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Language Courses

At the Department of Modern Languages you can study different languages and complete a major or a minor in many of them in no time! To find information concerning WKU language requirements, click here.

We offer courses in:  Arabic,  Chinese, French, German, JapaneseRussian and Spanish. Majors/minors that list substantial language courses as electives or required courses include: International Business, Latin American Studies, and WKU Teaching Certification.

The languages taught in the Department of Modern Languages are all living languages. We decided to emphasize communication in our lower level courses, especially speaking and listening skills, in a manner consistent with discourse common to native speakers as they function in a typical cultural context. This emphasis implies lexicon and linguistic functions appropriate in content to situations paralleling experiences our students might encounter in the target culture.

ARBC 101 ARABIC I. 3 HOURS
Prepares students to communicate verbally and in writing in simple routine tasks, to understand written or spoken communication on everyday topics and to develop cultural awareness. Equivalents: ARBC 386 and RELS 386.

ARBC 102 INTERMEDIATE ARABIC II. 3 HOURS 
Prerequisite: ARBC 101 or equivalent. Continuation of the development of communication skills on everyday topics and of cultural insights. 

ARBC 201 INTERMEDIATE ARABIC I. 3 HOURS
 Prerequisite: ARBC 102. Expansion of communication skills in increasingly complex and varied situations. Emphasis on conversational speaking, presentational writing and speaking, and understanding culturally specific texts and media.

ARBC 202 INTERMEDIATE ARABIC II. 3 HOURS
Prerequisite: ARBC 201 or equivalent. Continued expansion of interpersonal communication skills at the intermediate level. Emphasis on increasing comprehension, the building of vocabulary, and on presentational modes of speaking and writing.

ARBC 301 ADVANCED ARABIC I. 3 HOURS 

Prerequisite: ARBC 202. A continued expansion of interpersonal communication skills. Emphasis on improved comprehension, mastery of more complex linguistic structures, and speaking and writing on culturally specific texts and media.

ARBC 302 ADVANCED ARABIC II. 3 HOURS 

Prerequisite: ARBC 301. A continued expansion of interpersonal communication skills. Emphasis on advance comprehension, speaking and writing on culturally specific texts and mastery of more complex expressions and linguistic structures.

ARBC 321 COLLOQUIAL ARABIC. 3 HOURS

Prerequisite: ARBC 302. A course in pronunciation, comprehension and oral expression in colloquial Arabic. Exercises focus on navigating common situations of daily life in an Arabic speaking country. 

ARBC 437 ADVANCED MEDIA ARABIC. 3 HOURS

Prerequisite: ARBC 302. Study of Arabic media reporting in written, audio and video formats, focusing on political, economic and security issues in their cultural contexts. 

ARBC 499 ADVANCED STUDIES IN ARABIC. 3 HOURS

Prerequisite: ARBC 302. Guided independent study in culture, language, or literature of the Arab world. Maybe used with prior consent of full-time program faculty for work conducted during study abroad.

CHIN 101 ELEMENTARY CHINESE I. 3 HOURS 

Conversational Mandarin with basic grammar and basic functional vocabulary of the Chinese language. Includes aspects of contemporary Chinese culture. 

CHIN 102 ELEMENTARY CHINESE II.3 HOURS
Prerequisite: CHIN 101 or equivalent. Continuation of development of basic grammar and functional language skills of Mandarin. Includes aspects of contemporary Chinese culture. Course Fee.

CHIN 201 INTERMEDIATE CHINESE I. 3 HOURS 
Prerequisite: CHIN 102. Expansion of communication skills in increasingly complex and varied situations. Emphasis on conversational speaking, presentational writing and speaking, and understanding culturally specific texts and media.

CHIN 202 INTERMEDIATE CHINESE II. 3 HOURS 
Prerequisite: CHIN 201 or equivalent. Continued expansion of interpersonal communication skills at the intermediate level. Emphasis on increasing comprehension, the building of vocabulary, and on presentational modes of speaking and writing.

CHIN 301 ADVANCED INTERMEDIATE CHINESE I. 3 HOURS 

Prerequisite: CHIN 202. Continued expansion of interpersonal communication skills at the advanced intermediate level. Focus on control of more complex linguistic forms to achieve increasing comprehension and presentation of Chinese language and culture on familiar topics.

CHIN 302 ADVANCED INTERMEDIATE CHINESE II. 3 HOURS 

Prerequisite: CHIN 301. Continued expansion of interpersonal communication skills at the advanced intermediate level. Focus on control of more complex linguistic forms to achieve increasing comprehension and presentation of Chinese language and culture on both familiar and unfamiliar topics.

CHIN 318 BUSINESS CHINESE. 3 HOURS 

Prerequisite: CHIN 202. This intermediate-level course aims to enhance students' daily communicative skills and cultural understanding in a business context in contemporary Chinese-speaking regions.

CHIN 320 CHINESE CONVERSATION/COMPOSITION. 3 HOURS 

Prerequisite: CHIN 202. This intermediate course advances students' interpersonal and presentational communication skills with intensive practice in all language skills and a focus on speaking and writing.

CHIN 401 ADVANCED CHINESE I. 3 HOURS

Prerequisite: CHIN 302. This interactive advanced course continues to expand students' language skills at the advanced level and enables students to communicate with native Chinese speakers on practical and factual matters.

CHIN 409 HONORS CHINESE LAB II. 1 HOUR

Prerequisite: CHIN 302. Guided project-based individualized Chinese language and cultural studies at the advanced level. Number of credit hours will be determined in consultation with instructor.

FREN 101 ELEMENTARY FRENCH I. 3 HOURS 
A beginning course designed to teach the four basic skills of understanding, speaking, reading and writing with emphasis on speaking and understanding as well as on cultural aspects of France and other French-speaking nations.

FREN 102 ELEMENTARY FRENCH II. 3 HOURS
Prerequisite: FREN 101. Continuation of the development of the four basic skills and cultural insights.

FREN 105 INTRODUCTION TO FRENCH CULTURE.  3 HOURS
Survey of contemporary culture of France, with emphasis on values, behavioral characteristics, social and political structures, and achievements of the French speaking people. Taught in English; only taught abroad.

FREN 201 INTERMEDIATE FRENCH I. 3 HOURS 
Prerequisite: FREN 102. Expansion of grammatical knowledge and practice in oral and written expression.

FREN 202 INTERMEDIATE FRENCH II. 3 HOURS
Prerequisite: FREN 201. Continuation of oral and written practice, vocabulary building and introduction to the reading of literary or cultural texts.

FREN 306 EXPERIENCING FRENCH ABROAD.1-6 HOURS
Prerequisite: FREN 202 or equivalent and permission of instructor. Prequisite: Enrollment in supervised language study while abroad. Supervised language and cultural studies accomplished during a study abroad program. Students who receive transferable credit for language study done during the study abroad program will receive credit only for cultural study. May be repeated once for a maximum of six hours of credit.

FREN 210 INTERMEDIATE FRENCH CONVERSATION ABROAD. 1-3 HOURS
Prerequisite: FREN 102 or equivalent. Course designed to develop the vocabulary and communication skills of a student with one year of college French or equivalent, with emphasis on contact with French native speakers. FREN 210 may not substitute for FREN 201 or 202, but may count as an elective for the major or minor. Taught in French. May be repeated for a total of three credits.

FREN 211 FRENCH CULTURE ABROAD.1-3 HOURS
Prerequisite: FREN 102 or 
equivalent. Course designed to develop an appreciation for different aspects of France and its people and culture, for a student with one year of college French or equivalent. FREN 211 may not substitute for FREN 201 or 202, but may count as an elective for the major or minor. Taught in French. May be repeated for a total of three credits.

FREN 314 INTRODUCTION TO FRENCH LITERATURE. 
3 HOURS
Prerequisite: FREN 202. This course is intended to develop adequate reading skills to enable the student to succeed in literature courses. Texts from the theatre, poetry, short stories and selections from novels will be read.

FREN 320 FRENCH GRAMMAR AND COMPOSITION. 3 HOURS
Prerequisite: FREN202. A comprehensive study of French grammar based on classroom explanation and drill and written translation of texts especially prepared to illustrate grammar under discussion.

FREN 321 FRENCH CONVERSATION. 3 HOURS
Prerequisite: FREN 202. Exercises in pronunciation, comprehension and composition. Thorough review of language usage. Ample opportunity for conversation. Entirely in French.

FREN 322 TRANSLATION. 3 HOURS
Prerequisite: FREN 202.A concentrated study of the intricacies and processes of translation work (both French to English and English to French) for literary and non-literary materials.

FREN 323 FRENCH CIVILIZATION AND CULTURE. 3 HOURS 
Prerequisite: FREN 202. Readings , discussion, lectures, films, oral and written reports on different aspects of France and its people and culture.

FREN 325 SURVEY OF FRENCH LITERATURE I. 3 HOURS
Prerequisite: FREN 314 or equivalent. Reading of French literary texts representing the masterpieces of this important branch of French civilization; lectures on literary history and criticism. The period covered is from 842 AD to the end of the 18th century.

FREN 326 SURVEY OF FRENCH LITERATURE II. 3 HOURS
Prerequisite: FREN 314 or equivalent. See French 325 for description. The period covered is the 19th and 20th centuries.

FREN 328 FRENCH DICTION AND PRONUNCIATION. 3 HOURS
Prerequisite: FREN 202 or equivalent. Mastery of fluent French diction and pronunciation through intensive practice with sounds, stress, rhythm, linking, phrasing, and intonation.

FREN 331 BUSINESS FRENCH. 3 HOURS
Prerequisites: FREN 202 or equivalent. Introduction to business communication in the French speaking countries. Linguistic structures and vocabulary, forms of business communication, reading and discussion of business texts, social customs.

FREN 389 INTERNSHIP IN FRENCH. 1-3 HOURS
Prerequisites: One 300-level French course or the equivalent, and permission of instructor. Supervised work using French in a professional setting. Open only to French majors or minors.

FREN 420 ADVANCED FRENCH COMPOSITION AND STYLISTICS. 3 HOURS
Prerequisite: FREN 202. Creative self-expression in written French, refinement of grammatical understanding, introduction to the art of translation and an examination of selected texts to study stylistic devices.

FREN 421 ADVANCED FRENCH CONVERSATION. 3 HOURS
Prerequisite: FREN 202. Free classroom discussion on assigned topics and reports on newspaper and magazine articles of current interest. Special attention will be paid to idiomatic expressions.

FREN 426 FRENCH LITERATURE OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY. 3 HOURS
Prerequisite: One 300-level French literature course. A study of the works of major French writers of the 20th century.

FREN 427 FRANCOPHONE CULTURE. 3 HOURS
Prerequisite: FREN 323. Course will cover all francophone countries (including France) and deal with various aspects of their culture: oral literature.

FREN 445 FRENCH CANADIAN LITERATURE. 3 HOURS
Prerequisites: FREN 321, 314, 325 or 326, or instructor's permission. A survey of the Qubcois novel, theatre and poetry through a selection of 19th and 20th century writers.

FREN 450 TOPICS IN FRANCOPHONE CINEMA. 3 HOURS
Prerequisites: For French majors: FREN 320, 321 For non-French majors: ENG 100, 200. Course examines the way Francophone film directors and social scientists look at various aspects of the most recent cinema: narrative structure, recurring patterns, relation form/content and ideology.

FREN 499 ADVANCED STUDIES IN FRENCH. 1-4 HOURS
Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing and permission of instructor. For guided independent study in culture, language, or literature. May be used with consent of full-time program faculty members for work accomplished during study abroad. Number of credit hours will be determined in consultation with instructor. May be repeated for a maximum of six hours of credit.

GERM 100 GERMAN LANGUAGE AND CULTURE
ON-SITE. 1-3 HOURS

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.An introduction to German and German-speaking culture in conjunction with study abroad for students with little or no previous language study. Does not fulfill the general education foreign language requirement.

GERM 101 GERMAN I:FUNDAMENTAL COMMUNICATION.
3 HOURS 

Introduction to German through exploration of the students' personal world. Students will learn to express preferences, abilities, needs, and obligations; ask for information; describe people, places, and things in their world; and report their typical activities.

GERM 102 GERMAN II: SOCIAL COMMUNICATION. 
3 HOURS

Prerequisite: GERM 101 or equivalent. Extension of German I that moves toward increased linguistic and social awareness of German-speaking cultures. Students will use the past tense, demonstrate basic understanding of aspects of the German-speaking world, and be able to give information on course topics.

GERM 105 INTRODUCTION TO GERMANIC CULTURE. 3 HOURS
Survey of the contemporary culture of Austria and Germany, with emphasis on values, behavioral characteristics, social and political structures, and achievements of German-speaking peoples. Taught in English; only taught abroad.

GERM 201 GERMAN III: CULTURAL COMMUNICATION. 3 HOURS

Prerequisite: GERM 102 or equivalent. Helps students strengthen basic language skills while continuing to broaden cultural awareness of German-speaking societies. Students produce brief reports related to course topics and express opinions simply. Includes literature, film and fine arts. Taught in German.

GERM 202 THE GERMAN-SPEAKING LANDS. 3 HOURS 

Prerequisite: GERM 201 or equivalent. Introduction to geography, social structures, and recent history. Material drawn from literature, popular culture, and the Internet. Students learn to read short texts and express opinions about them. Taught in German.

GERM 210 INTERMEDIATE GERMAN CONVERSATION ABROAD. 1-3 HOURS 

Prerequisite: GERM 102 or equivalent. Course designed to develop the vocabulary and communication skills of a student with one year of college German or equivalent, with emphasis on contact with German native speakers. GERM 210 may not substitute for GERM 201 or 202, but may count as an elective for the major or minor. Taught in German. May be repeated for a total of three credits.

GERM 211 INTERMEDIATE GERMAN CULTURE ABROAD. 1-3 HOURS 

Prerequisite: GERM 102 or equivalent. Course designed to develop an appreciation for different aspects of German-speaking countries and their people and cultures, for a student with one year of college German or equivalent. GERM 211 may not substitute for GERM 201 or 202, but may count as an elective for the major or minor. Taught in German. May be repeated for a total of three credits.

GERM 306 EXPERIENCING GERMAN ABROAD. 1-6 HOURS

Prerequisite: GERM 202 or equivalent and permission of instructor. Corequisite: Enrollment in supervised language study while abroad. Supervised language and cultural studies accomplished during a study abroad program. Students who receive transferable credit for language study done during the study abroad program will receive credit only for cultural study. May be repeated once for a maximum of six hours of credit.

GERM 314 INTRODUCTION TO GERMAN LITERATURE. 3 HOURS 

Prerequisite: GERM 202. Emphasis on major periods, literary types and critical approaches through the study of selected representative works and authors.

GERM 330 GERMAN COMPOSITION AND CONVERSATION. 3 HOURS

Prerequisite: GERM 202. Develops skill in writing and speaking standard German. Stress is on vocabulary building, use of dictionary and control of sentence structures. Skill in spoken German is aimed at enabling the students to find their way around the environment and to function in a social situation.

GERM 331 BUSINESS GERMAN. 3 HOURS

Prerequisite: GERM 202 or equivalent. Introduction to business communication in German-speaking countries: linguistic structures and vocabulary, forms of business communication, reading and discussion of business texts, social customs.

GERM 332 ADVANCED GERMAN TRANSLATION. 3 HOURS

Prerequisite: GERM 202 or permission of instructor. Translation English to German and German to English of texts selected from various sources both literary and non-literary. Texts are selected for general interest and challenge to the translator.

GERM 333 GERMANIC CIVILIZATION AND CULTURE. 3 HOURS 

Prerequisite: GERM 202. Survey of the historical background and cultural development of the German-speaking countries of Europe: The Federal Republic of Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Conducted in German.

GERM 335 CONTEMPORARY CULTURE AND CIVILIZATION. 3 HOURS 

Prerequisites: GERM 202 or equivalent. Study of Geography, politics, social customs, culture and contemporary issues of the German-speaking countries. Especially useful for students who plan to study or work abroad. Taught in German.

GERM 389 INTERNSHIP IN GERMAN. 1-3 HOURS

Prerequisites: One 300-level German course or the equivalent, and permission of the instructor. Supervised work using German in a professional setting. Open only to German majors or minors.

GERM 430 ADVANCED GERMAN COMPOSITION AND CONVERSATION. 3 HOURS

Prerequisite: GERM202 or equivalent. Provides intensive practice in written and spoken German, enabling the student to write letters, reports, essays, descriptions, and to discuss literary, cultural, and political topics.

GERM 435 GERMAN LITERATURE OF THE 19TH AND 20TH CENTURIES. 3 HOURS

Prerequisite: GERM 314 or permission of instructor. A study of major German, Austrian, and Swiss writers of the 19th and 20th centuries with emphasis on prose and drama.

GERM 436 GERMAN LITERATURE OF THE CLASSICAL PERIOD. 3 HOURS

Prerequisite: GERM 314 or permission of instructor. A study of the outstanding works of Goethe, Schiller and other authors of the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

GERM 437 GERMAN LITERATURE AND FILM. 3 HOURS

Prerequisite: GERM 314 or equivalent. A study of German film and film adaptations of German literature. Emphasis on textual analysis, special film terminology, theoretical approaches to film, writing about film.

GERM 455 TOPICS IN GERMANIC LITERARY AND CULTURAL STUDIES. 3 HOURS

Prerequisite: GERM 314 or permission of instructor. Examines different topics of interest in German literary and cultural studies. May be repeated once for credit.

GERM 499 ADVANCED STUDIES IN GERMAN. 1-4 HOURS

Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing and permission of instructor. For guided independent study in culture, language, or literature. May be used with consent of full-time program faculty members for work accomplished during study abroad. Number of credit hours will be determined in consultation with instructor. May be repeated for a maximum of six hours of credit.

JAPN 101 ELEMENTARY JAPANESE I. 3 HOURS 
Introduction to pronunciation, grammar, and basic functional vocabulary of modern Japanese. Includes aspects of contemporary Japanese culture.

JAPN 102 ELEMENTARY JAPANESE II. 3 HOURS 
Prerequisite: JAPN 101 or equivalent. Continuation of Japanese 101 using Hiragana and Katakana writing systems, grammar, and basic additional vocabulary of modern Japanese. Includes aspects of contemporary Japanese culture.

JAPN 201. INTERMEDIATE JAPANESE I. 3 HOURS 
Prerequisites: JAPN 102 or two years of high school Japanese. Expansion of communication skills in increasingly complex and varied situations. Emphasis on conversational speaking, presentational writing and speaking, and understanding culturally specific texts and media.

JAPN 210 INTERMEDIATE JAPANESE CONVERSATION ABROAD. 1-3 HOURS
Prerequisite: JAPN 102 or equivalent. Course designed to develop the vocabulary and communication skills of a student with one year of college Japanese or equivalent, with emphasis on contact with Japanese native speakers. Taught in Japanese. May be repeated for a total of three credits.

JAPN 211 INTERMEDIATE JAPANESE CULTURE ABROAD. 1-3 HOURS
Prerequisite; JAPN 102 or equivalent. Course designed to develop an appreciation for different aspects of Japan and its people and culture, for a student with one year of college Japanese or equivalent. Taught in Japanese. May be repeated for a total of three credits.

RUSS 101 ELEMENTARY RUSSIAN I. 3 HOURS

A beginning course designed to teach the four language skills of understanding, speaking, reading and writing, with emphasis on understanding and speaking.

RUSS 102 ELEMENTARY RUSSIAN II. 3 HOURS 

Prerequisite: RUSS 101 or one year of high school Russian. Further development of the four language skills.

SPAN 100 SPANISH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE

ON-SITE 1-3 HOURS

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. An introduction to Spanish and Spanish-speaking culture in conjunction with study abroad for students with little or no previous language study. Does not fulfill the general education foreign language requirement.

SPAN 101 ELEMENTARY SPANISH I. 3 HOURS GEN ED A-II

A beginning course designed to develop skills in understanding, speaking, reading and writing and to provide cultural insights.

SPAN 102 ELEMENTARY SPANISH II. 3 HOURS GEN ED A-II

Prerequisite: SPAN 101 or one year of high school Spanish. Continuation of development of four skills and of cultural insights.

SPAN 105 INTRODUCTION TO HISPANIC CULTURE. 3 HOURS

Survey of the contemporary values of Spain and Latin America, with emphasis on values, behavioral characteristics, social and political structures, and achievements of the Spanish-speaking peoples, Taught in English; only taught abroad.

SPAN 200 INTRODUCTION TO LATIN AMERICA. 3 HOURS This course is a broad, interdisciplinary introduction to the study of Latin America , emphasizing its regions, peoples and cultures. Since this course is taught by various departments, see Latin American studies advisor for enrollment. Not for major or minor credit.

SPAN 201 INTERMEDIATE SPANISH I. 3 HOURS 

Prerequisite: SPAN 102 or two years of high school Spanish. A systematic review of grammar and development of reading skills.

SPAN 202 INTERMEDIATE SPANISH II. 3 HOURS

Prerequisite: SPAN 201. Further review of grammar and development of reading skills.

SPAN 210 INTERMEDIATE SPANISH CONVERSATION ABROAD. 1-3 HOURS

Prerequisite: SPAN 102 or equivalent. Course designed to develop the vocabulary and communication skills of a student with one year of college Spanish or equivalent, with emphasis on contact with Spanish native speakers. SPAN 210 may not substitute for SPAN 201 or 202, but may count as an elective for the major or minor. Taught in Spanish. May be repeated for a total of three credits.

SPAN 211 INTERMEDIATE SPANISH CULTURE ABROAD. 1-3 HOURS

Prerequisite: SPAN 102 or equivalent. Course designed to develop an appreciation for different aspects of Spanish-speaking countries and their people and cultures, for a student with one year of college Spanish or equivalent. SPAN 211 may not substitute for SPAN 201 or 202, but may count as an elective for the major or minor. Taught in Spanish. May be repeated for a total of three credits.

SPAN 220 SPANISH FOR CRIMINAL JUSTICE PROFESSIONALS. 3 HOURS

Prerequisite: SPAN 102 or equivalent. Course designed to develop the specificvocabulary and oral communication skills essential for a student who is intending to pursue a career in criminal justice and who has a background in one year of college Spanish or the equivalent. SPAN 220 will primarily be taught in study abroad programs in Mexico.

SPAN 230 SPANISH FOR MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS. 3 HOURS 

Prerequisite: SPAN 102 or equivalent. Course designed to develop the specific vocabulary and oral communication skills essential for a student who is intending to pursue a career in medicine or nursing who has a background of one year of college Spanish or the equivalent. SPAN 220 will primarily be taught in study abroad programs in Mexico.

SPAN 306 EXPERIENCING SPANISH ABROAD. 1-6 HOURS

Prerequisite: SPAN 202 or equivalent and permission of instructor. Corequisite: Enrollment in supervised language study while abroad. Supervised language and cultural studies accomplished during a study abroad program. Students who receive transferable credit for language study done during the study abroad program will receive credit only for cultural study. May be repeated once for a maximum of six hours of credit.

SPAN 331 BUSINESS SPANISH. 3 HOURS

Prerequisites: SPAN 202 or equivalent. Introduction to business communication in the Spanish-speaking countries: Linguistic structures and vocabulary, forms of business communication, reading and discussion of business texts, social customs.

SPAN 345 HISPANIC LITERATURE AND CINEMA. 3 HOURS

Prerequisite: SPAN 370 or 371. This course will develop students' linguistic and critical reading skills, as well as their cultural understanding through examination of different contemporary topics in the Hispanic world.

SPAN 370 SPANISH CONVERSATION. 3 HOURS

Prerequisite: SPAN 202. Exercises in pronunciation, comprehension and oral expression.

SPAN 371 SPANISH COMPOSITION AND GRAMMAR. 3 HOURS

Prerequisite: SPAN 202. Controlled written compositions and oral expression. Systematic and intensive review of grammar.

SPAN 372 LATIN AMERICAN CIVILIZATION AND CULTURE. 3 HOURS 

Prerequisite: SPAN 370 or 371 or equivalent. Survey of the historical and cultural background of Latin America and its people from the Discovery to the present.

SPAN 373 SPANISH CIVILIZATION AND CULTURE. 3 HOURS 

Prerequisite: SPAN 370 or 371 or equivalent. Survey of historical and cultural background of Spain and its people from the Roman colonization to the present.

SPAN 374 LITERATURE AND CULTURE OF SPAIN. 3 HOURS

Prerequisite: SPAN 370 or 371 or equivalent. An introduction to the culture of Spain through the study of literary texts. The course will discuss the historical contexts and cultural milieu that produced selected texts. The analysis of literary texts will be introduced.

SPAN 376 LITERATURE AND CULTURE OF LATIN AMERICA. 3 HOURS

Prerequisite: SPAN 370 or 371 or equivalent. An introduction to the culture of Latin America through the study of their literary and cultural production. The course will discuss the historical contexts and cultural milieu that produced selected texts. The analyses of literary texts will be introduced.

SPAN 381 SPANISH GRAMMAR THROUGH CULTURAL READINGS. 3 HOURS

Prerequisite: SPAN 371. Students will read a variety of texts in order to increasereading comprehension, acquire a broader vocabulary, and enhance grammatical proficiency in preparation for the study of literature.

SPAN 384 SPANISH PHONETICS/PHONOLOGY. 3 HOURS

An analytical and practical study of contemporary Spanish pronunciation (phonetics and phonology), including the articulatory system, sound production, the classification of vowels and consonants, phonetic transcription and some dialect features.

SPAN 389 INTERNSHIP IN SPANISH. 1-3 HOURS

Prerequisites: One 300-level Spanish course or the equivalent, and permission of instructor. Supervised work using Spanish in a professional setting. Open only to Spanish majors or minors.

SPAN 455 TOPICS IN HISPANIC LITERARY AND CULTURAL STUDIES. 3 HOURS

Prerequisite: SPAN 372 or 373 or 374 or 376 or equivalent. Examines differentliterary and cultural topics of interest in Hispanic Studies. May be repeated fordifferent topics.

SPAN 470 ADVANCED ORAL SPANISH. 3 HOURS

Prerequisite: SPAN 370 or equivalent. Conversation units, dramatic sketches, original oral topics.

SPAN 471 ADVANCED SPANISH COMPOSITION. 3 HOURS

Prerequisite: SPAN 371 or equivalent. Examination of selected literary works; original compositions on selected topics.

SPAN 476 TWENTIETH CENTURY SPAIN. 3 HOURS

Prerequisite: SPAN 373 or 374 or equivalent. A chronological study of the culture of Spain through the study of representative works. The course will discuss the historical contexts and cultural milieu that produced selected texts. The analyses of literary texts will be introduced.

SPAN 490 HISPANIC CINEMA. 3 HOURS

Prerequisite: SPAN 370 or SPAN 371 plus one other 300-level class. Introduction to the cinematic work of Latin American, Spanish, and US-Hispanic-Latino film artists and development of critical interpretative skills that enhance appreciation of films.

SPAN 499 ADVANCED STUDIES IN SPANISH. 1-4 HOURS

Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing and permission of instructor. For guided independent study in culture, language, or literature. May be used with consent of full-time program faculty members for work accomplished during study abroad. Number of credit hours will be determined in consultation with instructor. May be repeated for a maximum of six hours of credit.

 

Internships

If you have taken at least one 300-level course, you are eligible to earn credit through internship experiences in which you use the target language most of the time. Internship credit is available for Arabic, Chinese, French, German, and Spanish. You must work 50 hours per credit hour you intend to earn. Credit is variable from 1-3 and repeatable for up to 6 credits total.

If approved, you and the faculty member who supervises your internship will establish a syllabus that outlines how you will document your work. Grades are generally based on a final evaluation by the work supervisor, the weekly log and the interview.

Please submit the On-line Internship Pre-Application Form by the deadline stated on the form. For more information on the application process, contact your advisor in Modern Languages.

If you are looking for a local internship, you may wish to use these resources: Local Internships.

If you are looking for non-profit organizations, you may wish to use the contact information found on this website.

Amanda Brown Intership Experience

Spanish major Amanda Brown working with a student at her teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) internship. 

"I just want to take the time to write about my experience with my internship through the Spanish Program at WKU. As a Spanish major and Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) minor, I had the wonderful opportunity of working with ESL students in the Warren County School system here in Bowling Green, KY. I was able to work three days a week, alongside an ESL teacher at Jody Richards Elementary School. I earned 3 credit hours by doing 150 hours of work. I helped tutor students one-on-one, and I worked with small groups of children who needed extra help that just one teacher could not provide. There is a great need for ESL teachers in the school system. They have too many ESL students and too few teachers to provide the students with all the help they need. It was a wonderful opportunity for me because I got to tutor these students and give them the extra help they deserve. I did get to use my Spanish skills with some groups of Spanish-speaking students. However, I mostly used English, so I think this type of internship would be perfect for any student in the Department of Modern Languages who is also in the TESL program. It is helpful when you can understand some students’ first language, and it is very helpful to have background knowledge about teaching English as a second language. This internship has provided me with many connections and career opportunities for the future. I would highly recommend this internship for any student who has a major in Modern Languages and a minor in TESL!" Amanda Brown

 


 

 


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