Academic Catalog

Modern Languages


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http://www.mcla.edu/span
Chairperson: Rita Nnodim, Ph.D.
Email: R.Nnodim@mcla.edu

Programs

Italian

ITAL 101 Elementary Italian I3 cr

Introduces the basics of spoken and written Italian, emphasizing communication and comprehension. Classroom time devoted mainly to speaking and listening with some reading and writing. Vocabulary presented in meaningful contexts. First half of a one-year course; intended for those who have no prior exposure to Italian. Conducted in Italian.

ITAL 102 Elementary Italian II3 cr

This course is a continuation of Italian 101. Speaking, listening, reading and writing skills are emphasized. Conducted in Italian.

Prerequisite: ITAL 101  
Attributes: Language Arts (CLA)  

French

FREN 101 Elementary French I3 cr

Introduces spoken and written French, emphasizing comprehension and communication. Classroom time devoted primarily to listening and speaking, with some reading. Vocabulary presented and illustrated in meaningful contexts. Lab assignments provide practice in writing as well as additional opportunities to hear and read French. First half of a one-year course; intended for those who have no prior experience with French. Conducted in French.

FREN 102 Elementary French II3 cr

Improves fundamental skills of understanding, speaking, reading and writing French. Students will increase their command of the standard topics of French grammar. Short readings will enhance understanding and appreciation of French-speaking cultures and provide topics of conversation. Second half of a one-year course. Conducted in French.

Prerequisite: FREN 101 or department approval  
Attributes: Language Arts (CLA)  
FREN 201 Intermediate French I3 cr

Reviews first-year college French (or high-school equivalent) with a view toward building competence and confidence in students who have been exposed to the basics of the language. Exploration of selected themes in the modern French-speaking world, as well as intensive exercises in the oral and written language. Readings, discussions and brief essays on topics related to French culture. Conducted in French.

Prerequisite: FREN 102 or equivalent  
FREN 202 Intermediate French II3 cr

Presents a selection of French literary works and cultivates skills necessary to read and discuss them with understanding and appreciation. Reviews and expands grammar and vocabulary. Provides opportunities to learn and apply fundamentals of literary analysis and criticism. Readings include the major genres and represent a range of French-speaking countries.

Prerequisite: FREN 201 or department approval  
FREN 390 Special Topics in Francophone Studies3 cr

Studies a specific aspect of the French language and/or a particular Francophone culture in depth. Designed to provide advanced work in selected areas of study. Course topic is identified by subtitle and may include areas such as French society and culture, Francophone groups outside of France, French linguistics and Francophone literature or film. Taught in French unless otherwise noted. May be repeated for credit with a change in topic.

Prerequisite: FREN 201 or department approval  
Repeatable: Unlimited Credits  

Modern Language

MODL 100 Introduction to Language3 cr

Investigates the nature of language, its function, history and relationship to other aspects of human physical, social, psychological and cultural development. Covers phonetics, phonemics, syntax language acquisition, dialects, language change, discourse analysis, nonverbal and animal communication, language in society and other topics.

MODL 101 Elementary Language I:3 cr

Introduces spoken and written foreign language emphasizing comprehension and communication. Classroom time devoted to speaking and listening, and some reading. Vocabulary presented in meaningful contexts. First half of a one-year course. Intended for those at the absolute beginner level.

Repeatable: Unlimited Credits  
MODL 102 Special Topics in Modern Language3 cr

Examines fundamental concepts regarding the relationship of the individual to language and culture. Topics will vary by semester and be identified by subtitle.

Attributes: Language Arts (CLA)  
Repeatable: Unlimited Credits  
MODL 495 Teaching Assistantship in Modern Language3 cr

Gives modern language students the opportunity to aid in the teaching of lower- and upper-division courses. This course will help prepare students who wish to pursue careers in the teaching of foreign languages. This course will be graded on a pass/fail basis.

Prerequisite: Instructor approval, 3 semester hours in MODL  
Repeatable: maximum of 6 credits  
MODL 500 Independent Study1-3 cr

Open to juniors and seniors who wish to read in a given area or to study a topic in depth. Written reports and frequent conferences with the advisor are required.

Prerequisite: Junior/senior status, department approval  
Repeatable: maximum of 12 credits  

Spanish

SPAN 101 Elementary Spanish I3 cr

Introduces spoken and written Spanish, emphasizing comprehension and communication. Classroom time devoted primarily to listening, speaking and some reading. Vocabulary presented and illustrated in meaningful contexts. Lab assignments provide practice in writing, as well as additional opportunities to hear and read Spanish. First half of a one-year course; intended for those who have no prior experience with Spanish. Conducted in Spanish.

SPAN 102 Elementary Spanish II3 cr

Reviews first-semester Spanish and continues the comprehension and oral communication begun in Spanish 101. Intended for those who have already experienced a basic Spanish course. Conducted in Spanish.

Prerequisite: SPAN 101 or equivalent  
Attributes: Language Arts (CLA)  
SPAN 201 Intermediate Spanish I3 cr

Reviews first-year college Spanish (or high-school equivalent) with a view toward building competence and confidence in students who have been exposed to the basics of the language. Exploration of selected themes in modern Hispanic society, as well as intensive exercises in the oral and written language. Readings, discussions and brief essays on topics related to Hispanic culture. Conducted in Spanish.

Prerequisite: SPAN 102 or department approval  
SPAN 202 Intermediate Spanish II3 cr

Continues Spanish 201. Additionally, through the reading of varied texts of wide appeal and interest, students become acquainted with the literature and life experiences of Spanish-speaking peoples. Exploring such elements as the literary content, themes, figures of speech and tone of a text, students are assigned written work of a descriptive or interpretive nature based on such textual aspects of the works studied and discussed. Conducted in Spanish.

Prerequisite: SPAN 201 or equivalent  
SPAN 300 Spanish Conversation3 cr

Focuses on the practice of spoken language. Students perfect oral communication skills by practicing idioms and conversational courtesies and improve understanding of spoken language.

Prerequisite: SPAN 202 or equivalent  
SPAN 301 Advanced Spanish Grammar and Composition3 cr

Reinforces students' ability to express themselves in Spanish, both verbally and in writing. Develops students' awareness of complex syntactical structures, and emphasizes skills in composition and advanced reading comprehension. Conducted in Spanish.

Prerequisite: SPAN 202 or equivalent  
SPAN 310 Hispanic Civilization3 cr

Provides a general survey of the history of Spain in the broader context of Mediterranean civilization through the colonial period. Looks at the present-day experience of Hispanics in the United States in the light of the past. Readings, discussions, written summaries, oral reports, brief essays and written examinations. Conducted in Spanish.

Prerequisite: SPAN 202 or equivalent  
SPAN 370 Hispanic Literature in Context3 cr

Discusses the artistic implications of Iberoamerican literature and develops basic techniques of critical reading and textual analysis. Also reviews literary notions and genres. The reading selection is aimed at fostering class discussion, and provides additional insight for the examination and the interpretation of texts. Conducted in Spanish.

Prerequisite: SPAN 202 or equivalent  
Attributes: Cross-Cultural and Social Justice (CCSJ)  
SPAN 390 Special Topics in Hispanic Literature and Film3 cr

Studies a specific aspect or period of Spanish literature and/or film in depth. Designed to provide advanced work in analysis, interpretation and research in selected areas of study. Course topic is identified by subtitle and may include areas such as Spanish and Latin American Cinema, Postmodernism in the Hispanic World and Contemporary Spanish Poetry. This course is conducted in Spanish (unless otherwise noted) and may be repeated when different topics are offered.

Prerequisite: SPAN 300, SPAN 301  
Attributes: Cross-Cultural and Social Justice (CCSJ)  
Repeatable: Unlimited Credits