Summer 2019 Offerings: Communication

Learn a new language, progress your ESL skills or be introduced to the growing field of voice-over with our communication courses.

Getting Paid to Talk: Voice-Overs as a Profession
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
1 Session, ADM 101
Wed., 6/26, 6:30 - 9 p.m.
Creative Voice Development, Instructor

Beginning to Low-Intermediate ESL
This class is for ESL students who can read and speak a little English but have difficulty understanding spoken English and speaking in English. Students will learn basic English vocabulary and grammar, develop their reading and listening skills, and learn about American culture. It is ideal for students who have just moved to the United States or have never taken an ESL class. If you have taken several classes before, please take the Intermediate to Advanced ESL class.
Not sure which course is right for you? Please contact Community Education at (518) 629-7339 to ask for an assessment from the instructor.
8 Sessions, ADM 101
Tues., 6/4 - 7/23, 5 - 8 p.m.
Elaine Friedman, Instructor

Intermediate to Advanced ESL
This class is for ESL students who have studied intermediate to advanced grammar in previous classes, can understand most English when others speak to them, and can understand most of written English in online articles. Students will perfect their grammar for basic writing while learning advanced vocabulary. It is ideal for students who have taken several ESL classes here or in their country. If you have never taken an ESL class before, please take the Beginning to Low-Intermediate ESL class.
Not sure which course is right for you? Please contact Community Education at (518) 629-7339 to ask for an assessment from the instructor.
8 Sessions, ADM 101
Thurs., 6/6 - 8/1, 5 - 8 p.m.
No class 7/4
Elaine Friedman, Instructor


It is never too late to learn a new language. Whether you are planning a trip or just looking to obtain a new skill, take our online language courses. These courses are taught online through Ed2go. You will receive your online Ed2go username and password within one week of registration.

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.
Online Course Dates: 6/12 - 8/2

Discover Sign Language
It’s truly amazing that we can communicate just by using our hands and different facial expressions! In this course, you’ll discover how to use this graceful, expressive language to communicate with deaf people. Throughout the course, you’ll learn by watching videos that demonstrate how to make the signs and how to incorporate facial expressions to communicate. You’ll be immersed in silence during most of the course, so you’ll gain an understanding of the perspective of deaf people and sign language. You’ll also gain an introduction to the world of deaf culture and explore topics such as lip reading, baby signs, and the career of interpreting.
Online Course Dates: 6/12 - 8/2

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!
Online Course Dates: 6/12 - 8/2

Conversational Japanese
Whether you want to learn conversational Japanese for travel or just for fun, you’ll find 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.
Online Course Dates: 6/12 - 8/2

Speed Spanish
Imagine yourself speaking, reading and writing Spanish. Now you can, with Speed Spanish! 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!
Online Course Dates: 6/12 - 8/2

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Community and Professional Education

Guenther Enrollment Services Center, Room 252

Fax: (518) 629-8103

Regular Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Summer Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
(excluding college holidays and vacations)