The Basic Language Courses consist of three courses in a given language.  Their purpose is to help student fulfill the CLAS Foreign Language Requirement.  Students can take Basic Language courses in the following languages:

Arabic

Elementary Arabic: 1010 (4 credits)
The general objective of this course is to familiarize students with the sounds and letters of Arabic along with the basic communication skills. Communication in Arabic is emphasized in classroom. Thus, students are encouraged to participate actively in class discussions. Students will be able to develop cultural awareness and learn about cultural aspects incorporated in the materials of this course. A communicative approach to teaching Arabic is stressed. Thus, students are required and encouraged to use Arabic in class discussion. Attendance and active participation are very necessary to achieve the above-stated goals. Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to read, write, speak, and understand Arabic at the elementary level, these skills may benefit students in academic studies of Arabic as well as various professional purposes.

Elementary Arabic: 1020 (4 Credits)
Arabic 1020 is a continuation of Arabic 1010. Developing the communicative ability in Arabic is emphasized in both oral and writing skills. A great emphasis is on the use of the language. This course will help students to develop ability to communicate in Arabic with native speakers of Arabic on a variety of every day life topics, e.g., introducing oneself and others, describing people and things, giving and eliciting information, stating preferences, describing locations, and talking about daily activities, etc. Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to read, write, speak, and understand authentic materials on familiar topics, as well as, recognize and understand various grammatical rules and their application in context, and expand cultural awareness.

Intermediate Arabic I: 2010 (4 credits)
Development of communication skills and cultural awareness are through reading materials and showing films. Grammar is presented in context. Arabic 2010 is a part of the language requirement and fulfills the foreign culture requirement. Development of the communicative ability in Arabic is emphasized in both oral and writing skills. A great emphasis is on the use and cultural aspects of the language through authentic materials. That is, students learn how to communicate effectively and appropriately in Arabic while also satisfying their intellectual curiosity to learn about the civilization and culture, its current as well as its historical dimensions.

 

Chinese

Elementary Chinese I: CHI 1010 (4 credits)
Beginning Chinese that teaches the basic listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills.

Elementary Chinese II: CHI 1020 (4 credits)
Continuation of CHI 1010, with focus more on grammar introduction and fluency.

Intermediate Chinese I: CHI 2010 (4 credits)
Completion of 3-semester language requirement and basic introduction of Chinese as a second language.

French

Elementary French: FRE 1010 (4 credits)
Training in pronunciation, aural comprehension, oral and written expression.  FRE1010 is an elementary French course designed to develop students' skills in listening comprehension, speaking, writing and reading.  Furthermore, this course is designed to increase students' cultural awareness of the French-speaking world.

Elementary French: FRE 1020 (4 credits)
Continuation of FRE 1010.  FRE1020 is a four credit elementary French course designed to develop students' skills in listening comprehension, speaking, writing and reading.  Furthermore, this course is designed to increase students' cultural awareness of the French-speaking world.

Intermediate French: FRE 2010 (4 credits)
Continuation of FRE 1020. FRE 2010 is an intermediate French course designed to develop students' skills in listening comprehension, speaking, writing and reading. Furthermore, this course is designed to increase students' cultural awareness of the French-speaking world.

German

Elementary German I: GER 1010 (4 credits)
Development of ability to speak and read German. Students acquire a number of speech acts (greetings, talking about studies, expressing likes/dislikes, talking about daily routines, etc.), gain cultural information about the German-speaking countries (landscapes and climate, ethnic diversity, student life, family life, etc.), and learn various grammatical structures (nominative and accusative cases, use of modal verbs, comparative & superlative forms, etc.). Emphasis is on all four language skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing.

Elementary German II: GER 1020 (4 credits)
Continuation of GER 1010. Building on the foundation of 1010, students acquire additional speech acts (talking about the past, buying and giving gifts, ordering a meal in a restaurant, negotiating with a landlady/landlord, etc.), gain further cultural information about the German-speaking countries (holidays, vocational training, living accommodations, shopping, etc.), and learn new grammatical structures (perfect tense, dative case, genitive case, simple past tense, etc.) Emphasis is on all four language skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing.

Intermediate German: GER 2010 (4 credits)
Continuation of GER 1020. Reading of graded German literature and grammar review. The final course in the basic language program. After reviewing the material covered in 1010 and 1020, students become familiar with additional speech acts (discussing recent history and current events, expressing regret, articulating wishes, discussing hypothetical situations, etc.) gain further cultural information (20th century German history, the European Union, women in the work force, etc.), and learn the remaining basic grammatical structures of German (relative clauses, simple past tense, passive voice, subjunctive, etc.) Students also read a short novel, Emil und die detektive.

For more information visit the Basic German web site.

Greek

Elementary Modern Greek I: GRK 1110 (4 credits)
Training in pronunciation, conversation and reading; introduction to the culture of Greece today.

Elementary Modern Greek II: GRK 1120 (4 credits)
Continuation of GRK 1110.

Intermediate Modern Greek I: GRK 2110 (4 credits)
Review of grammar, practice in oral and written modern Greek, based on readings in modern Greek literature.

Hebrew

Elementary Hebrew I: HEB 1010 (4 credits)
Grammar, vocabulary, graded readings, discussions.

Elementary Hebrew II: HEB 1020 (4 credits)
Continuation of HEB 1010.

The objectives of these two courses is to study the Hebrew Language: phonology, grammatical structures, and syntax. These studies enable the students to read, write, and speak Hebrew. To facilitate the speaking skills, we use Hebrew as much as possible in class, and the students are encouraged to visit the language laboratory using tapes and computer programs. These teachings will give the students a solid foundation for further studies in the language. The students are eventually able to read and comprehend both a modern and biblical texts; write in print and cursive, and converse in Hebrew.

Intermediate Hebrew I: HEB 2010 (4 credits)
Review of grammar, readings in modern Hebrew texts.  Hebrew 2010 is an intermediate course with the objective to use and implement most of the grammatical principles we have learned in Hebrew 1010 and 1020. There is an extensive use of vocabulary; a review of the most useful Hebrew verbs, common declensions of prepositions, and readings in intermediate and more advanced texts which deal with the Israeli climate, geography, society and culture. Additional texts are provided for advanced students. There is also an emphasis on speaking, lab visits, and student presentations on current events taken from Hebrew journals and newspapers. Occasionally, we incorporate poetry readings in bi-lingual editions for the purposes of listening to the sonority of the Hebrew language, and vocabulary enrichments.

The main purpose of this class is to encourage students to use the language at all levels: reading, writing, and conversation. At the completion of this class, students are prepared to continue their studies in Advanced Hebrew, (Modern and Biblical) and in the reading of Hebrew literature.

Italian

Elementary Italian I: ITA 1010 (4 credits)
Ear training, grammar, reading, writing, speaking; emphasis on ability to speak and read Italian.  ITA 1010 is an introductory-level course designed to provide students with a basis to communicate effectively in Italian in everyday, realistic situations.  This course is task and content-based and incorporates grammar in a functional use of language through listening, speaking, reading, and writing. 

Elementary Italian II: ITA 1020  (4 credits)
Continuation of ITA 1010. Composition, conversation, reading of simple modern prose. ITA 1020 is an introductory-level course designed to provide students with a basis to communicate effectively in Italian in everyday, realistic situations.  This course is task and content-based and incorporates grammar in a functional use of language through listening, speaking, reading, and writing. 

Intermediate Italian I: ITA 2010  (4 credits)
Grammar review, composition, conversation, reading, discussion of contemporary Italian culture. ITA 2010 is an introductory-level course designed to provide students with a basis to communicate effectively in Italian in everyday, realistic situations.  This course is task and content-based and incorporates grammar in a functional use of language through listening, speaking, reading, and writing.  For more information visit the Basic Italian web site.

Japanese

Elementary Japanese I: JPN 1010 (4 credits)
Introduction to written and spoken Japanese.

Elementary Japanese II: JPN 1020  (4 credits)
Continuation of JPN 1010.

Intermediate Japanese I: JPN 2010  (4 credits)
Continuation of JPN 1020. Focus on language and Japanese culture.

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Latin

Elementary Latin I: LAT 1010 (4 credits)
Basic vocabulary, forms, grammar, and introduction to the culture of the ancient Romans. Plan to take LAT 1020 in the following semester.

Elementary Latin II: LAT 1020  (4 credits)
Continuation of LAT 1010, with increasing emphasis on reading ability. Plan to take LAT 2010 the following fall semester.

Intermediate Latin: LAT 2010  (4 credits)
Representative selections of Latin prose and poetry.

Polish

Elementary Polish I: POL 1010 (4 credits)
Sounds, spelling, vocabulary, forms, syntax as basis for reading and conversation.

Elementary Polish II: POL 1020  (4 credits)
Continuation of POL 1010.

Intermediate Polish: POL 2010  (4 credits)
Development and practice of basic language skills to increase proficiency in Polish; contemporary Polish culture and current issues.

Russian

Elementary Russian I: RUS 1010 (4 credits)
Development of practical skills in speaking, understanding, reading, and writing contemporary Russian.

Elementary Russian II: RUS 1020  (4 credits)
Continuing development of the four skills in contemporary Russian.

Intermediate Russian: RUS 2010  (4 credits)
Continuation of RUS 1020 with emphasis on developing speaking and reading skills.

Spanish

Elementary Spanish I: SPA 1010 (4 credits)
An introduction to the Spanish language and Hispanic cultures through interactive and communicative reading, writing, listening, and speaking activities to develop language and cultural proficiency. No experience with Spanish is needed.

Elementary Spanish II: SPA 1020  (4 credits)
Continuing development of Spanish language and Hispanic cultural proficiency through interactive and communicative reading, writing, listening, and speaking activities.

SPA 1060
An accelerated course combining SPA 1010 and 1020 designed for students with previous experience with Spanish or another romance language who would like an abbreviated review before continuing their studies. The first third of the semester is an accelerated review of SPA 1010; the remainder of the semester covers SPA 1020 coursework. Prerequisite: previous study of Spanish or another romance language, or placement. Offered Fall and Winter. 6 credits

Intermediate Spanish: SPA 2010  (4 credits)
Continuing development of Spanish language and Hispanic cultural proficiency through interactive and communicative reading, writing, listening, and speaking activities.

For more information visit the Basic Spanish web site.

Swahili

Elementary Swahili I: SWA 1010 (4 credits)
Training in pronunciation, aural comprehension, oral and written expression. Supervised laboratory period for part of class preparation.

Elementary Swahili II: SWA 1020  (4 credits)
Continuation of SWA 1010.

Intermediate Swahili: SWA 2010  (4 credits)
Conversational Swahili and grammar review; reading of Swahili literature. Continuation of SWA 1020.

Ukranian

Elementary Ukrainian I: UKR 1010 (4 credits)
Sounds, spelling, vocabulary, forms, syntax as a basis for reading and conversation.

Elementary Ukrainian II: UKR 1020  (4 credits)
Continuation of UKR 1010.

Intermediate Ukrainian: UKR 2010  (4 credits)
Study in-depth of structure and syntax based on reading. Oral and written practice.

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