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Learn a new language at McHenry County College

Learn a language this summer for job enhancement or just for fun with a variety of classes offered by McHenry County College’s Continuing Education Department. In addition to modern languages, beginning sign language is also offered.

The following classes are available:

• Sign Language I: Participants will be introduced to fingerspelling and basic survival signs that can be used in a variety of settings. The book for class will be discussed at the first class session. This class is taught by a deaf instructor. The class takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, June 4 through Aug. 20, in Room C121. The cost is $125. Use course ID: NFL S01 008 to register.

• Italian I: Learn about Italian culture and the basics of expressing yourself in the “Bella Lingua.” Focuses on basic but useful skills to be understood in Italy; perfect for prospective tourists or for those that want to get back in touch with their Italian roots in a fun and engaging way. The required textbook is "Espresso 1 Student Book" by L. Ziglio and G. Rizzo, Alma Edizioni (available at www.deltapublishing.com for $35.90), ISBN: 9788861820531. Textbook must be bought before the start of class; book is not available in the MCC Bookstore. The class takes place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays, June 4 through Aug. 6, in Room E102. The cost is $119. Use course ID: NFL S12 008 to register.

• Italian Culture: An overview on Italian history and culture: Find out what really is Italian and what is actually American-Italian, the history of the Italian language and its dialects, an overview on regional foods and cultures, and the truth behind some Italian stereotypes. Plus, learn about some of the best tourist spots and get some tips on how to make the best of a Italian trip and much more. The class takes place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, June 12 through July 3, in Room E105. The cost is $69.  Use course ID: NFL S15 008 to register.

• Spanish I: Explore the basics of Spanish, including writing, speaking, pronunciation, listening, understanding, and the culture of Spanish-speaking countries. Participants will use grammar, vocabulary and verbs in the most basic structure of the language. The required book is “Spanish Is Fun Book 1: Lively Lessons for Beginners” by Amsco School Publications, third edition, ISBN: 9781567654646. Textbook must be bought before the start of class; it is not available in the MCC Bookstore. Two = class times are offered; from 6 to 8:15 p.m. Tuesdays, June 11 through July 23, in Room A103 (night class course ID: NFL S05 017) and 9 to 11 a.m. Thursdays, June 13 through Aug. 8, in Room A113 (morning class course ID: NFL S05 013).  The cost for either class is $109. Note: No class July 4.

To register, call the MCC Registration Office at 815-455-8588. For information, call Tracy Berry at 815-455-8758 or Dori Sullens at 815-455-8559.

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