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EIU Department of
World Languages and Cultures

Spring 2020 Course Offerings

CHINESE...

WLC 1102 Elementary Chinese II (4 credits) 

Take the second semester of Mandarin Chinese and continue studying an important language—the language of the second largest trading partner of the US. This course will continue introducing 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. Never taken Chinese before?  Our first-semester course WLC 1101 is offered every fall semester. 

FRENCH...

WLF 1102 Beginning French II (4 credits)

In the second semester of introductory French, students continue to 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!  

WLF 2202G Intermediate French II (4 credits)

Have you taken 3 or 4 years of high school French, or 3 semesters in college? Take Intermediate French II! This course continues to review French grammar while expanding your vocabulary. You’ll get lots of practice reading, writing, speaking and listening. And, you’ll continue to learn about the French and Francophone cultures around the world. 

WLF 4100 Topics in Francophone Cultures: Constructing the Other   (3 credits)

In this topics course, we will look at photography, film, essays and newspapers, literature, and rap music. We will examine the ways in which French and Francophone culture has created the idea of “difference” and how artists respond to this idea. You will work on your critical thinking and analytical skills, your writing and speaking skills, with the possibility of a creative “unessay” project. Prerequisite: French 2202 or permission from Department Chair.  

GERMAN…

WLG 1102 Beginning German II (4 credits)

Did you know German is the most widely spoken language in the EU (percentage of the total number of speakers)? Have you had a year of German in high school or a semester in college? Then German 1102 is for you. It will also complete your Foreign Language graduation requirement. You will acquire more basic language skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing) and learn much about the culture of modern day Germany. Of course, you will learn how to pronounce more of those long German words too (Geschwindigkeitsbegrenzung; Oktoberfestvergnügen)...Never taken German before?  Our first-semester course WLG 1101 is offered every fall semester.   

WLG 3102 German Conversation and Composition II  (3 credits)

Did you have 4 or more years of German in high school, or 4 semesters in college? This course is intended for intermediate to advanced learners of German. You will learn much about the past and present of a constantly evolving Germany. Our journey will take us through Stationen. Each Station revolves around a city or region in the German-speaking world.  As you move from station to station, you will expand your conversational and writing skills. You will discover and discuss vibrant cities like Hamburg, Leipzig, Köln, Dresden, and Salzburg, while exploring their history, cultural significance, modern life and multiculturalism. Video clips and blogs by engaging video bloggers will give you a window onto modern German culture and inspire you to research cultural aspects that you find intriguing and want to share with the class in a short Referat. Of course, you will also review grammar and build your vocabulary through authentic readings. Music and films will be part of our journey. 

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 language requirement for graduation. 

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 1101 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 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 fall.  

ONLINE WLS 1102 Beginning Spanish II (4 credits) 

Do you need to fulfill 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 1102 face-to-face course, but you can study and complete assignments at times that work best for you. 

WLS 2201G Intermediate Spanish I (4 credits)

Have you taken 2 or 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 or 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? This class could also be perfect if you are a "Seal" student (received the "Illinois Seal of Biliteracy") and want to continue your 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 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 Advanced 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 3500 Hispanic Short Story (3 credits) 

This course focuses on the art of storytelling in short stories of both Latin America and Spain from the late 19th to the 20th Century. You will explore short fiction through a wide range of authors across the two continents. Videos, movies, and other visual materials will enhance our readings. Class meetings will consist mainly of class and group discussions based on our readings and Internet searches made by the students. Class will be conducted in Spanish.  Prerequisite: WLS 3000. 

WLS 3510 Introduction to Modern Spanish Literature (3 credits)

As you walk through the Barrio de las letras in Madrid, your feet pass over captivating lines of poetry and prose that all españoles recognize, embedded in golden letters on the sidewalks.  In this course, you will explore the writings from the modern era by authors like these, whose canonical works make up Spain’s cultural heritage.  Along the way, we will explore themes such as gender, identity, resistance, and metafiction. Pre-requisite: WLS 3000.

 

SPANISH  FRENCH  GERMAN... 

WLS/F/G 3401 (3 credits, for teacher licensure students)

or

WLS/F/G 3501: Languages for Young Learners (1-3 credits, for non-teacher licensure 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 first- through fourth-grade students in a 6-week after-school enrichment program.  The program is directed and supervised by department faculty. Limited to 4 spots in the spring semester. Our host school in spring is in Hume, Illinois (45 minutes north of Charleston; you will carpool). R 2:00-5:00 (6 weeks, plus weekly preparatory meetings, TBA).   

 

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