Course Descriptions

Au Pair Language & Culture Program

Summer 2018

Public Speaking for Au Pairs

Tuesday/Thursday, 6:30-8:25 pm
June 12-August 2, 2018
36 instructional hours or 3 credits

In this course, au pairs learn how to speak effectively during formal and information professional and social interactions. Practice includes table-top discussions, short presentations, and impromptu speeches. Participants also work on pronunciation, including American English stress, rhythm, and intonation in real world situations. The course culminates in a formal presentation.

US Art & Culture

Saturday, 9:00 am-12:50 pm
June 9-July 28, 2018
36 instructional hours or 3 credits

In this course, au pairs explore such topics as US film, television, graphic novels, art, fashion, and food. Through interactive lectures, videos, readings, and discussions, students develop their writing, reading, listening, and speaking skills. In teams, students complete a final written project and presentation on a related theme of their choosing.

Weekend Intensive: Topic TBD

36 instructional hours or 3 credits

 

Fall 1 2018

Advanced Grammar for Au Pairs

Tuesday/Thursday, 6:30-8:25 pm
August 23-October 16, 2018
36 instructional hours or 3 credits

In this course, au pairs learn complex grammar structures to communicate clearly and effectively in English. Students practice structures through engaging individual and group activities, which integrate writing, reading, listening, and speaking skills. The course culminates in a final project and presentation which measures their increased fluency and accuracy.

 

Fall 2 2018

TOEFL Preparation for Au Pairs

Tuesday/Thursday, 6:30-8:25 pm
October 18-December 18, 2018
36 instructional hours or 3 credits

This course provides au pairs with test-taking strategies and practice for the iBT TOEFL exam. Using real exam questions, students build their proficiency and confidence with the writing, reading, listening, and speaking sections of the test. Students track their progress and develop individualized plans for reaching their target scores.

Business English for Au Pairs

Saturday, 9:00 am-12:50 pm
October 20-December 15, 2018
36 instructional hours or 3 credits

In this course, au pairs refine their written and oral professional communication skills. Topics include public speaking, conference calls, meetings, email, reports, and business etiquette. Students complete group projects and presentations.