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Weekend Course for Au Pairs

Polishing Your American English:
Understanding Idioms and a Whole Lot More!

Course Code: AU0101CA20

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Last Held: December 7-8, 2019
8:30am - 5:00pm (Check-in time on Day 1: 8:00am)

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This intensive au pair weekend course will focus on verbal communication in American English and developing confidence when speaking American English. Formal language instruction courses will teach you the basics of spoken and written American English – correct structure, usage, tenses and such. Then you are thrust into the real world, with folks seemingly speaking a "mile a minute" and using words and phrases that you never heard in any classroom course you attended – HELP!

One of the most important components of being successful in language learning – and application - is the mastery of idiomatic forms of expression. Used by native speakers on a daily basis, when you encounter them they may "throw you for a loop" or "knock your socks off," leaving you lost and left out of the conversation. This two-day weekend program for au pairs is a great opportunity to learn about American idioms and their applications in order to improve your verbal and written skills.

Topics will include:

  • pronunciation (accent);
  • intonation (fluidity of speech);
  • American idiomatic expression and slang; and
  • confident self presentation.

Interactive exercises and small group sessions will help to reinforce the information presented and improve your confidence and comfort level with American English. Background on the stories behind these quirky words and phrases will help you better understand how and why they have come to be such a part of day-to-day communications.

This program is sure to fill fast – so "get a move on" and register before it is too late!

Please Note: This weekend course for au pairs is not an ESL course and assumes that attendees have a working knowledge of the English language; rather it is intended to be a "polishing course" to increase levels of fluency and communication comfort.

This program will give attendees three of the six educational credits required under the J-1 visa. Au pairs (commonly misspelled as au pere or au pear) are required to earn educational credits under the J-1 visa. Click here to learn more.

Registration Fee TBD Includes all course materials, continental breakfast and lunch each day, access to Rutgers' wireless network, and certificates of completion and other J-1 required documentation.
Cancellation Fee TBD  

This weekend course for au pairs provides three (3) of the six educational credits required under the J-1 visa program. Click here to learn more.


Continental breakfast and deli buffet lunch will be provided each day.

NOTE: If you have any dietary restrictions or food allergies, please alert us at least one (1) week in advance of the course start date so that we can make reasonable accommodations. We cannot guarantee accommodations for special requests made after that time.


This au pair weekend course will be held on Rutgers' scenic George H. Cook campus in New Brunswick, conveniently located off U.S. Route 1 just minutes from the New Jersey Turnpike and the Garden State Parkway. Ample parking is located just steps from the New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Health, where all programming and meals will be held.

Rutgers University Cook Campus, location for Weekend Au Pair College Courses

Photographer: Nick Romanenko / Copyright: 2013 Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

GPS systems may not recognize campus addresses. Even if they take you to the correct building, they will not take you to the assigned parking lot. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you use the directions we provide.

New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Health, Room 101
61 Dudley Rd, New Brunswick NJ 08901
Directions, Parking Information & Map


  • All visitors must register their vehicles online with the Rutgers Department of Transportation Services. A link will be provided in your course registration confirmation email. Be sure to complete this important step prior to traveling to campus.
  • All Rutgers faculty/staff/students must use their regular Rutgers permit and park in the nearest lot assigned for their permit type.
  • Citations/fines will be issued for failure to comply with these policies.

Note: Pre-registration is required. We're sorry, but we cannot guarantee a seat, materials or meals for walk-in registrants. Location is subject to change; registrants will be notified in the event of a change.

Au Pair Weekend Course Housing Accommodations

Housing is not included with Rutgers weekend courses for au pairs.

For those who can commute, onsite parking is available.

For those traveling, there are many hotels located near Cook Campus. Visit www.cpe.rutgers.edu/main/hotels.html for a list of nearby housing options. Due to location, the following hotels may be the best choices for those who do not have vehicles.

  • Located on campus, walking distance to course location: Rutgers University Inn & Conference Center

  • Located in downtown New Brunswick, walking distance to Rutgers bus routes: Hyatt Regency & The Heldrich Hotel


Sorry, registration is not currently available for this course.

Would you like to be notified when the next offering is scheduled? 
Here are 3 convenient ways to be added to our mailing list:
1. Click here to join our mailing list (please reference "Weekend Course for Au Pairs - Polishing Your American English" or Course Code AU0101) 
2. Call us at 848-932-9271, select option 3
3. E-mail us at ocpe@njaes.rutgers.edu

Program Questions? Contact Us!

Program Coordinator: Suzanne Hills, 848-932-7234
Administrative Assistant: Sarah McCarthy, 848-932-7703