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Course Listings - Fall 2008

Chinese 111: Beginning Chinese I
(5 credits)
Staff

Ninety minutes per week of independent lab time required.

Chinese is a fascinating language. It does not have Western style grammatical features such as tense, gender, number, agreement, etc. Instead, grammatical values are defined by markers and position, with the result that where elements are in sentences determines meaning. Chinese has a relatively simple phonetic structure and uses tones (voice pitches) to differentiate between words. The character writing system operates on the basis of representing concepts and sounds in a way that is fundamentally different from English alphabetic writing. These differences make Chinese an entrancing language and a window on a very different way of talking and thinking about the world. This year we will continue to use a textbook that concentrates on communicating in Chinese. Mastering the dialogues and conversations it contains will give you the ability to interact with Chinese people on topics from everyday life. We will also begin our study of the specifics of the Chinese writing system, and over the semester you will learn to read and write 250 characters and compounds.

Chinese 130A/C: Chinese Women Writers, Ancient and Modern (In English)
(4 credits)
Staff

Taught in English, no prerequisites.

This course is a general introduction to Chinese women writers in different historical periods, namely, pre-modern, modern and contemporary. To help students understand the gender issue, it provides them with a cultural background from the Confucian patriarchy to the Maoist "equality" between the sexes, as well as a background on cultural norms toward Chinese women. It discovers women's voice in a traditionally male-centered society and literature, examines the feminine/masculine opposition, studies how Chinese women writers have not only formed their own voice, but also often led the way in the literary development of post-Mao period. It is hoped that participants come away from this course having acquired an understanding of Chinese women writings after having explored the complex thoughts of women writers from ancient to modern China and that students will have learned how to appreciate literary texts and the different ways readers may interpret these texts. Taught in English, no prerequisites.

Chinese 151A/C: Film & Fiction in Modern China (In English)
(4 credits)
H. Choy

Taught in English, no prerequisites

We will watch and discuss representative films from the major waves of movie making in China, and we will read representative fiction from the four main literary periods in 20th century China; in two cases, the readings will be the original stories used to make the movies. We will focus on both the aesthetics of the short stories and movies as well as the cultural values they express. All readings, discussions, and lectures will be in English, and the films will have English subtitles. The Chinese have written magnificent stories and made great films so it will be an interesting and entertaining course. The course can be used to meet either the "A" or "C" General Education requirements.

Chinese 211: Intermediate Chinese I
(4 credits)
H. Choy

Prerequisite: Chinese 112 or the equivalent

We will focus on continuing to build both your reading and speaking abilities in modern Chinese. There will be an emphasis on reviewing the grammar we previously studied and mastering additional structures. We will, of course, be learning new vocabulary and developing greater skill with the writing system of the language. There will be many different activities aimed at improving both your speaking, listening, and reading skills in Chinese.

Chinese 311: Directed Reading in Chinese Newspapers
(4 credits).
H. Choy

Prerequisite: Chinese 212.

This is a third year course in advanced Chinese. It aims at developing competence in the language with an emphasis on strategies and tactics of reading Chinese newspapers to enable students to acquaint themselves with recent developments in China. To accommodate the rapid changes in Chinese life and language today, we will supplement each lesson of the textbook with authentic news articles from the Internet. Students should expect a steady expansion of their vocabulary and speak the language in all classroom activities.

Chinese 330: Foreign Language Tutor Training
(2 credits)
B. Bertrand

Permission of Instructor Only

This two-credit, half semester course is designed to train potential foreign language tutors for employment in Wittenberg's Foreign Language Learning Center (FLLC). Learning goals include effective tutoring strategies, training in language technologies, and course-specific sessions with language faculty. The course will be taught in English by the FLLC director and will combine both practical and theoretical material in the form of readings video segments, discussion, and hands-on practice. tudents who complete the course will receive a certificate from the CRLA stating that they are certified level 2 tutors. This course is mandatory for employment in the FLLC.

Chinese 380: Methods for Teaching Foreign Language (K-12)
(4 credits)
R. Hoff

Prerequisite: Two 200 level courses in the target language

Course to acquire an understanding of the history and rationale for foreign language instruction and of the relationship between theories of language and learning and classroom practice. The students earn to plan, implement, and evaluate language instruction for students at the middle and secondary school levels, and to enrich curriculum content to promote appreciation of the customs, values, and history of other cultures. Field experience is included.

Chines 490: Independent Study

Tutorials for the student who has excelled in previous study of Chinese. Thematic content chosen according to student's intellectual interests. Conducted in spoken putonghua.

French 111: Beginning French I
(5 credits)
L. Wierenga

Open to the beginner, except by permission or placement. Ninety minutes per week of independent lab time required.

Fundamentals of grammar, pronunciation, oral practice and laboratory work. Also a basic introduction to French culture.

French 112F/01: Beginning French II
(5 credits)
A. Kazez

Prerequisite: French 111 or placement. Ninety minutes per week of independent lab time required.

Grammar review, composition, oral practice, reading, and required laboratory.

French 112F/02: Beginning French II
(5 credits)
T. Wilkerson

Prerequisite: French 111 or placement. Ninety minutes per week of independent lab time required.

Grammar review, composition, oral practice, reading, and required laboratory.

French 150F: Intermediate French
(5 credits)
L. Wierenga

Prerequisite: French 112 or placement. Ninety minutes per week of independent lab time required.

Study of French in the context of the liberal arts. Readings in French literature, culture, and history; composition, oral practice; thorough and systematic review of French grammar.

French 230/1.1: Le film francais et la conversation
(2 credits)
L. Wierenga

Prerequisite: Successful completion of French 112 or placement

This is a course that uses the medium of film to explore various aspects of French culture and history with an emphasis on oral expression. Weekly vocabulary tests, required weekly oral practice at the Foreign Language Learning Center, and regular interviews with professor.

French 230/1.2W: L'Identite nationale: Qui sont les Francais ?
(2 credits)
L. Wierenga

Prerequisite: Successful completion of French 112 or placement

Consideration of topics in contemporary French culture, including study of comparative cultures, national identity and educational institutions today. Taught in French. Reaction journals, tests, and one short paper.
Writing intensive.

French 305/1W: Traduction et Stylistique
(4 credits)
T. Wilkerson

Prerequisite: Four FREN credit hours at the 200 level

This course focuses mainly on literary and other types of translation to review principles of grammar and style in French and English.Writing Intensive

French 330: Foreign Language Tutor Training
(2 credits)
B. Bertrand

Permission of Instructor Only

This two-credit, half semester course is designed to train potential foreign language tutors for employment in Wittenberg's Foreign Language Learning Center (FLLC). Learning goals include effective tutoring strategies, training in language technologies, and course-specific sessions with language faculty. The course will be taught in English by the FLLC director and will combine both practical and theoretical material in the form of readings video segments, discussion, and hands-on practice. Students who complete the course will receive a certificate from the CRLA stating that they are certified level 2 tutors. This course is mandatory for employment in the FLLC.

French 380: Methods for Teaching Foreign Language (K-12)
(4 credits)
R. Hoff

Prerequisite: Two 200 level courses in the target language

Course to acquire an understanding of the history and rationale for foreign language instruction and of the relationship between theories of language and learning and classroom practice. The students learn to plan, implement, and evaluate language instruction for students at the middle and secondary school levels, and to enrich curriculum content to promote appreciation of the customs, values, and history of other cultures. Field experience is included.

French 403: Themes in French Intellectual History
(4 credits)
T. Wilkerson

Prerequisite: Four FREN credit hours at the 300 level

This course addresses various aspects of French intellectual history using materials drawn from a number of academic disciplines. Actual topics will vary from year to year, and can range from "Literature and the Plastic Arts in Nineteenth-Century France" to "Existentialism and Twentieth Century French Film."

French 490: Independent Study

French 491: Internship

German 111/01: Beginning German I
(5 credits)
D. Barry

Open to only the beginner, except by permission of instructor.Ninety minutes per week of independent lab time required.

Fundamentals of grammar, pronunciation, oral practice, and laboratory work. Also a basic introduction to German culture.

German 111/02: Beginning German I
(5 credits)
T. Bennett

Open to only the beginner, except by permission of instructor.Ninety minutes per week of independent lab time required.

Fundamentals of grammar, pronunciation, oral practice, and laboratory work. Also a basic introduction to German culture.

German 112F: Beginning German II
(5 credits)
D. Barry

Prerequisite: German 111 or equivalent.Ninety minutes per week of independent lab time required.

Explication of grammar, continued oral practice, reading of literary and/or cultural texts, and related explication of grammar and laboratory work.

German 230/1.1: German Film and Culture
(2 credits)
D. Barry

Prerequisite: German 112 or German 200 level placement

This is a content-based composition and conversation course that uses the medium of film to explore German culture at various points in its evolution over the past one hundred years. (Insofar as the setting for each of the movies considered is Berlin, the current manifestation of the course provides historical and contemporary portraits of the German capital in particular.

German 230/1.2: Germans and Their Natural Environment
(2 credits)
D. Barry

Prerequisite: German 112 or German 200 level placement

This is a content-based reading and conversation course that focuses on the role of the natural environment in the lives of contemporary Germans; it explores some of the distinctive ways in which those Germans express their regard and concern for the natural world.

German 330: Foreign Language Tutor Training
(2 credits)
B. Bertrand

Permission of Instructor Only

This two-credit, half semester course is designed to train potential foreign language tutors for employment in Wittenberg's Foreign Language Learning Center (FLLC). Learning goals include effective tutoring strategies, training in language technologies, and course-specific sessions with language faculty. The course will be taught in English by the FLLC director and will combine both practical and theoretical material in the form of readings video segments, discussion, and hands-on practice. Students who complete the course will receive a certificate from the CRLA stating that they are certified level 2 tutors. This course is mandatory for employment in the FLLC.

German 380: Methods for Teaching Foreign Language (K-12)
(4 credits)
R. Hoff

Prerequisite: Two 200 courses in the target language

Course to acquire an understanding of the history and rationale for foreign language instruction and of the relationship between theories of language and learning and classroom practice. The students learn to plan, implement, and evaluate language instruction for students at the middle and secondary school levels, and to enrich curriculum content to promote appreciation of the customs, values, and history of other cultures. Field experience is included.

German 420/1W: Nationhood, War and Peace
(4 credits)
T. Bennett

Prerequisite: One German course at the 300 level

An examination of the historical emergence of German cultural identity with an emphasis on the ways in which questions of war and peace have shaped national consciousness. Writing intensive.

German 490: Independent Study

German 491: Internship

Japanese 111: Beginning Japanese I
(5 credits)
A. Christiansen

Ninety minutes per week of independent lab time required.

Introduces the fundamental communication skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing, as well as the sociolinguistic information necessary for effective communication with Japanese natives.

Japanese 150A/C: Survey of Japanese Literature
(4 credits)
A. Christiansen

No prerequisite. Taught in English.

Introduction to major literary works written in Japan between the year 900 and the present. Designed to be of interest to the entire campus community.

Japanese 211 Intermediate Japanese I
(4 credits)
T. Imai

Prerequisite Japanese 112 or placement.

Further development of the fundamental communication skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing, as well as the sociolinguistic information necessary for effective communication with Japanese natives.

Japanese 311: Advanced Japanese I
(4 credits)
T. Imai

Prerequisite: Japanese 212 or placement.

The goal of the course is to develop culturally and socially appropriate proficiency in the four language skills: reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

Japanese 330: Foreign Language Tutor Training
(2 credits)
B. Bertrand

Permission of Instructor Only

This two-credit, half semester course is designed to train potential foreign language tutors for employment in Wittenberg's Foreign Language Learning Center (FLLC). Learning goals include effective tutoring strategies, training in language technologies, and course-specific sessions with language faculty. The course will be taught in English by the FLLC director and will combine both practical and theoretical material in the form of readings video segments, discussion, and hands-on practice. Students who complete the course will receive a certificate from the CRLA stating that they are certified level 2 tutors. This course is mandatory for employment in the FLLC.

Japanese 380: Methods for Teaching Foreign Language (K-12)
(4 credits)
R. Hoff

Prerequisite: Two 200 level courses in the target language

Course to acquire an understanding of the history and rationale for foreign language instruction and of the relationship between theories of language and learning and classroom practice. The students learn to plan, implement, and evaluate language instruction for students at the middle and secondary school levels, and to enrich curriculum content to promote appreciation of the customs, values, and history of other cultures. Field experience is included.

Japanese 430: Topics in Japanese Language and Literature
(4 credits)
T. Imai

Prerequisite: Japanese 312

This course is designed to meet the needs of Japanese language students who have surpassed the highest levels of Japanese language study available in existing courses at the university. Course design will vary in accordance with student need, and may include select readings and conversation activities.

Japanese 490 Independent Study

Russian 111: Beginning Russian I
(5 credits)
L. Zaharkov

Ninety minutes per week of independent lab time required.

Afraid of the Russian alphabet? Believe it or not, you already know almost half of it if you know Latin (our) alphabet and a little Greek from being a member of a sorority or a fraternity! After just five days you will be able to read many words that are borrowed from other languages! We use the computer to help us, too! Recent world economic events have convinced us that Russia is indeed an important player in the international economic arena. Don't be left behind! This course also will teach you how to speak and write Russian while learning the structure of the language. In addition, this course is accompanied by a video program where we follow the adventures of an American who lands in Russia as a roving photographer to learn about the people and the country.

Russian 130A/C: Journey into the Fantastic (Taught in English)
(4 credits)
L. Zaharkov

No prerequisite. Taught in English.

Join us in this course as each hero/ine takes a journey into a fantastic world! While it may be as "normal" as a hero/ine in a fairy tale on a quest, it might be as fantastic as a journey into the future 600 years from now or maybe to another planet! While journeying into the world of the fantastic, readers will be introduced to the best writers of 19th and 20th century Russian literature who use this medium just for fun, or maybe to discover other truths! No Russian is required! All readings, lectures, and discussion in English. Fulfills either the "A" Fine, Performing, and Literary Arts or "C" Non-Western Cultures General Education requirement.

Russian 230/01: Topics: Contemporary Social Issues
(2 credits)
L. Zaharkov

Prerequisite: Russian 112 or placement.

This course introduces students to Russian texts and develops their proficiency-based reading skills. This new level of Russian language study will use the numerous resources of the world wide web to focus on articles about contemporary Russian society, including music, the youth scene, education, politics, and social values.

Russian 230/01: Topics: Film and Culture
(2 credits)
L. Zaharkov

Prerequisite: Russian 112 or 310 or placement

"It's all in the family!" We will watch and discuss films in Russian that will help us to understand a variety of relationships dealing with romance, family, and friendship from a Russian cultural perspective. Vocabulary and discussion of above topics.

Russian 330: Advanced Topics: To Russia With Love
(2 credits)
L. Zaharkov

Prerequisite: Russian 310 or permission of instructor

Did you pack your toothbrush? Toothpaste? How do you say that in Russian? Can you handle an irate salesperson? These are just some of the situations employed to increase your speaking and vocabulary abilities and enable you to deal with everyday life in Russia. Role-play, conversation, and vocabulary acquisition will prepare you for your experience.

Russian 330: Foreign Language Tutor Training
(2 credits)
B. Bertrand

Permission of instructor only

This two-credit, half semester course is designed to train potential foreign language tutors for employment in Wittenberg's Foreign Language Learning Center (FLLC). Learning goals include effectiv tutoring strategies, training in language technologies, and course-specific sessions with language faculty. The course will be taught in English by the FLLC director and will combine both practical and theoretical material in the form of readings video segments, discussion, and hands-on practice. Students who complete the course will receive a certificate from the CRLA stating that they are certified level 2 tutors. This course is mandatory for employment in the FLLC.

Russian 380: Methods for Teaching Foreign Language (K-12)
(4 credits)
R. Hoff

Prerequisite: Two 200 level courses in the target language

Course to acquire an understanding of the history and rationale for foreign language instruction and of the relationship between theories of language and learning and classroom practice. The students learn to plan, implement, and evaluate language instruction for students at the middle and secondary school levels, and to enrich curriculum content to promote appreciation of the customs, values, and history of other cultures. Field experience is included.

Russia 490: Independent Study

Spanish 101/1.1 & 1.2: Spanish for High Beginners
(2 credits)
Staff

Students will have a Workshop or 101 placement, or permission of Spanish faculty.

This course is designed for students who have had previous instruction in Spanish, but require some review before enrolling in 112. The course will review essentia structures in preparation for 112 classes, focusing on reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills.

Spanish 111: Beginning Spanish I
(5 credits)
L. Franklin

Ninety minutes per week of independent lab time required.

Emphasis on elementary grammar, and oral practice.

Spanish 112F/01: Beginning Spanish II
(5 credits)
L. Franklin

Prerequisite: Spanish 111 or placement. Ninety minutes per week of independent lab time required.

A continuation of Spanish 111, this course includes grammar, composition, oral practice, and reading.

Spanis 112F/02: Beginning Spanish II
(5 credits)
C. McIntyre

Prerequisite: Spanish 111 or placement. Ninety minutes per week of independent labtime required.

A continuation of Spanish 111, this course includes grammar, composition, oral practice, and reading.

Spanish 112F/03: Beginning Spanish II
(5 credits)
J. Cantrell

Prerequisite: Spanish 111 or placement. Ninety minutes per week of independent lab time required.

A continuation of Spanish 111, this course includes grammar, composition, oral practice, and reading.

Spanish 150F/01: Intermediate Spanish
(5 credits)
M. Apodaca/Valdez

Prerequisite: Spanish 112 or placement. Ninety minutes per week of independent lab time required.

This is an intermediate level course that will review, introduce, and expand upon vocabulary and structures commonly dealt with in introductory courses.

Spanish 150F/02: Intermediate Spanish
(5 credits)
J. Cantrell

Prerequisite: Spanish 112 or placement. Ninety minutes per week of independent lab time required.

This is an intermediate level course that will review, introduce, and expand upon vocabulary and structures commonly dealt with in introductory courses.

Spanish 230/1.1: El mundo fisico
(2 credits)
L. Franklin

Prerequisite: Spanish 112, or Spanish 150, or placement at the 200 level.

This course takes a look at the diverse physical and human nature of the Spanish-speaking world. We will read, listen to music, and view some films as we tour the Hispanic world examining some important geographic locations and issues that confront Hispanic people throughout the world. We will also look at different speaking patterns among Spanish speakers and continue to develop language skills at the intermediate level.

Spanish 230/1.2: Entre dos mundos el arte de la traduccion
(2 credits)
L. Franklin

Prerequisite: Spanish 112, or Spanish 150, or placement at the 200 level.

This course will introduce students to the practice of translation from Spanish to English and English to Spanish. With an emphasis on general material, students will work with bi-lingual materials, problem words, and false cognates to create their own translations of short texts.

Spanish 230/1.1: El mundo contemporaneo hispano
(2 credits)
M. Apodaca-Valdez

Prerequisite: Spanish 112, 150, or 200 level placement

This course focuses on contemporary issues of the Hispanic world including topics such as immigration, politics, pop culture, economics, demography, religion, social class, and globalization. The course will help students develop abilities and strategies for conversation in the target language.

Spanish 230/1.2: El cine y el cambio social
(2 credits)
M. Apodaca-Valdez

Prerequisite: Spanish 112, 150 or 200 level placement

This course introduces students to film from Spain and Latin America that intersect with social and historical transitions. Students will explore the cultural context of each film, analyze major themes, and discuss the role of film as a reflection of and catalyst for social change. The course will focus on aiding students in developing language skills for oral presentations and reporting.

Spanish 230/1.1W: Voces del pasado
(2 credits)
R. Hoff

Prerequisite: Four Spanish credits at the 200 level

This course gives students an opportunity to gain an understanding of the Spanish-speaking world by examining its rich cultural heritage. Through reading and writing activities, student learners will explore the complexity of the Hispanic world and how historical events have influenced human conduct. The course will help students develop language skills for narrating in the past. Writing intensive.

Spanish 230/1.2W: La diversidad en el mundo hispano
(2 credits)
R. Hoff

Prerequisite: Four Spanish credits at the 200 level

Exploration of human diversity in the Spanish-speaking world, in both historical and contemporary contexts. Through reading, viewing, and writing activities students will gain an understanding of the complexities of identity, ethnicity, and multiculturalism across the Hispanic world, including the United States. The course will aid students in developing language skills to express and support opinion.Writing intensive.

Spanish 302A/1W: Introduction to Hispanic Literature II
(4 credits)
M. Apodaca-Valdez

Prerequisite: Spanish 215 or 217.

A continuation of Spanish 301, this course provides the student with a survey of 19th and 20th centuries. Significant figures and literary currents of the Hispanic world are presented.Writing intensive.

Spanish 330: Foreign Language Tutor Training
(2 credits)
B. Bertrand

Permission of instructor only

This two-credit, half semester course is designed to train potential foreign language tutors for employment in Wittenberg's Foreign Language Learning Center (FLLC). Learning goals include effective tutoring strategies, training in language technologies, and course-specific sessions with language faculty. The course will be taught in English by the FLLC director and will combine both practical and theoretical material in the form of readings video segments, discussion, and hands-on practice. Students who complete the course will receive a certificate from the CRLA stating that they are certified level 2 tutors. This course is mandatory for employment in the FLLC.

Spanish 350H: Spanish Peninsular Civilization
(4 credits)
C. McIntyre

Prerequisite: Spanish 215 or 217

Cultural survey of Spain from its earliest history to the present with an emphasis on contemporary Peninsular culture. Lectures and discussions are supplemented by readings as well as presentations that reflect the history and development of Spanish civilization.

Spanish 380: Methods for Teaching Foreign Language (K-12)
(4 credits)
R. Hoff

Prerequisite: Two 200 level courses in the target language

Course to acquire an understanding of the history and rationale for foreign language instruction and of the relationship between theories of language and learning and classroom practice. The students learn to plan, implement, and evaluate language instruction for students at the middle and secondary school levels, and to enrich curriculum content to promote appreciation of the customs, values, and history of other cultures. Field experience is included.

Spanish 425/1W: Advanced Studies in Hispanic Literature I
(4 credits)
C. McIntyre

Prerequisite: One 300 level Spanish course taught in Spanish

In-depth study of topics and themes in Peninsular literature. Course will include reading, analysis and discussion of selected literary works. Writing intensive.

Spanish 494: Methodology of Early Childhood Spanish Language Education
(2 credits)
R. Hoff

Prerequisite: Two 200 level Spanish courses in Spanish

This course is designed to give students seeking the P-12 licensure in Spanish experience in foreign language teaching at the elementary school level. The course requires a field experience of supervised teaching of Spanish in one of the local elementary schools.

Spanish 490: Independent Study

Spanish 491: Internship











































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