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Summer Courses: Spotlight on American Culture and the Arts

We still have space in several summer courses focusing on the arts and American culture.  All courses focus on reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

9D: American Culture: Broadway Musicals

6 July – 14 August, Mon/Wed 2:00-4:30 pm, 3 units, CCN 27255

Do you love the theater? In this course, you will watch Broadway musicals to improve your vocabulary, listening comprehension, note-taking, and oral communication.  Students will also enhance their understanding of American History from the 19th Century to the present. Students will view musicals (video and live), learn about their plot, songs, lyrics and historical context; write critiques; and work on oral presentations. Suitable for low-intermediate through advanced students.

9Q: English through Drama

6 July – 14 August, Tues/Thurs 2:00-4:30 pm, 3 units, CCN 27385

One of the best ways to work on your pronunciation is to perform plays.  And one of the best ways to build vocabulary is to read and write — a lot.  Students will use plays, film, television, current events, controversial issues, and their own experience as source material to write and perform plays. Course activities include character, storyline, and dialogue exercises, as well as close reading, analysis, and written responses to academic readings. This is an excellent opportunity for students to learn academic conventions for writing, improve their critical/analytical reading skills, and enhance their oral skills. Suitable for intermediate through advanced ESL students..

7B: American Culture: The Beat Generation

27 July – 14 August, Mon/Wed 2:00-5:00 pm, 1 unit, Pass/No Pass, CCN 27095

The Beat Generation describes a group of American writers who became popular in the 1950s, and the cultural phenomena that they wrote about and inspired (later called “beatniks” and then “hippies”). “Beat” culture focuses on non-conformity, spontaneous creativity, experimentation with drugs and alternate forms of sexuality, and an interest in Eastern spirituality. In this course, students will discuss readings and films as well as visit local San Francisco “beat” locations. This course is of interest to students who want to improve their listening and reading skills and to learn about this unique aspect of American culture.