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Au Pair Electives

Au Pair Enrichment courses: Our new Au Pair Enrichment Certificate is designed specifically to help au pairs improve their English skills while learning about American culture and customs. Please email learn@emory.edu for more information.

Accent Reduction Part 1

Practice new pronunciations with direct feedback from our professional, speech-language pathologist. As you change pronunciation, learn American formal and informal expressions in a relaxed, workshop-style course setting. Limited to 15 students.

The international speaker of English can greatly improve pronunciation with the assistance of this professional speech-language pathologist. Each student will have the opportunity to practice new pronunciations with direct feedback from the instructor. As students focus on changing pronunciation, they also acquire American formal and informal expressions in a relaxed, workshop-style course setting. The textbook is included, which will be handed out at the first meeting. Limited to 15.

What will be covered:
  • Recognition of the difference between the targeted American English sounds and error productions
  • Pronunciation of a number of sounds the American way in isolation, words and sentences
  • Inclusion of these new productions in oral reading and in your spontaneous speech
  • Introduction of American formal and informal expressions

After this class, you will be able to:
  • Recognize the difference between the targeted American English sounds and error productions
  • Pronounce a number of sounds the American way in isolation, words and sentences
  • Begin to include these new productions in your spontaneous speech

Acrylic Painting for the Novice

This course will touch on composition, color theory and handling, and how to achieve pictorial depth and painterly surfaces. Students will get individual attention to help achieve their personal goals.

For students with little or no experience with painting, this course will touch on composition, color theory and handling, and how to achieve pictorial depth and painterly surfaces. Students will get individual attention to help achieve their personal goals. Please view suggested supply list.

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Beginning Drawing

Take a methodical approach to traditional drawing techniques under the personal guidance of this experienced instructor, as your work becomes a direct channel for your own self-expression.

Take a methodical approach to traditional drawing techniques under the personal guidance of this experienced instructor as your work becomes a direct channel for your own self-expression. Please view suggested supply list.

After this course you will be able to:
  • Experience the basic techniques and methods necessary to confidently continue with more advanced classes
  • Develop your work on your own and have, in general, a greater ability to observe and analyze visually
  • Have a great deal of fun pursuing your artistic skills

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Beginning Oil Painting

Learn everything needed (including the right techniques) to get started with this flexible, rewarding medium. Explore composition, color theory, depth, and harmony as you develop your own personal style and complete your first paintings.

Enjoy an easier, more satisfying introduction to oil painting when you know the right techniques. You'll learn everything you need to get started with this flexible, rewarding medium. Explore composition, color theory, depth and harmony as you develop your own personal style and complete your first paintings. Please view suggested supply list.

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Compelling American Conversations for Non-Native English Speakers

Practice conversational English in the classroom through a series of activities -- game playing, presentations, role playing, and others -- to help with pronunciation, vocabulary, and confidence. Students will practice in pairs and small groups.

Practice conversational English in the classroom through a series of activities—game playing, presentations, role playing, and others—that will help you with your pronunciation, expand your vocabulary, help you to correctly ask questions, and help you speak English more confidently. You’ll also research topics of conversation via social media, and reflect on your fellow students’ own communication styles and habits.

Students will practice in pairs, small groups, and with the class as a whole. Additionally, students will be expected to do approximately 2 hours each week of preparation for the next class session to include outside reading, research, or textbook exercises.

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After completing this course, participants will be able to:
  • Practice real-world conversations to gain confidence with the English language
  • Practice vocabulary, pronunciation, and usage to improve comprehension, expand word and phrase bank, and increase fluency
  • Choose appropriate idioms and phrasal verbs to include in conversations
  • Practice listening and responding through stories, conversation activities, and class discussions

Decorating Basics

Explore interior design principles: style components, selection/placement of furniture, lighting, and accessories. We’ll also discuss wall art and fabric combinations; participants can create a project board to showcase design ideas and inspirations.


Join us to explore basic interior design principles, including identification of style components, selection/placement of furniture, lighting, and accessories. We’ll also discuss proper execution of wall art and groupings, as well as various fabric combinations and colors. Participants can create a project board to showcase design ideas and inspirations.
After this class, you will be able to:
  • Explain the process of beginning a design project
  • Identify foundational styles using their characteristics
  • Recognize the elements of good design when accessorizing shelves, mantles, etc.
  • Create a tangible design presentation board & a digital design board

Decorating Basics II

Create beautiful and functional spaces where you live, work, and play as we explore color theory and the physiological effects of color on work environments. Tuition includes exclusive 'trade only' store tour to review concepts and learn industry secrets.

Create beautiful and functional spaces where you live, work and play, and build on your foundation as we explore color theory and the physiological effects of color on relaxing and productive environments. Learn the techniques of illusion design which include the art of masking architectural flaws including off center doors and windows, and creating spaciousness. Included in the tuition is an exclusive tour of a "trade only" store to explore and learn the secrets of fabric combinations, furniture arrangement, furniture selection, quality determination, and rug purchases.

Abstract Painting

Experience the joy and freedom of abstraction with this hands-on painting class that focuses on the major styles from cubism to abstract expressionism. Students are welcome to work with their own choice of medium, oil, acrylic, or water color. Tuition: $225.

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Experience the joy and freedom of abstraction. For the beginner to the more experienced student, this class focuses on the major styles from cubism to abstract expressionism. Even for those interested in representational painting, abstraction offers a great way to study paint handling, color theory and composition. Students are welcome to work with their own choice of medium- oil, acrylic or water color. Please view a suggested supply list if using Acrylic or Oil. Those wishing to use water color may use the Acrylic list, as appropriate, to estimate their needs.

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Accent Reduction Part 2

Expand your knowledge, vocabulary and use of American expressions in areas such as descriptive language, oral explanations, guided discussions, and examining how to reply in conversational situations. Limited to 10. Prerequisite: Accent Reduction: Part 1 Tuition: $250.

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Further practice the sounds you learned in Accent Reduction: American English Pronunciation and learn how to incorporate them into your spontaneous speech. Simultaneously expand your knowledge and use of vocabulary and American expressions in areas such as descriptive language, oral explanations, guided discussions, and examining how to reply American-style in various conversational situations. Limited to 10 for an intimate setting to enhance learning potential.

PREREQUISITE: You must complete Accent Reduction Part 1 before taking this course.

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What will be covered:
  • Learning to produce the target sounds in multi-syllable words through extensive oral reading
  • Analysis of short video clips for auditory discrimination, humor and vocabulary/American expressions
  • Oral explanations, conversation, discussion with attention to inclusion of all target sounds

After this class, you will be able to:
  • Pronounce the target sounds more consistently in both oral reading and in spontaneous speech
  • Better discriminate discrete words in rapid speech, even when the words are not fully spoken
  • Expand your knowledge and use of American expressions in areas such as descriptions, explanations, paraphrasing and replies

Astronomy in the Suburbs - An Introduction to Star Gazing

Learn a basic understanding of the night sky and how to enjoy the stars from your own neighborhood. Your instructor will guide you through the constellations and how to use a sky chart to locate the major stars and planets and observe the moon phases. Tuition: $185.

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Learn a basic understanding of the night sky and how to enjoy it from your own neighborhood. Your instructor will guide you through the constellations and how to use a sky chart to locate the major stars, locate the major planets and observe the phases of the moon. In this course, you learn basic astronomy concepts to further your enjoyment of the night sky. Textbook is not required; however a list of recommend books is available by request.

Improving Writing Impact for Non-Native English Speakers

Explore several different writing formats so you can learn how to write more clearly and use grammar correctly. Participants will practice identifying and correcting grammar errors pertaining to verb tenses and form, sentence structure, and more. Tuition: $345.

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Explore several different writing formats so you can learn how to write more clearly and use grammar correctly. Expand your vocabulary, and practice self-editing. Through classroom activities and well-designed homework assignments, you’ll build your skills, week-by-week, working on writing and grammar activities to meet your needs. Participants will practice identifying and correcting grammar errors pertaining to verb tenses and form, sentence structure, agreement, prepositions, and determiners

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After completing this course, participants will be able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of grammar use in writing
  • Write related sentences to form paragraphs and narratives using the building block of writing
  • Identify areas of weakness in writing and develop strategies for reducing errors
  • Demonstrate the ability to self-edit writing material
  • Practice writing skills through a variety of communicative writing activities

Kitchen Design and Decor

Experts say even minor kitchen remodels return more value than any other project. Explore your style and how you will achieve it, including choices for cabinets, floors, countertops and lighting. Identify tips and techniques to make the job much easier. Tuition: $195.

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Experts say even minor kitchen remodels return more value than any other project on the list--about 81 percent, nationally. Whether you're building or remodeling a kitchen, the process doesn't have to be stressful. Find the inspiration and courage to begin your project with the expertise of noted Interior Design Expert, Lee Anne Culpepper. Explore your style and how you will achieve it. Choices for cabinets, floors, countertops and lighting can be overwhelming – receive the information you need to make the job much easier!

Watercolor 101 and Beyond

Come explore the science of color theory, learn about proper brush and paper selection, and practice effective painting techniques as you develop and refine your personal style through self-expression. Both new and experienced painters are welcome. Tuition: $225.

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Both new and experienced painters can utilize this course to discover how to maximize and take full advantage of this complex -- yet extremely rewarding -- art medium. Come explore the science of color theory, learn about proper brush and paper selection, and practice effective painting techniques as you develop and refine your personal style through self-expression. Indulge your creativity and enjoy the gratifying process of producing your own masterpiece!

After completing this course, participants will be able to:
  • Define and practice color theory with their paintings.
  • Define and practice composition, proportions and a variety of techniques with their paintings.
  • Determine their innate watercolor painting style through experimentation.
  • Develop and complete a painting by class end.

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