Fall 2021 Courses

Welcome to World Languages and Cultures, below please find our courses. 

**Students who enroll in levels 1-11 of language must enroll in two courses, a 1.00 course (3 hours per week) and an accompanying .25 praxis(one hour per week). Four hours of study per week has been the norm since the language requirement was instituted, so there is no change practically speaking. The new college-wide credit-contact hour policy mandates that we offer these as 1.25 courses rather than 1.00 for these four hours.


001-01 Elementary French 

A Bayat MWF 8:00-9:05 a.m.  

081-01 Elementary French Praxis (.25) 

A Bayat TU 8:30-9:35 a.m.

003-01 Intermediate French  

J Dilworth  MWF 10:30-11:35 a.m.

083-01 Intermediate French Praxis (.25) 

J Dilworth TH TBA 

005-01 Introduction to French Studies 

H Lénárt-Cheng T-TH 1:15-2:50 p.m.

Recommended for students with a few years of high school French or similar preparation. Open to students from other disciplines who wish to improve their French. Don’t worry if your French is rusty, we will review. In this highly interactive class we will discuss films and texts from a wide range of traditions and debate contemporary issues. The course fulfills the Global Perspectives Core requirement.   

085-01 Introduction to French Studies Praxis (.25) 

H Lénárt-Cheng TH TBA

101-01 Advanced French Syntax and Composition  

C Malary MWF 11:45-12:50 p.m. 

This Course is a combination of French 101 and 102, with a focus on essential aspects of French syntax and on developing composition skills. Translation techniques and analysis of model texts serve as means of improving self-expression and written communication.

The course fulfills the Writing in the Discipline Core requirement. 

106-01 Advanced French Conversation 

M Murphy M TBA Open to students with at least two years of French.  

130-01 Caribbean Literature  

C Malary M/Fr 1:00 – 2:40 p.m.

Caribbean Literature provides a guided tour of the most representative literature (mostly fiction, but one book of poems is included, as well as a few essays) written in the Francophone Caribbean over the last sixty years or so. The major writers, such as Aimé Césaire and Patrick Chamoiseau are represented. So are the major countries, that is Haiti, Martinique and Guadeloupe, and the major themes, that is colonization and decolonization, négritude, créolité and decolonization, which is terribly in vogue these days.

This course fulfills the Artistic Understanding Analysis Core requirement. 


001-01  Elementary Italian 

M De Angelis MWF 11:45-12:50 p.m.

In this class students learn to communicate in the present tense with people in social situations including in restaurants and shops. Students must also enroll in ITAL 081-01 Beginning Italian Praxis .25

081-01 Elementary Italian Praxis .25 

M De Angelis TH TBA

003-01 Intermediate Italian 

M De Angelis MWF 10:30-11:35 a.m. 

In addition to learning Italian language, students explore Italian culture through a variety of concepts connected to food and sustainability. Gardening and cooking will be part of this course. The course fulfills the Common Good Core requirement. Students must also enroll in Italian 083-01 Intermediate Italian Praxis.

083-01 Intermediate Italian Praxis .25 

M De Angelis TH TBA

006-01 Italian Conversation

V Medda M 1:00-2:05 p.m.

This is a basic conversation class for students who wish to learn some Italian before traveling or to communicate at a basic level in Italia.

106-01 Advanced Conversation Italian 

V Medda  TBA

In this class, students will grow more confident in their speaking skills, they will discuss topics relevant to their life. Students will speak with others and interact with the language beyond the classroom, especially by doing and talking about topics that they enjoy. May be repeated for credit.


001-01 Elementary Japanese 

N Uehara MWF 10:30-11:35 a.m.

This introduction course provides survival skills and communicative ability for travel to Japan or for speaking Japanese in real settings. Students will learn not only language skills, but also culture and social concepts which underpin the language. A variety of real-world materials are used, including news articles, videos, media posts and anime/manga. Students enjoy many activities and Japanese snacks, as well as outside events if the situation permits. Communicative ability reaches beyond academics towards creating a strong community throughout the program. 

081-01 Elementary Japanese Praxis .25 

N Uehara TU 9:45-10:50 a.m.

003-01 Intermediate Japanese 

N Uehara MWF 11:45 a.m -12:50 p.m. 

This intermediate course further builds up confidence and communicative ability by empowering exploration using Japanese across more topics and real-world situations, with a variety of real-world materials, including news articles, videos, media posts, and anime/manga. This is all excellent preparation for studying abroad or utilizing Japanese in future career or in personal life. All of the Japanese program courses are fun and engaging, with native speakers, partners, visiting guests and with creative projects like group skits, blogs and videos. Students get the opportunity to become senpai for students taking the beginner level courses. 

083-01 Intermediate Japanese Praxis .25 

N Uehara TU 11:30 a.m -12:35 p.m.

006-01 Conversation Japanese 

N Uehara TU 1:15-2:50 p.m. 

An intermediate course focused on conversational communicative skills.  Students practice situationally grounded conversations and develop speech skills through discussion. May be repeated for course credit, content varies. 


002-01 Continuing Elementary Spanish 

R Darakjian MWF 8:00-9:05 a.m.

082-01 Continuing Elementary Spanish Praxis .25   

R Darakjian  TU 8:30-9:35 a.m.

003-001 Intermediate Spanish

M Ruiz MWF 2:45-3:50 p.m.

This communication-oriented course continues to focus on building a strong foundation in skills students say are the most desirable to master in Spanish language learning: speaking fluidity, listening comprehension, reading and writing. We will work on building confidence, comfort and cultural competence in everyday situations by developing the grammatical accuracy necessary to understand and communicate easily. The total immersion format of Spanish III aims at fostering confidence and enthusiasm in a student-centered fashion while students learn about the art, culture and dialectical varieties of Latin America and other Spanish communities around the world.

083-01 Intermediate Spanish Praxis .25

M Ruiz TH 3:00-4:05 p.m.

010-01 Conversation/Composition  

D Bird M/F 1:00-2:40 p.m. This high intermediate level course prepares students for upper-division work by developing increased fluency in speaking and writing. The course uses a variety of texts, media, and film to focus on expansion of vocabulary and to explore the richness and diversity of the Spanish language and culture of which the U.S. is a part. A sound knowledge of Spanish grammar is expected, and the course targets grammatical items as needed. This course fulfills the Global Perspectives of the Core requirement. 

090-01 Conversation/Composition Praxis (.25)  

D Bird W 2:45-3:50 p.m.  

102-01 Advanced Writing and Research

L Spicher T/TH 8:00-9:35 a.m.

The primary goal for this course is to assist students in attaining a writing proficiency in Spanish consistent with the advanced level or higher, according to ACTFL guidelines. Key features of the course include: literary analysis of texts across genres, dialects, and registers; linguistic analysis and practice of elements of Spanish syntax particular to advanced proficiency; academic research and writing, including information evaluation and ethical practices; and appropriate formatting and citation standards of the Modern Languages Association (MLA) style. This course, required of Spanish majors and minors, satisfies the Writing in the Discipline requirement of the Core Curriculum.

103-01 Spanish Linguistics

L Spicher T/TH 9:45-11:20 a.m.

This course will familiarize students with the scientific study of the Spanish language, using Modern Spanish as a database. Fields to be explored include communication and language, phonetics and phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics, lexicon, sociolinguistics, bilingualism, dialectology, and the history of the Spanish language. Learning methods for this course include class discussions, collaborative workshops, small group activities, and independent research.

106-01 Advanced Conversation (.25)  

M Ruiz W 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Do you want to engage in real-world communication and increase your awareness of the Spanish spoken around the world in a low stress environment? Do you want to open up your career and social opportunities and improve your competitiveness in the job market? Do you want to develop your skills and confidence in your spoken Spanish, but don’t have time for a full credit course?
Then, Spanish 106 is the course for you! In this class, you will grow more confident in your speaking skills, discuss topics relevant to your life and major. You will speak with others and interact with the language beyond the classroom, especially by doing and talking about topics that you enjoy. May be repeated for credit.  

120-01 Middle Ages to 18th Century 

A Ramirez MWF 11:45-12:50 p.m. 

This course traces the development of literature in Spain from the earliest known Spanish literary texts, “las jarchas,” to the end of the Golden Age. We will focus on the seminal ideas, themes and styles that define Spanish literature in the High Middle Ages, as found in the Cantar del Mío Cid, El Conde Lucanor, and El Romacero viejo, and note how these texts lay the literary foundation that led to the innovative and revolutionary works of poetry, fiction, and theater of the Golden Age, such as La Celestina, Don Juan Tenorio, Novelas ejemplares, and La vida es sueño.  We will pay special attention to representations of gender, nation, and religious identity while highlighting the cultural milieu created by the contentious coexistence of Muslim, Christian and Sephardic Jewish communities that gave birth to modern Spain. This course fulfills the Artistic Understanding Analysis of the Core requirement. 




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