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College Catalogue

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. With the exception of Hebrew, all courses all self-instructional in the CLP.

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.

107F First Term Hebrew.
An introduction to the Hebrew language introducing the very basic Hebrew grammar, reading, writing and mainly oral communication. Maximum enrollment, 16. Guez.

108S Second Term Hebrew.
Continued study of Hebrew grammar, oral conversation and writing skills introducing simple texts of Israeli culture as a base for learning and simple discussion. Prerequisite, Hebrew 107 or placement. Maximum enrollment, 16. Guez.

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.

125F First Term Hindi.
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.

126S Second Term Hindi.
Continued study with emphasis on verbal proficiency, reading and listening comprehension. Highly interactive with supplemental Language Center projects and activities. Self-instructional format. Prerequisite, Hindi 125 or placement. Maximum enrollment, 10. The Program.

207F Third Term Hebrew.
More advanced cultural Hebrew texts that will be the focus of conversation and discussion in class. The aim is to increase student vocabulary and writing ability. More advanced grammar and conversation. Prerequisite, Hebrew 107 and 108 or placement. Maximum enrollment, 16. Guez.

208S Fourth Term Hebrew.
More intensive in reading, writing and oral communication. Student will use different sources of written texts, such as Israeli newspaper, media, history and cultural texts. Prerequisite, Hebrew 107, 108 and 207 or placement. Maximum enrollment, 16. Guez.

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.

225F Third Term Hindi.
Intermediate level study with emphasis on verbal proficiency, reading and listening comprehension. Highly interactive with supplemental Language Center projects and activities. Self-instructional format. Maximum enrollment, 10. The Program.

226S Fourth Term Hindi.
Advanced level study with emphasis on verbal proficiency, reading and listening comprehension. Highly interactive with supplemental Language Center projects and activities. Self-instructional format. Maximum enrollment, 10. The Program.

Arabic

115F First Term Arabic.
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. Maximum enrollment, 20. Koukjian.

116S Second Term Arabic.
Continued study with emphasis on verbal proficiency, reading and listening comprehension. Highly interactive with supplemental Language Center projects and activities. Prerequisite, Arabic 115 or placement. Maximum enrollment, 20. Koukjian.

215F Third Term Arabic.
Intermediate level study with emphasis on verbal proficiency, reading and listening comprehension. Highly interactive with supplemental Language Center projects and activities. Short readings from authentic sources. Prerequisite, Arabic 115 and 116 or placement. Maximum enrollment, 20. Koukjian.

216S Fourth Term Arabic.
Advanced level study with emphasis on verbal proficiency, reading and listening comprehension. Highly interactive with supplemental Language Center projects and activities. Short readings from authentic sources. (Writing-intensive.) Prerequisite, Arabic 115, 116 and 215 or placement. Maximum enrollment, 20. Koukjian.

Italian

110F First Term Italian.
Introduction in speaking, writing, reading and listening comprehension. Textbook readings and exercises with a strong emphasis on interactive verbal production. Classes supplemented by a small group drill session and Language Center projects and activities. Intended for beginners. Maximum enrollment, 18. The Program.

120S Second Term Italian.
Continued study of speaking, writing, reading and listening comprehension. Textbook readings and exercises with a strong emphasis on interactive verbal production. Classes supplemented by a small group drill session and Language Center projects and activities. Prerequisite, Italian 110 or placement. Maximum enrollment, 18. The Program.

130F Third Term Italian.
Intensive review of grammar and syntax. Incorporates films, readings and other activities to reinforce verbal practice and conversation. Prerequisite, Italian 110 and 120 or placement. Maximum enrollment, 20. The Program.

140S Fourth Term Italian.
Focus on increased vocabulary use, verbal proficiency, and written ability utilizing literary and cultural readings. Prerequisite, Italian 110, 120 and 130 or placement. Maximum enrollment, 20. The Program.

200F Introduction to Italian Literature and Culture.
An introductory survey course that offers students continued development of Italian grammar and conversation through literature, film and other cultural products such as music, visual arts and print media. Emphasis on oral and written work. Prerequisite, Italian 140 or consent of instructor. Taught in Italian. Maximum enrollment, 20. Mary Sisler.

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