University offers travelers survival language skills class
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Carman Carvagal and Angela Kyriacou, Spanish instructors with the College of Continuing and Professional Education, pose for a photo during a Languages event at KSU Center. Spanish is one of five language courses for travelers that will be offered later this year at the College. The others are Portuguese, Arabic, Chinese and Italian. <br> Special to the MDJ
Carman Carvagal and Angela Kyriacou, Spanish instructors with the College of Continuing and Professional Education, pose for a photo during a Languages event at KSU Center. Spanish is one of five language courses for travelers that will be offered later this year at the College. The others are Portuguese, Arabic, Chinese and Italian.
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Business travelers and tourists heading to a foreign country, even for just a few days, need to be prepared to communicate successfully in a new language and culture. Busy schedules and tight budgets can limit the options for in-depth immersion while independent language study can be daunting.

With this in mind, the College of Continuing and Professional Education at Kennesaw State University has developed a series of language courses designed specifically for the business or leisure traveler. Classes meet for two hours each week for five weeks and provide an ideal introduction to the language. Students learn travel-related dialogue, pronunciation, cultural observances and key phrases.

“It gives you survival language skills,” said Lyn Cohen, program manager. “We’ll cover the basics, like how to ask for directions, book a hotel or introduce yourself. Our instructors, who are all native speakers, will also share insight on the culture — things like Chinese customs or the five-lane traffic circles in Spain. Understanding traditions, idioms and other aspects of life in a foreign country enrich the travel experience.”

Languages offered later this summer and fall include Italian, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese and Portuguese. Each course is only $129 and open to all adults.

“The focus is on the spoken language,” Cohen said, “but we’ll also cover written words needed for road signs or restaurant menus. There’s no textbook required. Photos, classroom discussion and firsthand experiences from the instructor will truly bring the language to life.”

The first classes start Aug. 13. They are offered twice each year, once on a weeknight and once on Saturdays. For more information or to register, visit ccpe.kennesaw.edu/languages, email Cohen at wcohen@kennesaw.edu, or call (770) 423-6765.

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