Modern Languages

Course Descriptions

FRENCH

FRN 11    4 rec 4 cr
Beginning French I

A conversation course that will enable the student to understand, read, write and speak simple everyday French. Audio laboratory practice.

FRN 12    4 rec 4 cr
Beginning French II

Continuation of FRN 11
Prerequisite: FRN 11 or placement test.

FRN 13    4 rec 4 cr
Intermediate French

Continuation of FRN 12.
Prerequisite: FRN 12 or placement test.

FRN 21    4 rec 4 cr
Language and Civilization of France *

* Not offered on a regular basis. Course description available upon request.

ITALIAN

ITL 11    4 rec 4 cr
Beginning Italian I
Pronunciation; language structure; conversation; reading of simple texts; dictation. Audio laboratory practice.

ITL 12    4 rec 4 cr
Beginning Italian II

Continuation of ITL 11.
Prerequisite: ITL 11 or placement test. Language structure; cultural content, reading of elementary texts.

ITL 13    4 rec 4 cr
Intermediate Italian

Advanced language structures; conversation reading; translation and discussion of modern texts; composition.
Prerequisite: ITL 12 or placement test.

ITL 21    4 rec 4 cr
Language and Civilization of Italy*

* Not offered on a regular basis. Course description available upon request.


LANGUAGE

LAN 15    4 rec 3 cr
Comparative Grammar for Native Spanish Speakers

An introductory program for beginning ESL students covering basic similarities and differences between Spanish and English. The course strengthens student’s knowledge of Spanish as an aid in learning English.
Prerequisite: Registration only by department or placement.

PORTUGUESE

POR 11    
Introduction to Portuguese I

This introductory course uses a communicative approach to develop conversational skills and provides the student with a foundation in Portuguese grammar, pronunciation and vocabulary. This course introduces the student to basic vocabulary and fundamentals of grammar through practice in speaking, reading, and writing, and aural proficiency. It introduces the student to Brazilian culture and civilization and the global scope of the Portuguese language.     

POR 12    
Introduction to Portuguese II

A continuation of POR 11, this course uses a communicative approach to develop conversational skills and provide the student with a further study of Portuguese grammar, pronunciation and vocabulary.  By the end of the semester, students should be able to communicate with native speakers as well as be acquainted with basic elements of Luso-Brazilian culture.   

SPANISH

SPN 10    4 rec 4 cr
Spanish for Heritage Speakers

An intensive introductory course with emphasis on reading and writing for students of Hispanic heritage born and/or educated in the United States who demonstrate aural comprehension. The course will consist of Spanish grammar, selected readings, and essay writing.
Prerequisite: Placement based on department examination result.

SPN 11    4 rec 4 cr
Beginning Spanish I

Pronunciation; language structure; conversation and reading of simple texts; dictation. Audio laboratory practice.

SPN 12    4 rec 4 cr
Beginning Spanish II

Continuation of SPN 11. Language structure; conversation; reading of elementary literary texts; dictation.
Prerequisite: SPN 11 or placement test.

SPN 13    4 rec 4 cr
Intermediate Spanish

Advanced language structures; conversation; reading, translation and discussion of modern texts; composition.
Prerequisite: SPN 12 or placement test.

SPN 14    4 rec 3 cr
Practical Writing Skills for Spanish-Speaking Students

Readings in Spanish on current events or model personalities used as a foundation for the development of reading, writing and critical thinking skills. Students learn techniques to identify the thesis of a written work, to distinguish the thesis from sustaining facts, and to write a summary. Students also apply the learning skills and structures to other genres of writing, such as the creation of a curriculum vitae, reviewing theatrical works, doing expository writing, and business letters.

Prerequisite: LAN 15 in the ESL Sequence.

SPN 15    4 rec 4 cr
Spanish for Urban Conversation and Careers I

For non-Spanish-speaking students.  Intensive conversation course emphasizing practical and realistic situations including business, community and civil service areas. Use of audio lab required.

SPN 16    4 rec 4 cr
Spanish for Urban Conversation and Careers II

Continuation of SPN 15. Conversation based on social and work situations. Use of audio lab required.

Prerequisite: SPN 15 or placement test.

SPN 17    4 rec 4 cr
Advanced Spanish Conversation

Continuation of SPN 16. Students participate in dialogues and conversations related to contemporary problems and everyday situations to improve conversational skill. Course conducted in Spanish.

Prerequisite: SPN 13 or SPN 16 or placement test.

SPN 18    4 rec 4 cr
Elementary Spanish for Nurses and Hospital Personnel I

For non-Spanish-speaking students. Basic Spanish pronunciation, intonation and sentence structure; relevant medical terminology; idiomatic and colloquial expressions. Model dialogues on taking medical history; routine medical examination; diet and nutrition; nursing care; treatment instruction; pediatrics; cardiology; and others. Additional vocabulary according to the student’s interests and field of medical specialization.

SPN 19    4 rec 4 cr
Elementary Spanish for Nurses and Hospital Personnel II

Review and continuation at a higher level of pronunciation, speaking and understanding.  Additional vocabulary in new medical situations such as admissions, X-rays, and pregnancy.

Prerequisite: SPN 18 or placement test.

SPN 20    3 rec 3 cr
Advanced Spanish Composition and Creative Writing

Style illustrations with literary texts, text analysis, reading for comprehension, paragraph construction, imitation of models, expository writing, translation of literary texts, thematic discussions, stylistic discussions, written reports on research.

Prerequisites: SPN 13 or 17 or placement.

SPN 21    4 rec 4 cr
Spanish Language and Culture

A literary and historical study of Spanish culture; develops basic language skills. Class discussions on social, historical and artistic values of Spain, past and present. Course conducted in Spanish.

Prerequisite: SPN 13 or 17 or placement test.

SPN 22    4 rec 4 cr 
Latin-American Language and Culture

Readings in Latin-American literature. Representative texts on Latin-American and Caribbean culture, civilization, history and tradition. Conversation, literary analysis and interpretation. Course conducted in Spanish.

Prerequisite: SPN 13 or 17 or placement test.

SPN 23    3 rec 3 cr
19th Century Spanish Literature: Romanticism and Realism

SPN 24    3 rec 3 cr
Don Quijote and Other Cervantes Masterpieces

Reading, discussion, analysis and written reports on selections from the original text of Don Quijote. Selections from Cervantes’ Novelas Ejemplares. Course conducted in Spanish.

Prerequisite: SPN 13 or 17 or placement test.

SPN 25    3 rec 3 cr
Generation of 1898

Literary analysis of selections from the principal writers of the movement. Reading, discussion,oral and written reports. Course conducted in Spanish.

Prerequisite: SPN 13 or 17 or placement test.

SPN 26    3 rec 3 cr
Spanish for Business Communication

The purpose of this course is to give advanced-level students a foundation in Spanish business vocabulary, economic and cultural aspects of business in Spanish-speaking countries, and situational practice that will help prepare them for success in today’s Spanish-speaking business world.  Course conducted in Spanish.

Prerequisites: Placement based on department examination result.

SPN 28    3 rec 3cr
Interpreting and Translation Skills for Legal Personnel

Basic skills required for bilingual personnel serving the Hispanic community in the metropolitan area.  Advanced Spanish course which emphasizes translating and interpreting for legal personnel. Students should be bilingual, fluent in both English and Spanish.

Prerequisites: RDL 02 or ENG 02 if required, and SPN 13 or placement.

SPN 30    4 rec 4 cr
Literature and Culture of Puerto Rico

Survey of Puerto Rican history, culture and literature.  Reading, discussion, oral and written reports based on representative Puerto Rican authors.  Course conducted in Spanish.

Prerequisite: SPN 13 or 17 or placement test.

SPN 31    4 rec 4 cr
Literature and Culture of the Spanish Caribbean

Study of contemporary literature and culture in Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico.  Reading, discussion, oral and written reports based on representative Cuban, Dominican, and Puerto Rican authors.  Course conducted in Spanish.

Prerequisite: SPN 13 or 17 or placement test.

 

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