Modern Languages and Literatures Courses Fall 2018

First-Year Eligible Courses

*Students with AP credit and/or language experience may be able to take 100-level language courses. Please contact the MLL Department for appropriate placement.

ARAB 001-010: Elementary Arabic

CRN 41264; 4 credits (HU)  M 11:10am – 12:00pm  WF 11:10am – 12:25pm

The general objective of this course is to familiarize students with the sounds and the letters of Arabic, along with basic communication skills. Students are required to use Arabic in class discussion. Attendance and class participation are necessary to achieve the above-stated goals. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to read, write, speak, and understand Arabic at the elementary level.

Professor Nada Hamouch

ARAB 011-010: Intermediate Arabic I

CRN 41265; 4 credits (HU)  MWF 10:10 – 11:00am

Development of communication skills and cultural awareness through reading materials and viewing films. Grammar is presented in context. Emphasis on communicative ability in oral and writing skills, and on the use and cultural aspects of the language through authentic materials. Students learn how to communicate effectively and appropriately while satisfying their intellectual curiosity to learn about the civilization and culture, current as well as historical dimensions.

Professor Nada Hamouch

CHIN 001: Begin Chinese Reading and Writing I

CRN 40909; 2 credits (HU) MW 9:10 – 10:00am

CRN 41266; 2 credits (HU) MW 1:10 – 2:00pm

Introduction to the Chinese writing system and beginning character acquisition; reading practice with pinyin transcription system. (Fall) Non-heritage speakers are strongly encouraged to take the Spoken of the same level during the same semester as this Reading and Writing course.

Professor Zhi Li

CHIN 003: Beginning Spoken Chinese I

CRN 40705; 2 credits (HU) TR 9:20 – 10:10am

CRN 41182; 2 credits (HU) TR 2:10 – 3:00pm

Introduction to Mandarin Chinese pronunciation, the pinyin transcription system, and modern colloquial Chinese; emphasis on oral proficiency. Not open to native speakers. Students are strongly encouraged to take Reading and Writing course of the same level during the same semester as this Spoken course.

Professor Limei Shan

CHIN 011-010: Intermediate Chinese Reading and Writing I

CRN 40910; 2 credits (HU)  MW 2:10 – 3:00pm

Continued focus on vocabulary/character acquisition and text-based reading and writing exercises using Chinese characters. Non-heritage speakers are strongly encouraged to take the Spoken course of the same level during the same semester as this Reading and Writing course.

Professor Zhi Li

CHIN 013: Intermediate Spoken Chinese I

CRN 40708; 2 credits (HU)  TR 1:10 – 2:00pm

Further development of communicative skills in Chinese using situational dialogues and class discussion; emphasis on oral proficiency. Not open to native speakers. Students are strongly encouraged to take Reading and Writing course of the same level during the same semester as this Spoken course.

Professor Limei Shan

FREN 001-010: Elementary French I

CRN 40119; 4 credits (HU)  MWF 11:10am – 12:00pm

Multimedia approach to the study of French. Introduction to French conversation, grammar, and culture.

Professor Taieb Berrada

FREN 011: Intermediate French I

CRN 40709; 4 credits (HU) MWF 9:10 – 10:00am with Professor Marie-Sophie Armstrong

CRN 40975; 4 credits (HU) MWF 11:10am – 12:00pm with Professor Marie-Helene Chabut

Further acquisition of the fundamentals of French conversation, writing, and culture. Multimedia approach.

GERM 001-010: Elementary German I

CRN 43108; 4 credits (HU)  MW 11:10am – 12:25pm  F 11:10am – 12:00pm

Fundamentals of German; reading and simple texts; simple conversation and composition; vocabulary building. Three class hours plus one laboratory or drill hour each week. No previous German required.

Professor Martina Buckley

GERM 011-010: Intermediate German I

CRN 40122; 4 credits (HU)  MWF 10:10 – 11:00am

Review of grammar, composition, reading of intermediate texts, vocabulary building.

Professor Martina Buckley

HEBR 001-010: Elementary Modern Hebrew I

CRN 40123; 4 credits (HU)  R 9:20 – 10:10am  MW 12:45 – 2:00pm

Class instruction will focus on the introduction of the Hebrew alphabet and basic vocabulary. Instruction will also emphasize the basics of Hebrew listening comprehension, vocabulary, reading, writing, grammar and speaking. Class activities are planned for an inclusive approach to different styles of learning. No previous study of Hebrew required.

Professor Tal Gutman

JPNS 001: Elementary Japanese I

CRN 40319; 4 credits (HU) MWF 10:10 – 11:00am & T 12:10 – 1:00pm

CRN 40320; 4 credits (HU) MWF 10:10 – 11:00am & T 1:10 – 2:00pm

CRN 40976; 4 credits (HU) MWF 1:10 – 2:00pm & T 12:10 – 1:00pm

CRN 40977; 4 credits (HU) MWF 1:10 – 2:00pm & T 1:10 – 2:00pm

This course introduces the basic grammatical structures commonly found in daily situations in Japan. All four aspects of language skills are introduced. Hirangana, Katakana, and approximately 50 Kanji are introduced.

Professor Kyoko Taniguchi

JPNS 011-010: Intermediate Japanese I

CRN 40135; 4 credits (HU)  MWF 10:10 – 11:00am  R 12:10 – 1:00pm

Continuation of JPNS 002. This course introduces more complex grammatical structures and develops all four aspects of language skills. Slightly more emphasis on reading and writing. Approximately 100 Kanji are introduced.

Professor Nobuko Yamasaki

MLL 075-010: Chinese Civilization

CRN 43945; 4 credits (HU)  MW 2:35 – 3:50pm

The development of traditional Chinese thought, beliefs, technology, and institutions from a historical perspective. (Crosslisted with ASIA 075 and HIST 075)

Professor Constance Cook

MLL 096: Scandal and Sensation in Modern China

CRN 43986; 4 credits (HU)  MW 11:10am – 12:25pm

In this course students will read provocative literature and watch controversial movies from China in the last 100 years. The objectives are to probe the gray areas of morality, propriety, and legality; to evaluate the competing forces of speech and censure; and to engage in broader debates about public culture. All materials are available in English.

Professor Thomas Chen

MLL 197: Introduction to World Cinema

CRN 43795; 2 credits (HU)  R 2:35 – 3:50pm

*Half semester course will begin after midterms in October

Students will attend the film festival that the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures organizes each fall. A total of seven films in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian and Spanish will be shown. A discussion led by a respondent will follow each showing. May be repeated. (This course is to be taken pass/fail only.)

Professor Marie-Sophie Armstrong

RUSS 001-010: Elementary Russian I

CRN 40712; 4 credits (HU)  MWF 12:10 – 1:00pm  R 12:10 – 1:00pm

Classroom and laboratory, audio, and video introduction to the fundamentals of conversational and grammatical patterns; practice in pronunciation, simple conversation, reading, and writing.

Professor Mary Nicholas

RUSS 011-010: Intermediate Russian I

CRN 43965; 4 credits (HU)  MW 12:45 – 2:00pm

Classroom and laboratory practice in conversation. Development of reading and writing skills.

Teaching Staff

SPAN 001: Elementary Spanish I

CRN 40710; 4 credits (HU) MWF 9:10 – 10:00am & T 9:20 – 10:35am

CRN 40305; 4 credits (HU) MWF 10:10 – 11:00am & T 10:45 – 11:35am

CRN 42939; 4 credits (HU) MWF 1:10 – 2:00pm & T 12:10 – 1:00pm

Basic conversational Spanish illustrating essential grammatical principles. Reading of simple texts and writing.

Professor Jessica Brandt

SPAN 011: Intermediate Spanish I

CRN 42522; 4 credits (HU) MWF 8:10 – 9:00am

CRN 40306; 4 credits (HU) MWF 10:10 – 11:00am

CRN 40307; 4 credits (HU) MWF 11:10am – 12:00pm

Limited review of elementary grammar concepts and introduction to more advanced grammar and vocabulary. Emphasis on discussion, reading, and writing about short literary works and current topics in the Spanish-speaking world.

Professor Eunice Cortez

SPAN 012: Intermediate Spanish II

CRN 40640; 4 credits (HU) MWF 11:10am – 12:00pm with Professor Jessica Brandt

CRN 41485; 4 credits (HU) MWF 1:10 – 2:00pm with Professor Sara Reuben

Continuation of SPAN 011.