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EIU Department of
World Languages and Cultures

WORLD LANGUAGES & CULTURES Fall 2022

"Seal" students:

If you have the "Illinois Seal of Biliteracy" from high school and are wondering which class to take, contact:

Dr. Christiane Eydt-Beebe (Chair) ckeydt@eiu.edu for placement advice.

 

FRENCH

WLF 1101 Beginning French I

Over 275 million people speak French, spread across five continents! If you would like to learn more about these diverse French-speaking populations and how to communicate with them, this highly interactive introductory class is perfect for you. We will study the basics of French vocabulary and grammar in culturally appropriate contexts and also lay the foundations of listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in French. After Beginning French I, you will be prepared for Beginning French II, which will fulfill your language requirement for graduation.

WLF 2201G Intermediate French I

Have you taken 2 or 3 years of French in high school (or 2 semesters in college)? Would you like to fulfill your GenEd Humanities Requirement while improving your proficiency in French? If so, this highly interactive course is perfect for you! While we will continue to develop vocabulary and to review grammar, the focus of Intermediate French I is to explore diverse francophone cultures in North America, Africa and Europe while you develop your speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.

WLF 3301 French Conversation

Many students of French report feeling more comfortable writing than speaking French, even when they have studied the language for years. Through a variety of short films and texts based on the culture of the French speaking world, we will discuss a variety of topics related to current events so that your cultural and communicative proficiency will grow simultaneously. The goal of this advanced course in French Conversation is to focus on interpersonal and presentational speaking skills to help you feel more confident speaking in a variety of contexts.

 

GERMAN

WLG 1101 Beginning German I (4 credits)

Did you know German is the most widely spoken language in the EU (percentage of the total number of speakers)? You will acquire basic language skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing) and learn much about the culture of modern-day Germany and German-speaking countries. Of course, you will learn how to pronounce those long German words too (Geschwindigkeitsbegrenzung; Oktoberfestvergnügen)... Fulfill your language requirement by taking WLG 1102 in Spring 2023.

WLG 2201G Intermediate German I (4 credits)

Have you had 2 or 3 years of German in high school or 2 semesters in college? This Intermediate German course is for you. It can also be used towards your Gen Ed Humanities requirement. We will review as well as add on to the German grammar and vocabulary you have already acquired. You will get much practice in the classroom, so your speaking, listening, reading and writing skills will grow.  bung macht den Meister… You will also increase your confidence in working with authentic texts and contexts that reflect the globalized society in modern Germany.

Short readings (stories), music and films will be part of this course.

WLG 3101 German Conversation and Composition I (3 credits)

Gain confidence in expressing yourself in speaking and writing! The course is designed to increase your proficiency in all three communication modes—interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational. You will practice and strengthen all four skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. As your command of vocabulary and grammar grows, you will become more proficient in expressing your own thoughts and views on a variety of topics: Was meinst du? Our emphasis will be on communicative learning—that is, on using the language in interacting with each other in partner and group activities. This course will also greatly strengthen your knowledge of contemporary German culture and society. You will explore and work with authentic materials, films, and, of course, German music.

SPANISH

WLS 1101 Beginning Spanish I (4 credits)

Interested in Spanish? Do you want to learn how to speak the second most spoken language in America? You will enjoy acquiring basic language skills and learning about the amazing and eclectic culture of the Spanish-speaking world. After Spanish 1101, continue taking Spanish and complete the foreign language graduation requirement by taking WLS 1102.

ONLINE WLS 1101 Beginning Spanish I (4 credits)

Do you require a flexible schedule? WLS 1101 online may be for you! We will learn the same speaking, listening,reading, and writing skills as in the face-to-face course, but you can study and complete assignments at times that work best for you.

WLS 1102 Beginning Spanish II (4 credits)

Have you taken some Spanish in high school? Do you need to fulfill the foreign language requirement for graduation? Take WLS 1102! You will expand your vocabulary and practice speaking, listening, reading and writing in Spanish. You will also continue to learn about the Spanish-speaking cultures and develop your intercultural knowledge and understanding. After WLS 1102, practice and enhance your Spanish by taking Intermediate Spanish I (WLS 2201G) in the spring.

ONLINE WLS 1102 Beginning Spanish II (4 credits)

Do you need to fulfill your foreign language graduation requirement but require a flexible schedule? WLS 1102 online may be for you! We will learn the same speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills as in the 1102 face-to-face course, but you can study and complete assignments at times that work best for you.

ONLINE WLS 1112 Spanish for the Health Professions (4 credits)

Open to students from all programs. Equivalent to our regular WLS 1102. It meets the FLG Graduation Requirement.

Have you taken a year of high school Spanish or one semester in college? This course is a second-semester language course designed for students interested in or preparing to enter the health professions or related fields. The course covers basic grammar, and its vocabulary is focused on the human body, its functions and problems. You’ll practice with dialogues, interviews and stories, while also gaining cross-cultural understanding. Note: If you have taken a regular WLS 1102 course and received credit, no additional credit can be given for WLS 1112.

WLS 2201G Intermediate Spanish I (4 credits)

Have you taken 2-3 years of Spanish in high school, or 2 semesters in college? Are you looking for a great class to use towards your Gen Ed Humanities requirement? Also, this class may be perfect for students who received the "Illinois Seal of Biliteracy" and want to continue their language study (ask us for placement advice). You will review grammar points, practice your Spanish in conversation and composition, and broaden your understanding of the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. Also as Honors section available: WLS 2291G Intermediate Spanish I Honors (4 credits)

WLS 2202G Intermediate Spanish II (4 credits)

Have you taken 3-4 years of Spanish in high school, or 3 semesters in college? Are you looking for a great class to use towards your Gen Ed Humanities requirement? Also, this class may be perfect for students who received the "Illinois Seal of Biliteracy" and want to continue their language study (ask us for placement advice). You will review grammar points, practice your Spanish in conversation and composition, and broaden your understanding of the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. Note: Taking this class plus 4 more upper-division WLS courses (12 credits) completes a Spanish minor. Also as Honors section available: WLS 2292G Intermediate Spanish II Honors (4 credits)

WLS 3000 Spanish Grammar in Context (4 credits)

Explore Latin American and Spanish culture while fine-tuning your grammar skills. Pedagogy experts agree that task-based activities that teach actual content result in the greatest improvements in proficiency. You will see progress in your speaking and writing skills as well as in your cultural competency. This course serves as solid preparation for advanced literature and culture courses. It is the pre-requisite to all other upper-division classes except for WLS 3050 Pronunciation and Conversation. Pre-requisite: WLS 2202G or 2292G, or equivalent.

WLS 3010 Spanish through Latin American Narrative and Film (3 credits)

Study and discuss Latin American readings and films and write about them. You will strengthen your proficiency in the Spanish language in all four skills—listening, speaking, reading and writing. Expand your vocabulary, deepen your knowledge of sentence structure, and increase your reading and listening comprehension. Class will be conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: WLS 3000.

Also as Honors section available: WLS 3090 Spanish through Latin American Narrative and Film, Honors (3 credits).

WLS 3050 Spanish Pronunciation and Conversation (4 credits)

Have you had 4 or more years in high school (or 4 semesters in college)? In this course, you will develop your conversational skills and pronunciation. You will learn to express your opinion on a variety of intriguing and current topics. Note: We recommend taking WLS 3000 first (see above). However, if WLS 3000 doesn't work with your class schedule, take WLS 3050 first (and the following semester WLS 3000).

WLS 3540 Race and Gender in Spanish American Literature (3 credits)

Enroll in this course and broaden your understanding of the intricate ways in which identity, race, and gender were constructed in Latin America from the early colonial period to the end of the nineteenth century. You will explore a variety of intriguing texts, including legal documents, poetry, artwork, newspapers, and magazines. Learn how the political and social order was challenged by those who lived in the margins of dominant society. Class will be conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: WLS 3000.

SPANISH FRENCH GERMAN

WLS/F/G 3401 Cadet Teaching (3 credits, for teacher education students) or

WLS/F/G 3501 Languages for Young Learners (1-3 credits, for non-teacher education students)

Share your language with elementary school students in our after-school enrichment program—and earn credits.

You don’t have to be a teacher licensure student to take this course. Have you studied a language for at least 4 semesters (equivalent of 2202G)? Are you maybe a language minor? This class may be perfect for you. Apply your language skills (choose Spanish or French or German) and teach fourth-grade students in a 7-week after-school enrichment program. Department faculty direct and supervise the program. Limited to 8 spots in the fall semester. Our host school in fall is Jefferson Elementary School in Charleston. Thursdays 2:30-4:30 pm (7 weeks, from late September to mid-November). Plus weekly preparatory meetings. Days and times of our prep meetings will be determined during our orientation meeting in late August. E-mail Dr. Eydt-Beebe for more information and to get registered.

WLE 3400 Methods of Teaching Foreign Languages (3 credits, for teacher education students)

Gain the knowledge, pedagogical understanding, and skills to be an effective language teacher.

Required for teacher education students (secondary education) seeking licensure in Spanish, French, or German, and teacher education students (with language minors) seeking an endorsement in Spanish, French, or German.

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE

WLA/CDS 1101 American Sign Language I (3 credits)

Introduction to foundational skills in visual communication using American Sign Language (ASL). Students will develop accuracy and fluency with receptive and expressive signing skills. We emphasize learning ASL vocabulary and grammar in context, including introductions, exchanging personal information, and discussing daily situations. We embed deaf Culture in lessons, including key historical events and characteristics of culturally appropriate interaction styles.

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217-581-3021
Fax: 217-581-3113
ckeydt@eiu.edu

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