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Au Pair Enrichment & ESL Classes

Spring 2020 Weekend Course Information

The cost for weekend classes is $250 for 2 credits (24 hours). Attendance is required on both days.

Those who wish to receive an additional credit (3 total) must complete a 3-5 page written assignment after the course in addition to the requirements listed above. The cost of the 3-credit option is $360.

Classes are held in Driscoll Hall on Mayflower Avenue. An email bulletin with the assignment and important information will be sent the week prior to the class. Students in weekend classes must be extremely proficient in English or native speakers. Contact Caroline Coppola at if you have any questions.

Live far away? Need a place to stay?
Overnight accommodations may be available. A one-week advance notice/payment is required. Contact Allen Chen at or (914) 637-7790 for more information.

Mysteries of Human Behavior (WKD1 SP20)
February 8 – 9, 9 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.

In one of our most popular classes, you will examine some puzzling aspects of human nature and get insights into why we behave the way we do. You will discuss and find answers to provocative questions such as:

  • Why do we care about what other think of us?
  • Why can people be so full of themselves?
  • Why do hurt feelings hurt?
  • Why is self-control so hard?
  • How can siblings be so different?
  • How can you break bad habits?
  • And many more!

Intercultural Communication (WKD2 SP20)
April 25 – 26, 9 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.

What causes miscommunication and misunderstanding in intercultural encounters? Examine cultural variables that affect intercultural communication both in daily life and in the workplace. Compare communication patterns around the world and learn about high-context and low-context communication styles. Discover cultural differences in apologies, complaints, politeness, small talk, compliments and praise, friendship, thinking styles, personal space, body language, and facial expressions. Learn why in some cultures 'yes' does not mean people agree with you and what are different ways of saying 'no' without using the word 'no'. Analyze case studies and participate in simulations.

Your Future, Your Career (WKD3 SP20)
June 13 – 14, 9 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.

What are your professional goals? Are you thinking about choosing a career or changing jobs? Do you know how to pitch yourself when you have limited job experience? In this interactive and practical course, you will gain a better understanding of the career planning and job search process, learn how to create a resume that stands out and gets past the resume robots; you will also master common interview questions, learn to handle tricky questions, acquire essential networking skills, and uncover the best ways to create a good first impression.

Registration fees are non-refundable unless a class is canceled.

Please note: Iona College reserves the right to cancel the above courses at any time prior to their start date.