Course Descriptions

Au Pair Language & Culture Program

Spring 1 2019

Vocabulary and Idioms Power

Tuesday/Thursday, 6:30-8:25 p.m.
January 10-March 5, 2019
36 instructional hours or 3 credits

This course focuses on general and academic vocabulary and idiom development. Students gain new insights into U.S. culture through targeted words, expressions, and phrases. Students practice vocabulary-building techniques with articles, stories, dialogues, film, TV clips, and songs. For the final project, students create short presentations on a topic of their choice, which apply the new words and expressions they have acquired.

International Marketing

Saturday, 9:00 a.m.-12:50 p.m.
January 12-March 2, 2019
36 instructional hours or 3 credits

This course is designed for au pairs interested in learning the language of marketing. The course focuses on the foundations of international marketing, including target audiences, focus groups, data collection and analysis, media strategy, and key trends. Students will examine case studies to learn successful marketing methods. For the final project, teams develop a basic marketing plan and presentation of a product.

Spring 2 2019

Advanced Grammar for Au Pairs

Tuesday/Thursday, 6:30-8:25 p.m.
March 12-May 9, 2019
(No class on March 26 and March 28)
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.

Public Speaking for Au Pairs

Saturday, 9:00 a.m.-12:50 p.m.
March 9-May 4, 2019
(No class on March 30)
36 instructional hours or 3 credits

In this course, au pairs learn how to speak effectively during formal and informal 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.

Weekend Intensive: Exploring Tourism in Boulder

Friday, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Saturday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Sunday, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
March 15-17, 2019
36 instructional hours or 3 credits

This intensive weekend course for au pairs focuses on the business of tourism. Participants explore tourist destinations and visit local businesses and attractions for analysis and discussion. As a final project, teams develop a tourism campaign promoting Boulder to people from their home countries.

Summer 2019

IELTS Prep

Tuesday/Thursday, 6:30-8:25 p.m.
June 4-July 30, 2019
(No class on July 4)
36 instructional hours or 3 credits

This course provides au pairs with test-taking strategies and practice for the IELTS 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.

Intercultural Communications

Saturday, 9:00 a.m.-12:50 p.m.
June 8-July 27, 2019
36 instructional hours or 3 credits

Description coming soon.