Modern Languages Course Descriptions

American Sign Language Courses (AS)

101 Beginning American Sign Language I (4 credits) Course designed to guide students who have no knowledge of Sign Language to the point where they can function comfortably in a wide variety of situations in the Deaf community.

102 Beginning American Sign Language II (4 credits) Building upon the proficiency of AS 101, this course is designed to guide students who have a one semester’s knowledge of Sign Language to the point where they can function comfortably in a wide variety of situations in the Deaf community. Prerequisite: AS 101

University Seminar Courses (US)

234 Representations of the Spanish Civil War (4 credits) This University Seminar examines perceptions of the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) and their international implications. Topics discussed include the significance of the war, the political and social background of Spanish events and society, and how the conflict was been by Spanish, American, Canadian, English, and French writers and philosophers. Texts include journalistic perspectives as well as autobiographical accounts and poetic responses. Spanish and international films and documentaries are screened covering topics such as women’s participation in the war and the origins of global responses to the war. This course is a bilingual course and is taught in both Spanish and English. Readings are in both Spanish and English. Prerequisites: SP102. US234 can count toward the History, International Studies & Spanish majors and minors.

236 Christian, Jewish, and Muslim Spain: From Eden to Exile (4 credits) This course will examine the coexistence of the three principal religions: Christianity (Catholicism), Islam, and Judaism during the middle Ages. Tenets and beliefs of each religion will be examined in detail. Art and architecture reflecting the three religions will be analyzed and will include such national treasures as the synagogues in Toledo, The mosque in Córdoba, The Alhambra in Granada and the cathedrals of Santiago de Compostela and Seville. Topics discussed will include the Spanish Inquisition, The Catholic kings, the reconquest, and medieval life in Europe at that time. The historical time period will cover roughly from 700-1492. Readings will include various poems written by writers of the three religions, El Cid, La Celestina and historical documents of the epoch. Teaching the coexistence of the three religions exposes students to different ideological discourses embodied in cultural fields of the time. The class will also examine the three religions and their role in Spanish society today. This course is a bilingual course and will be taught in both Spanish and English. Readings will be in both Spanish and English. Prerequisites: SP 102. Note: US 236 can count toward the History, International Studies and Spanish majors and minors.

Arabic Courses (AR)

101 Beginning Arabic I (4 credits) This course is designed to introduce students to basic Arabic and grammar. Upon completion of this course, students can expect to be able to introduce themselves, make questions, express feelings, as well as to engage in simple conversation on a range of everyday topics. This course uses materials from the Arab media as well as segments filed in Cairo, Egypt. Culture is discussed as the course progresses.

102 Beginning Arabic II (4 credits) Building upon the proficiency of Arabic 101, students learn the use of present tense and acquire additional vocabulary that will allow them to discuss their classes, families, food, and eating at a restaurant, among others. Cultural points are introduced to familiarize students with Arabic beliefs and values. The four communication skills are developed as the course progresses.  Prerequisite: AR 101

Chinese Courses (CHI)

101 Beginning Chinese I (4 credits) CHI 101 is designed for students with no background in the Chinese language. The course introduces basic Chinese pronunciation, the writing system, numbering, and the necessary grammar components in order to perform the following basic communication functions: greetings, asking and answering questions; speaking about family, professions, time, dates, age, hobbies and pastimes. Chinese 101 will introduce the student to the knowledge and handling of approximately 150 Chinese characters

102 Beginning Chinese II (4 credits) CHI 102 will continue with the introduction of Chinese characters initiated in Chinese 101, presenting 200 new characters for a total of 350. Grammar components are introduced in order to develop communication functions in a social setting, and the corresponding Chinese civilities: talking on the phone, Chinese phone numbers; making appointments, asking a favor, and time expressions; talking about school life, routine, habits, and performance in Chinese class; descriptive complements, and ordinal numbers. Prerequisite: CHI101

201 Intermediate Chinese I (4 credits) Fully online course for students with two semesters of Chinese. Students are involved in weekly online activities, meeting online for conversation once a week, and other activities using Blackboard and Wimba/Skype for conversation. At the end of the course, students will read and write 700 Chinese characters. Prerequisite: CHI102

202 Intermediate Chinese II (4 credits) Fully online course for students with two semesters of Chinese. Students are involved in weekly online activities, meeting online for conversation once a week, and other activities using Blackboard and Wimba/Skype for conversation. At the end of the course, students will read and write 850 Chinese characters. Prerequisite: CHI201

French Courses (FR)

101 Beginning French I (4 credits) Course introduces understanding, speaking, reading and writing skills. Basic vocabulary and grammatical structures are studied.

102 Beginning French II (4 credits) Course introduces understanding, speaking, reading and writing skills. Basic vocabulary and grammatical structures are studied. At the end of FR 102, students are expected to advance to an intermediate-low level by ACTFL standards. Computer-assisted practice using state-of-the-art digital laboratory. Prerequisite: FR 101 or equivalent.

201 Intermediate French I (4 credits) Course continues practice in listening, conversation, reading and writing in French. At the end of FR 201, students are expected to advance to an intermediate-mid level by ACTFL standards. Computer-assisted practice using state-of- the-art digital laboratory. Prerequisite: FR 102 or equivalent.

202 Intermediate French Language and Culture (4 credits) Course designed to further develop students¹ language proficiency. At the end of FR 202, students are expected to advance to an intermediate-high or advanced level by ACTFL standards. Cultural knowledge is advanced through more advanced reading, listening, speaking and writing exercises. Computer-assisted practice using state-of-the-art digital laboratory. Prerequisite: FR 201 or equivalent

203 French Conversation I (4 credits) Conversation in French for students who want to improve their communication skills in French. Prerequisite: FR 102 or equivalent.

204 French Conversation II (4 credits) Conversation in French for students who want to improve their communication skills in French. Prerequisite: FR 102 or equivalent. 214 Etude de Textes français: contes, theatre et romans (Readings in French) (4 credits) Advanced readings in French and Francophile literature. Includes at least one full-length work of fiction or theatre. Prerequisites: FR 202.

214 Readings in French (4 credits) Advanced readings in French and Francophile literature. Includes at least one full-length work of fiction or theatre. Prerequisites: FR 202.

226 Advanced French Through Cinema (4 credits) Course designed to further develop students¹ language proficiency through the use of contemporary French films. Through watching and critical analysis of films, students will improve their listening, oral and writing skills while getting a sense of some of the important features that are particular to French culture. Prerequisite: FR 202.

285 Selected Topics in French (3 to 4 credits) Exploration of selected topics such as French civilization: history, geography, literature, art and culture. Topics vary according to student and faculty interests. May be elected for more than one topic. Prerequisite: FR 202, one FR 203/204.

385 French Literary Movements (3 or 4 credits) In-depth study of major figures, works and/or movements in French or French African literature or film, such as Avant-Garde French Fiction, L¹Afrique Noire Contemporaine, Contemporary Poetry, French Feminist Writers or New French Cinema. Topics vary according to student and faculty interests. May be elected for more than one topic. Prerequisite: FR 202, One FR 203/204, FR 214.

389 Independent Study: French (2 to 4 credits) In-depth study of an author, movement, genre, or theme. Prerequisites: Senior standing with 30 credits already approved a minimum GPA of 3.0, consent from a faculty to direct the course, and authorization from the chair.

490 French Senior Thesis I (4 credits) This is a Capstone project for senior French majors, exploring French cultural issues, both inside and outside of the United States. Seminar format, culminates in a project consisting of 20 to 25 pages written in French and a public presentation. The course develops along one year (Fall, 4 credits, 2 credits), and the theme must be approved by the instructor. Prerequisite: All previous major courses requirements completed, and Senior Standing.

491 French Senior Thesis II (2 credits) This is a second semester course culminating in the conclusion of you r thesis and final capstone presentation Prerequisite: French 490

German Courses (GM)

101 Beginning German I (4 credits) Introductory course in German. Provides training in understanding, speaking, reading and writing German through use of culturally oriented materials. At the end of GM 102, students are expected to advance to an intermediate-low level according to ACTFL standards. Computer-assisted practice using state of- the-art digital laboratory.

102 Beginning German II (4 credits)  Introductory course in German. Provides training in understanding, speaking, reading and writing German through use of culturally oriented materials. At the end of GM 102, students are expected to advance to an intermediate-low level according to ACTFL standards. Computer-assisted practice using state of- the-art digital laboratory. Prerequisite: GM 101 or equivalent

201 Intermediate German I (4 credits) Continued practice in German conversation, reading and writing. Focuses on language and cultural understanding. At the end of GM 201 students are expected to advance to an intermediate-mid level according to ACTFL standards. Audio cassettes and videos complement program. Prerequisite: GM 102 or equivalent.

202 Intermediate German Language and Culture I (4 credits) Continuation of Intermediate German I with class discussions based on reading of contemporary material. Geared to increase cultural understanding and to work on troublesome language issues. Audio cassettes and videos included in program. At the end of GM 202, students are expected to advance to an intermediate-high level according to ACTFL standards. Audio CDs and videos included in program. Prerequisite: GM 201 or equivalent.

203 German Conversation (4 credits) Students will fine-tune their language skills by interpreting German films. Through film, the students will address some of the main challenges in German society today by discussing such topics as history, the individual, immigrant integration into society, and relations between East and west. We will also work on difficult aspects of German grammar. Learning vocabulary, especially the idiomatic use of German, will be emphasized. Prerequisite: GM 201

285 Special Topics in German (2 or 4 credits) Exploration of selected topics such as German civilization: history, geography, literature, art and culture. Topics vary according to student and faculty interests. Prerequisite: GM 202.

Italian Courses (IT)

101 Beginning Italian I (4 credits) Courses introduce understanding, speaking, reading and writing skills. Basic vocabulary and grammatical structures are studied. At the end of IT102 students are expected to advance to an intermediate-low level by ACTFL standards. Computer assisted practice using state-of-the-art digital laboratory.

102 Beginning Italian II (4 credits) Courses introduce understanding, speaking, reading and writing skills. Basic vocabulary and grammatical structures are studied. At the end of IT102 students are expected to advance to an intermediate-low level by ACTFL standards. Computer assisted practice using state-of-the-art digital laboratory. Prerequisite: IT 101or equivalent

201 Intermediate Italian I (4 credits) Course continues practice in listening, conversation, reading and writing in Italian while presenting advanced grammatical structures. At the end of IT 201, students are expected to advance to an intermediate-mid level by ACTFL standards. Computer-assisted practice using state of- the-art digital laboratory. Prerequisite: IT 102 or equivalent.

202 Intermediate Italian Language and Culture (4 credits) Capstone course designed to further develop students¹ language proficiency. At the end of IT 202 students are expected to advance to an intermediate-high or advanced level by ACTFL standards. Cultural knowledge is advanced through more advanced reading, listening, speaking and writing exercises. Prerequisite: IT 201 or equivalent.

203 Italian Conversation and Diction I (4 credits) Conversation in Italian for students who want to improve their conversational Italian as well as expand their knowledge of Italian culture by analyzing current issues and situations of Italian society. Prerequisite: IT 102 or equivalent.

204 Italian Conversation and Diction II (4 credits) Conversation in Italian for students who want to improve their conversational Italian as well as expand their knowledge of Italian culture by analyzing current issues and situations of Italian society. Prerequisite: IT 102 or equivalent.

214 Introduction to Italian Literature (4 credits) Introductory course in reading and interpreting Italian. The course provides students with the necessary knowledge to analyze narrative and poetry of the main movements of Italian literary tradition through selections of each genre. Prerequisite: IT 202 or equivalent level.

215 La Divina Commedia: Inferno (4 credits) Analysis of Dante’s masterpiece through discussion of philosophical concepts and historical facts of medieval Italy. The course will focus on the inferno and Dante’s journey in the realm of Lucifer. Prerequisite: IT 202.or equivalent level.

216 Italian through Art (4 credits) The course aims at expanding students’ knowledge of the Italian language and culture through one of the most representative features of the Italian cultural tradition: Art. Throughout the semester students will develop the skills of reading, writing and speaking while analyzing some of the most famous Italian artists of all times and their major artworks. Prerequisite: IT201 or equivalent level or authorization from the instructor and/or the department.

226 Italian Language and Culture through Cinema (4 credits) A view of Italian language and culture through contemporary Italian films. Italian society as represented by the most prominent Italian directors in the cinema. Course is taught in English.

285 Special Topics in Italian (3 to 4 credits) Exploration of selected topics such as Italian civilization: history, geography, literature, art and culture. Topics vary according to student and faculty interests. May be elected for more than one topic. Prerequisite: IT 202 or equivalent level.

389 Independent Study: Italian (2 to 4 credits) In-depth study of an author, movement, genre. or a theme such as advanced grammar. Prerequisites: Senior standing with 30 credits already approved, a minimum GPA of 3.0, consent from a faculty to direct the course, and authorization from the chair.

490 Italian Senior Thesis I (4 credits) This is a Capstone project for senior Italian majors, exploring Italian cultural issues, both inside and outside of the United States. Seminar format, culminates in a project consisting of 20 to 25 pages written in Italian and a public presentation. The course develops along one year (Fall, 4 credits, 2 credits) and the theme must be approved by the instructor. Prerequisite: All previous major courses requirements completed, and Senior Standing.

491 Italian Senior Thesis II (2 credits) This is a second semester course culminating in the conclusion of your thesis and final capstone presentation. Prerequisite: IT 490

Japanese Courses (JA)

101 Beginning Japanese I (4 credits) Conversation-based introduction to Japanese: grammar, comprehension, pronunciation and vocabulary. Includes individual work with CDs and audio cassettes and an introduction to the Japanese writing system. Computer-assisted practice for writing systems using state-of-the-art digital laboratory for writing system. Introduction of Japanese culture.

102 Beginning Japanese II (4 credits) Conversation-based introduction to Japanese: grammar, comprehension, pronunciation and vocabulary. Includes individual work with CDs and audio cassettes and an introduction to the Japanese writing system. Computer-assisted practice for writing systems using state-of-the-art digital laboratory for writing system. Introduction of Japanese culture. Prerequisite: JA 101 or equivalent.

201 Intermediate Japanese I (4 credits) Intermediate Japanese following the same basic procedure as the two Japanese courses, JA 101 and JA 102. Continues work on formal patterns of Japanese and introduces informal patterns. Formally introduces Kanji borrowed from China and practices both reading and writing Japanese. Informal usages of verbs and adjectives are introduced and practiced in this course. Uses computer assisted practice using state-of-the-art digital laboratory. Prerequisite: JA 102 or equivalent.

202 Intermediate Japanese Language and Culture (4 credits) Basic continuation of JA201. Increases informal/plain verbs and adjectives in spoken, reading and writing Japanese. Emphasizes a working knowledge of everyday business conversation with business etiquette. Includes lessons on current Japanese culture to promote an understanding of the new Japan. Discussions of culture, viewing of DVDs and video tapes both in Japanese and English, and self-researching using websites are included. Uses state-of-the-art digital laboratory is used. Prerequisite: JA 201 or equivalent.

203 Japanese Conversation (4 credits) The course is designed for students who want to develop conversational skills in Japanese at a Mid-Beginner to Low-Intermediate level. Prerequisite: JA102

205 Japanese Culture (4 credits) The course is designed for students who are interested in learning Japanese culture. The course is supported through bilingual readings in Japanese/English. Prerequisite: JA202

215 Introduction to Japanese Literature (4 credits) This course is an introduction to Japanese literature, both in Japanese and in English, from the Meiji period to the present. Readings include selections from the course required texts (see below), which include various authors such as Mori Ogai,Natsume, Soseki Natsume, Higuchi Ichiyo, Enchi Fumiko, Hira bayashi Taiko, Banana Yoshimoto, Haruki Murakami, Sakai Junko, Kakuta Mitsuyo, Otsuichi, and others. Prerequisite: JA202 or an approved equivalent or permission from the instructor and/or department. To take this course a student must be able to communicate with her or his instructor on a daily basis in Japanese and be able to use the three writing systems of Japanese in order to comprehend the reading materials.

Modern Languages Courses (ML)

370 Career Internship in Modern Languages Placement that involves satisfactory completion of a semester-long, part-time internship appropriate to a career involving proficiency in at least one modern language. Requires a minimum of 120 hours of work. May serve as an elective toward the major or minor in Spanish, in French or in Italian. Also available abroad through The College of Global Studies. Prerequisites: Junior standing and permission of the Chair.

Russian Courses (RU)

101 Beginning Russian I (4 credits) The course is intended for beginners. It is designed to establish a solid foundation for speaking, reading, listening, and writing skills for non-native Russian speaking students.

102 Beginning Russian II (4 credits) Students continue learning of Russian cases and verb system initiated in RUS101. Vocabulary extends to talk about home, family and hometown; shopping; asking for advice, going out. Prerequisite: RUS101

Spanish Courses (SP)

101 Beginning Spanish I (4 credits) Courses introduce understanding, speaking, reading and writing skills. Basic vocabulary and grammatical structures are studied. At the end of SP 102, students are expected to advance to an intermediate-low level by ACTFL standards. Computer-assisted practice using state-of-the-art digital laboratory.

102 Beginning Spanish II (4 credits) Courses introduce understanding, speaking, reading and writing skills. Basic vocabulary and grammatical structures are studied. At the end of SP102, students are expected to advance to an intermediate-low level by ACTFL standards. Computer-assisted practice using state-of-the-art digital laboratory. Prerequisite: SP 101 or equivalent.

201 Intermediate Spanish I (4 credits) Course continues practice in listening, conversation, reading and writing in Spanish while presenting advanced grammatical structures. At the end of SP 201, students are expected to advance to an intermediate-mid level by ACTFL standards. Computer-assisted practice using state-of-the-art digital laboratory. Prerequisite: SP 102 or equivalent.

202 Intermediate Spanish Language and Culture (4 credits) Capstone course designed to further develop students¹ language proficiency while reviewing all Spanish grammatical structure. At the end of SP 202, students are expected to advance to an intermediate-high or advanced level by ACTFL standards. Cultural knowledge is advanced through more advanced reading, listening, speaking and writing activities. Prerequisite: SP 201 or equivalent or SP104.

203 Spanish Conversation I (4 credits) In this course, students will develop their oral and listening skills through conversation practice and listening to videos and CDs on diverse topics. The course will combine oral presentations, conversations and class discussions with the use of audio visual materials and/or computer software. Prerequisites: SP 102 or equivalent.

204 Spanish Conversation II (4 credits) In this course, students will develop their oral and listening skills through conversation practice and listening to videos and CDs on diverse topics. The course will combine oral presentations, conversations and class discussions with the use of audio visual materials and/or computer software. Prerequisites: SP 102 or equivalent.

205 Introduction to Spanish Culture (4 credits) An introduction to the history and culture of Spain, with focus on those elements that constitute the foundation of modern Spanish society. Prerequisite: SP 202.

206 Introduction to Latin American Culture (4 credits) A survey of the history and foundations of Latin American culture divided into Pre- Colombian, Colonial and Modern units. Prerequisite: SP 202.

207 Spanish Pop Culture (4 credits) An examination of the social, political and cultural aspects of Spain from the death of Dictator Francisco Franco in 1975 to the present. Students will study contemporary music, film, newspapers, television shows, magazines and cultural icons to understand current Spanish society and her transition to democracy. Prerequisite: SP 202.

214 Survey of Spanish Literature (4 credits) An introduction to Spanish narrative, drama, and poetry from their medieval multicultural origins and their Golden Age through their more experimental tendencies over the last three centuries. Prerequisite: SP 202.

215 Survey of Latin American Literature (4 credits) A survey of representative literature from the colonial period up to the present. Readings include selections from the periods of the Spanish chronicles and move through 19th and 20th century literature. Prerequisite: SP 202.

233 Spanish Conversation and Composition I (4 credits) This course is designed to stimulate the fluent and spontaneous use of spoken and written Spanish. Thematic vocabulary building and review of linguistic structures included. Prerequisite: SP 202. US234 Representations of the Spanish Civil War (4 credits) See University Seminars listing above.

235 Spanish through Translation (4 credits) This course is centered in perfecting the handling of Spanish writing and grammar through translation from English into Spanish and vice versa. Students work with graded full sentences in both languages and articles from the media, which allow them to extend their basic knowledge of grammar into a higher level, and to improve reading comprehension. Prerequisite: SP202 or permission from the instructor.

240 Spanish for Medical Careers (4 credits) This course focuses on the Spanish needed for clinical, administrative, and out-patient work in health care. Thematic vocabulary building, discussion of particular needs and expectations of the Hispanic community, and alternative medicine included. Role playing and practice in oral and written Spanish with recordings and computer programs. Prerequisite: SP 201.

241 Spanish for Social Services (4 credits) This course is designed to explore the social, sociological, and psychological issues relevant to Hispanic population through articles, film, and books. The course focuses on developing vocabulary and communicative skills. Prerequisite: SP 201.

242 Spanish for Business (4 credits) This course is designed to provide students with a foundation in business vocabulary and to orient the functional use of Spanish to the world of business from a Hispanic cultural perspective. Prerequisite: SP 201.

270 The Hispanic Experience in Philadelphia (4 credits) An insider view of the Hispanic community of Philadelphia. Through tutoring immigrants and subsequent journal/blog reflections in Spanish, students will understand the aspects that constitute a Latino community while consequently improving their language skills. Prerequisite: SP 102 for majors and minors

285 Selected Topics in Spanish (3 to 4 credits) Exploration of selected topics such as Spanish or Latin American civilization: history, geography, literature, art and culture. Topics vary according to student and faculty interests. May be elected for more than one topic. Prerequisite: SP202.

314 Contemporary Spanish Literature (4 credits) Study of representative contemporary Spanish writers through selected works. Writers include Unamuno, Baroja, Machado, Valle Inclan, Ortega y Gasset, Garcia Lorca, Cela, Laforet and other laureate writers. Prerequisite: SP 214 or SP 215.

315 Contemporary Latin American Literature (4 credits) Study of literary works by the most representative contemporary Latin American writers. Course includes authors such as Borges, Cortazar, Rulfo, Fuentes, Vargas Llosa, Garcia Marquez and others. Prerequisite: SP 214 or SP 215

326 The Hispanic World Through Film (4 credits) A view of the diverse Hispanic world as seen through representative Spanish language films from Spain and Latin America. Through critical and creative analyses, students will get a sense of some of the important features that are particularly Hispanic in nature and how they relate to universal themes. Prerequisite: SP 202.

333 Advanced Spanish Conversation and Composition II (4 credits) Intensive writing course with a conversational component designed for students with an intermediate mid to high level of Spanish. It focuses on the four major modes of writing: Descriptive, narration, exposition, and argument. Prerequisite: SP 233.

389 Independent Study: Spanish (2 to 4 credits) In-depth study of an author, movement, genre, or a theme such as advanced grammar. Prerequisites: Senior standing with 30 credits already approved, a minimum GPA of 3.0, consent from a faculty to direct the course, and authorization from the chair.

490 Senior Thesis (4 credits) This is a Capstone project for senior Spanish majors, exploring cultural issues in the Hispanic World, both inside and outside of the United States. Seminar format, culminates in a project consisting of 20-25 pages written in Spanish and a public presentation. The course develops along one year (Fall, 4 credits, 2 credits) and the theme must be approved by the instructor. Prerequisite: All previous major courses requirements completed, and Senior Standing.

491 Senior Thesis II (2 credits) This is a second semester course culminating in the conclusion of your thesis and final capstone presentation. Prerequisite: Spanish 490

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