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Languages & Cultural Studies

The School of Professional & Continuing Studies offers classes and programs focused on the study of languages and cultures.

Our classes and programs cover American and non-American languages, histories, politics, society and cultures.

We offer classes in the following categories within Languages and Cultural Studies. Not all categories are offered every semester.

  • Languages: American Sign Language (ASL), English (for English language learners), French, Italian, Spanish
  • History: Richmond history and cultural heritage
  • Cultural Enrichment: Weekend classes designed especially for international au pairs

UR Au Pair

The UR Au Pair program helps international au pairs fulfill their required annual educational credits while immersing themselves in the rich cultural traditions of Richmond, Virginia.

Upcoming Courses

Courses

ĦBienvenidos! Join us as we explore the basics of pronunciation, greetings, and vocabulary for beginners. Live sessions with slide presentations provided. Weekly assignments will be given to reinforce vocabulary and essential grammar. This course is ideal for students who are new to the language, or who want to review the fundamentals and build confidence in conversational skills.


Every week on Tuesday, starting on 09/07/21 and ending on 09/28/21, Synchronous Online
This course includes research, reading, and writing assignments with a focus on special topics and American culture designed to increase your comprehension and communication skills. Students have 3 weeks to complete rewarding and fun lessons. Choose from one of these topics: Leadership Fundamentals, Going All American, Breakfast at Tiffany's, or Paul Gauguin. This course offers 2 Au Pair Credits.


Available 06/01/2021-08/31/2021, online course offers 2 au pair credits. Students have 3 weeks to complete the course.
This course includes research, reading, and writing assignments with a focus on special topics and American culture designed to increase your comprehension and communication skills. Students have 3 weeks to complete rewarding and fun lessons. Choose from one of these topics: Leadership Fundamentals, Going All American, Breakfast at Tiffany's, or Paul Gauguin. This course offers 3 Au Pair Credits.


Available 06/01/2021-08/31/2021, online course offers 3 au pair credits. Students have 3 weeks to complete the course.
This course includes research, reading, and writing assignments with a focus on special topics and American culture designed to increase your comprehension and communication skills. Students have 3 weeks to complete rewarding and fun lessons. Choose from one of these topics: Leadership Fundamentals, Going All American, Breakfast at Tiffany's, or Paul Gauguin.


Available 06/01/2021-08/31/2021, online course offers 1 au pair credit. Students have 3 weeks to complete the course.
This class is a combined skills course designed to improve basic and intermediate levels of communication in all four skill areas of English: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students will practice new vocabulary in writing and speaking as well as increase listening and reading comprehension. Additional strategies will include an emphasis on pronunciation. (Class is designed for beginner to intermediate levels.)


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In our American Sign Language (ASL) classes you will learn fingerspelling, counting, and basic signs such as 'How are you,' 'My name is,' non-manual signals (NMS), and how to convert English into ASL. Sessions include fun, hands-on activities that will enable you to communicate with our deaf community.


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This course is a continuation of our American Sign Language for Beginners class. Students will continue to practice fingerspelling and basic signs. Additional focus will be given to feelings, family, actions, question words and responses, and more.


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