AUBURN — Several three-credit courses will be offered during the spring semester at Central Maine Community College that may be of interest to community members and eligible high school students. Spring semester courses begin the week of Jan. 11.

American Sign Language will meet from 3:30 to 4:55 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. The class is open to students with the equivalent of a one semester course in ASL (Units 1 to 6 in the Signing Naturally Curriculum). The course is taught by Rick Terry, who has taught ASL at CMCC and previously at Valencia Community College in Florida.

American Literature since the Civil War will meet from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Instructor Mike Matzinger has more than 15 years of experience teaching literature and writing at colleges and universities in Mississippi, Alaska, Oregon and Maine.

Introduction to Journalism will meet from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays. The course will expose students to different types of journalism, reporting tools, conducting interviews, generating story ideas and ethical dilemmas. The course has a prerequisite of College Writing. The instructor will be journalist and editor Emily Parkhurst.

Narratives in Computer Games will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. The class is a humanities course that will examine computer games as texts to develop ways to think and write about literature, including literary criticism and theory. Through close “textual gaming,” class discussions and writing assignments, students will develop an understanding of literary terms and focus on the formal elements of multi-genre computer games.

Beginning French II will meet from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. The class is open to students with two years or equivalent of high school French. The instructor will be Colleen LePage, who has taught French for several years and has studied in Quebec. She also helped develop a course in Franco-American Culture and Language at USM.

Beginning Spanish II will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays. The course is open to students with two years or equivalent of high school Spanish. The instructor is Barbara Mascarenas, who has taught Spanish at several universities, the Teacher Retraining Institute in Chebarovsky, Russia, and at several Russian high schools.

Registration for these and other spring semester courses is open to the public through the first week of classes. Students may register online at www.cmcc.edu or in person at the Registrar’s Office, 755-5292. The full CMCC spring course listing is also available online.


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