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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.

Summer 2015 Session Dates

Session D – Six-Week Session: July 6 – August 14

Session E – Three-Week Session: July 27- August 14

Registration and enrollment for visiting students begins on February 17, 2015

Picking up Your Certificate of Completion

Students who have ordered a certificate of completion can pick up their order on Wednesday, August 13 and Thursday, August 14 from 10:30am to 5:00 pm outside Wheeler Hall Room 112.

Certificate of Completion Order Deadline: Thursday, 7 August, 5 PM

If you would like to order a Certificate of Completion, please click the link below and follow the directions:
* your name must be in English alphabet

Visiting the Edible Schoolyard garden

Michelle Baptiste’s class visiting the gardens at The Edible Schoolyard Project.

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Additional Weekend Events

Looking for something to do on Saturday or Sunday?

Art & Soul Festival in downtown Oakland:

Two sensational days of music, food, fun
and art in beautiful downtown Oakland

Sunday’s on Telegraph:

“In the summer from June through September, every Sunday, Telegraph Avenue becomes a car-free people zone stuffed full of musicians, dancers, artists, craftsmen, vendors and poets. People from all walks of life – locals, visitors, and students alike come out to enjoy the pleasant weather and festivities. Many UC Berkeley student groups participate in the fun and visitors get a chance to experience the breadth of culture Berkeley has to offer in the radius of a few blocks.”

Let’s Talk!

10562561_757255507650475_6385955649556354893_oWho: YOU! Visiting international students (SELS students only)

What: A safe environment where you can converse in English with peers (15 total) 

Friday Aug 1 [seats open = 15]
Monday Aug 4 [seats open = 15]
Wednesday Aug 6 [seats open = 15]
Friday Aug 8 [seats open = 15]
Monday Aug 11 [seats open = 15]
Wednesday Aug 13 [seats open = 15]
Friday Aug 15 [seats open = 15]

Where: 109 Wheeler Hall 12:30~2:00pm

Why: Because talking is a great way to befriend someone :]

1. Come to the work study table in front of 112 Wheeler to sign up (one student may sign up for a maximum of 3 times)
2. Remember the dates you signed up
3. Show up on the days you’ve signed up!

Hosted by Soomin (Ellie) – a work study student of 3 years in CWP/SELS, a recent UCB graduate, an immigrant, an awesome person (according to other people)

Two Business-related Activities

business-316906_640Business Etiquette

Tuesday, August 5

A Seminar Focusing on the Ultimate Business Tool—Protocol and Etiquette Intelligence Presented by Marcel Kristel, Etiquette Consultant, and Kim Flickinger, Fashion Consultant

In a rapidly expanding global economy, executives of all levels need to distinguish themselves from the competition. This seminar, created by the Protocol School of Washington®, provides the tools that give you the advantage in interviews, social settings and other areas of business.

  • Distinguish yourself from the competition
  • Make an entrance and “work” the room
  • Perform the correct handshake—the ultimate greeting
  • Introduce yourself and others with ease
  • Establish eye contact
  • Use small talk to improve your mingling proficiency
  • Select the appropriate attire

Tuesday, August 5, 2014 6:00—7:30 PM
Location: Room 0219 Dwinelle Cost: $5.00

silver-cutlery-76366_640 Dine Like a Diplomat, A Dining Skills Seminar

 Wednesday, August 6

 The world is experiencing a rapidly expanding global economy where the negotiating process doesn’t end when you leave the office; it has only just begun. In this global atmosphere, polished dining skills are very important.

Dine Like a Diplomat, an interactive tutorial created by the Protocol School of Washington®, provides the nuances necessary for a world-class competitor. The seminar will be presented by Marcel Kristel, Etiquette Consultant.

This Dining Skills Seminar will discuss:

  •  Guest and host duties
  •  Business entertaining
  •  Toasting
  •  Table settings
  •  Silverware, glassware, napkins
  •  What to order

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 6:00—7:30 PM
Location: Room 0219 Dwinelle Cost: $5.00

Sign up outside 112 Wheeler beginning Tuesday, July 29. 

You can attend one or both of the seminars. Limited to 50 participants, so sign up soon!

Inequality for All: special talk by the director and screening of the documentary!!

Starring Robert Reich, UCB professor
Director: Jake Kornbluth
Tuesday, July 29
123 Wheeler Hall
5 PM
Come hear a talk by the director of the documentary followed by a showing of the film!
FREE to all SELS students.


Snap Judgment — Oakland’s Hot, New, Award-winning Storytelling Program!

where – Nourse Theatre SF
when – Sat, Aug 2
time – 8pm
where to purchase tickets – work study table 112 wheeler 12-2 and 4-5pm
how much – $28 plus BART fare ($7.80 round trip)
Snap Judgment