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EIU Department of
World Languages and Cultures

Spring 2021 Course Offerings

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 3304  French Civilization (3 credits)

In this course we will look at French and Francophone cultures while working on your critical thinking and analytical skills and your writing and speaking skills. We will also ask intriguing questions pertaining to the literature, art, music and film from the French-speaking world. 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 3303  German Linguistics (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 structure of the German language and learn to avoid errors caused by the patterns of your native English. Using authentic texts, you will also build your knowledge of the sounds, formation of words, history of the language, the major dialects, German in Austria and Switzerland, as well as sociolinguistic issues such as style, language and gender, youth language, and English influence on German.

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 3201 Business Spanish. (3 credits)

This course focuses on the elements of vocabulary, protocol and style that are peculiar to commercial Spanish in speaking and writing.  Students will examine a wide range of materials (letters, job descriptions, advertisements, bank documents, import-export documents, etc.), practice oral business situations, and develop their ability to translate both from and to Spanish. A great deal of emphasis will be placed on vocabulary building and  cultural understanding of the Hispanic business world.  No specialized knowledge of business in English is assumed. Prerequisite: WLS 3000. 

 

WLS 3300 Hispanic Cinema (3 credits) 

This course focuses on the cinematic work of Latin American, Spanish and U.S.-Hispanic-Latino film artists. You will develop your cultural proficiency as well as your critical and interpretive skills that will enhance your appreciation of films. We will watch exciting and thought-provoking films and relate them to historical, political, and social contexts in which they were produced. We will also discuss Latin American and Spanish cultural products and practices related to these films and analyze themes that give insight into Spanish and Latin American cultural perspectives. Prerequisite: WLS 3000.  

WLS 4666 Honors Seminar (3 credits)

You will discuss (through conversation and in writing) selected topics in the literatures and cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. Admission to the Departmental Honors Program and permission of the department chairperson required. May be taken twice for a maximum combined credit of six semester hours. Prerequisite: 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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Department of World Languages & Cultures

Coleman Hall, First Floor
217-581-3021
Fax: 217-581-3113
ckeydt@eiu.edu


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