2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog

Foreign Languages and Literatures

Chairperson: Dr. Gary Schmidt
Office: Morgan Hall 332
Telephone: (309) 298-1558; Fax: (309) 298-1060
E-mail: Languages@wiu.edu
Website: wiu.edu/languages

Faculty: Asare, Brown, Cabal-Jimenez, Cabedo-Timmons, Garrido, Moore, Obregon, Quinn, Schmidt, Seeger, Teel.

The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures offers programs in French and Spanish which lead to the Bachelor of Arts degree or the Bachelor of Arts (Teacher Education). Minor programs are available in French, German, and Spanish. The formal study of one of the languages consists of courses in the language as well as courses in the literatures and cultures of the countries where these languages are spoken. The department also offers beginning and intermediate level courses in Chinese and Japanese. Teacher Education forms an integral part of the department’s offerings in French and Spanish. Students completing the Teacher Education Program develop pedagogical skills and proficiency in the language which lead to licensure to teach the language in Illinois at the K–12 level.

The study of language, culture, and literature prepares the student for advanced and graduate study in literature and/or language, and for the use of language in business and industry, government at the federal, state, or local level, law enforcement, libraries and museums, parks and recreation, social services and health-related fields, transportation and tourism, and numerous other areas having a multicultural clientele.

GradTrac is available to French and Spanish majors. See more information about GradTrac.

Honors Curriculum—Academically qualified students in this department are welcome to complete an honors curriculum in University Honors, Upper Division Honors, or Lower Division Honors. All Honors students must complete the one-hour honors colloquium (G H 299). Lower Division Honors includes General Honors coursework. Upper Division Honors includes honors work in the major. University Honors combines Upper and Lower Division Honors. For more information about honors curricula see the Centennial Honors College page of the catalog or visit the Centennial Honors College website at wiu.edu/Honors.

Degree Programs

Bachelor of Arts—French or Spanish

Bachelor of Arts candidates in a foreign language must complete I, II, and III.A or III.B below, and the foreign language/global issues requirement for the major#. The minimum semester hour requirement for the baccalaureate degree is 120 s.h. All students seeking the Bachelor of Arts in French or Spanish must complete 34 s.h. in the major language, of which 24 s.h. must be in courses numbered 300 or above. These upper-division courses must include 326, 327 or 328, 400-level literature, and 400-level civilization.

In accordance with the Illinois State Board of Education licensure rules, all candidates seeking teacher licensure are required by Western Illinois University to obtain a grade of “C” or better in all directed General Education courses, all core courses, and all courses in the option. Note C- is below a C.

  1. University General Education and College of Arts and Sciences Curriculum Requirements: 60 s.h.
    Except Teacher Education students must complete the University General Education Curriculum Requirements, including a General Education mathematics course—43 s.h.
  2. Core Courses: 9 s.h.
    327 or 328, 400-level literature, and 400-level civilization
  3. Options of Study (select A or B)
    1. Major Language (French or Spanish)
      1. Directed Electives
        1. 300-level language (to include 326†): 6 s.h.
        2. Other 300 and 400-level courses: 9 s.h.
      2. Departmental Electives: 10 s.h.
        Note: FR/SPAN 121 may not count toward the 34 s.h. major language requirement.
      3. Open Electives: 8–12 s.h.
      4. Approved Minor: 16–20 s.h.
    2. French or Spanish—Teacher Education*
      1. Directed Electives
        1. 300-level language (325 and 326†): 6 s.h.
        2. Other 300 and 400-level courses: 9 s.h.
      2. Departmental Electives: 10 s.h.
        Note: FR/SPAN 121 may not count toward the 34 s.h. major language requirement.
      3. Other
        1. EDUC 439: Foreign Language Methods: 3 s.h.
        2. EIS 202, 301, 303 (2), 304 (1), 305, 401: 13 s.h.
        3. SPED 210, 390: 4 s.h.
        4. RDG 387: 2 s.h.
        5. Student Teaching: 12 s.h.
      4. Approved Minor: 16–20 s.h.

#The foreign language/global issues graduation requirement may be fulfilled by successfully completing an intermediate foreign language requirement.

†FR/SPAN 326 fulfills the Writing Instruction in the Discipline (WID) graduation requirement.

*Teacher Education candidates are required to complete the Oral Proficiency Interview described in “ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines—Speaking” published by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) prior to student teaching. A score at the “advanced-low” level is required. This requirement became effective July 1, 2004. Contact the department chairperson for further information.

Minors

Minor in French, German, or Spanish: 16 s.h.

6 s.h. of upper-division coursework required with at least one course (3 s.h.) taken at WIU.

Advanced Placement

Advanced placement into the foreign language program may be achieved by one of the following: 1) completion of four years of high school foreign language study (in the same language); 2) scoring above the beginning level on the departmental placement examination; 3) completion of the College Entrance Board Advanced Placement Examination (CEEB); 4) completion of the College Level Examination Program (CLEP). College credit may be obtained by passing CEEB or CLEP. Students beginning college language study at the 300-level may qualify, upon application, for advanced placement credit (equivalent to 122, 223, 224) by completing two 300-level courses (in the same language) with grades of C or better. Students who begin at the 200-level may qualify, upon application, for intermediate placement credit (equivalent to 122) by completing either 223 or 224 with a grade of C or better. Credit cannot be earned for courses numbered 121, 122, 192, 223, or 224 which are more elementary than coursework already completed, unless the credit is earned through Advanced Placement.

Course Descriptions

EDUCATION (EDUC)

439 Foreign Language Methods. (3) An exploration of current foreign language teaching methodologies and techniques through assigned readings, discussion, and practical application such as microteaching. Prerequisite: EIS 301 or consent of instructor.

FOREIGN LANGUAGE (F L)

101 Introductory Seminar in World Languages and Cultures. (3) (General Education/Humanities) (Global Issues) Introduces the content and methods of foreign language scholarship. Centers on a particular topic or theme within the context of (a) non-Englishspeaking culture(s). Methods may include linguistics, cultural studies, film studies, literary studies, interdisciplinary approaches, and/or pedagogy.

151 Self-Instruction I. (1–3, repeatable to 3) Less commonly taught languages. Emphasis on spoken language. Memorize corpus and practice with native speaker. Oral examination. By permission of department chairperson.

350 Introduction to Contemporary Critical Theory. (3) This course, to be taught in English, will introduce students to critical theories that shape literary, artistic, and cultural studies as they apply to foreign languages. Prerequisite: junior standing or consent of instructor.

392 French Cinema. (3) Historical survey of the French film industry, with particular attention to the works of major filmmakers. English subtitles. Prerequisite: for French majors or minors, FR 224; for others, permission of the instructor.

490 Senior Capstone. (1) Students practice acting as educated resources in their primary foreign language and culture. Self-reflection and future goals are formulated in individual portfolios that serve as final assessment for the major. Students are required to take an oral proficiency interview. Prerequisites: senior standing or permission of the department chairperson.

499 Selected Topics in Foreign Languages and Literatures. (3) Seminar in topics related to foreign languages, literatures, and cultures. Taught in English. Prerequisites: junior standing or consent of the instructor.

CHINESE (CHIN)
(Language Skills Courses)

121 Elementary Chinese I. (4) (General Education/ Humanities) Development of the four basic skills (in Mandarin Chinese): listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Not open to students who have had two years of high school Chinese without permission of the department chairperson.

122 Elementary Chinese II. (4) (General Education/ Humanities) Continuation of Elementary Chinese I. Development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in Mandarin Chinese, along with crosscultural insights and appreciation. Prerequisite: CHIN 121 or one year of high school Chinese.

223 Intermediate Chinese I. (3) (General Education/Humanities) Continued development of the four basic language skills with increased emphasis on reading and culture. Class conducted in Chinese. Prerequisite: CHIN 122 or two years of high school Chinese taken recently with a grade of B or better.

224 Intermediate Chinese II. (3) (General Education/Humanities) Continuation of Intermediate Chinese I. Prerequisite: CHIN 223 or permission of the instructor.

FRENCH (FR)

(Language Skills Courses)

121 Elementary French I. (4) (General Education/ Humanities) Development of the four basic skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Not open to students who have had two years of high school French without permission of the department chairperson.

122 Elementary French II. (4) (General Education/ Humanities) Continuation of Elementary French I. Development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills along with cross-cultural insights and appreciation. Prerequisite: FR 121 or one year of high school French.

192 Accelerated Elementary French. (4) (General Education/Humanities) Accelerated study of the four basic skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Emphasis on Francophone cultures and intercultural communication. Not open to students who have had FR 121 or FR 122 or three years of high school French.

223 Intermediate French I. (3) (General Education/ Humanities) Continued development of the four basic language skills with increased emphasis on reading and culture. Class conducted in French. Prerequisite: FR 122 or two years of high school French taken recently with a grade of B or better.

224 Intermediate French II. (3) (General Education/ Humanities) Continuation of Intermediate French I. Prerequisite: FR 223. IAI: H1 900.

302 Commercial French. (3) An introduction to business practices in France, with emphasis on business vocabulary, written and oral communication, and the role of culture and cultural differences in business transactions. Reading and translation of commercial documents. Prerequisite: completion of FR 224 or equivalent.

325 French Conversation. (3) Intensive practice in oral expression and conversation. Prerequisite: FR 224 or equivalent.

326 French Composition. (3) Intensive practice in written expression and composition. Writing Instruction in the Discipline (WID) course. Prerequisites: FR 224 or equivalent; ENG 280.

(Literature and Civilization Courses)

327 Introduction to French Literature. (3) An introduction to critical reading and appreciation of French literature, surveying representative texts from major periods and genres. Conducted in French. Prerequisite: FR 224 or equivalent. IAI: H3 916.

328 Masterpieces of French Literature. (3) A study of selected masterworks representing major periods and genres of French literature. Conducted in French. Prerequisite: FR 224 or equivalent. IAI: H3 917.

361 Field Study Travel. (1–3, repeatable in one language to a maximum of 9) Field study project. The student submits a written report and fulfills other requirements set up by the instructor. Prerequisite: 6 s.h. of intermediate college French or equivalent.

401 Advanced French Grammar. (3) An intensive study of advanced French grammar with practice in its application. Prerequisite: FR 326 or equivalent.

404 French Civilization and Culture I. (3) An overview of cultural, social, political, and religious history of France from the Middle Ages to the French Revolution, with special readings and reports on individuals, events, and socio-cultural phenomena of the times. Conducted in French.

438 20th Century French Literature. (3) Selected works of Gide, Proust, Sartre, Camus, St. Exupéry, Anouilh, Colette, Sarraute, Duras, de Beauvoir, and others. Prerequisite: FR 327 or equivalent.

492 Individual Studies in French. (1–5, repeatable to 5) Prerequisites: advanced standing and consent of department chairperson.

499 Selected Topics in French Language and Literature. (3, repeatable for different topics to no maximum) Prerequisite: FR 327 and consent of the instructor.

GERMAN (GER)
(Language Skills Courses)

121 Elementary German I. (4) (General Education/ Humanities) Development of the four basic skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Not open to students who have had two years of high school German without permission of the department chairperson.

122 Elementary German II. (4) (General Education/ Humanities) Continuation of Elementary German I. Development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills along with cross-cultural insights and appreciation. Prerequisite: GER 121 or one year of high school German.

223 Intermediate German I. (3) (General Education/Humanities) Continued development of the four basic language skills with increased emphasis on reading and culture. Class conducted in German. Prerequisite: GER 122 or two years of high school German taken recently with a grade of B or better.

224 Intermediate German II. (3) (General Education/Humanities) Continuation of Intermediate German I. Prerequisite: GER 223. IAI: H1 900.

325 German Conversation. (3) Intensive practice in oral expression and conversation. Prerequisite: GER 224 or equivalent.

326 German Composition. (3) Intensive practice in written expression and composition. Writing Instruction in the Discipline (WID) course. Prerequisites: ENG 180 and 280, and GER 224 or equivalent.

(Literature and Civilization Courses)

327 Introduction to German Literature. (3) An introduction to critical reading and appreciation of German literature, surveying representative texts from major periods and genres. Conducted in German. Prerequisite: GER 224 or equivalent. IAI: H3 916.

337 (Cross-listed with HIST 337) The Holocaust. (3) (General Education/Multicultural Studies) (Global Issues) Examines the pre-history, history, and posthistory of the Holocaust and its representations from a German Studies perspective and within the broader context of European culture. Not open to students with credit for HIST 337. Prerequisite: HIST 126 or GER 224 or consent of instructor.

492 Individual Studies in German. (1–5, repeatable to 5) Prerequisites: advanced standing and consent of department chairperson.

499 Selected Topics in German Language and Literature. (3, repeatable for different topics to no maximum) Prerequisite: GER 327 and consent of the instructor.

JAPANESE (JPN)
(Language Skills Courses)

121 Elementary Japanese I. (4) (General Education/ Humanities) Development of the four basic skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Not open to students who have had two years of high school Japanese without permission of the department chairperson.

122 Elementary Japanese II. (4) (General Education/Humanities) Continuation of Elementary Japanese I. Development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills along with cross-cultural insights and appreciation. Prerequisite: JPN 121 or one year of high school Japanese.

223 Intermediate Japanese I. (3) (General Education/Humanities) Continued development of the four basic language skills with increased emphasis on reading and culture. Class conducted in Japanese. Prerequisite: JPN 122 or two years of high school Japanese taken recently with a grade of B or better.

224 Intermediate Japanese II. (3) (General Education/Humanities) Continued focus on idiomatic usage and grammatical and communicative competency to permit functional communication within a controlled range of situational contexts; increased focus on vocabulary building, reading proficiency, and writing skills. Prerequisite: JPN 223.

SPANISH (SPAN)
(Language Skills Courses)

121 Elementary Spanish I. (4) (General Education/ Humanities) Development of the four basic skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Not open to students who have had two years of high school Spanish without permission of the department chairperson.

122 Elementary Spanish II. (4) (General Education/ Humanities) Continuation of Elementary Spanish I. Development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills along with cross-cultural insights and appreciation. Prerequisite: SPAN 121 or one year of high school Spanish.

192 Accelerated Elementary Spanish. (4) (General Education/Humanities) Accelerated study of the four basic skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Emphasis on language skill development and intercultural communication. Not open to students who have had SPAN 121 or SPAN 122 or three years of high school Spanish.

223 Intermediate Spanish I. (3) (General Education/ Humanities) Continued development of the four basic language skills with increased emphasis on reading and culture. Class conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 122 or two years of high school Spanish taken recently with a grade of B or better.

224 Intermediate Spanish II. (3) (General Education/Humanities) Continuation of Intermediate Spanish I. Prerequisite: SPAN 223. IAI: H1 900.

302 Spanish for Business. (3) An introduction to business practices in Spain and Latin America, with emphasis on business vocabulary, written and oral communication, and the role of culture and cultural differences in business transactions. Prerequisite: SPAN 224 or equivalent, or permission of instructor.

320 Spanish for Heritage Speakers. (3) Designed to make heritage speakers of Hispanic background aware of their cultural origins and the diversity that exists across Hispanic cultures through intensive practice in writing, reading, and grammar for heritage speakers. Writing Instruction in the Discipline (WID) course. Prerequisites: ENG 180 and 280, SPAN 224 or equivalent, and consent of the instructor.

325 Spanish Conversation. (3) Intensive practice in oral expression and conversation. Prerequisite: SPAN 224 or equivalent.

326 Spanish Composition. (3) Intensive practice in written expression and composition. Writing Instruction in the Discipline (WID) course. Prerequisites: SPAN 224 or equivalent; ENG 280.

340 Spanish for Law Enforcement. (3) Attention is focused on oral proficiency in the contexts likely to be useful to law enforcement personnel. Vocabulary specific to the profession is taught, as well as practical cultural information. Prerequisite: SPAN 224 or permission of instructor.

342 Spanish for Health Care. (3) This course focuses on communicative proficiency for health care personnel. Communicative tools specific to health care contexts are taught, together with relevant cultural information. Prerequisite: SPAN 224 or equivalent, or permission of instructor.

344 Spanish for Social Work. (3) Intensive Spanish practice through simulations involving real-life situations in intercultural settings. Provides vocabulary, idiomatic expressions, and cultural information for the specific needs of professional social workers. Prerequisite: SPAN 224 or equivalent, or permission of instructor.

392 Spanish and Latin American Cinema. (3) Historical survey of the film industry in Spain and Latin America, with particular attention to the works of major filmmakers and genres. Prerequisite: SPAN 224 or equivalent, or permission of instructor.

401 Modern Spanish Syntax. (3) A systematic study of the morphological and syntactical elements of Spanish with practice in application. Prerequisite: SPAN 326 or equivalent.

402 Modern Spanish Syntax II. (3) Continued systematic study of the morphological and syntactical elements of Spanish with practice in application. Prerequisite: SPAN 326 or equivalent.

449 Spanish for Content-Based Instruction. (3) The study of Spanish vocabulary and phrases for the teaching of different subjects of the school curriculum including mathematics, science, social studies, and grammar. Prerequisite: SPAN 224 or permission of instructor.

460 Professional Readings in Spanish. (1, repeatable to 3 for different topics) Independent readings in selected professional areas including accounting, criminology, international relations, law, marketing, medical services, political science, social work, sociology, and tourism. Prerequisites: SPAN 325 and major or minor status in appropriate area, or permission of instructor.

(Literature and Civilization Courses)

327 Introduction to Hispanic Literature. (3) An introduction to critical reading and appreciation of Hispanic literature, surveying representative texts from major periods and genres. Conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 224 or equivalent. IAI: H3 916.

328 Masterpieces of Spanish Literature. (3) A study of selected masterworks representing major periods and genres of Spanish literature. Conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 224 or equivalent. IAI: H3 917.

361 Field Study Travel. (1–3, repeatable in one language to a maximum of 9) Field study project. The student submits a written report and fulfills other requirements set up by the instructor. Prerequisite: 6 s.h. of intermediate college Spanish or equivalent.

408 Spanish Civilization and Culture. (3) A survey of Peninsular civilization from the prehistoric past to the post-Franco present, emphasizing cultural achievements of universal significance. Conducted in Spanish.

409 Spanish American Civilization. (3) The study of fundamental historical and cultural facts concerning Spanish America; the role of contrasting value systems of Spanish America and the United States in intercultural communication. Conducted in Spanish.

452 Spanish Literature of the 19th Century. (3) Study of major works with emphasis on Romanticism and Realism. Prerequisite: SPAN 327 or equivalent.

453 The Generation of 1898. (3) Representative works of the major figures of early twentieth-century Spanish literature. Prerequisite: SPAN 327 or equivalent.

454 Spanish Literature of the 20th Century. (3) Study of major works of prose, poetry, and drama from the Generation of 1898 to the present. Prerequisite: SPAN 327 or equivalent.

456 Masterpieces of Spanish American Literature. (3) Selected works of prose, poetry, and drama from the Colonial period to the present. Prerequisite: SPAN 327 or equivalent.

457 Contemporary Spanish American Prose. (3) Selected prose works of major contemporary Spanish American writers. Prerequisite: SPAN 327 or equivalent. 492 Individual Studies in Spanish. (1–5, repeatable to 5) Prerequisites: advanced standing and consent of department chairperson.

499 Selected Topics in Spanish Language and Literature. (3, repeatable for different topics to no maximum) Prerequisite: SPAN 327 and consent of the instructor.