Spring 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.


002-01 Continuing Elementary French

A. Bayat MWF 8:00-9:05 a.m.

Students must also enroll in FREN 082-01 

082-01 Elementary French Praxis (.25)

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

006-01 French Conversation 

M. Murphy M TBA 

015-01 Phonetics .25

H. Lénárt-Cheng TH 1:15-2:20 p.m.

100-01 French Literary Perspectives 

H. Lénárt-Cheng TU TH 9:45-11:20 a.m.  

Students who took French 5 in the fall should continue with this course (only offered in the spring). French 100 offers an overview of five centuries of French literature and culture and it is designed to improve students’ reading and writing skills. Taught in French, required for majors and minors. Fulfills the Artistic Understanding (Analysis) of the Core. 

106-01 Advanced Conversation .25

M. Murphy M TBA  

130-01 Caribbean Literature

C. Malary M F 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. Fulfills the Artistic Understanding learning goal of the Core.

185-01 French Senior Capstone .25



002-01 Continuing Elementary Italian

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

 Students also must enroll in ITAL 082-01

082-01 Continuing Elementary Italian Praxis .25

M. De Angelis TH TBA

004-01 Continuing Intermediate Italian

M. De Angelis Mac Lab MWF 10:30-11:35 a.m.

Students also must enroll in ITAL 084-01

Students will examine historical and contemporary issues connected with the Italian immigrants. Students will conduct life history interviews with members of the Italian community and create videos with their memoirs. There will also be an opportunity for the students to appear in a documentary about Italian immigrants in the San Francisco Bay Area. Fulfills Community Engagement of the CORE.

084-01 Continuing Intermediate Italian Praxis .25

M. De Angelis TH TBA

060-02 Italian Civilization .25 

M. De Angelis M 2:45-3:50 p.m.

In preparation for travel in Italy, students will be introduced to various aspects of contemporary Italian culture so they can better appreciate the country and its people. The course will cover such topics as social manners, means of transportation, personal safety, laws and legal rights, medical resources, money and food.

106-01 Advanced  Conversation Italian .25

M. De Angelis W TBA

This is an Internship Course. Students will edit a library of interviews featuring the testimonials of Italian immigrants who came to the Bay Area. The interviews are in Italian with English subtitles. Because this is an internship, if students meet the requirements, they will be able to earn money through the LAB Grant (Liberal Arts Bridge). No need to be fluent in Italian.

198 Italian Capstone .25

M. De Angelis TBA

For students who are minoring in Italian. Students create an electronic portfolio of their coursework in Italian that they can use when applying for future jobs or graduate school. (cross listed with Italian 106).


002-01 Continuing Elementary Japanese

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

Students must also enroll in Japanese 082-01

082-01 Continuing Elementary Japanese Praxis .25

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

004-01 Continuing Intermediate Japanese

N. Uehara MWF 11:45-12:50 p.m.

Students must enroll in JAPAN 084-01

Communicative ability is the focus in this course, including honorifics (keigo) and the Kanji characters. Students will become comfortable speaking, listening, reading and writing, including over 250 Kanji, in essays, journals, manga, vlogs and skits. We work with real world materials and native conversation partners, and the program welcomes Japanese guest speakers. For the community engagement component, students will enjoy supporting SMC’s international students socially and academically, in person or online. Fulfills Community Engagement of the CORE

084-01 Intermediate Japanese Praxis .25

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

007-01 Introduction to Japanese Culture

N. Uehara TU 1:15-2:50 p.m.

This activity course, taught in English, introduces students to traditional and modern Japanese culture. Various videos, authentic materials and guest speaker presentations will be explored. Students experience real Japan, as much as possible directly with all 5 senses, more than through books and lectures. Japan has a unique culture with a non-Western way of thinking which values interdependence over independence. This course deepens student’s understanding of their own cultures, and Fulfills Global Understanding of the CORE.


002-01 Continuing Elementary Spanish

J. Dilworth MWF 10:30-11:35 a.m.

(Students must also enroll in SPAN 082-01)

082-01 Continuing Elementary Spanish Praxis .25  

J. Dilworth TH TBA

003-001 Intermediate Spanish

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

(Students must also enroll in SPAN 083-01) 

083-01 Intermediate Spanish Praxis .25  

R. Darakjian T 8:30-9:35 a.m.

011-01 Introduction to Literature

A. Ramirez MWF 11:45-12:50 p.m.

(Students must also enroll in SPA 091-01)

This course introduces students to literary analysis by means of close reading and interpretation. The course surveys Hispanic literature from medieval to modern, including texts from all over Latin America as well as from Spain. In the course of study, students learn about literary genre and movements, as well as narrative devices and structures. As well, students learn to place literary texts in a larger historical and philosophical context, introducing critical themes such as gender, post-colonialism, and the differences between Anglophone and Hispanophone articulations of racial identity.

091-01 Introduction to Literature Praxis (.25) 

A. Ramirez TH 11:30-12:35 p.m. 

104-01 Workshop in translation

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

This workshop in translation is an introduction to the linguistic and aesthetic aspects of translation and emphasizes hands-on learning. While studying the history and theories of translation, we will practice both English to Spanish and Spanish to English translation. The course will explore translation as process, and translation as product, and we will practice with various techniques of translation. We approach translation of various genres and types of texts, both literary and technical. We will put our study of theory and technique into a real-world situation working with a campus office to help with its translation needs. 

Fulfills Community Engagement of the Core. As such, we will integrate the practices inherent in such courses. Namely, we will apply what we learn in class to assist in a service-learning partnership with a community partner. Our partner this spring is the Office of Mission here at Saint Mary's College. We will provide translation services for them, and we will critically reflect on the issues associated with translation as they apply to the work of this critical campus program.


106-01 Advanced Conversation (.25) 

L. Spicher TU TBA

130-01 Special Topics in Hispanic Literary Studies

A. Ramirez MWF 10:30-11:35 a.m.

The Third Cultural Root:  Race in Mexican Literature and Film

Most people don't view race as an issue in Mexico since they see Mexicans as mestizos, a mixture of Indian and Spanish. However, this concept is problematic because in reality, it downplays the Indigenous part and, more importantly, it omits the third cultural root that forms mestizaje: the Afro-Mexicans. In this course, we will explore how Afro-Mexicans have contributed to the cultural formation of Mexico but have been essentially erased in the nation, marginalized to living as second-class Mexicans in communities far from large urban centers. We will also focus on the Indigenous people that are still negated and oppressed in a country that takes pride in its ancient native roots. Through films such as La negra Angustias, Amar te duele, La negrada; essays and short stories from authors Rosario Castellanos, Elena Poniatowska, Maria Luisa Puga, Octavio Paz, among others, students will be able to analyze issues of race that are deeply ingrained in the Mexican social fabric. They will also learn about the ways in which Afro-Mexican and Indigenous people are now demanding recognition and full membership in a society that has negated them since colonial times. Course will be taught in English. Students will view films on their own time. Fulfills Global Perspectives of the CORE. 

132-01 Special Topics in Hispanic Cultural Studies 

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

Brains, Brows and Beauties: Icons in Latin American Popular Culture

Political figure Eva Perón (Evita), actress Carmen Miranda, artist/activist Frida Kahlo and singer Selena Quintanilla are just some of the many women from Latinx and Latin American communities that have reached iconic status, largely thanks to the power of cinema, television screens, and social media.  In this course, we will look at the ways mainstream media and popular culture in both the US and Latin America have helped transform key figures into popular cultural icons. This course will be taught in English. Cross listed with WaGS and can be petitioned for ES UD credit. Fulfills the Global Perspectives & Artistic Analysis of the CORE. 

185-01 Senior Capstone 

C. Malary W TBA