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Modern Languages and Cultures

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American Sign Language

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 able to:

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

ASL& 122: American Sign Language II

Credits: 5.0

Continuation of ASL& 121 (was ASL 101). Expands on the grammar, vocabulary and functional uses of ASL. Continuing focus on Deaf culture and community values (was ASL 102). Prerequisite(s): Completion of ASL& 121 (was ASL 101) 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:

  1. Understand more complex grammatical structures of ASL, such as pronoun/number combinations, contrastive structures, basic classifiers, and past and future tenses. [REASON]
  2. Demonstrate receptive and expressive signing skills in using conversational ASL. [REASON]
  3. Utilize conceptually accurate signs and idiomatic expressions. [COMMUNICATE]
  4. Demonstrate the ability to initiate, conduct, and terminate short conversations in ASL using appropriate conversational regulator. [EXPLORE]
  5. Use videos to critically observe and analyze their own signing skills. [ACT]
  6. 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 (was ASL 102). 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 (was ASL 103). Prerequisite(s): Completion of ASL& 122 (was ASL 102) 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:

  1. Use intermediate level ASL grammatical structures, including more complex classifiers, spatial organization, and noun-verb pairs. [REASON]
  2. Develop intermediate level skills incorporating classifiers and adverbial markers into descriptive sentences and narratives. [REASON]
  3. Engage in conversations about a variety of topics including routines and personal characteristics. [COMMUNICATE]
  4. Explain the complexities of topics concerning the Deaf community (for example, cochlear implants, oralism and Deaf education) from a variety of perspectives. [EXPLORE]
  5. 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]
  6. 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

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

Course Level Objectives

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

  1. 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]
  2. 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:

  1. Distinguish and pronounce all Arabic sounds and write accurately from dictation. [COMMUNICATE]
  2. Communicate messages, thoughts, opinions and points of view with clarity in the target language. [COMMUNICATE]
  3. Read for comprehension and make use of analytical skills and critical thinking. [REASON]
  4. Demonstrate understanding of vocabulary, grammar structures by writing short essays in target language. [COMMUNICATE]
  5. Demonstrate general knowledge of the literature, traditions and institutions of the target language and culture. [ACT]
  6. Examine some of the differences between formal and spoken Arabic. [EXPLORE]
  7. 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 on Blackboard. 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:

  1. Expand on the basic understanding of sounds and letters, writing system and conversational skills in modern standard Arabic. [REASON]
  2. Converse in Modern standard Arabic about personal/common topics. [COMMUNICATE]
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of and understanding of classical Arabic and local standard Arabic dialects. [EXPLORE]
  4. 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 on Blackboard. 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:

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

FRCH 100: Basic French Grammar: Lab

Credits: 2.0

An English grammar course for students taking FRCH& 121 (was FRNCH 101). Basic grammar and comparative analysis of French and English. Language practice on Blackboard.

Course Level Objectives

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

  1. Compare and contrast target language grammar to your own. [EXPLORE]
  2. Improve accuracy and fluency as writers and speakers. [COMMUNICATE]
  3. Use proper syntax and grammar with attention given to word choice and organization in the target language. [COMMUNICATE]
  4. Acquire strategies for self-editing in the target language. [REASON]
  5. 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, pronunciation, reading and composition. Language practice on Blackboard (was FRNCH 101). Concurrent enrollment in FRCH 100 (was FRNCH 100) is required.

Course Level Objectives

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

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

*Students enrolled in French 121 will complete the above objectives at an introductory level.


FRCH& 122: French II

Credits: 5.0

Continuation of FRCH& 122 (was FRNCH 101). Conversation, composition, reading of graded texts and culture. Language practice on Blackboard (was FRNCH 102). Prerequisite(s): Completion of FRCH& 121 (was FRNCH 101) with a grade of 2.0 or higher.

Course Level Objectives

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

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

*Students enrolled in French 122 will complete the above objectives at a reinforcement level.


FRCH& 123: French III

Credits: 5.0

Continuation of FRCH& 122 (was FRNCH 102). Advanced conversation, composition, reading of graded texts and culture. Language practice on Blackboard. Prerequisite(s): Completion of FRCH& 122 (was FRNCH 102) 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:

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

*Students enrolled in French 123 will complete the above objectives at a mastery level.


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 (was FRNCH 198). 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. [EXPLORE]


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 (was FRNCH 210). Prerequisite(s): ENGL 100 with a grade of 2.0 or higher or placement in ENGL& 101 (was ENGL 105). Crosslisted as: DIVST 215 and HUM 210.

Course Level Objectives

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

  1. Acquire and enhance cultural sensitivity and competence of the French speaking world. [REASON]
  2. Understand the impact of cultural differences within the French speaking nations. [EXPLORE]
  3. 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]
  4. Learn practical tools to reduce cross-cultural misunderstanding and encourage positive cross-cultural and working relationships. [REASON]
  5. 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 (was JAPAN 101). Concurrent enrollment in JAPN& 121 (was JAPAN 101) is required.

Course Level Objectives

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

  1. Compare target language grammar with students' native language grammar. [REASON]
  2. Apply grammatical knowledge practically and critically. [COMMUNICATE]
  3. Complete and analyze daily grammar exercises in the book and on the web. [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 (was JAPAN 101). Concurrent enrollment in JAPN 100 is required.

Course Level Objectives

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

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

*Students enrolled in Japanese 121 will complete the above objectives at an introductory level.


JAPN& 122: Japanese II

Credits: 5.0

Continuation of JAPN& 121 (was Japan 101). Pronunciation, conversation, grammar, elementary reading and writing. Review hiragana, katakana, and 55 kanji (was JAPAN 102). Prerequisite(s): JAPN& 121 (was JAPAN 101) with a grade of 2.0 or higher or instructor permission.

Course Level Objectives

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

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

*Students enrolled in Japanese 122 will complete the above objectives at a reinforcement level.


JAPN& 123: Japanese III

Credits: 5.0

Continuation of JAPN& 122 (was JAPAN 102). 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 (was JAPAN 103). Prerequisite(s): JAPN& 122 (was JAPAN 102) with a grade of 2.0 or higher or instructor permission.

Course Level Objectives

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

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

*Students enrolled in Japanese 123 will complete the above objectives at a mastery level.


JAPN 198: Individual Project in Japanese

Credits: 1.0 to 5.0

Individual project in Japanese (was JAPAN 198). Registration is permitted first seven weeks as space is available. Prerequisite(s): JAPN& 123 (was JAPAN 103) with a grade of 2.0 or higher.

Course Level Objectives

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

  1. 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. Note: Concurrent enrollment in SPAN& 121 is required.

Course Level Objectives

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

  1. Compare and contrast target language grammar to your own. [EXPLORE]
  2. Improve accuracy and fluency as writers and speakers. [COMMUNICATE]
  3. Use proper syntax and grammar with attention given to word choice and organization in the target language. [COMMUNICATE]
  4. Acquire strategies for self-editing in the target language. [REASON]
  5. 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 (was SPAN 101). Concurrent enrollment in SPAN 100 is required.

Course Level Objectives

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

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

*Students enrolled in Spanish 121 will complete the above objectives at an introductory level.


SPAN& 122: Spanish II

Credits: 5.0

Continuation of SPAN& 121 (was SPAN 101). Conversation, composition, reading of graded texts (was SPAN 102). Prerequisite(s): SPAN& 121 (was SPAN 101) with a minimum grade of 2.0 or instructor permission.

Course Level Objectives

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

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

*Students enrolled in Spanish 122 will complete the above objectives at a reinforcement level.


SPAN& 123: Spanish III

Credits: 5.0

Continuation of SPAN& 122 (was SPAN 102). Conversation, composition, and reading of graded texts (was SPAN 103). Prerequisite(s): SPAN& 122 (was SPAN 102) with a minimum grade of 2.0 or instructor permission.

Course Level Objectives

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

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

*Students enrolled in Spanish 123 will complete the above objectives at a mastery level.