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