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EIU Department of
World Languages and Cultures

Fall 2021

 

"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.

 

CHINESE...

WLC 1101 Beginning Chinese I (4 credits) 

Take Mandarin Chinese and study an important language--the language of the second largest trading partner of the US. This course will introduce students to the sounds and writing system of Mandarin Chinese, as well as basic components of its grammar. You'll also get to learn about Chinese culture! Fulfill your language requirement by taking WLC 1102 in spring 2022. 

 

FRENCH...

WLF 1101 Beginning French I (4 credits)

This course is for beginner French students. You will learn and practice the basic components of the French language, like reading, writing, speaking and listening. You’ll also continue to broaden your understanding of French and Francophone cultures! Fulfill your language requirement by taking WLF 1102 in spring 2022. 

 

WLF 2201G Intermediate French I (4 credits)

Have you taken 2 or 3 years of high school French, or 2 semesters in college? Take Intermediate French I! This course reviews French grammar while expanding your vocabulary. You’ll get lots of practice speaking, listening, reading, and writing. And, you’ll continue to learn about the French and Francophone cultures around the world.

 

WLF 4200 Topics in Francophone Literatures:  Hearing History (Entendre l'histoire)

Traditionally, gatherings where neighbors listened to historical accounts or folktales contributed to the sense of community in sub-Saharan Africa. In this class, we will explore how French colonization, and France's ensuing influence on the arts and culture, affected sub-Saharan African literary tradition. Our focus will be on novels and films that draw our attention to the hybrid nature of the cultures that produced them. Specifically, we will examine literary and cinematic reinterpretations of oral culture in works from Ivory Coast, Cameroon and Senegal. Through class discussions and writing assignments in French, students will explore the influence of the oral tradition in twenty-first century sub-Saharan Africa, while identifying lasting marks left by the French colonial project.

 

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 2022. 

 

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 class is for you. It can also be used towards your Gen Ed Humanities requirement. You will review basic German grammar and vocabulary, and enhance your speaking and writing skills while learning more about the globalized society in modern Germany. Short readings (stories), music and films will be part of this course. 

 

WLG 4405 Topics: Contemporary Forms of Communication (3 credits)

Be in the know in Germany! This course introduces you to important forms of communication to facilitate living and working and socializing in Germany. Our goal is to better prepare you for a successful experience abroad. Since culture is the backdrop of every activity and interaction, you will not only advance your German skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing, but also develop your cross-cultural awareness. The course will also acquaint you with some basics of the German business environment, its overall structure and atmosphere as well as with specifics of doing business in Germany. Making appointments, reservations, telephone calls and invitations are just a few examples. We will also focus on more informal and personal types of interaction and correspondence, such as how to make and respond to Einladungen, Glückwünsche, Dankesbriefe or Entschuldigungen. We will be working with many authentic texts as well as with the Internet. You will subscribe to and receive the weekly electronic newsletter of the German Information Center—Deutschlandnachrichten.

 

SPANISH...

ONLINE OPTION!   WLS 1101 Beginning Spanish I (4 credits) 

Do you need to fulfill your foreign language requirement but 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. After 1101, take 1102 to complete your foreign language requirement.

 

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 acquire basic language skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. You will also learn about the diverse cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. After Spanish 1101, continue taking Spanish in the spring and complete the language requirement for graduation!

 

ONLINE OPTION!   WLS 1102 Beginning Spanish II (4 credits) 

Do you need to complete your foreign language 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 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 language requirement for graduation? Take WLS 1102! You will expand your vocabulary and develop your speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.  You will continue to learn about the Spanish-speaking cultures, too!

After WLS 1102, practice and enhance your Spanish by taking Intermediate Spanish I, WLS 2201G, in the spring.

 

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

Open to students from all programs. May be used to meet the second semester of 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 had 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 had 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, and 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 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 3530 Spanish American Women’s Novel (3 credits)

This course focuses on Latin American novels written by female authors. Students will explore how the most influential female novelists used their voices to advocate for gender equality and political inclusion. A great emphasis will be placed on understanding the cultural and social context in which these novels were produced. Students will enhance their cultural proficiency and interpretive skills in the study of novels that have profoundly and unapologetically changed the social landscape of Latin America. Prerequisite: WLS 3000 or equivalent. 

 

WLS 4320 Civilization and Culture of Spanish America (3 credits)

Learn about the events that have shaped the social and cultural landscape of Spanish-speaking Latin America. You will be introduced to the history and geography of the area, and explore its ethnic, racial, and linguistic diversity. Prerequisite: WLS 3000 or equivalent.

 

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) 

Not just for teacher education students! Have you studied a language for 4 semesters (equivalent of 2202G)? Are you--maybe--a language minor? Would you like to share your language with first through fourth graders? You will teach a 7-week after-school enrichment program in your language (Spanish or French or German) and earn language credits. Ask us about this course. Limited to 7 spots in the fall semester. E-mail Dr. Eydt-Beebe for information ckeydt@eiu.edu 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.

 

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

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