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In this course students learn the basics of Mandarin Chinese.  The course emphasizes oral communication (speaking and listening), but also integrates the remaining language skills – reading and writing, as well as Chinese culture and society.  The course employs a communicative approach by using real-life situations.  The course is the first semester of the Elementary Chinese sequence as well as the first of a series of courses on Chinese language and culture.  Weekly independent practice is required.

This course is the second semester of introductory-level modern Mandarin Chinese.  The course emphasizes oral communication (speaking and listening), but also integrates the remaining language skills – reading and writing, as well as Chinese culture and society.  The course employs a communicative approach by using real-life situations.  This course is the second in a series of courses in practical Chinese language and culture.  Weekly independent practice is required. Prerequisite: CHI-101.

This course is the first semester of intermediate-level modern Mandarin Chinese.  The course emphasized oral communication (speaking and listening), but also integrates the remaining language skills – reading and writing, as well as Chinese culture and society.  By the end of the semester, students can expect to read simple texts using a limited range of vocabulary and structures, to describe themselves in Mandarin, and to engage in limited conversations with classmates, instructors and sympathetic native speakers.  CHI 205 is the third in a series of courses in practical Chinese language and culture.  Weekly independent practice is required.  Prerequisite: CHI-102.

This course is the second semester of intermediate-level modern Mandarin Chinese.  This course emphasizes oral communication (speaking and listening), but also integrates the remaining language skills – reading and writing, as well as Chinese culture and society.  By the end of the semester, students can expect to read and respond to questions about texts of an appropriate level; make presentations about themselves and everyday topics; engage in short conversations with classmates, instructors and sympathetic native speakers.  CHI 206 is the fourth in a series of courses in practical Chinese language and culture.  Weekly independent practice is required.  Prerequisite: CHI-205.

Introduction to modern spoken French. English will be used in the classroom for orientation purposes only. Open to all students who do not qualify for FRE-103.  Independent language laboratory work required each week.

A review and continuation of FRE-101.  English will be used in the classroom for orientation purposes only.  Independent language laboratory work is required each week.

A thorough and accelerated review of first-year French. Independent language laboratory work required each week. May not be taken following FRE-101 or FRE-102.

A review and continuation of FRE-102 or FRE-103, and gradual introduction of graded readings. Independent language laboratory work required each week. Prerequisite: FRE-102 or FRE-103.

A continuation of FRE-205 and exploration of the rich cultures of French-speaking countries, especially those outside of France. FRE-206 aims to enhance the student's linguistic proficiency through practice of the four skills (speaking, writing, listening and reading). Oral presentations on the Francophone world. Independent language laboratory work required each week. Course conducted in French. Prerequisite: FRE-205 or equivalent. 
 

An intermediate-level course designed for students who have completed FRE-205 (or equivalent), FRE-207 aims to increase the student's oral proficiency in French through review, practice, and diverse stimuli for conversation.  Content includes structured review of the primary verb tenses and of principal grammar points. Daily discussions and conversation. Regular reading of magazine and newspaper articles both in print and online.  Viewing of feature films outside of class. Occasional short essays and informal writing. This course is conducted in French.  May be repeated for credit through an approved study abroad program. Prerequisites: FRE-205 or equivalent.

This is a transitional French course for students who have completed FRE 205 (Intermediate French I) and are not ready to move on to the 300-level. Through a variety of readings and other resources, including poems, songs, advertisements, guidebooks, cookbooks and films, students expand their vocabulary, acquire grammar structures and explore subject-specific content that prepares them for the advanced level while equipping them with professional knowledge of a field (hospitality) where they may find enjoyable and lucrative employment. Field trips, guest speaker lectures and in-class demos are included. Prerequisite: FRE 205 or equivalent.

Working with a faculty mentor from the department, the student will formulate and execute a research project at an intermediate level of complexity. In her project, the student will investigate an aspect of French language or Francophone literature, culture or civilization of personal interest and, as a culminating experience, prepare a paper or other research project whose outcomes or conclusions she also proposes and discusses in a public forum.  A research proposal form completed by the student and the faculty mentor is required for registration. Research performed in connection with study abroad is strongly encouraged. May be repeated for credit for a total of six semester hours. Prerequisite: 3 credits from FRE at Level 200 or above.

Intensive study and homestay in France or a Francophone country. Credit awarded according to departmental guidelines. Permission of department required for enrollment. Pass/Fail grading only.

Offered only in connection with the department's programs of study in France or a Francophone country.  Since instruction is in French, the course carries as a prerequisite the completion of second-year French.  The course may entail instruction before, during, and after the experience abroad. Credit is awarded according to the following guidelines: Completion of assigned readings: 1 hour; Completion of a paper or journal: 1 hour; Participation in a series of organized visits: 1 hour.  Depending on the objectives of the foreign study program, directors may require any combination of the above elements, but in no case will more than three credit hours be awarded for the course.  Pass/Fail grading may be elected by the student. Instructor's consent required. Prerequisites: FRE-205, FRE-206 or FRE-208; or equivalent. 

A survey of the political and cultural history of France and the Francophone regions, including their contributions to Western culture in the fields of art, religion and music. Prerequisites: FRE-205, FRE-206 or FRE-208; or equivalent. 

This course focuses on improving students' pronunciation, intonation, listening, and oral proficiency through phonetics and the reading, comprehension and performance of French theatrical works. The performance of French theatrical works. The culminating project in this course is the group staging and performance of a short authentic play in French . Required of all French majors and minors. One hour of non-credit language laboratory required each week. May be taken without prerequisite course with permission of instructor. Prerequisites: FRE-205, FRE-206 or equivalent. 

Study of complex grammar structures designed to improve accuracy in writing and speaking skills, while exploring the French and Francophone media. Conducted in French. Prerequisites: FRE-205, FRE-206 or FRE-208; or equivalent.

Focuses on oral proficiency with detailed analysis of the semantic and syntactic structure of contemporary French.  Open to juniors and seniors or to other students with permission from the instructor.  May be taken without prerequisite courses with permission from the instructor. Prerequisites: FRE-305, FRE-306 or equivalent. 

Introduction to a variety of texts from the French-speaking world.  Students will learn practical strategies for reading and analyzing a variety of literary genres in various media [text, film, music, art].  Recommended as an introductory literature course. Prerequisites: FRE-205, FRE-206 or FRE-208; or equivalent. 

Introduction to a broad range of female authors from the Middle Ages to the present, expanding the students' understanding of how writing is shaped by gender, history and society. Students will learn practical strategies for reading and analyzing a variety of genres. Recommended as an introductory literature course. Prerequisites: FRE-205, FRE-206 or FRE-208; or equivalent.

This is a cultural studies course focusing on Paris, its history and its many representations in literary, cinematic and visual texts from the late 18th through the 20th century.  This course seeks to understand how the present-day appearance of the City of Lights is shaped by different forces throughout history, art movements and cultural representation. Interdisciplinary approaches are an integral part of the course inquiry and discussion. The course is organized around thematic topics, such as Paris, capital of the revolutions; Paris and Romanticism; Paris and modernity; Paris and Impressionism; the peuple de Paris and the bourgeoisie; the creation of the department store; Montmartre and the Belle Epoque; American expatriates in Paris; Paris and German occupation (WWII). Guest lectures included. Prerequisites: FRE 205, FRE 206 or FRE 208 or equivalent. Course taught in French exclusively.

A weekly seminar [80 minutes per week] designed to perfect a student's aural/oral skills in French. Aspects of the culture, civilization, and literature of French-speaking countries will be discussed.  Will include films, workshops, field trips, and other activities.  May be taken without the prerequisite courses with permission of the instructor. Prerequisites: Take either FRE-205 and FRE-206 or FRE-208; or FRE-305 and FRE-306 or equivalent. Course may be taken for credit as many as 3 times.

This course aims to increase the student’s reading proficiency in French and writing skills in both French and English through grammar review, practice, vocabulary expansion, and translation from and sometimes into the foreign language. Content includes basic principles of translation, translation skills and techniques. A variety of general and semi-technical texts in French will be studied. Course includes guest speakers, weekly independent assignments in translation, and a final translation research project. Class will be conducted in English and French. FRE 205, FRE 206 or FRE 208 or permission of the instructor.

This course aims to apply advanced proficiency in reading and writing to translation both from and into the target language. Content applies and expounds upon principles from FRE-385, including translation theory, skills and techniques, language levels, lexicography, transposition, and equivalence. A variety of technical texts in the target language will be read in depth. Course will include guest speakers, weekly independent assignments in translation, and a final translation project. Class sessions and lectures will be conducted in English and French. Prerequisite: FRE-385 or permission of the instructor.
 

Working with a faculty mentor from the department, the honors student investigates an aspect of French language or Francophone literature, culture or civilization of personal interest and prepares a paper or other research product whose conclusions or outcomes she also proposes and discusses in a public forum. Weekly meetings. It is expected that the honors student will spend at least ten hours per week on her thesis. Fulfills honors thesis requirement.  Research performed in connection with study abroad is strongly encouraged. Prerequisites: 15 credits from FRE at level 300 or above.

Working with a faculty mentor from the department, the student will formulate and execute a research project at an advanced level of complexity. In her project, the student will investigate an aspect of French language or Francophone literature, culture or civilization of personal interest, and, as a culminating experience, prepare a paper or other research project whose outcomes or conclusions she also proposes and discusses in a public forum. A research proposal form completed by the student and faculty mentor is required for registration. Research performed in connection with study abroad is strongly encouraged. May be repeated for credit for a total of six semester hours. Prerequisites: 12 credits from FRE at Level 300 or above.

Introduction to modern spoken Italian. English will be used in the classroom for orientation purposes only. Grammar, graded readings, and speaking. Independent language laboratory work required each week.

A review and continuation of ITA-101. English will be used in the class for orientation purposes only. Independent language laboratory work required each week. Prerequisite: ITA-101.

This course aims to build the students’ ability in speaking, reading and writing Italian, as well as understanding spoken Italian, and to allow them to delve more deeply into the culture of Italy. The course includes extensive conversational practice as well as supplemental readings of literary and cultural texts and readings from the Internet. Conducted in Italian. Prerequisite: ITA-102 or equivalent.  Independent language laboratory work required each week. This course is a prerequisite for ITA-206.

This course aims to build the students' ability in speaking, reading and writing Italian, as well as understanding spoken Italian. The course includes extensive conversational practice as well as supplemental readings of literary and cultural texts and from the Internet. Independent language laboratory work required each week. Conducted in Italian. Prerequisite: ITA-205.  
 

Working with a faculty mentor from the department, the student will formulate and execute a research project at an intermediate level of complexity. In her project, the student will investigate an aspect of Italian language or literature, culture or civilization of personal interest and, as a culminating experience, prepare a paper or other research project whose outcomes or conclusions she also proposes and discusses in a public forum. A research proposal form completed by the student and the faculty mentor is required for registration. Research performed in connection with study abroad is strongly encouraged. May be repeated for credit for a total of six semester hours. Prerequisite: 3 credits from ITA from Level 200 or above.
 

Working with a faculty mentor from the department, the honors student investigates an aspect of Italian language, literature, culture or civilization of personal interest and prepares a paper or other research product whose conclusions or outcomes she also proposes and discusses in a public forum. Weekly meetings. It is expected that the honors student will spend at least ten hours per week on her thesis. Fulfills honors thesis requirement.  Research performed in connection with study abroad is strongly encouraged. Prerequisites: 6 credits from ITA from Level 300 or above.
 

Working with a faculty mentor from the department, the student will formulate and execute a research project at an advanced level of complexity. In her project, the student will investigate an aspect of Italian language or literature, culture or civilization of personal interest, and as a culminating experience, prepare a paper or other research project whose outcomes or conclusions she also proposes and discusses in a public forum.  A research proposal form completed by the student and faculty mentor is required for registration. Research performed in connection with study abroad is strongly encouraged. May be repeated for credit for a total of six semester hours. Prerequisites: 3 credits from ITA from Level 300 or above.
 

This course is intended to help students understand how Italian food came to be what it is today and how history and geography have played, and still play, a role in shaping the complex gastronomic diversity of Italy. Critical and expressive skills in English are sharpened through the practice of writing weekly reflections on topics ranging from the Mediterranean diet, the Slow Food Movement, Sustainable Food, Chemistry of Food, Food in Art and many more. The course is taught in English with Italian sprinkled in when useful.

Introduction to modern spoken Spanish. English will be used in the classroom for orientation purposes only. Independent language laboratory work required each week.

A review and continuation of SPA-101. English will be used in the classroom for orientation purposes only. Independent language laboratory work required each week. Prerequisite: SPA-101.

A review and continuation of SPA-102, and gradual introduction of graded readings. Independent language laboratory work required each week. Prerequisite: SPA-102.

A continuation of SPA-205. Emphasis on the reading and discussion in Spanish of texts of moderate difficulty. Independent language laboratory work required each week. Prerequisite: SPA-205.

A course in conversational Spanish which focuses on increasing a student’s oral proficiency at the intermediate level. Emphasis is placed on the proper pronunciation of the language and on listening and speaking. The class also includes a community-based learning component and service hours spent in the community. It may be repeated once for credit through an approved program of study abroad. Conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPA-206 or equivalent.

Working with a faculty mentor from the department, the student will formulate and execute a research project at an intermediate level of complexity. In her project, the student will investigate an aspect of Spanish or Hispanophone literature, culture or civilization of personal interest and, as a culminating experience, prepare a paper or other research project whose outcomes or conclusions she also proposes and discusses in a public forum. A research proposal form completed by the student and the faculty mentor is required for registration. Research performed in connection with study abroad is strongly encouraged. May be repeated for credit for a total of six semester hours. Prerequisites: 3 credits from SPA at Level 200.

Intensive study and homestay in a Spanish-speaking country. Credit awarded according to departmental guidelines. Permission of department required to enroll. Pass/Fail grading only.

This course is offered only in connection with the department’s programs of study in a Spanish-speaking country. Since instruction is in Spanish, the course carries as a prerequisite the completion of second-year language study. The course may entail instruction before, during, and after the experience abroad. Credit is awarded according to the following guidelines: Completion of assigned readings: 1 hour; Completion of a paper or journal: 1 hour; Participation in a series of organized visits: 1 hour. Depending on the objectives of the foreign study program, directors may require any combination of the above elements, but in no case will more than three credit hours be awarded for the course. SPA 302 may be repeated once for credit through an approved program of study abroad. Pass/Fail grading may be elected by the student. Instructor’s consent required. Prerequisites: SPA-206, SPA-207.

Students in this course explore the history and diverse cultures of Spain from antiquity to the consolidation of the nation, ending with the study of the contemporary social, cultural, and political make-up of Spanish society. Conducted in Spanish. Prerequisites: SPA-207 or equivalent.

Students in this course explore the history and diverse cultures of Latin America from Pre-Columbian and colonial times to independence, ending with the study of the contemporary social, cultural, artistic, and political make-up of its societies. Conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPA-207.

This course focuses on students’ pronunciation, intonation, and oral proficiency. One hour of non-credit language laboratory required each week. May be taken without prerequisite courses with permission of instructor. Prerequisites: SPA-206, SPA-207 or equivalent.

Study of complex grammar structures.  Designed to improve students’ writing skills.  Required of all majors and minors in Spanish.  Conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPA-207 or equivalent.

This course focuses on developing oral proficiency at the advanced level. Students will engage in conversations about numerous topics relevant to the Spanish-speaking community in the US and abroad. They will learn to express abstract ideas about the intricacies of culture and global issues. All students will be required to complete service-learning hours and reflect on how the experience connects to class topics. Open to juniors and seniors or to other students with special permission of the instructor. Conducted in Spanish. SPA 307 may be repeated once for credit through an approved program of study abroad. Prerequisite: SPA-306.

This course introduces students to basic techniques for approaching and examining different literary genres in Spanish.  Selected readings include poetry, short story, and drama. Recommended as an introduction to literature.  Required of all Spanish majors.
Prerequisites: SPA-206, SPA-207 or equivalent.

This course is designed to provide students with the linguistic tools and cultural knowledge to allow them to successfully work in a variety of professional social service settings. Topics will include, but not be limited to the following: welfare, Social Security, government subsidies, employment training programs, Medicaid, childcare and elder care.  Through engaging activities and assignments students will gain awareness of social issues affecting the Spanish-speaking community while developing their ability to use their language skills in a professional setting.  Prerequisites: SPA-207 or placement at the 300-level.

An advanced-level course to orient students’ functional use of Spanish to the world of business from a Hispanic cultural perspective. Students will report on current events, trade accords among nations and intercultural issues in the workplace. Prerequisites: Successful completion (grade of C or better) of Intermediate Spanish II (SPA-206) is required and Advanced Composition and Grammar (SPA-306) is preferred. Students who wish to take Business Spanish without having completed SPA-306 should seek the permission of the instructor.

This course explores the relationship between language and society. Through the study of linguistic communities, students will examine the various contexts in which communities use language to express their identity and social behavior, including the sociocultural rules of appropriate language use. Conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPA 207.

This course is designed to help the student improve oral and written communication in Spanish and to become familiar with major Hispanic films, directors, and actors and their contributions to cinematic art. Through the medium of film, students will develop a deeper awareness of Hispanic culture and of global affairs. Prerequisite: SPA-206, SPA-207 or equivalent.

In this course students will explore the various ways that literature from the Spanish-speaking world can be reimagined through performance.  This not only means seeing performances both virtually and in person, but also staging them in a number of different settings.  Prerequisites: SPA-306, placement at the 300-level, or special permission from the instructor.

Intensive study of related authors, a particular group or generation, a movement, a genre, and/or a particular work. Topics and texts relevant to Spanish, Latin American and/or U.S. Latino contexts. May be repeated for credit if topic varies. Topic is announced each time the course is offered. Conducted in Spanish. Prerequisites: SPA-308.

This course explores the many borders (gender, language, class, race, etc.) Latina writers cross as they negotiate what it means to be both Hispanic and U.S. American without really belonging anywhere.  Students will read a wide variety of texts in Spanish and English, ranging from novels and essays to memoirs and graphic novels.  The course is conducted in Spanish with English used whenever applicable.  Prerequisites: SPA-306, placement at the 300-level, or special permission from the instructor.

Literature, music and dance – although different artistic genres – are closely related as essential parts of the construction of national, regional and racial identity in Latin America.  This course will explore the fluid boundaries between the three genres and their fundamental role in identity construction.  Prerequisites: SPA-306, placement at the 300-level, or special permission from the instructor.

This course aims to increase the student’s reading proficiency in Spanish and writing skills in both Spanish and English through grammar review, practice, vocabulary expansion, and translation from and sometimes into the foreign language. Content includes basic principles of translation, translation skills and techniques. A variety of general and semi-technical texts in Spanish will be studied. Course includes guest speakers, weekly independent assignments in translation, and a final translation research project. Class will be conducted in English and Spanish. Prerequisites: SPA-306 or permission of the instructor.

This course aims to apply advanced proficiency in reading and writing to translation both from and into the target language. Content applies and expounds upon principles from SPA 385, including translation theory, skills and techniques, language levels, lexicography, transposition and equivalence. A variety of semi- and technical texts in the target language will be read in depth. Course includes guest speakers, weekly independent assignments in translation, and a final translation research project. Class sessions and lectures will be conducted in English and Spanish. Prerequisites: SPA-385 or permission of the instructor.

This is a practical and theoretical introduction to interpreting in professional and community settings such as health care, human services and education.  The course includes theory and practice in the modes on interpretation, interpreter ethics, roles of the interpreter, memory development and note-taking skills, as well as exposure to specialized topics and terminology. Prerequisites: SPA-306 and SPA-385, or special permission from the instructor; SPA-207 and SPA-307 recommended.

This is a supervised experience in which the student uses her Spanish skills in a professional setting.  Possible placements may include not-for-profit agencies, companies, governmental agencies and schools (excluding student teaching). Students must work 40 hours at the internship for each credit hour they wish to earn for SPA-476. Prerequisite: SPA-306 or placement at the 300-level.  Must complete SPA-476 in same term or following term.

This course is designed to help the student critically reflect on her experiences at her internship.  She will consider challenges at her internship, the realities of the Spanish-speaking communities where she works, and develop possible solutions to improve the services offered at her placement.  SPA-475 is a prerequisite or co-requisite.  May be repeated for a total of six hours of credit.  Pass/Fail grading only. Permission required from the department head.    Prerequisite: SPA-306 or placement at the 300-level. Must complete SPA-475 in same term or previous term.

This is a supervised experience in which the student uses her Spanish skills in a professional setting. Possible placements may include companies, governmental agencies, schools (excluding student teaching), and not-for-profit organizations. Permission required from the department chair. May be repeated for credit for a total of six semester hours. Pass/Fail grading only. Prerequisites: SPA-306 and junior or senior standing.

Working with a faculty mentor from the department, the honors student investigates an aspect of Spanish language or Hispanophone literature, culture or civilization of personal interest and prepares a paper or other research product whose conclusions or outcomes she also proposes and discusses in a public forum. Weekly meetings. It is expected that the honors student will spend at least ten hours per week on her thesis. Fulfills honors thesis requirement. Research performed in connection with study abroad is strongly encouraged. Prerequisites: 15 credits from SPA at Level 300 or above.

Working with a faculty mentor from the department, the student will formulate and execute a research project at an advanced level of complexity. In her project, the student will investigate an aspect of Spanish or Hispanophone language or literature, culture or civilization of personal interest, and, as a culminating experience, prepare a paper or other research project whose outcomes or conclusions she also proposes and discusses in a public forum.  A research proposal form completed by the student and faculty mentor is required for registration. Research performed in connection with study abroad is strongly encouraged. May be repeated for credit for a total of six semester hours. Prerequisite: 12 credits from SPA at Level 300 or above.

This course is specifically designed not to target any one second language. Instead, it offers an introduction to various aspects of and influences on modern languages, to include: verbal, nonverbal, global, gender, racial, and socioeconomic factors, as well as writing and advertising. The course will focus on readings and in-depth discussions about overall awareness of languages in today's world. Course will be offered as needed. No prerequisites. 

This course is intended to help students understand how Italian food came to be what it is today and how history and geography have played, and still play, a role in shaping the complex gastronomic diversity of Italy. Critical and expressive skills in English are sharpened through the practice of writing weekly reflections on topics ranging from the Mediterranean diet, the Slow Food Movement, Sustainable Food, Chemistry of Food, Food in Art and many more. The course is taught in English with Italian sprinkled in when useful.

A pre-professional course aimed at identifying the goals of foreign language teachers and exploring different methods of reaching these goals. The student will begin building a file of teaching materials, including lesson plans, unit plans, and a plan for an academic year. Required for all students seeking licensure in a foreign language. Student must be admitted to the Teacher Education Program before enrolling in this course.  Does not count toward a foreign language major. Instructor's consent required.

Contact Information
Jonathan Wade
Department Chair, Professor of Spanish
109 Martin Hall
(919) 760-8738
wadejon@meredith.edu
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