Foreign Language Courses

Please note: If you have taken Spanish, Italian, French, or Portuguese in high school or have had it at home, and would like to continue in that language, please go to the Testing Center and ask to take the placement test.

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE

AMSL 101: American Sign Language I (3 cr.)
This course is designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of American Sign Language with particular attention to the grammar of the language and the culture of American deaf persons. This course will create a solid foundation of basic conversational skills and a command of the essentials and grammatical principles of the language. Students will participate in exercises to develop skills which are significant to this visually-based language.

AMSL 102: American Sign Language II (3 cr.)
This course is designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of American Sign Language with particular attention to the grammar of the language and the culture of American deaf persons. This course will create a solid foundation of basic conversational skills and a command of the essentials and grammatical principles of the language. Students will participate in exercises to develop skills which are significant to this visually-based language.


ARABIC

ARAB 101: Elementary Arabic I (4 cr.)
This course is designed for students with no previous knowledge or very limited knowledge of the Arabic language. Strong emphasis will be placed on acquiring conversational and comprehension skills, using practical and interesting situational materials that will stress both language and culture. Grammatical patterns and syntax will be introduced with the aim that students read and write what they have learned to say and understand. This course is not open to native speakers.

ARAB 102: Elementary Arabic II (4 cr.)
Students will build upon skills acquired in the first semester course and will be able to express themselves in a variety of more complex situations in Arabic. This course is not open to native speakers. (Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or higher in ARAB-101 or instructor approval).


CHINESE

CHNS 101: Elementary Chinese I (4 cr.)
This course is designed for students with no previous knowledge or very limited knowledge of the Chinese language. Emphasis will be on acquiring conversational and comprehension skills, using practical and interesting situational materials that will stress both language and culture. Grammatical patterns and syntax will be introduced with the aim that students read and write Pinyin Chinese. This course is not open to native speakers.

CHNS 102: Elementary Chinese II (4 cr.)
Students will build upon skills acquired in the first semester course and will be able to express themselves in a variety of more complex situations in Chinese. This course is not open to native speakers. (Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or higher in CHNS 101 or instructor approval)


FRENCH

FRCH 101: Elementary French I (4 cr.)
This course is designed for students with no previous knowledge or very limited knowledge of the French language. Strong emphasis will be placed on acquiring conversational and comprehension skills, using practical and interesting situational materials that will stress both language and culture. Grammatical patterns and syntax will be introduced with the aim that students read and write what they have learned to say and understand. This course is not open to native speakers.

FRCH 102: Elementary French II (4 cr.)
Students will build upon skills acquired in the first semester course and will be able to express themselves in a variety of more complex situations in French. This course is not open to native speakers. (Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or higher in FRCH 101 or instructor approval)

FRCH 203: Intermediate French I (3 cr.)
Students will improve their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills, demonstrating the ability to report on various aspects of life/culture in French-speaking countries, using more complex language patterns. This course is not open to native speakers. (Prerequisite: A grade if “C” or higher in FRCH 102 or permission of instructor)

FRCH 204: Intermediate French II (3 cr.)
Students will demonstrate the ability to speak, read and write Italian. Also, students will discuss and evaluate Italian culture, customs and current events. They will be able to use Italian with native speakers of the language. This course is not open to native speakers.(Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or higher in ITAL 203 or permission of instructor)

FRCH 206: French Conversation and Composition I (3 cr.)
This course is designed for students who have completed four semesters or more of college French and/or already possess the ability to interact with native speakers and read and write the language. Emphasis will be on improving conversational skills; discussions will bring increasingly complex grammar and vocabulary into active use. This course is not open to native speakers. (Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or higher in FRCH 204 or permission of instructor)

FRCH 207: French Conversation and Composition II (3 cr.)
This course is designed for students who have completed four semesters or more of college French and/or already possess the ability to interact with native speakers and read and write the language. Emphasis will be on improving conversational skills; discussions will bring increasingly complex grammar and vocabulary into active use. This course is not open to native speakers.(Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or higher in FRCH 206 or permission of instructor)


GERMAN

GRMN 101: Elementary German I (4 cr.)
This course is designed for students with no previous knowledge, or very limited knowledge, of the German language. Strong emphasis will be placed on acquiring conversational and comprehension skills, using practical and interesting situational materials that will stress both language and culture. Grammatical patterns and syntax will be introduced with the aim that students read and write what they have learned to say and understand. This course is not open to native speakers.

GRMN 102: Elementary German II (4 cr.)
Students will build upon skills acquired in the first semester course and will be able to express themselves in a variety of more complex situations in German. This course is not open to native speakers.(Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or higher in GRMN 101 or permission of instructor)


ITALIAN

ITAL 101: Elementary Italian I (4 cr.)
This course is designed for students with no previous or very limited knowledge of the Italian language. Strong emphasis will be placed on acquiring conversational and comprehension skills, using practical and interesting situational materials that will stress both language and culture. Grammatical patterns and syntax will be stressed with the aim that students read and write what they have learned to say and understand. This course is not open to native speakers.

ITAL 102: Elementary Italian II (4 cr.)
Students will build upon skills acquired in the first semester course and will be able to express themselves in a variety of more complex situations in Italian. This course is not open to native speakers. (Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or higher in ITAL 101 or permission of instructor)

ITAL 203: Intermediate Italian I (3 cr.)
Students will improve their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills, demonstrating the ability to report on various aspects of life and culture in Italy, using more complex language patterns. This course is not open to native speakers. (Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or higher in ITAL 102 or permission of instructor)

ITAL 204: Intermediate Italian II (3 cr.)
Students will demonstrate the ability to speak, read and write Italian. Also, students will discuss and evaluate Italian culture, customs and current events. They will be able to use Italian with native speakers of the language. This course is not open to native speakers. (Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or higher in ITAL 203 or permission of instructor)


JAPANESE

JPNS 101: Elementary Japanese I (4 cr.)
This course is designed for students with no previous, or very limited knowledge of the Japanese language. Strong emphasis will be placed on acquiring conversational and comprehension skills, using practical and interesting situational materials that will stress both language and culture. The course is presented using both Hiragama (symbols) and Romaji (anglicized) version of Japanese. This course is not open to native speakers.

JPNS 102: Elementary Japanese II (4 cr.)
Students will build upon skills acquired in the first semester course and will be able to express themselves in a variety of more complex situations in Japanese. This course is not open to native speakers.(Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or higher in JPNS 101 or permission of instructor)

JPNS 203: Intermediate Japanese I (3 cr.)
Students will improve their speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills in Japanese, demonstrating the ability to discuss various apsects of life and culture in Japan, using more complex language patterns. Students will use the 2 basic Japanese alphabets and some Kanji (Chinese characters) as well as grammatical patterns. This course is not open to native speakers. (Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in JPNS 102 or permission of instructor)

JPNS 204: Intermediate Japanese II (3 cr.)
Students will continue to improve their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills in Japanese, and to discuss and evaluate Japanese culture and customs using increasingly complex language patterns. The will also demonstrate the ability to use Japanese with native speakers of the language. Students will use the 2 basic Japanese alphabets and some Kanji (Chinese characters) as well as grammatical patterns. This course is not open to native speakers. (Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in JPNS 203 or permission of instructor)


PORTUGUESE

PORT 101: Elementary Portuguese I (4 cr.)

This course is designed for students with no previous knowledge, or very limited knowledge, of the Portuguese language.  Strong emphasis will be placed on acquiring conversational and comprehension skills, using practical and interesting situational materials that will stress both language and culture.  Grammatical patterns and syntax will be stressed with the aim that students read and write what they have learned to say and understand. This course is not open to native speakers.

PORT 102: Elementary Portuguese II (4 cr.)

Students will build upon skills acquired in the first semester course  and will be able to express themselves in a variety of more complex  situations in Portuguese. This course is not open to native speakers. (Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in PORT 101 or permission of instructor)


RUSSIAN

RUSS 101: Elementary Russian I (4 cr.)
This course is designed for students with no previous knowledge, or very limited knowledge, of the Russian language. Strong emphasis will be placed on acquiring conversational and comprehension skills, using practical and interesting situational materials that will stress both language and culture. Grammatical patterns and syntax will be stressed with the aim that students read and write what they have learned to say and understand. This course is not open to native speakers.

RUSS 102: Elementary Russian II (4 cr.)
Students will build upon skills acquired in the first semester course and will be able to express themselves in a variety of more complex situations in Russian. This course is not open to native speakers. (Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or higher in RUSS 101or permission of instructor)


SPANISH

SPAN 101: Elementary Spanish I (4 cr.)
This course is designed for students with no previous knowledge, or very limited knowledge, of the Spanish language. Strong emphasis will be placed on acquiring conversational and comprehension skills, using practical and interesting situational materials that will stress both language and culture. Grammatical patterns and syntax will be introduced with the aim that students read and write what they have learned to say and understand. This course is not open to native speakers.

SPAN 102: Elementary Spanish II (4 cr.)
Students will build upon skills acquired in the first semester course and will be able to express themselves in a variety of more complex situations in Spanish. This course is not open to native speakers. (Prerequisite: A “C” or higher in SPAN 101 or instructor approval)

SPAN 203: Intermediate Spanish I (3 cr.)
Students will improve their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills, demonstrating the ability to report on various aspects of Spanish and Latin American life and culture using more complex language patterns. This course is not open to native speakers. (Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or higher in SPAN 102 or instructor approval)

SPAN 204: Intermediate Spanish II (3 cr.)
Students will demonstrate the ability to speak, read and write Spanish and to discuss and evaluate Spanish and Latin American culture, customs and current events. They will also interact with native speakers of the language. This course is not open to native speakers. (Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or higher in SPAN 203 or instructor approval)

SPAN 207: Advanced Conversation & Composition (3 cr.)
This course is designed for students who have completed four semesters or more of College Spanish and/or already possess the ability to interact with native speakers and read and write the language. Emphasis will be on improving conversational skills; discussions will bring increasingly complex grammar and vocabulary into active use.  (Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or higher in SPAN 204 or instructor approval)

SPAN 215: Contemporary Latin American Literature (3 cr.)
The student will read Latin American poetry, essays, short stories, and plays of the 20th century in Spanish. Discussions will be conducted in Spanish. (Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or higher in SPAN 204 or instructor approval)

SPAN 216: Spanish for Native and Near-Native Speakers (3 cr.)
The student will demonstrate the ability to use the Spanish language correctly in writing, as well as orally, and to relate it to present issues. Upon completion of the course, the student will have acquired basic writing skills and knowledge of the Spanish grammatical structure. Specific writing needs will be met by individualized instruction and in laboratory hours. (Prerequisite: Native speaking ability or approval of instructor or a grade of “C” or higher in SPAN 207 or SPAN 215 or permission of instructor)

 

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