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Language workshops, classes offered at I-House

By From page A10 | September 04, 2014

A language workshop titled “Teachers Also Learn” will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, at International House, 10 College Park in Davis. The workshop is free and open to the public.

Laura Dubcovsky will lead the workshop, designed for English-as-a-second-language teachers and other language teachers. Different teaching techniques will be discussed, cultural values will be reviewed and all will be encouraged to share anecdotes about the best, worst and in-between students.

I-House offers 21 language classes a week, including seven English conversation classes and one English writing class.

“English, Spanish and French are our most popular classes,” said Elisabeth Sherwin, executive director. “But we also offer Korean, Sanskrit and Farsi.”

Sergio Diaz-Luna is the new Spanish teacher for the advanced class, which meets in the Hagan Room on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. He is a graduate student at UC Davis.

A Portuguese class will begin on Wednesday, Sept. 10. It will be offered from 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays by Nathalia Pastor.

Returning is the Farsi class at a different time — Tuesdays at 5 p.m. beginning Sept. 30 — and the teacher is the returning Parvaneh Keivanfar.

Pre-registration is not needed for any classes, and the first class is free. I-House membership costs $20 a year for students and $40 for community members. All language classes are free with memberships.

Also, the popular tango class is returning to Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. beginning next week. That class also is free to members.

For more information, call I-House at 530-753-5007.

Special to The Enterprise

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