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FOREIGN LANGUAGES

French
German
Spanish
Faculty. Carlos de Onis, Roland Durette, Leilani Garcia-Turull, Jian Guo, Peter Hoff. Elaine Johnson, Regis Lecoanet, Karl H. Merz, Manuel Ossers, Helga Rothweiler, Louis Uehling.

Courses in foreign languages are intended to provide the basic skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing as well as an introduction to the literature and the culture of the countries in question. The study of a foreign language may lead to a career in teaching or it may provide the student with a valuable supporting skill in many fields, such as business, public service, librarianship, social work, law, journalism, or the health professions. A reading knowledge of foreign language is a requirement for many graduate degrees.

Placement Exam

Students with no previous university-level foreign language coursework who wish to continue with a language acquired previously must take the appropriate foreign language placement exam and will be placed accordingly.

Credit for Previous Language Study

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures grants up to 16 credits in French, German or Spanish for previous language study or other language experience provided the student earns at least a "B" in a follow-up course. Students may enroll in any course except phonetics and the 390 conversation course to receive credits for previous language study. (See previous section: Placement Exam). The B grade must be earned in the initial attempt of the first course taken at this University.

A placement test is given to help the student select the proper course. The placement test is advisory only. Departmental advising is recommended.

GENERAL FOREIGN LANGUAGE

681-141 BEGINNING CHINESE - GH - 4 cr

This course begins comprehensive training in elementary "common speech" (Mandarin) Chinese. It adopts pinyin (Chinese Phonetic Alphabet) as standard phonetic system and covers one hundred and fifty characters, commonly used sentence patterns, and the basic grammar in both spoken and written Chinese. This course also introduces students to the social and cultural context in which the language is shaped and used.

681-142 BEGINNING CHINESE - GH - 4 cr

This course continues comprehensive training in elementary "common speech" (Mandarin) Chinese. It adopts pinyin (Chinese Phonetic Alphabet) as standard phonetic system and covers five hundred characters, commonly used sentence patterns, and the basic grammar in both spoken and written Chinese. This course also introduces students to the social and cultural context in which the language is shaped and used.
Prereq: 681-141 or equivalent.

681-496 SPECIAL STUDIES - 1-4 cr

Repeatable.
Prereq: Consent of instructor.


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