Penobscot School: Fall 2015 Courses
or at (207) 594-1084 or (855) 344-0414.
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Chinese for Beginners
Start with PINYIN, a phonetic system for transcribing Mandarin pronunciations of Chinese characters into the Latin alphabet, then move on to basic vocabulary and useful phrases. This course assumes no previous knowledge of Chinese. Materials provided by the instructor.
Wednesday: 4:30-5:30 p.m. • 8 weeks • Starts September 16th • Cost: $120
This course includes tonal practice. Students will expand their vocabulary and learn phrases that lend to further conversation. Materials provided by the instructor.
Wednesday: 3:15-4:15 p.m. • 8 weeks • Starts September 16th • Cost: $120
Alain Ollier has recently relocated from Paris to Midcoast Maine. His interests include organic gardening and hockey. Alain has traveled extensively and is excited to share the language and culture of his homeland.
Nadia Margolis was born in France, raised in the US and educated in the US and in France during her college (B. A. at U of NH, U of Dijon) and graduate school (Ph.D. at Stanford, U. of Paris) years. She has often traveled to France to research and give lectures and papers, specializing in medieval French literature and also on Joan of Arc through the ages in history, literature and film. She has taught all levels and centuries of French language, literature and cultural history, most recently until retiring from Mount Holyoke College, and is now living in Rockland.
This course is for those who do not speak a word of French but love the language and have always wanted to learn it. Start from scratch. Focus first on mastering French sounds. Teaching methods include repetition, games, dialogues and images. Once sounds are mastered, simple useful vocabulary will be added a bit at a time. No writing required. Materials provided by the instructor.
Session #1: Friday: 1:30-3:30 p.m. • 6 weeks • Starts September 25th • Cost: $180
Session #2: Friday: 1:30-3:30 p.m. • 6 weeks • Starts November 6th • Cost: $180
Bridging the Gap
Is your French somewhere between intermediate and advanced? Join Alain for this one hour course then consider staying for Consolidate Your French. Materials provided by the instructor.
Fridays 9-10 a.m. • 12 weeks • Starts September 25th • $180
Consolidate Your French
This is an ongoing course for high-level intermediate and advanced students that focuses on the finer details of the French language. Attention is paid to specific grammar points and pronunciation. Materials provided by the instructor.
Fridays 10 a.m.-noon • 12 weeks • Starts September 25th • $360
Margot Stiassni-Sieracki holds degrees in French from Williams College and Stanford University. Her 20+ years of teaching of French to adults and children include using music, dramatic role play and immersion techniques. Margot strives to help her students actively experience French and Francophone cultures. She brings fresh ideas back from her recent summer travels in France and Quebec.
Parlons en Provence!
Join fellow intermediate francophiles on a virtual trip to Provence. Tour St. Remy de Provence, Apt, hilltop villages, lavender fields, abbeys and more in the Vaucluse, les Maures and other regions, while cooking and tasting regional specialties, playing pétanque, and enjoying French and Provençal songs. Conversation, pronunciation, verbs and grammar are reinforced by games, drills, role play, and short readings of Provençal stories and current news. Class is conducted in French and care is taken to meet individual student needs. Materials to be announced. Recommended: computer access at home, ability to play CDs and a college-level French dictionary.
Tuesday: 10-12 noon • 12 weeks • Starts September 22nd (no class Nov. 24th)
Cost: $360 + $10 materials fee
This class is followed by Café Français, an optional brown-bag lunch from 12-1 during which French is spoken with the instructor present; open to all whether enrolled at the school or not; free.
Réveillez Votre Français!
An advanced beginners conversation course perfect for prospective travelers and those who want to revive their dormant French. Care is taken to meet individual student needs and the class is primarily conducted in French. Travel expressions, pronunciation, verbs, useful grammar and cultural info are illustrated with mini-voyages to France, Québec, and Guadeloupe. Games, drills, role play, songs, and cooking of regional specialties reinforce conversational skills and cultural knowledge. Materials to be announced. Recommended: computer access at home, ability to play CDs and a college-level French dictionary.
Tuesdays 3:30-5:00 p.m. • 12 weeks • Starts September 22nd • Cost: $270
Come early at 2:30 p.m. for le Salon de Thé and practice your French during tea; no cost.
Beginners and Advanced Beginners
Do you have German ancestors? Do you plan to travel to Germany? Would you like to order a meal and a beer in perfect German in a German beer garden? This course is an introduction to German language and culture. Materials provided by the instructor.
Fridays: 2:30-4 p.m. • 5 weeks • Starts September 25th • Cost: $112.50
Additional 5 weeks available
Deutsch für Fortgeschrittene: Geschichten aus der Geschichte
Anhand von Biographien und Anekdoten von berühmten Deutschen ( Martin Luther, August der Starke, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Richard Wagner u. A. ) werden wir eine Zeitreise durch verschiedene Epochen der deutschen Geschichte, Literatur und Kunst unternehmen. Wir sehen Dokumentationen, lesen und besichtigen deutsche Kunstwerke der jeweiligen Epoche, um Geschichte besser zu verstehen. Das gibt genug Möglichkeiten für Konversation in jeder Klasse.
Thursdays: 5:30-7 p.m. • 10 weeks • Starts September 24th • Cost: $180
Build familiarity and confidence in comprehension and speaking Italian through simple conversation and reading. Focus is on phonemes, inflection, vocabulary and sentence construction. Practice speaking and listening with common present and past tense, interactive dialogue and role-playing with class members. The language is presented through chapters in the text, with reference to food and restaurant situations, travel to destinations in Italy and through a review of Italian art, culture and social topics. Textbook: Learn Italian the Fast & Fun Way
Wednesdays: 4:45-6:15 p.m. • 12 weeks • Starts September 23rd • Cost: $270
Italian for the Advanced Beginner
Reinforce your basic Italian speaking and reading skills through expanded verb use and vocabulary, conversation exercises and further exploration into grammar and diction. The focus is on reading, sustained dialogue and reading from text and supplemental sources. Pronunciation, vocabulary building, listening and reading comprehension and greater fluency are sought through practice with practical, everyday situations. Textbook: Learn Italian the Fast & Fun Way and supplemental materials.
Wednesdays: 3-4:30 p.m. • 12 weeks • Starts September 25th • Cost: $270
Challenge your Italian skills, while exploring the culture and social climate of Italy. Textbook exercises, current events and supplemental articles are the source for building vocabulary, language use, listening skills and comprehension. Open discussion enhances familiarity with a spontaneous use of practical Italian. Text: Prego! An Invitation to Italian/Fifth Edition.
Wednesdays 1:15-2:45 p.m. • 12 weeks • Starts September 23rd • Cost: $270
This class is preceded by Pranzo, an optional brown-bag lunch from 12-1 during which Italian is spoken with the instructor present; open to all whether enrolled at the school or not; no cost.
Utilizzando principalmente Italiano, l'enfasi del corso e il vocabulario, la grammatica e punti di vista, come usati in contesto. Attraverso l'attivita interactive, la discussione e la lettura, si cerca una maggiore fluidita, in un'atmosfera rilassata.
Wednesdays 10:30-12 noon • 12 weeks • Starts September 23rd • Cost: $270
This class is followed by Pranzo, an optional brown-bag lunch from 12-1 during which Italian is spoken with the instructor present; open to all whether enrolled at the school or not; no cost.
Sachiko Clough is originally from Osaka. B.A. German, Kyoto University of Foreign Language Studies. She is a certified Japanese language teacher and also holds licenses in Ikebana and Japanese tea ceremony.
Intermediate Japanese follows the lessons in the introductory class. Students will learn the how to conjugate adjectives, how to express basic thoughts, feelings and expressions and basic kanji. Japanese festivals, schooling and other cultural aspects will be covered. Required materials: Teacher will advise.
Monday: 4:30-6 p.m. • 10 weeks • Starts September 24th • Cost: $225
Toshie Tesler, a native of Kobe, Japan, lives with her artist husband in Rockland, Maine. Toshie is a graduate of both Boston University and Bentley College and is a certified public accountant. She is well schooled in Japanese art and culture with certificates in Tea Ceremony and Ikebana. Her two children are also in the area, both currently serving in the United States Coast Guard.
Japanese for Beginners
This introductory course is designed for people with little or no background in Japanese. The class will help the student to develop a foundation in oral communication, listening comprehension along with a basic understanding of Japanese reading and writing. Hiragana, katakana and some Kanji will be introduced. The book used is Japanese For Young People and the accompanying Kana Workbook. Copies are available at the school.
Tuesdays: 3:30-5:30 p.m. • 6 weeks • Starts September 29th • Cost: $180
Start with Cyrillic alphabet and greetings then add simple yet useful phrases and elements of grammar such as genders and grammatical cases of nouns, pronouns and adjectives, and conjugations of verbs in present tense. Listening, speaking and reading will be practiced in class. Materials provided by the instructor.
Tuesdays: 6-7:30 p.m. • 12 weeks • Starts September 22nd • Cost: $225
This course expands upon elements of grammar and verb tenses. Students will perfect articulation and gain greater confidence in conversational skills. Culture and history will include folk tales and the fine arts. Required texts include bilingual Russian classics (Chekhov, Tolstoy). Movies and cartoons will also be used. Materials provided by the instructor.
Thursdays 6-7:30 p.m. • 10 weeks • Starts September 24th • Cost: $225
Tertulia - Voces de las Américas
(tertulia: reunión de personas que se juntan habitualmente para conversar o recrearse) Conversación en español/lecturas interesantes: cuentos de Juan Bosch y de Gabriel García Márquez, ensayos de Eduardo Galeano, letras de canciones importantes, asuntos de la cultura latinoamericana. Práctica de la conversación en un ambiente relajado.
Mondays: 6:15-8:15 p.m. • 12 weeks • Starts September 23rd • Cost: $360
Would you like to learn another language while having fun and speaking in the first class? Then this is your class!
Wednesdays: 5-6 p.m. • 4 weeks (additional 2 weeks available) • Starts September 23rd
Cost: $60 for 4 weeks
Students will learn proper pronunciation, basic vocabulary, conversational phrases and introducing themselves as well as personal interests. Materials provided by the instructor.
Mondays 10-12 noon • 5 weeks (additional 6 wks available) • Starts September 28th
Cost: $150 for six weeks or $270 for twelve
This class is followed by Almuerzo, an optional brown-bag lunch from 12-1 during which Spanish is spoken with the instructor present; open to all whether enrolled at the school or not; no cost.
High-Level Intermediate Class
Students will learn basic grammar, verb conjugation and gender rules and will further their language comprehension through film, music and literature.
Mondays 1:15-3:15 p.m. • 12 weeks • Starts September 28th • Cost: $360
This class is preceded by Almuerzo, an optional brown-bag lunch from 12-1 during which Spanish is spoken with the instructor present; open to all whether enrolled at the school or not; no cost.
This course will focus on the short stories of Argentine author, Julio Cortazar, and Uruguayan author, Horacio Quiroga. Attention to grammar and the nuances of the language will be done through handouts.
Mondays 5:30-7:30 p.m. • 12 weeks • Starts September 28th • Cost: $360
or at (207) 594-1084 or (855) 344-0414.
We will be pleased to assist you with your registration.