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Critical Languages

Faculty

Mary Beth Helderle, Program Director

 

The Critical Languages Program is a self-instructional program where students meet three times a week in small groups with a student tutor who is fluent in the language. The student tutor is not a "teacher" in the usual sense. Students, therefore, are expected to exercise the self-discipline and motivation required of independent work. Courses follow established curricula and are not self-paced. In addition to being highly motivated and self-directed, students must be willing to make a daily commitment to the rigorous study and practice of the language through the use of written, recorded and computer materials. Course grades are determined by mid-term and final exams, administered by external examiners.

Language study requires practice and conscientious preparation on a daily basis in order to participate fully in highly interactive classes. Classes are conducted with very little use of English.

The Critical Languages Program does not offer courses beyond second year and there is no minor or concentration available for these languages. Only languages listed in the Course Catalogue are offered.

Students with prior language experience must take a placement test prior to enrolling to determine appropriate level in order to receive course credit.

Students enrolled in the self-instructional courses must contact Mary Beth Helderle by 4 p.m. the first day of classes in order to schedule the class. As classes are contingent upon student tutor availability, on rare occasions a class is cancelled or, due to scheduling conflicts, a student is unable to take the class.

For additional information on the self-instructional format or languages currently offered, visit Critical Languages web site.

[113] First Term Portuguese.
Introduction in speaking, listening comprehension, reading, and writing. Small, highly participatory and interactive classes with a strong emphasis on spoken and listening comprehension skills to develop communicative competency. Self-instructional format that meets three times weekly with a student tutor with supplemental on-line and Language Center projects and activities. Midterm and final exams administered by an outside examiner. Maximum enrollment, 10.

[114] Second Term Portuguese.
Continued study with emphasis on verbal proficiency, reading and listening comprehension. Highly interactive with supplemental Language Center projects and activities. Self-instructional format. Prerequisite, Portuguese 113 or placement. Maximum enrollment, 10. Maximum enrollment, 10.

121F First Term Swahili.
Introduction in speaking, writing, reading and aural comprehension. Textbook readings and exercises with a strong emphasis on interactive verbal production. Highly interactive with supplemental Language Center projects and activities. Self-instructional format. Maximum enrollment, 10. The Program.

122S Second Term Swahili.
Continued study with emphasis on verbal proficiency, reading and listening comprehension. Highly interactive with supplemental Language Center projects and activities. Self-instructional format. Prerequisite, Swahili 121 or placement. Maximum enrollment, 10. The Program.

141F First Term Korean.
Introduction in speaking, listening comprehension, reading, and writing. Small, highly participatory and interactive classes with a strong emphasis on spoken and listening comprehension skills to develop communicative competency. Self-instructional format that meets three times weekly with a student tutor with supplemental on-line and Language Center projects and activities. Midterm and final exams administered by an outside examiner. Maximum enrollment, 10. Helderle.

142S Second Term Korean.
Continued study with emphasis on verbal proficiency, reading and listening comprehension. Highly interactive with supplemental Language Center projects and activities. Self-instructional format. Prerequisite, Korean 141 or placement. Maximum enrollment, 10. Maximum enrollment, 10. Helderle.

221F Third Term Swahili.
Intermediate level study with emphasis on verbal proficiency, reading and listening comprehension. Highly interactive with supplemental Language Center projects and activities. Self-instructional format. Prerequisite, Swahili 121 and 122 or placement. Maximum enrollment, 10. The Program.

222S Fourth Term Swahili.
Advanced level study with emphasis on verbal proficiency, reading and listening comprehension. Highly interactive with supplemental Language Center projects and activities. Self-instructional format. Prerequisite, Swahili 121, 122, 221 or placement. Maximum enrollment, 10. The Program.

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