturday, 9:00 am-12:50 pm
June 10-July 29, 2017 (No class on July 1)
36 instructional hours

This course focuses on American art and popular culture: film/TV, painting, photography, graphic novels, and fashion. Students develop writing, reading, listening, speaking, and grammar skills while creating a photo journal portfolio and final cultural event presentation.

U.S. & International Business

NCIE 3505-101
Tuesday/Thursday, 6:30-8:25 pm
August 29-October 19, 2017
36 instructional hours

In this course for au pairs who want to polish their professional communication skills, students will practice and gain confidence in public speaking, grammar, and writing as they explore topics like business etiquette, emailing, and entrepreneurship. Students collaborate on projects and presentations.

Science, Technology, & Society

NCIE 3506-101
Saturday, 9:00 am-12:50 pm
September 2-October 21, 2017
36 instructional hours

This course explores the ethical, psychological, and physical implications of innovations in medicine, robotics, and artificial intelligence. Students develop their critical thinking and English language skills as they undertake experiential learning activities and group projects.

The Sociology of Communities

NCIE 3507-201
Saturday, 9:00 am-12:50 pm
October 28-December 23, 2017 (No classes week of November 20)
36 instructional hours

This course is for au pairs interested in exploring communities - local, ethnic, online, underserved, etc. – as they improve their communication skills. The course will examine the sociological aspects of community and will culminate in an ethnographic study project.