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Modern Languages and Cultures

Course Descriptions

ASL& 121: American Sign Language I

Credits: 5.0

Beginning grammar, vocabulary and conversational skills. Focus on ASL constructions and use. Introduction to the history, culture, and current issues of the Deaf community (was ASL 101).

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Comprehend content communicated in expressive ways to them in the target language. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Communicate complex messages, thoughts, opinions and points of view with clarity in the target language. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Receptive skills for comprehension and make use of analytical skills and critical thinking. [REASON]
  • Demonstrate understanding of vocabulary and grammar structures through expressive skills in target language. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Demonstrate general knowledge of the literature, traditions and institutions of the target language and culture. [ACT]
  • Compare and contrast to your own culture. [EXPLORE]

  • ASL& 122: American Sign Language II

    Credits: 5.0

    Continuation of ASL& 121. Expands on the grammar, vocabulary and functional uses of ASL. Continuing focus on Deaf culture and community values. Prerequisite(s): Completion of ASL& 121 with a minimum grade of 2.0 or equivalent or instructor permission.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Understand more complex grammatical structures of ASL, such as pronoun/number combinations, contrastive structures, basic classifiers, and past and future tenses. [REASON]
  • Demonstrate receptive and expressive signing skills in using conversational ASL. [REASON]
  • Utilize conceptually accurate signs and idiomatic expressions. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Demonstrate the ability to initiate, conduct, and terminate short conversations in ASL using appropriate conversational regulator. [EXPLORE]
  • Use videos to critically observe and analyze their own signing skills. [ACT]
  • Demonstrate an awareness of Deaf culture through contextual settings in class. [ACT]

  • ASL& 123: American Sign Language III

    Credits: 5.0

    Continuation of ASL& 122. Vocabulary expansion, idioms, and increasingly sophisticated grammatical structures. Focus on receptive skills continues with an increased emphasis on expressive skills. Continuing study of Deaf culture. Prerequisite(s): Completion of ASL& 122 with a minimum grade of 2.0 or equivalent or instructor permission.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Use intermediate level ASL grammatical structures, including more complex classifiers, spatial organization, and noun-verb pairs. [REASON]
  • Develop intermediate level skills incorporating classifiers and adverbial markers into descriptive sentences and narratives. [REASON]
  • Engage in conversations about a variety of topics including routines and personal characteristics. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Explain the complexities of topics concerning the Deaf community (for example, cochlear implants, oralism and Deaf education) from a variety of perspectives. [EXPLORE]
  • Enhance awareness of culturally appropriate conversational strategies used by a variety of Deaf community members to include tactile signing and modes of communication along the sign continuum. [ACT]
  • Utilize video to not only analyze their own expressive skills, but also demonstrate receptive skills by watching and responding to a variety of ASL users' material. [ACT]

  • ARAB 100: Basic Arabic Grammar

    Credits: 2.0

    An English grammar course for students taking ARAB 121 Basic grammar and comparative analysis of Arabic and English for students taking ARAB 121. Language practice in Canvas. Concurrent enrollment in ARAB 121 is required.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Define and show understanding of basic grammatical concepts and terms of the English language so as to be able to compare and contrast these terms and concepts with those of the Arabic language. [REASON]
  • Demonstrate sufficient knowledge of grammar to apply to the speaking, reading, writing, and understanding of Arabic. [COMMUNICATE]

  • ARAB 121: Arabic I

    Credits: 5.0

    Introduction to Arabic language and cultures. Understanding of the writing system, grammar, sounds, pronunciation of Arabic letters and culture through listening, speaking, reading and writing. Concurrent enrollment in ARAB 100 is required.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Distinguish and pronounce all Arabic sounds and write accurately from dictation. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Communicate messages, thoughts, opinions and points of view with clarity in the target language. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Read for comprehension and make use of analytical skills and critical thinking. [REASON]
  • Demonstrate understanding of vocabulary and grammar structures by writing short essays in target language. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Demonstrate general knowledge of the literature, traditions and institutions of the target language and culture. [ACT]
  • Examine some of the differences between formal and spoken Arabic. [EXPLORE]
  • Compare and contrast Arabic culture to your own culture. [EXPLORE]

  • ARAB 122: Arabic II

    Credits: 5.0

    Continuation of ARAB 121. Understanding of the writing system, sounds and basic grammar through listening, speaking, reading, writing, and cultural knowledge. Language practice in Canvas. Prerequisite(s): Completion of ARAB 121 with a minimum grade of 2.0 or equivalent or instructor permission.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Expand on the basic understanding of sounds and letters, writing system, and conversational skills in modern standard Arabic. [REASON]
  • Converse in modern standard Arabic about personal and common topics. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Demonstrate knowledge of and understanding of classical Arabic and local standard Arabic dialects. [EXPLORE]
  • Initiate social interaction with asking basic information and demonstrate understanding of basic cultural aspects in the Arab world. [ACT]

  • ARAB 123: Arabic III

    Credits: 5.0

    Continuation of ARAB 122. Progressed conversation, composition, and culture of the Arabic speaking world. Language practice in Canvas. Prerequisite(s): Completion of ARAB 122 with a minimum grade of 2.0 or equivalent or instructor permission.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Understand word vocabulary and verbs, common phrases, and conversation; and read, write, and translate long and short texts. [REASON]
  • Converse in modern standard Arabic about personal and common topics. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Demonstrate understanding of major differences between formal and spoken Arabic. [EXPLORE]
  • Demonstrate understanding of common elements of Arabic culture through literary works and film critics. [ACT]

  • CHIN 100: Basic Chinese Grammar

    Credits: 2.0

    An English grammar course for students taking CHIN& 121. Basic grammar and comparative analysis of Mandarin Chinese and English. Includes language practice on Canvas. Concurrent enrollment in CHIN& 121 is required.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Compare and contrast target language grammar with their own language. [EXPLORE]
  • Improve accuracy and fluency as writers and speakers. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Demonstrate proper syntax and grammar with attention given to word choice and organization in the target language. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Acquire strategies for self editing in the target language. [REASON]
  • Demonstrate analytical skills and critical thinking in the target language. [REASON]

  • CHIN& 121: Chinese I

    Credits: 5.0

    Introduction to modern standard Chinese (Mandarin). Emphasis is on learning correct pronunciation and basic structures. Drill in oral use of the language. Concurrent enrollment in CHIN 100 is required.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Comprehend content communicated orally to them in the target language. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Communicate basic messages, thoughts, opinions, and points of view with clarity in the target language. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Read for comprehension and make use of analytical skills and critical thinking. [REASON]
  • Demonstrate understanding of vocabulary and grammar structures by writing short essays in target language. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Demonstrate general knowledge of the literature, traditions, institutions, and geography of the target language, culture, and country. [ACT]
  • Compare and contrast to their own culture. [EXPLORE]

  • CHIN& 122: Chinese II

    Credits: 5.0

    Continuation of CHIN& 121 Mandarin Chinese. Emphasis is on learning correct pronunciation and basic structures. Drill in oral use of the language. Includes language practice in Canvas. Prerequisite(s): Completion of CHIN& 121 with a minimum grade of 2.0 or equivalent or instructor permission.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Comprehend content communicated orally to them in the target language. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Communicate basic messages, thoughts, opinions, and points of view with clarity in the target language. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Read for comprehension and make use of analytical skills and critical thinking. [REASON]
  • Demonstrate understanding of vocabulary and grammar structures by writing short essays in target language. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Demonstrate general knowledge of the literature, traditions, institutions, and geography of the target language, culture, and country. [ACT]
  • Compare and contrast to their own culture. [EXPLORE]

  • CHIN& 123: Chinese III

    Credits: 5.0

    Continuation of CHIN& 122 Mandarin Chinese. Emphasis is learning correct pronunciation and more advanced vocabulary and structures. Drill in oral use of the language. Covers cultural events and topics. Includes language practice in Canvas. Prerequisite(s): Completion of CHIN& 122 with a minimum grade of 2.0 or equivalent or instructor permission.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Comprehend content communicated orally to them in the target language. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Communicate basic messages, thoughts, opinions, and points of view with clarity in a more advanced target language. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Read for comprehension and make use of analytical skills and critical thinking. [REASON]
  • Demonstrate understanding of vocabulary and grammar structures by writing short essays in target language. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Demonstrate general knowledge of the literature, traditions, institutions, and geography of the target language, culture, and country. [ACT]
  • Compare and contrast to their own culture. [EXPLORE]

  • FRCH 100: Basic French Grammar: Lab

    Credits: 2.0

    An English grammar course for students taking FRCH& 121. Basic grammar and comparative analysis of French and English. Language practice online. Prerequisite(s): Concurrent enrollment in FRCH& 121 is required.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Compare and contrast target language grammar to your own. [EXPLORE]
  • Improve accuracy and fluency as writers and speakers. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Use proper syntax and grammar with attention given to word choice and organization in the target language. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Acquire strategies for self-editing in the target language. [REASON]
  • Test and make use of analytical skills and critical thinking in the target language [REASON]

  • FRCH& 121: French I

    Credits: 5.0

    Introduction to spoken French. Elementary conversation, pronounciation, reading and composition. Language practice online. Concurrent enrollment in FRCH 100 is required. Prerequisite(s): Concurrent enrollment in FRCH 100 is required.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Comprehend content communicated orally to them in the target language. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Communicate basic messages, thoughts, opinions and points of view with clarity in the target language. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Read for comprehension and make use of analytical skills and critical thinking. [REASON]
  • Demonstrate understanding of vocabulary, grammar structures by writing short essays in target language. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Demonstrate general knowledge of the literature, traditions, institutions and geography of the target language and culture. [ACT]
  • Compare and contrast to your own culture. [EXPLORE]

  • FRCH& 122: French II

    Credits: 5.0

    Continuation of FRCH& 121. Conversation, composition, reading of graded texts and culture. Language practice online. Prerequisite(s): Completion of FRCH& 121 with a grade of 2.0 or higher.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Comprehend content communicated orally to them in the target language. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Communicate basic messages, thoughts, opinions and points of view with clarity in the target language. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Read for comprehension and make use of analytical skills and critical thinking. [REASON]
  • Demonstrate understanding of vocabulary, grammar structures by writing short essays in target language. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Demonstrate general knowledge of the literature, traditions, institutions and geography of the target language and culture. [ACT]
  • Compare and contrast to your own culture. [EXPLORE]

  • FRCH& 123: French III

    Credits: 5.0

    Continuation of FRCH& 122. Advanced conversation, composition, reading of graded texts and culture. Language practice online. Prerequisite(s): Completion of FRCH& 122 with a grade of 2.0 or higher or instructor permission.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Comprehend content communicated orally to them in the target language. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Communicate basic messages, thoughts, opinions and points of view with clarity in a more advanced target language. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Read for comprehension and make use of analytical skills and critical thinking. [REASON]
  • Demonstrate understanding of vocabulary, grammar structures by writing short essays in target language. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Demonstrate general knowledge of the literature, traditions, institutions and geography of the target language and culture. [ACT]
  • Compare and contrast to your own culture. [EXPLORE]

  • FRCH 198: Individual Project in French

    Credits: 1.0 to 5.0

    Study of student-selected project or approved work in the field of intermediate to advanced French study. S/U grade option. Prerequisite(s): Instructor permission.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate objectives as determined by supervision instructor. [COMMUNICATE]

  • FRCH 210: Francophone Cultures:CD

    Credits: 5.0

    Course will survey the history, culture, geography, and current political climate of selected French-speaking communities, including, but not limited to, Haiti, Quebec, Louisiana, North Africa and West Africa. Prerequisite(s): ENGL 100 with a grade of 2.0 or higher or placement in ENGL& 101. Crosslisted as: DIVST 215 and HUM 210.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Acquire and enhance cultural sensitivity and competence of the French speaking world. [REASON]
  • Understand the impact of cultural differences within the French speaking nations. [EXPLORE]
  • Develop necessary foundation and tools to become culturally competent and acquire better understanding of the cultural and political challenges facing the French speaking world and multicultural workplaces. [EXPLORE]
  • Learn practical tools to reduce cross-cultural misunderstanding and encourage positive cross-cultural and working relationships. [REASON]
  • Apply knowledge, awareness, and/or skills to identify and analyze issues related to diversity. [EXPLORE]

  • JAPN 100: Basic Japanese Grammar Lab

    Credits: 2.0

    Basic English grammar and comparative analysis of Japanese and English for students studying JAPN& 121. Concurrent enrollment in JAPN& 121 is required.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Compare target language grammar with students' native language grammar. [REASON]
  • Apply grammatical knowledge practically and critically. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Complete and analyze daily grammar exercises in the book and online. [REASON]

  • JAPN& 121: Japanese I

    Credits: 5.0

    Pronunciation, grammar, elementary reading, writing, and conversation. Includes hiragana, katakana and 25 basic kanji Japanese reading and writing. Concurrent enrollment in JAPN 100 is required.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Comprehend content communicated orally to them in the target language. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Communicate basic messages, thoughts, opinions and points of view with clarity in the target language. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Read for comprehension and make use of analytical skills and critical thinking. [REASON]
  • Demonstrate understanding of vocabulary, grammar structures by writing short essays in target language. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Demonstrate general knowledge of the literature, traditions, institutions and geography of the target language and culture. [ACT]
  • Compare and contrast to your own culture. [EXPLORE]

  • JAPN& 122: Japanese II

    Credits: 5.0

    Continuation of JAPN& 121. Pronunciation, conversation, grammar, elementary reading and writing. Review hiragana, katakana, and 55 kanj. Prerequisite(s): JAPN& 121 with a grade of 2.0 or higher or instructor permission.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will beable to:

  • Comprehend content communicated orally to them in the target language. [REASON]
  • Communicate basic messages, thoughts, opinions and points of view with clarity in the target language. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Read for comprehension and make use of analytical skills and critical thinking. [REASON]
  • Demonstrate understanding of vocabulary, grammar structures by writing short essays in target language. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Demonstrate general knowledge of the literature, traditions, institutions and geography of the target language and culture. [ACT]
  • Compare and contrast to your own culture. [EXPLORE]

  • JAPN& 123: Japanese III

    Credits: 5.0

    Continuation of JAPN& 122. Conversation, grammar, reading, and writing. Review all hiragana, katakana, and an additional 120 kanji. Completion of the course will require the knowledge of 200 kanji. Prerequisite(s): JAPN& 122 with a grade of 2.0 or higher or instructor permission.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Comprehend content communicated orally to them in the target language. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Communicate basic messages, thoughts, opinions and points of view with clarity in a more advanced target language. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Read for comprehension and make use of analytical skills and critical thinking. [REASON]
  • Demonstrate understanding of vocabulary, grammar structures by writing short essays in target language. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Demonstrate general knowledge of the literature, traditions, institutions and geography of the target language and culture. [ACT]
  • Compare and contrast to your own culture. [EXPLORE]

  • JAPN 198: Individual Project in Japanese

    Credits: 1.0 to 5.0

    Individual project in Japanese. Prerequisite(s): JAPN& 123 with a grade of 2.0 or higher.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate objectives as determined by supervision instructor.

  • SPAN 100: Basic Spanish Grammar: Lab

    Credits: 2.0

    An English grammar course for students taking SPAN& 121. Basic grammar and comparative analysis of Spanish and English. Concurrent enrollment in SPAN& 121 is required.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Compare and contrast target language grammar to your own. [EXPLORE]
  • Improve accuracy and fluency as writers and speakers. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Use proper syntax and grammar with attention given to word choice and organization in the target language. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Acquire strategies for self-editing in the target language. [REASON]
  • Test and make use of analytical skills and critical thinking in the target language [REASON]

  • SPAN& 121: Spanish I

    Credits: 5.0

    Introduction to spoken Spanish. Elementary conversation, pronunciation, reading, composition and culture. Concurrent enrollment in SPAN 100 is required.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Comprehend content communicated orally to them in the target language. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Communicate basic messages, thoughts, opinions and points of view with clarity in the target language. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Read for comprehension and make use of analytical skills and critical thinking. [REASON]
  • Demonstrate understanding of vocabulary, grammar structures by writing short essays in target language. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Demonstrate general knowledge of the literature, traditions, institutions and geography of the target language and culture. [ACT]
  • Compare and contrast to your own culture. [EXPLORE]

  • SPAN& 122: Spanish II

    Credits: 5.0

    Continuation of SPAN& 121. Conversation, composition, reading of graded texts. Prerequisite(s): SPAN& 121 with a minimum grade of 2.0 or instructor permission.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Comprehend content communicated orally to them in the target language. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Communicate basic messages, thoughts, opinions and points of view with clarity in the target language. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Read for comprehension and make use of analytical skills and critical thinking. [REASON]
  • Demonstrate understanding of vocabulary, grammar structures by writing short essays in target language. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Demonstrate general knowledge of the literature, traditions, institutions and geography of the target language and culture. [ACT]
  • Compare and contrast to your own culture. [EXPLORE]

  • SPAN& 123: Spanish III

    Credits: 5.0

    Continuation of SPAN& 122. Conversation, composition, and reading of graded texts. Prerequisite(s): SPAN& 122 with a minimum grade of 2.0 or instructor permission.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Comprehend content communicated orally to them in the target language. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Communicate basic messages, thoughts, opinions and points of view with clarity in a more advanced target language. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Read for comprehension and make use of analytical skills and critical thinking. [REASON]
  • Demonstrate understanding of vocabulary, grammar structures by writing short essays in target language. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Demonstrate general knowledge of the literature, traditions, institutions and geography of the target language and culture. [ACT]
  • Compare and contrast to your own culture. [EXPLORE]