The School of Extended Learning is dedicated to helping learners reach their full potential by offering personal development courses that develop talents, enhance employment skills, promotes career advancement,and personal interests.

 

  • Communications

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    TOEFL iBT® Test Preparation Course

    Location: Governors State University

    Dates:  Fridays, October 6, & 20; November 3

    Time:  9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

    Room: GMT Building Room 180

    Fee:   $300 (includes instructional materials)

    Course Number: CE-ELPC01-10

    Instructor: Chris Greiner

    The course is designed for students intending to take the TOEFL iBT® exam for admission into an American college or university. The TOEFL iBT® evaluates the four core language skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Governors State University offers this preparation course to help students gain experience and confidence with the TOEFL iBT® leading to better test results.

    In this course students will:

    ·       Review and practice basic English grammar rules

    ·       Practice writing and receive feedback

    ·       Work on pronunciation and speaking

    ·       Improve reading comprehension and increase vocabulary

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    Strategic Communication for Leaders

    Location: Governors State University

    Date: Thursday, November 9, 2017

    Time: 8:30-11:30 a.m. (Continental Breakfast Provided)

    Have you ever conducted a meeting where attendees did not have a clear understanding of the message that you presented? Do you want to improve your communication style, but not certain what to do? Did you know that a large percentage of how we communicate is through our body language? Strategic communication is a foundation for effective management in any organization.

    Using theory, research, and practice of interpersonal and group communication skills, participants will learn strategies for enhancing their roles as leaders.

    This workshop will provide each participant with the communication tools necessary to enhance their effectiveness.

     Participants will engage in discussion and hands-on activities that will:

    • Make them aware of the impact of body language

    • Provide an understanding of the communication model

    • Provide strategies to work with a variety of communication styles

    • Identify the characteristics of a strong manager

    • Identify the characteristics of a strong leader

    Answer the questions: Can a leader be a manager? Can a manager be a leader? Why?

    • Allow them to apply what they learn

    Instructor: Alexis H. Sarkisian

    Fee: $65       Course Code: CE-CT02-01

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    An Introduction To Voiceovers... (Getting Started In Voice Acting)

    One-time, in-class session:  

    Location: Governors State University

    Room B2201

    Date: Friday, November 17

    Time: 6-8pm

    Explore the fun, rewarding possibilities of the voiceover industry!  Discover current trends in the industry and how they make it easy and affordable for just about anyone to get involved.

    In this one-time, 2 hour, introductory class, you’ll also learn about the different types of voiceovers and the tools you’ll need to find success.  Your instructor, a professional, working voice actor will take notes as you read a real script, and offer some coaching to improve your delivery. You’ll receive a professional voiceover evaluation later. 18 and over.

    The voice coaches are known for their fun and informative presenting methods. The coaches have many years'  experience in the Voiceover Industry, and are masters at teaching all of the information pertinent to making it in Voice Acting.  Whether it be speaking, presenting, writing, producing, or announcing, they have it covered. With hundreds of regional & national commercials, PSAs and audiobooks under their belts, our instructors not only deliver the highest quality education and coaching to their students, but their unique enthusiasm and expertise bring an element of fun and excitement to the classroom as well.

    Class Outline

    Part 1 (Background on the voiceover industry)

    ✓   Why now is a great time to get into the industry

    ✓   The many types of voiceovers - Commercial, Narration, Audiobooks and more...

    ✓   How big the voiceover industry is and why

    ✓   Current trends in the industry that make it easy to get started

    ✓   Why you don't need to live near a major city to be successful

    Part 2

    ✓      Everyone receives personal coaching while reading a real script - A class favorite

    ✓      Students are recorded to receive a professional voice evaluation later

    Part 3

    ✓   Frequently Asked Questions - Answered!

    ✓   Do I have to be famous or have a special voice?

    ✓   Do I need an agent?

    ✓   Do I need to join a union?

    ✓   Do I have to live in a major market?

    ✓   How much do voiceovers earn?

    ✓   What continuing education and tools are needed to pursue this career

    Fee: $49     Course Code: CE-CT01-04

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    An Introduction To Voiceovers... (Getting Started In Voice Acting)

    Personalized One-on-One Video Conference Class

    Date determined by you and your voice coach 

    Call Suzanne Patterson at 708.534.4393 to arrange your date. 

    “Wow, you have a great voice!” Have you heard that more times than you can count? Or maybe you listen to your favorite audiobooks, commercials, or cartoon characters and think, “I could do that!” If so, then you could have what it takes to begin working as a professional Voiceover Artist. Explore the voiceover industry with your instructor, a professional, working voice actor, in a one-on-one, personalized, video chat setting.

    Discover the current trends in the industry and how they make it easy and affordable for just about anyone to get involved. In this one-time, 90-minute, introductory class, you’ll also learn about the different types of voiceovers and the tools you’ll need to find success. Your instructor will record you as you read a real script, then offer you some coaching so you can improve your delivery, taking notes on your performance so you can receive a professional voiceover evaluation later. 

    18 and over. You owe it to yourself to finally explore the possibilities of this fun and rewarding job!

    Requirements: Students must have Internet Access and Video Chatting capabilities using a method such as: Skype (for PC/Mac users) or iChat/FaceTime (for Mac Users) or we can offer this class via telephone if webcam is not available.   

    The voice coaches are known for their fun and informative presenting methods. The coaches have many years' experience in the Voiceover Industry, and are masters at teaching all of the information pertinent to making it in Voice Acting. Whether it be speaking, presenting, writing, producing, or announcing, they have it covered. With hundreds of regional & national commercials, PSAs and audiobooks under their belts, our instructors not only deliver the highest quality education and coaching to their students, but their unique enthusiasm and expertise bring an element of fun and excitement to the classroom as well.

    Class Outline  

    Part 1     Background on the Voiceover Industry:  

    ✓     Why now is a great time to get into the industry

    ✓     The many types of voiceovers - Commercial, Narration, 

             Audiobooks and more...

    ✓     How big the voiceover industry is and why

    ✓     Current trends in the industry that make it easy to get started

    ✓     Why you don't need to live near a major city to be successful

    Part 2     Script Reading, Direction and Recording:  

    ✓     The student receives personal coaching while reading real a script - A class favorite

    ✓     The instructor will take notes on the student's performance so they may receive a professional voice evaluation later

    Part 3     FAQs - Answered!  

    ✓     Do I have to be famous or have a special voice?

    ✓     Do I need an agent?

    ✓     Do I need to join a union?

    ✓     Do I have to live in a major market?

    ✓     How much do voiceovers earn?

    ✓     What continuing education and tools are needed to pursue this career

    Fee: $49     Course Code: CE-CT01-05

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  • Health and Wellness

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    Natural Energy Healing and You 

    Location: Governors State University

    Date: Tuesday, October 17, 2017

    Time: 7-9p.m.

    Room: E1550

    Fee: $25 Course Number: CE-HF13-01

    Instructor: Linda Herrick

    The objective of this class is to develop your knowledge and understanding of working with natural healing energies. As you tune into your own natural healing power, we will:

    • Explore the inter connection between mind, body and spirit.
    • Experience how to encourage self-healing, strengthen your body and soul, release emotional blocks and balance the chakras (energy centers of the body). 
    • Strengthen your intuition
    • Assist you to make positive changes to your own life in an objective and constructive manner.  

    This is a “hands-on” workshop.  Embrace your personal energy and experience a state of total relaxation. 

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  • The Knowledge Exchange

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    The Knowledge Exchange at Governors State University

    The Fall 2017 session of The Knowledge Exchange is underway with over 100 participants! 

     

     For more information, please contact Suzanne Patterson at

    708.534.4393 or by email at spatterson3@govst.edu

     

    For lifelong learners

    • Unique and diverse non-credited courses

    • Reasonable price

    • Designed for retired and semi-retired learners

    • Relaxed and friendly environment

    • Encouraging shared learning and the free exchange of opinions and ideas

    Tuition

    $73 for the first class

    $28 for any additional class    

    Location

    Governors State University

    1 University Parkway

    University Park, IL 60484

    Lunch break between classes serves as a great time to enjoy lunch with other Exchange students, continue the classroom discussion, share ideas and participate in Lunch and Learn lectures when offered.  The GSU cafeteria is open, seating available.

    Questions? Contact Suzanne Patterson at 708.534.4393.

     

    MORNING CLASSES

    8-week sessions (10:00a.m. - 12noon unless otherwise noted)

    A sneak peak at some of the class offerings planned for the fall session / September 22 - November 10, 2017

     

    U.S. HISTORY   (Sorry!  This class is full!)

    The Crash of '08 

    Class Co-Leaders: Jerome Julian and Keith Kemp

    An exploration of the causes and effects of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, explained in laymen's terms through film, lecture, and discussion. 

     

    MUSIC APPRECIATION  

    The American Musical Theatre 

    Class Leader: Ron Small

    A lyrical journey through the rise of musicals from their early beginnings up to the present day.

     

    Afternoon Classes

    8-week sessions / 1:00 - 3:00p.m.

    CURRENT EVENTS

    The Supreme Court: Classic and Contemporary Cases

    Class Leader: Carl Stover

    An informed reading and discussion of selected 2017 Supreme Court cases and the reasoning behind the decisions. 

     

    CINEMA STUDIES  

    Short Story to Film  

    Class Leader: Suzanne Patterson

    Class will read short stories followed by screenings & discussions of their cinematic interpretations.  Authors include Graham Greene, Joyce Carol Oates, John Cheever, Alice Munro and others.


    For more information, please contact Suzanne Patterson at 708.534.4393 or spatterson3@govst.edu