Communication

Learn a new language or discover the power of writing to tell your personal story with our communication courses.

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NOTE:  Individuals enrolling in on-campus classes must follow the COVID-19 vaccination requirements for students and should submit the COVID-19 Vaccination Documentation Form. Exemptions to these requirements may be requested based on either religious conviction or health reasons by submitting the appropriate Health Services form.

Courses

A to Z Grant Writing

Do you love writing and building rewarding, long-lasting relationships? Do you have a passion for a cause? As a grant writer, you can help nonprofit organizations, schools, religious institutions, and research organizations acquire the funds they need to operate and to thrive. In this class, you’ll learn how to put together a gold medal proposal package – one that will capture the attention, and the funds, of donors. This informative course will equip you with the skills and tools you need to enter this exciting and fulfilling field. No matter who you are or what level of experience you have, you can be a successful grant writer. You’ll find the A to Z of writing and submitting successful proposals right here. This is one of the best online grant writing courses around, whether you’re already involved in a related position or are looking to take your first step into this rewarding career. This course is taught online through our partnership with Ed2go. To log into your online classroom, please visit www.ed2go.com/hvcc and select My Classroom. Please note, it may take 24 - 48 hours before your registered course appears in My Classroom.

A to Z Grant Writing
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Online, 10/12 - 12/2 ZILC-111 500 13 seats left $115
Online, 11/16 - 1/6 ZILC-111 501 13 seats left $115
Online, 12/14 - 2/3 ZILC-111 502 15 seats left $115

American Sign Language

American Sign Language (ASL) is the third most used language in the United States today. This course is designed for students who are interested in learning about the Deaf community and developing ASL expressive and receptive skills. The course will provide an introduction to ASL and Deaf culture. You will learn practical and common language so you can have a brief conversation with someone from the Deaf community. Learning will include a combination of lecture, practice exercises, video, and class discussion.

Course will be held in Administration Building, Room 105

Shannon Johnson, Instructor

American Sign Language
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Tuesdays, 9/20 - 10/25
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
ZCOM-067 500 0 seats left $79Section Full

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American Sign Language II

American Sign Language (ASL) is the third most used language in the United States today. Many of us have come in contact with a Deaf person sometime during our lives. This course is designed for students who are interested in the Deaf community and developing ASL expressive and receptive skills. The course will provide a more extensive look at ASL and Deaf culture. You will learn practical and common language so you can have a basic conversation with someone from the Deaf community. Learning will include a combination of lecture, practice exercises, video, and class
discussion.

Course will be held in Administration Building, Room 105

Shannon Johnson, Instructor

American Sign Language II
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Tuesdays, 11/8 - 12/13
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
ZCOM-068 500 0 seats left $79Section Full

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Be a Better Writer: 10 Easy Tips to Improve Your Writing Now

Instructor LeeAnne Krusemark is a former journalist, current author and editor, and a professor of publishing at higher learning institutions across the nation, including Harvard Adult Education.

We write every day: emails, social media posts, work projects, and even non -fiction or creative writing. Improving is just a matter of knowing some simple tricks to make your writing more impactful, and may help get you a promotion at work or avoid rejection from a publisher. In this hands-on session, we will explore writing/editing examples and exercises so you can see in real time how to make sentences flow properly while still maintaining reader interest, and you will receive a workbook full of writing tips and tricks, which is included in the class fee. The webinar login information will be emailed the day before class. Course fee includes $5 materials fee. This course is taught remotely via Zoom.

LeeAnne Krusemark, Instructor

Be a Better Writer: 10 Easy Tips to Improve Your Writing Now
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Saturday, 10/1
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
ZCOM-091 500 8 seats left $45

Beginning Conversational French

This course will teach you how to communicate easily and comfortably with those who speak French. You will learn practical, common phrases that will make your trips to the many French-speaking regions of the world more pleasant. You will learn dialogue specific to various settings, and you will be surprised how easy it can be to speak another language. This course is taught online through our partnership with Ed2go. To log into your online classroom, please visit www.ed2go.com/hvcc and select My Classroom. Please note, it may take 24 – 48 hours before your registered course appears in My Classroom.

Beginning Conversational French
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Online, 10/12 - 12/2 ZILC-062 500 13 seats left $115
Online, 11/16 - 1/6 ZILC-062 501 15 seats left $115
Online, 12/14 - 2/3 ZILC-062 502 15 seats left $115

Conversational Japanese

Whether you want to learn conversational Japanese for travel or just for fun, this course makes it easy and enjoyable for beginners to master the essentials of the Japanese language. Guided by a native Japanese instructor, you’ll also gain cultural knowledge only an insider has. This course is taught online through our partnership with Ed2go. To log into your online classroom, please visit www.ed2go.com/hvcc and select My Classroom. Please note, it may take 24 – 48 hours before your registered course appears in My Classroom.

Conversational Japanese
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Online, 10/12 - 12/2 ZILC-060 500 14 seats left $115
Online, 11/16 - 1/6 ZILC-060 501 15 seats left $115
Online, 12/14 - 2/3 ZILC-060 502 15 seats left $115

English as a Second Language

There are 3 levels of ESL offered: Level I Reading and Conversation for ESL, Level II Reading and Conversation, Grammar and Writing for ESL Level I and Grammar and Writing for ESL Level II, and ESL III that will focus on all four language skills, reading, writing, listening and speaking..  New students should register for the ESL Placement test below.  There is no cost for testing. Students will be emailed a placement test to take online. Upon completion of the placement test, students will be placed in Level I or Level II. Full payment and a valid Certificate of Residence are required prior to the start of the first class. You will need your Hudson Valley username and password to access the course. The cost of the course is $25.  Scholarships are available. Textbooks may be required for your course. 

Grammar and Writing for ESL - Level I This course is designed for beginning-level English language learners. Little prior knowledge of English is needed.  Students will be introduced to basic American English grammar and writing strategies needed to produce simple sentences, short paragraphs, and informal letters. Editing techniques will also be discussed.

HYBRID COURSE

ZESL 015 500

25 Sessions, Hybrid Course

Tues. & Thurs. 9/20 - 12/15, 6:15 - 8:15 pm

No class 11/24

Classes will meet on campus, 9/22, 10/13, 10/27,11/10 & 12/13

Irene Cruz, Instructor

OFF CAMPUS

ZESL 015 501

20 Sessions, ACE, 30 N. Russell Road, Albany

Mon. & Weds. 10/3 - 12/14, 6 - 8 pm.

No class 10/10 & 11/23

Elizabeth Morgan, Instructor

Grammar and Writing for ESL - Level II This course is designed for high-beginning/low-intermediate-level English language learners.  Some knowledge of English is needed. Students will be introduced to reading strategies and apply them to high-beginning/low-intermediate-level English texts. Students will also learn how to converse on a variety of topics in English.  Pronunciation and intonation will also be addressed. 

REMOTE COURSE

ZESL 016 500

25 Sessions, Remote Course

Tues. & Thurs. 9/20 - 12/15, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

No class 11/24

Shauna Anderson, Instructor

Reading and Conversation for ESL - Level I This course is designed for beginning-level English language learners.  Little prior knowledge of English is needed. Students will be introduced to reading strategies and apply them to basic or simplified English texts.  Students will also learn how to converse on a variety of topics in English.  Pronunciation and intonation will also be addressed.

REMOTE COURSE

ZESL 013 500

25 Sessions, Remote Course

Tues. & Thurs. 9/20 - 12/15, 10 am - Noon

No class 11/24

Nathan Bogardus, Instructor

OFF CAMPUS

ZESL 013 501

20 Sessions, Colonie Library

Mon. & Weds. 10/3 - 12/14, 1 - 3 pm

No class 11/8 & 11/24

Elaine Friedman, Instructor

ESL - Level III - This course focuses on all four language skills: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Students will learn reading strategies to improve their comprehension of English texts and practice several writing patterns. Activities related to the same content will improve students' listening comprehension and speaking fluency. In addition, proper grammar, spelling, and academic vocabulary will be addressed.

REMOTE COURSE

ZESL 022 500

25 Sessions, Remote Course

Tues. & Thurs. 9/20 - 12/15, 5:30 - 7:30 pm

No class 11/24

Shauna Anderson, Instructor

 

 

English as a Second Language
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ZESL-017 500 42 seats left $0

Getting Paid to Talk

Have you ever been told you have a great voice? From audio books and cartoons to documentaries, commercials and more, this class will introduce you to the growing field of voice-over. Learn how to prepare and where to find work in your area. We’ll discuss industry pros and cons and play samples from working voice professionals. In addition, you’ll have an opportunity to record a short professional script under the direction of our teacher. For more information, please visit https://voicecoaches.com.

October 25th class will be held on campus.  

Course will be held in Administration Building, Room 106

November 30th class will be remote.

Creative Voice Development, Instructor 

Getting Paid to Talk
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Tuesday, 10/25
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
ZCOM-010 500 10 seats left $19
Online, 11/30 - 11/30 ZCOM-010 501 15 seats left $19

Instant Italian

This dynamic course will teach you how to express yourself comfortably in Italian. You’ll learn practical, everyday words. You’ll read, hear and practice dialogues based on typical situations that you’re likely to encounter if you plan to vacation in Italy. The dialogues and follow-up exercises of each lesson will teach you to communicate in Italian in a wide variety of settings. You’ll be surprised by how quickly and easily you can learn many useful expressions in Italian. This course is taught online through our partnership with Ed2go. To log into your online classroom, please visit www.ed2go.com/hvcc and select My Classroom. Please note, it may take 24 – 48 hours before your registered course appears in My Classroom.

Instant Italian
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Online, 10/12 - 12/2 ZILC-061 500 12 seats left $115
Online, 11/16 - 1/6 ZILC-061 501 15 seats left $115
Online, 12/14 - 2/3 ZILC-061 502 14 seats left $115

No Excuses! Writing & Selling Your Book

John Grisham scribbled notes on a legal pad between court sessions. Those notes eventually became his best-selling novel, “A Time to Kill.” Recollections of growing up in depression-era Ireland compelled Frank McCourt to write his best-selling memoir “Angela’s Ashes.” Is a novel or nonfiction book burning inside you? If so, learn the ins and outs of publishing from a pro who has helped dozens of students become authors. Discover how the book publishing industry works, how to pitch your idea to publishers and agents and how to guide your book to publishing success. One-on-one consulting with the instructor about your project after the course eliminates any excuses preventing you from realizing your publishing dreams. Course fee includes a $15 materials fee.

This course is taught remotely via Zoom. You will need your Hudson Valley username and password to access the course. 

Computer System Access Information

Pauline Bartel, Instructor

No Excuses! Writing & Selling Your Book
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Saturday, 10/29
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
ZCOM-019 500 6 seats left $65

Spanish for Law Enforcement

With more and more Spanish-speaking people living in the United States every year, learning the Spanish language is becoming ever more important. In the law enforcement field, mastering basic Spanish will give you more skill to handle situations involving Spanish-speaking individuals. Adding Spanish skills to your resume can also open doors to new job opportunities. This course is taught online through our partnership with Ed2go. To log into your online classroom, please visit www.ed2go.com/hvcc and select My Classroom. Please note, it may take 24 – 48 hours before your registered course appears in My Classroom.

Spanish for Law Enforcement
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Online, 10/12 - 12/2 ZILC-070 500 15 seats left $115
Online, 11/16 - 1/6 ZILC-070 501 15 seats left $115
Online, 12/14 - 2/3 ZILC-070 502 15 seats left $115

Speed Spanish

Imagine yourself speaking, reading and writing Spanish. Now you can! This course is designed for anyone who wants to learn Spanish, pronto. You’ll learn six easy recipes for gluing Spanish words together to form sentences. In no time at all, you’ll be able to go into any Spanish speaking situation and converse in Spanish. ¡Qué bueno! This course is taught online through our partnership with Ed2go. To log into your online classroom, please visit www.ed2go.com/hvcc and select My Classroom. Please note, it may take 24 – 48 hours before your registered course appears in My Classroom.

Speed Spanish
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Online, 10/12 - 12/2 ZILC-063 500 10 seats left $115
Online, 11/16 - 1/6 ZILC-063 501 15 seats left $115
Online, 12/14 - 2/3 ZILC-063 502 12 seats left $115

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Summer Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
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