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World Languages

Courses Offered

LOWER DIVISION

WDLG 151, 152, 153 Selected Beginning Language I, II, III (4,4,4)

The study of the fundamental structure of a language other than one of those with a designated La Sierra University prefix. Audio, video, and computer exercises reinforce material studied in class. May be repeated for credit provided a different language is chosen. This difference will be indicated by the letters of the alphabet.

WDLG 201, 202, 203 Selected Intermediate Language I, II, III (4,4,4)

Continuation of the study of a selected language, with emphasis on oral and written composition reinforced by oral drills, audio, video, and computer exercises. May be repeated for credit with a different language.

WDLG 213 Language for Heritage Speakers (4)

A course designed for native or near-native speakers of a language other than English. Includes language development in the areas of vocabulary building, reading, and writing.

Prerequisite: Language placement test, scoring beyond the high intermediate level..

WDLG 265 Lingua Domus (3,3,3)

A residential language learning program linked to one of the languages offered through the Department of World Languages. Open to students who have reached the low advanced level, according to the ACTFL Guidelines. Eligible students are accepted for a minimum full year of residence.

WDLG 299 Directed Study (1-4)

A course that provides a flexible format in which to pursue further language acquisition and fluency through a variety of activities suited to the student’s needs and goals.

 

UPPER DIVISION

WDLG 401 Foreign Language Teaching Methodology (4)

A course designed for students with advanced, near-native and native skills in a second language. Includes an introduction to applied linguistics, an overview of the different methodologies applied to the acquisition of a second language, the phenomena of contrastive analysis, error analysis, and other factors involved in second language acquisition. These theories and phenomena are applied to the teaching of specific grammar points that may present difficulty for the English-speaking second language learners..

WDLG 425 Culture and Civilization (4)

An overview of a civilization other than an English-speaking one. Themes include geography, peoples, historial periods and important events, literature, art, architecture, music, and unique contributions to world culture. May be repeated with new content with additional credit.

WDLG 437 Masterpieces of Literature (4)

A study of masterpieces of the literatures produced by cultures other than English-speaking ones. Focused on major works and authors, their characteristics, themes, and contributions to world culture. May be repeated with new content for additional credit.

WDLG 445 International Language Colloquium (2)

A seminar-type class dedicated to the study of cross-cultural issues interfacing with world languages, literatures, and/or civilizations. May be repeated with new content for additional credit.

WDLG 495 Research (2-4)

Research topics for this class, required of all majors, must be approved by the faculty of the department by the end of the junior year and completed in written form prior to the final quarter of the senior year. An oral report of the research will be presented to the students and staff of the department.

WDLG 496 Workshops in World Languages (1-4)

Workshops on various topics relating to non-English language aqcuisition, culture, civilization, or linguistics. May be repeated with new content for additional credit.

WDLG 499 Directed Study (1-4)

In-depth independent research and writing in some area of a non-English world language/culture or literature.

 

FRENCH

LOWER DIVISION

FREN 151 Beginning French I (4)

A beginning course in the study of the language and culture of French-speaking peoples through the use of audio/video tapes, computer software, and/or drills. Designed for students who have never studied French. There is a language lab requirement for this course.

Prerequisite: French placement test score under 150/500.

FREN 152 Beginning French II (4)

A second-level beginning course in the study of the language and culture of French-speaking peoples through the use of audio/video tapes, computer software, and/or drills. There is a language lab requirement for this course.

Prerequisite: French placement test score between 150-400/500-539 or a “C” grade in FREN 151.

FREN 153 Beginning French III (4)

A third-level beginning course in the study of the language and culture of French-speaking peoples through the use of audio/video tapes, computer software, and/or drills. There is a language lab requirement for this course.

Prerequisite: French placement test score between 401-475/150-539 or a “C” grade in FREN 152.

FREN 201 Intermediate French I (4)

A first-level intermediate course in the study of language and culture of French-speaking peoples with emphasis on conversation, composition, vocabulary building, and culture-based discussions. There is a language lab requirement for this course.

Prerequisite: French placement test score between 401-475/540-609 or a “C” grade in FREN 153.

FREN 202 Intermediate French II (4)

A second-level intermediate course in the study of language and culture

of French-speaking peoples with emphasis on conversation, composition, vocabulary building, and culture-based discussions. There is a language lab requirement for this course.

Prerequisite: French placement test score between 476-560/610-699 or a “C” grade in FREN 201.

FREN 203 Intermediate French III (4)

A high intermediate continuation course in the study of language and culture of Francophone peoples with emphasis on conversation, composition, vocabulary building, and non-guided discussions. There is a language lab requirement for this course.

Prerequisite: French placement test score between 560-475 or higher or a “C” grade in FREN 202.

FREN 299 Directed Study (1-4)

A course that provides a flexible format in which to pursue further language acquisition and fluency through a variety of activities suited to the student’s needs and goals.

 

UPPER DIVISION

Prerequisite for courses numbered above 300: FREN 202 or consent of the instructor.

Language and Culture

French language acquisition through the study and discussion of important works of French literature, art, music, and architecture. Includes visits to famous buildings, museums, monuments, and historic sites in Paris offered through the Summer in Paris program only.

FREN 307 Advanced Language Proficiency (4)

Speaking, listening, and reading exercises that are designed to bring student with intermediate competencies to an advanced level of proficiency. Emphasis on comprehension and verbal fluency. May be repeated for additional credit to a maximum of 8 units.

Prerequisite: FREN 202 or 203 or consent of the instructor.

FREN 499 Directed Study (1-4)

Involves in-depth independent research and writing in some area of French language/culture or literature.

 

ARABIC

LOWER DIVISION

ARAB 151 Beginning Arabic I (4)

A beginning course in the study of the language and culture of Arabic-speaking peoples through the use of audio/video tapes, computer software, and/or drills. Designed for students who have never studied Arabic. There is a language lab requirement for this course.

Prerequisite: Arabic placement exam score.

ARAB 152 Beginning Arabic II (4)

A second-level course in the study of the language and culture of Arabic-speaking peoples through the use of audio/video tapes, computer software, and/or drills. There is a language lab requirement for this course.

Prerequisite: Arabic placement exam or a “C” grade in ARAB 151.

ARAB 153 Beginning Arabic III (4)

A third-level course in the study of the language and culture of Arabic-speaking peoples through the use of audio/video tapes, computer software, and/or drills. There is a language lab requirement for this course.

Prerequisite: Arabic placement test exam or a “C” grade in ARAB 152.

ARAB 201 Intermediate Arabic I (4)

A first-level intermediate course in the study of language and culture of Arabic-speaking peoples with emphasis on conversation, composition, vocabulary building, and culture-based discussions. There is a language lab requirement for this course.

Prerequisite: Arabic placement exam or a “C” grade in ARAB 153.

ARAB 202 Intermediate Arabic II (4)

A second-level intermediate course in the study of language and culture of Arabic-speaking peoples with emphasis on conversation, composition, vocabulary building, and culture-based discussions. There is a language lab requirement for this course. Must complete with a C grade or higher.

Prerequisite: Arabic placement exam or a “C” grade in ARAB 201.

ARAB 203 Intermediate Arabic III (4)

A high intermediate continuation in the study of language and culture of Arabic-speaking peoples with emphasis on conversation, composition, vocabulary building, and non-guided discussions. There is a language lab requirement for this course.

Prerequisite: Arabic placement test or a “C” grade in ARAB 202.

 

CHINESE

LOWER DIVISION

CHIN 151 Beginning Chinese I (4)

A beginning course in the study of the language and culture of Chinese-speaking peoples through the use of audio/video tapes, computer software, and/or drills. Designed for students who have never studied Chinese. There is a language lab requirement for this course.

Prerequisite: Chinese placement exam score.

CHIN 152 Beginning Chinese II (4)

A second-level course in the study of the language and culture of Chinese-speaking peoples through the use of audio/video tapes, computer software, and/or drills. There is a language lab requirement for this course.

Prerequisite: Chinese placement exam or a “C” grade in CHIN 151.

CHIN 153 Beginning Chinese III (4)

A third-level course in the study of the language and culture of Chinese-speaking peoples through the use of audio/video tapes, computer software, and/or drills. There is a language lab requirement for this course.

Prerequisite: Chinese placement test exam or a “C” grade in CHIN 152.

CHIN 201 Intermediate Chinese I (4)

A first-level intermediate course in the study of language and culture of Chinese-speaking peoples with emphasis on conversation, composition, vocabulary building, and culture-based discussions. There is a language lab requirement for this course.

Prerequisite: Chinese placement exam or a “C” grade in CHIN 153.

CHIN 202 Intermediate Chinese II (4)

A second-level intermediate course in the study of language and culture of Chinese-speaking peoples with emphasis on conversation, composition, vocabulary building, and culture-based discussions. There is a language lab requirement for this course. Must complete with a C grade or higher.

Prerequisite: Chinese placement exam or a “C” grade in CHIN 201.

CHIN 203 Intermediate Chinese III (4)

A high intermediate continuation in the study of language and culture of Chinese-speaking peoples with emphasis on conversation, composition, vocabulary building, and non-guided discussions. There is a language lab requirement for this course.

Prerequisite: Chinese placement test or a “C” grade in CHIN 202.

ITALIAN

LOWER DIVISION

ITAL 151 Beginning Italian I (4)

A beginning course in the study of the language and culture of Italian-speaking peoples through the use of audio/video tapes, computer software, and/or drills. Designed for students who have never studied Italian. There is a language lab requirement for this course.

Prerequisite: Italian placement exam score.

ITAL 152 Beginning Italian II (4)

A second-level course in the study of the language and culture of Italian-speaking peoples through the use of audio/video tapes, computer software, and/or drills. There is a language lab requirement for this course.

Prerequisite: Italian placement exam or a “C” grade in ITAL 151.

ITAL 153 Beginning Italian III (4)

A third-level course in the study of the language and culture of Italian-speaking peoples through the use of audio/video tapes, computer software, and/or drills. There is a language lab requirement for this course.

Prerequisite: Italian placement test exam or a “C” grade in ITAL 152.

ITAL 201 Intermediate Italian I (4)

A first-level intermediate course in the study of language and culture of Italian-speaking peoples with emphasis on conversation, composition, vocabulary building, and culture-based discussions. There is a language lab requirement for this course.

Prerequisite: Italian placement exam or a “C” grade in ITAL 153.

ITAL 202 Intermediate Italian II (4)

A second-level intermediate course in the study of language and culture of Italian-speaking peoples with emphasis on conversation, composition, vocabulary building, and culture-based discussions. There is a language lab requirement for this course. Must complete with a C grade or higher.

Prerequisite: Italian placement exam or a “C” grade in ITAL 201.

ITAL 203 Intermediate Italian III (4)

A high intermediate continuation in the study of language and culture of Italian-speaking peoples with emphasis on conversation, composition, vocabulary building, and non-guided discussions. There is a language lab requirement for this course.

Prerequisite: Italian placement test or a “C” grade in ITAL 202.

 

KOREAN

LOWER DIVISION

KORE 151 Beginning Korean I (4)

A beginning course in the study of the language and culture of Korean-speaking peoples through the use of audio/video tapes, computer software, and/or drills. Designed for students who have never studied Korean. There is a language lab requirement for this course.

Prerequisite: Korean placement exam score.

KORE 152 Beginning Korean II (4)

A second-level course in the study of the language and culture of Korean-speaking peoples through the use of audio/video tapes, computer software, and/or drills. There is a language lab requirement for this course.

Prerequisite: Korean placement exam or a “C” grade in KORE 151.

KORE 153 Beginning Korean III (4)

A third-level course in the study of the language and culture of Korean-speaking peoples through the use of audio/video tapes, computer software, and/or drills. There is a language lab requirement for this course.

Prerequisite: Korean placement test exam or a “C” grade in KORE 152.

KORE 201 Intermediate Korean I (4)

A first-level intermediate course in the study of language and culture of Korean-speaking peoples with emphasis on conversation, composition, vocabulary building, and culture-based discussions. There is a language lab requirement for this course.

Prerequisite: Korean placement exam or a “C” grade in KORE 153.

KORE 202 Intermediate Korean II (4)

A second-level intermediate course in the study of language and culture of Korean-speaking peoples with emphasis on conversation, composition, vocabulary building, and culture-based discussions. There is a language lab requirement for this course. Must complete with a C grade or higher.

Prerequisite: Korean placement exam or a “C” grade in KORE 201.

KORE 203 Intermediate Korean III (4)

A high intermediate continuation in the study of language and culture of Korean-speaking peoples with emphasis on conversation, composition, vocabulary building, and non-guided discussions. There is a language lab requirement for this course.

Prerequisite: Korean placement test or a “C” grade in KORE 202.

 

JAPANESE

LOWER DIVISION

JAPA 151 Beginning Japanese I (4)

A beginning course in the study of the language and culture of Japanese-speaking peoples through the use of audio/video tapes, computer software, and/or drills. Designed for students who have never studied Japanese. There is a language lab requirement for this course.

Prerequisite: Japanese placement exam score.

JAPA 152 Beginning Japanese II (4)

A second-level course in the study of the language and culture of Japanese-speaking peoples through the use of audio/video tapes, computer software, and/or drills. There is a language lab requirement for this course.

Prerequisite: Japanese placement exam or a “C” grade in JAPA 151.

JAPA 153 Beginning Japanese III (4)

A third-level course in the study of the language and culture of Japanese-speaking peoples through the use of audio/video tapes, computer software, and/or drills. There is a language lab requirement for this course.

Prerequisite: Japanese placement test exam or a “C” grade in JAPA 152.

JAPA 201 Intermediate Japanese I (4)

A first-level intermediate course in the study of language and culture of Japanese-speaking peoples with emphasis on conversation, composition, vocabulary building, and culture-based discussions. There is a language lab requirement for this course.

Prerequisite: Japanese placement exam or a “C” grade in JAPA 153.

JAPA 202 Intermediate Japanese II (4)

A second-level intermediate course in the study of language and culture of Japanese-speaking peoples with emphasis on conversation, composition, vocabulary building, and culture-based discussions. There is a language lab requirement for this course. Must complete with a C grade or higher.

Prerequisite: Japanese placement exam or a “C” grade in JAPA 201.

JAPA 203 Intermediate Japanese III (4)

A high intermediate continuation in the study of language and culture of Japanese-speaking peoples with emphasis on conversation, composition, vocabulary building, and non-guided discussions. There is a language lab requirement for this course.

Prerequisite: Japanese placement test or a “C” grade in JAPA 202.

 

SPANISH

LOWER DIVISION

SPAN 151 Beginning Spanish I (4)

A beginning course in the study of the language and culture of Spanish-speaking peoples through the use of audio/video tapes, computer software, and/or drills. Designed for students who have never studied Spanish. There is a language lab requirement for this course.

Prerequisite: Spanish placement test score from 0-20.

SPAN 152 Beginning Spanish II (4)

A second-level course in the study of the language and culture of Spanish-speaking peoples through the use of audio/video tapes, computer software, and/or drills. Designed for students who have had at least 2 years of high school Spanish or equivalent. There is a language lab requirement for this course.

Prerequisite: Spanish placement test score from 21-35 or a “C” grade in SPAN 151.

SPAN 152M Beginning Spanish for Health Professionals I (4)

A second-level course in the study of the language and culture of Spanish-speaking peoples through the use of audio/video tapes, computer software, and/or drills. Designed for students who have had at least 2 years of high school Spanish or equivalent. There is a language lab requirement for this course.

Prerequisite: Spanish placement test score from 21-35 or a “C” grade in SPAN 151.

SPAN 153 Beginning Spanish III (4)

A third-level course in the study of the language and culture of Spanish-speaking peoples through the use of audio/video tapes, computer software, and/or drills. There is a language lab requirement for this course.

Prerequisite: Spanish placement test score from 36-45 or a “C” grade in SPAN 152.

SPAN 153M Beginning Spanish for Health Professionals II (4)

A third-level course in the study of the language and culture of Spanish-speaking peoples through the use of audio/video tapes, computer software, and/or drills. There is a language lab requirement for this course.

Prerequisite: Spanish placement test score from 36-45 or a “C” grade in SPAN 152M.

SPAN 201 Intermediate Spanish I (4)

A first-level intermediate course in the study of language and culture of Spanish-speaking peoples with emphasis on conversation, composition, vocabulary building, and culture-based discussions. There is a language lab requirement for this course.

Prerequisite: Spanish placement test score from 46-60 or a “C” grade in SPAN 153.

SPAN 202 Intermediate Spanish II (4)

A second-level intermediate course in the study of language and culture of Spanish-speaking peoples with emphasis on conversation, composition, vocabulary building, and culture-based discussions. There is a language lab requirement for this course. Must complete with a C grade or higher.

Prerequisite: Spanish placement test score from 61-75 or a “C” grade in SPAN 201.

SPAN 203 Intermediate Spanish III (4)

A high intermediate continuation in the study of language and culture of Spanish-speaking peoples with emphasis on conversation, composition, vocabulary building, and non-guided discussions. There is a language lab requirement for this course.

Prerequisite: Spanish placement test score from 76-80 or a “C” grade in SPAN 202.

SPAN 213 Spanish for Spanish-Speakers (4)

A course designed for native or near-native speakers of Spanish. Language development in the areas of vocabulary building, accenting and spelling, and grammar.

Prerequisite: Spanish Placement Test or by consent of the instructor.

 

SPAN 299 Directed Study (1-4)

A course that provides a flexible format in which to pursue further language acquisition and fluency through a variety of activities suited to the student’s needs and goals.

UPPER DIVISION

Prerequisite for courses numbered above 300: SPAN 203 or 253 (A.C.A.) or consent of instructor.

Language and Culture

SPAN 307 Advanced Language Proficiency (4)

Exercises in listening, speaking, and reading that are designed to bring students with intermediate competencies to an advanced level of proficiency. Emphasis on comprehension and verbal fluency. May be repeated for additional credit to a maximum of 8 units.

Prerequisite: SPAN 203 or 253 (ACA)

SPAN 312 Advanced Spanish Reading and Composition (4)

Practice in writing through reading of journalistic, poetic, and creative prose writing. Organization of content as well as punctuation, accenting, and spelling are studied and practiced.

Prerequisite: SPAN 203 or 253 (ACA)

SPAN 329 Advanced Spanish Grammar (4)

A study of the characteristics of grammatical forms and their functions. Includes an introduction to Spanish syntax.

Prerequisite: SPAN 307 or consent of instructor.

SPAN 334 Applied Spanish Linguistics (4)

A study of the principles of Spanish phonetics. Studies the linguistic history and the sound structure of the Spanish language. Includes a comparative analysis of English and Spanish phonetic systems.

Prerequisite: SPAN 329 or consent of instructor

SPAN 417 Translation and Interpretation (4)

Practice in applying the principles of effective written translation to the translating of selected contemporary essays, short stores, and journalistic writing. INcludes practice in the methods of oral interpretation.

Prerequisite: SPAN 329 or consent of instructor

SPAN 426 Spanish Civilization (4)

A Study of Spanish civilization that traces influences, characteristics, and contributions to Western civilization. (Offered alternate years).

Prerequisite: SPAN 307 or consent of instructor

SPAN 428 Spanish-American Civilization (4)

A Study of Spanish-American civilization that traces influences, characteristics, and contributions to civilization. (Offered alternate years).

Prerequisite: SPAN 307 or consent of instructor

 

Literature

SPAN 318 Introduction to Literature (4)

An introduction to the genres and vocabulary of literature studies. Students will read and discuss works from Spanish and Spanish-American Literature. Includes notions of rhetoric, literary theories, and literary analysis.

Prerequisite: SPAN 307, a year abroad, or year abroad or consent of instructor.

SPAN 347 Peninsular Spanish Literature (4)

A study of the  creative works of Spain from the Middle Ages through the 19th century. (Offered alternate years).

Prerequisite: SPAN 307 or a year abroad.

SPAN 348 Spanish-American Literature 1492-1888 (4)

A survey of Spanish-American literature from Pre-Columbian literature through Pre-Modernismo (XIXth century). Students will do readings, listen to lectures, participate in group or class discussions, make oral presentations, written reports, and create one final critical essay on one short novel. This course will be conducted entirely in Spanish and is designed for students who have an advanced level of proficiency in listening and speaking, reading and writing the Spanish language.

Prerequisite: SPAN 307 or a year abroad.

SPAN 365 Cervantes and Don Quixote (4)

A reading of Miguel de Cervantes’s classic work, Don Quixote of La Mancha, in the context of XVIIth century Spain. Themes relating to reality vs. fiction, tradition vs. modernity, honor, humor, and others will be explored in class discussions and papers. This course is taught in English. Spanish majors will do their reading and writing in Spanish. Offered alternate years. .

Prerequisite: ENGL 113 or ENGL 124.

SPAN 430 Peninsular Spanish Cinema (4)

A study of representative cinematic works of Spain from the Middle Ages through the 19th century. Readings and films based on short stories, theater, the novel, and poetry as well as non-fiction. This course conducted entirely in Spanish. Offered alternate years. .

Prerequisite: SPAN 307 or consent of instructor.

SPAN 468 Themes in Spanish Literature (4)

A study of new and recurring themes in the literature of Spain. May be repeated with new content for additional credit. (Offered Alternate years).

SPAN 469 Themes in Spanish-American Literature (4)

A study of new and recurring themes in the literature of Spanish-America. May be repeated with new content for additional credit. (Offered Alternate years).

 

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