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World Languages Course Offerings and Descriptions

400/2 Etymology

1 semester; 1 credit
This one-semester course is open to all students. The origin and formation of English words including roots, prefixes, and suffixes are studied with emphasis on understanding words that come from Latin and Greek and on vocabulary building. This course is an excellent preparation for college entrance exams.

LATIN COURSES

401 Latin 1-2

2 semesters; 2 credits
This first-year Latin course is open to all students. Essentials of grammar including declensions and conjugations are taught with emphasis on English vocabulary enrichment. Reading selections of Roman history and literature and cultural materials of Greece and Rome are introduced.

403 Latin 3-4

Prerequisite: Latin 1-2
2 semesters; 2 credits
This second-year Latin course presents more advanced grammar with emphasis on English derivatives. Latin reading selections in mythology and history and selections from Roman authors are incorporated.

405 Latin Prose A (for 2015-2016)

Prerequisite: Latin 3-4 or Latin Poetry A
2 semesters; 2 credits
As part of the four-year Latin sequence, this one-year course is offered in alternating years and is thus taken in either the third or fourth year. Students read unadapted texts in original Latin. Authors include Eutropius, Asconius, Cicero, Caesar, Augustus, Pliny, and Petronius. The course also introduces students to the broader aspects of the Latin-speaking world, especially the Roman arts of politics, war, and administration. Emphasis is placed on discussion of political, cultural, and literary issues, especially as they relate to important social and political questions of today.

407 Latin Poetry A (for 2016-2017)

Prerequisite: Latin 3-4 or Latin Prose A
2 semesters; 2 credits
As part of the four-year Latin sequence, this one-year course is offered in alternating years and is thus taken in either the third or fourth year. Students read unadapted texts in original Latin. Authors include Ovid, Vergil, Catullus, and Horace. The course also introduces students to an appreciation of some of the literary qualities of Latin poetry by examining poetic forms and devices. Emphasis is placed on English derivatives and the influence of Roman authors on later writers.

FRENCH COURSES

409 French 1-2

2 semesters; 2 credits
This introductory first-year French course is open to students with no prior experience in French. Basic vocabulary and essentials of grammar are taught with emphasis on the development of the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Reading selections and cultural materials are introduced.

411 French 1-2A

Prerequisite: Previous language experience
2 semesters; 2 credits
This introductory first-year French course is open to students with little prior experience in French. The accelerated level course covers typical first-year French at a faster pace and in greater depth with more oral emphasis. Grammar is stressed and writing skills are developed. Extra reading selections and cultural materials are incorporated.

413 French 3-4

Prerequisite: French 1-2, 1-2A
2 semesters; 2 credits
This second-year French course continues the development of the four language skills. Advanced vocabulary and grammar are presented with emphasis on oral and written responses. There is increased use of French in the classroom with frequent dictations, conversations, and short compositions. Reading selections and cultural materials are included.

415 French 3-4A

Prerequisite: French 1-2, 1-2A
2 semesters; 2 credits
This course is the accelerated level of second-year French, covering material at a faster pace and in greater depth. The spoken language is stressed and French becomes the primary means of communicating. Development of the four language skills continues and the study of basic grammar is completed. More intensive work is done in reading and writing and extra cultural materials are used.

419 French 5-6

Prerequisite: French 3-4, 3-4A,
or teacher recommendation
2 semesters; 2 credits
The study of the basic structure of the language begun in the first two years is completed in this third-year French course. The development of the four language skills is intensified with emphasis on oral proficiency. French is the primary means of teaching and communicating. Grammar is refined and vocabulary is enriched through extra reading selections. Supplementary cultural materials and audiovisual materials are used.

421 French 5-6A

Prerequisite: French 3-4, 3-4A,
or teacher recommendation
2 semesters; 2 credits
This course is the accelerated level of third-year French, covering material at a faster pace and in greater depth. The class is conducted almost entirely in French. Grammar is thoroughly reviewed, and an expanded vocabulary is studied with emphasis on comprehension and oral proficiency. French literature is introduced. Supplementary cultural materials and audiovisual materials are used.

423 French 7-8

Prerequisite: French 5-6, 5-6A, or teacher recommendation
2 semesters; 2 credits
This fourth-year French course enhances the development of the four language skills. The class is conducted entirely in French. Listening and speaking skills are intensified through conversations and discussions of various authentic literary works. Extensive use of French cultural materials and audiovisual materials heightens all areas of proficiency.

425 French 7-8A

Prerequisite: French 5-6, 5-6A, or teacher recommendation
2 semesters; 2 credits
This course is the accelerated level of fourth-year French, covering material at a faster pace and in greater depth. The class is conducted entirely in French. Advanced work in writing and composition is required. Listening and speaking skills are intensified through conversations and discussions of various authentic literary works including novels, essays, plays, and poems. Extensive use of French cultural materials and audiovisual materials heightens all areas of proficiency.

427 AP French 9-10

Prerequisite: French 7-8 or 7-8A
2 semesters; 2 credits
The "AP" notation included in this course title indicates "Advanced Placement." The course provides students with the opportunity to prepare for the AP French Language Exam. This fifth-year French class is conducted entirely in French in order to develop oral and written proficiency. There is thorough review of vocabulary and grammar with emphasis on reinforcement and refinement. Complex conversations, discussions, oral reports, and similar activities enhance listening and speaking proficiency. Extensive reading of various authentic literary works and intensive composition work develop reading and writing proficiency. Triton College dual credit may be available.

GERMAN COURSES

431 German 1-2

2 semesters; 2 credits
This first-year German course is open to all students. Basic vocabulary and essentials of grammar are taught with emphasis on the development of the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Reading selections and cultural materials are introduced.

435 German 3-4

Prerequisite: German 1-2
2 semesters; 2 credits
This second-year German course continues the development of the four language skills. Advanced vocabulary and grammar are presented with emphasis on oral and written responses. There is increased use of German in the classroom with frequent dictations, conversations, and short compositions. Reading selections and cultural materials are included.

441 German 5-6A

Prerequisite: German 3-4
2 semesters; 2 credits
The study of the basic structure of the language begun in the first two years is completed in this third-year German course. The development of the four language skills is intensified with emphasis on oral proficiency. German is the primary means of teaching and communicating. Grammar is refined and vocabulary is enriched through extra reading selections. Supplementary cultural materials and audiovisual materials are used. This course may be taught with another level unless there is sufficient enrollment to offer a separate section.

445 German 7-8A

Prerequisite: German 5-6A
2 semesters; 2 credits
This fourth-year German course enhances the development of the four language skills. The class is conducted entirely in German. Listening and speaking skills are intensified through conversations and discussions of various authentic literary works. Extensive use of German cultural materials and audiovisual materials heightens all areas of proficiency. This course may be taught with another level unless there is sufficient enrollment to offer a separate section.

ITALIAN COURSES

451 Italian 1-2

2 semesters; 2 credits
This first-year Italian course is open to all students. Elementary vocabulary, basic language patterns, and aspects of daily life and culture are introduced through reading and the telling of stories. Emphasis is placed on the acquisition of vocabulary through the development of listening and reading skills. Speaking and writing skills for communication are developed. Attention is also given to developing an awareness of the culture of Italy.

453 Italian 3-4

Prerequisite: Italian 1-2, 1-2A,
2 semesters; 2 credits
This second-year Italian course continues the development of the four language skills. Advanced vocabulary and grammar are presented with emphasis on oral and written responses. There is increased use of Italian in the classroom with frequent dictations, conversations, and short compositions. Reading selections and cultural materials are included.

452 Italian 3-4A

Prerequisite: Italian 1-2, 1-2A,
2 semesters; 2 credits
This course is the accelerated level of second-year Italian, covering material at a faster pace and in greater depth. The spoken language is stressed and Italian becomes the primary means of communicating. Development of the four language skills continues and the study of basic grammar is completed. More intensive work is done in reading and writing and extra cultural materials are used.

454 Italian 5-6

Prerequisite: Italian 3-4, 3-4A,
or teacher recommendation
2 semesters; 2 credits
The study of the basic structure of the language begun in the first two years is completed in this third-year Italian course. The development of the four language skills is intensified with emphasis on oral proficiency. Italian is the primary means of teaching and communicating. Grammar is refined and vocabulary is enriched through extra reading selections. Supplementary cultural materials and audiovisual materials are used.

455 Italian 5-6A

Prerequisite: Italian 3-4, 3-4A,
or teacher recommendation
2 semesters; 2 credits
This course is the accelerated level of third-year Italian, covering material at a faster pace and in greater depth. The class is conducted almost entirely in Italian. Grammar is thoroughly reviewed, and an expanded vocabulary is studied with emphasis on comprehension and oral proficiency. Italian literature is introduced. Supplementary cultural materials and audiovisual materials are used.

456 Italian 7-8

Prerequisite: Italian 5-6, 5-6A,
or teacher recommendation
2 semesters; 2 credits
This fourth-year Italian course enhances the development of the four language skills. The class is conducted entirely in Italian. Listening and speaking skills are intensified through conversations and discussions of various authentic literary works. Extensive use of Italian cultural materials and audiovisual materials heightens all areas of proficiency.

457 Italian 7-8A

Prerequisite: Italian 5-6, 5-6A,
or teacher recommendation
2 semesters; 2 credits
This course is the accelerated level of fourth-year Italian, covering material at a faster pace and in greater depth. The class is conducted entirely in Italian. Advanced work in writing and composition is required. Listening and speaking skills are intensified through conversations and discussions of various authentic literary works including novels, essays, plays, and poems. Extensive use of Italian cultural materials and audiovisual materials heightens all areas of proficiency.

458 Italian 9-10A

Prerequisite: Italian 7-8 or 7-8A
2 semesters; 2 credits
This fifth-year Italian class is conducted entirely in Italian in order to develop oral and written proficiency. There is thorough review of vocabulary and grammar with emphasis on reinforcement and refinement. Complex conversations, discussions, oral reports, and similar activities enhance listening and speaking proficiency. Extensive reading of various authentic literary works and intensive composition work develop reading and writing proficiency.

SPANISH COURSES

461 Spanish 1-2

2 semesters; 2 credits
This first-year Spanish course is open to all students. Elementary vocabulary, basic language patterns, and aspects of daily life and culture are introduced through reading and the telling of stories. Emphasis is placed on the acquisition of vocabulary through the development of listening and reading skills. Speaking and writing skills for communication are developed. Attention is also given to developing an awareness of the culture of Spanish-speaking countries.

463 Spanish 1-2A

Prerequisite: Previous language
experience
2 semesters; 2 credits
This accelerated course covers typical first-year Spanish at a faster pace and in greater depth with more oral emphasis. Elementary vocabulary, basic language patterns, and aspects of daily life and culture are introduced through reading and the telling of stories. Emphasis is placed on the acquisition of vocabulary through the development of listening and reading skills. Speaking and writing skills for communication are developed. Attention is also given to developing an awareness of the culture of Spanish-speaking countries.

467 Spanish 3-4

Prerequisite: Spanish 1-2, 1-2A
2 semesters; 2 credits
This second-year Spanish course continues the development of more advanced vocabulary, language patterns, and aspects of daily life and culture through reading and the telling of stories. A strong emphasis is placed on the acquisition of language through the development of listening and reading skills. Writing and speaking skills for communication are further developed and intensified. Attention is also given to developing an awareness of the culture of Spanish-speaking countries through the readings and class discussions.

469 Spanish 3-4A

Prerequisite: Spanish 1-2, 1-2A
2 semesters; 2 credits
This course is the accelerated level of second-year Spanish, covering material at a faster pace and in greater depth with more oral emphasis. This course continues the development of more advanced vocabulary, language patterns, and aspects of daily life and culture through reading and the telling of stories. A strong emphasis is placed on the acquisition of language through the development of listening and reading skills. Writing and speaking skills for communication are further developed and intensified. Attention is also given to developing an awareness of the culture of Spanish-speaking countries through the readings and class discussions.

477 Spanish 5-6

Prerequisite: Spanish 3-4, 3-4A,
2 semesters; 2 credits
The study of the basic structure of the language begun in the first two years is completed in this third-year Spanish course. The development of the four language skills is intensified with emphasis on oral proficiency. Spanish is the primary means of teaching and communicating. Grammar is refined and vocabulary is enriched through extra reading selections. Supplementary cultural materials and audiovisual materials are used.

479 Spanish 5-6A

Prerequisite: Spanish 3-4, 3-4A
2 semesters; 2 credits
This course is the accelerated level of third-year Spanish, covering material at a faster pace and in greater depth. The class is conducted almost entirely in Spanish. Grammar is thoroughly reviewed, and an expanded vocabulary is studied with emphasis on comprehension and oral proficiency. Spanish plays and poetry selections are introduced. A comprehensive study of Hispanic culture and art is an integral part of this course.

483 Spanish 7-8

Prerequisite: Spanish 5-6, 5-6A,
2 semesters; 2 credits
This fourth-year Spanish course enhances the development of the four language skills. The class is conducted entirely in Spanish. Listening and speaking skills are intensified through conversations and discussions of various authentic literary works. Extensive use of Spanish cultural materials and audiovisual materials heightens all areas of proficiency.

485 Spanish 7-8A

Prerequisite: Spanish 5-6, 5-6A
2 semesters; 2 credits
This course is the accelerated level of fourth-year Spanish, covering material at a faster pace and in greater depth. The class is conducted entirely in Spanish. Advanced work in writing and composition is required. Listening and speaking skills are intensified through conversations and discussions of various authentic literary works including novels, essays, plays, and poems. Extensive use of Spanish cultural materials and audiovisual materials heightens all areas of proficiency.

486 Spanish 9-10

Open to qualified students
Prerequisite: Spanish 7-8 or 7-8A
2 semesters; 2 credits
This fifth-year Spanish class is designed for students who want to continue in Spanish but are not preparing to take the Advanced Placement Spanish Language Exam. The class is conducted entirely in Spanish with focus on communication. Conversations, discussions, oral reports, and similar activities enhance listening and speaking proficiency. Readings on contemporary issues and composition work develop reading and writing proficiency.

487 AP Spanish 9-10

Prerequisite: Spanish 7-8 or 7-8A
2 semesters; 2 credits
The "AP" notation included in this course title indicates "Advanced Placement." The course provides students with the opportunity to prepare for the AP Spanish Language Exam. This fifth-year Spanish class is conducted entirely in Spanish in order to develop oral and written proficiency. There is thorough review of vocabulary and grammar with emphasis on reinforcement and refinement. Complex conversations, discussions, oral reports, and similar activities enhance listening and speaking proficiency. Extensive reading of various authentic literary works and intensive composition work develop reading and writing proficiency. Triton College dual credit may be available.

489 Advanced Spanish Literature and Composition A

Prerequisite: Heritage speaker or teacher recommendation
2 semesters; 2 credits
This advanced course is designed for students who demonstrate an ability to comprehend and speak Spanish but lack formal instruction in the language. The course will further improve and refine students’ existing language skills, increase their vocabulary knowledge, and intensify the development of their reading, writing, and communication skills in Spanish.

488 Spanish LANGUAGE, Literature, and FILMS 11-12A

Prerequisites: AP Spanish 9-10 and teacher recommendation
2 semesters; 2 credits
This course aims to continue the study of Spanish language through current events, literature, and film. Students will study the history and culture of Twentieth Century Spain and Latin America through the perspective of Spanish and Latin American filmmakers and novelists. Current events, such as the immigrant experience in the United States, will be explored through research, academic texts, and film. Students will examine the strategies employed by film directors, writers, and politicians when dealing with current and historical events and cultural issues. The continuation of the four language skills--reading, listening, speaking, and writing--will drive the course work and continue to develop the student's language.

JAPANESE COURSES

491 Japanese 1-2

2 semesters; 2 credits
This first-year Japanese course is open to all students. Basic vocabulary and essentials of grammar are taught with emphasis on the development of the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Japanese writing systems of Hiragana and Katakana, and Kanji characters are taught. Cultural materials and projects are an integral part of the course.

493 Japanese 3-4

Prerequisite: Japanese 1-2
2 semesters; 2 credits
This second-year Japanese course continues the development of the four language skills. Advanced vocabulary and grammar are presented with emphasis on oral and written responses. There is increased use of Japanese in the classroom and additional Kanji characters are taught. Cultural materials and projects are an integral part of the course.

495 Japanese 5-6A

Prerequisite: Japanese 3-4
2 semesters; 2 credits
The study of the basic structure of the language begun in the first two years is completed in this third-year Japanese course. The development of the four language skills is intensified with emphasis on writing proficiency. Grammar is refined and vocabulary is enriched through supplementary materials. Additional Kanji characters are taught. Cultural materials and projects are an integral part of the course.

497 Japanese 7-8A

Prerequisite: Japanese 5-6A
2 semesters; 2 credits
This fourth-year Japanese course enhances the development of the four language skills. There is intensive review of grammar and structure with emphasis on speaking proficiency. Advanced vocabulary and Kanji characters are taught. Extensive use of Japanese cultural materials and projects are an integral part of the course.

CHINESE COURSES

446 Chinese 1-2

2 semesters; 2 credits
This first-year Chinese course is open to all students. Basic vocabulary and essentials of grammar are taught with emphasis on the development of the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The Chinese writing system and the standard Mandarin phonetic system of Pinyin are taught. Cultural materials and projects are an integral part of the course.

447 Chinese 3-4

Prerequisites: Chinese 1-2, Chinese 3-4
2 semesters; 2 credits
This second-year Chinese course continues the development of the four language skills. Advanced vocabulary and grammar are presented with emphasis on oral and written responses. There is increased use of the Chinese language and writing systems. Cultural materials and projects are an integral part of the course.

448 Chinese 5-6A

Prerequisite: Chinese 3-4
2 semesters; 2 credits
The study of the basic structure of the language begun in the first two years is continued in this third-year Chinese course. The development of the four language skills is intensified with emphasis on writing proficiency.  Grammar is refined and vocabulary is enriched through supplementary materials.

449 Chinese 7-8A

Prerequisites: Chinese 5-6A
2 semesters; 2 credits
This fourth-year Chinese course enhances the development of the four language skills. There is intensive review of grammar and structure with emphasis on speaking proficiency.  Advanced vocabulary and advanced Chinese characters are mastered.  Chinese cultural materials and projects are an integral part of the course.

WORLD LANGUAGES AND CULTURES

499/2, 4997/2, 49942/49962 World Languages and Cultures

Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors
1 or 2 semesters; 1 or 2 credits
This multicultural course is designed to explore languages and cultures from around the world. Students may register for either one or two semesters in any sequence. Each semester will offer a different curriculum. Students will be introduced to an overview of diverse cultures ranging from Asian, European, African, North American, and Central American countries. The curriculum focuses on communication, connections, cultures, comparisons, and communities.

ELL COURSES

180 English Language Learning (ELL) 1-2

Open to qualified students based on assessed need by registrar, counselor, and ELL teacher
Prerequisite: Little or no proficiency in English
2 semesters; 2 credits
This beginning level course is open to students who speak little or no English. Basic vocabulary and essentials of grammar are taught with emphasis on the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Basic sentence patterns are taught, and writing is limited to the production of sentences and short paragraphs with highly controlled vocabulary and grammatical structures. ‘Survival’ style vocabulary and the acclimatization to a new environment are stressed. This course may be taught with another level unless there is sufficient enrollment to offer a separate section.

182 English Language Learning (ELL) 3-4

Open to qualified students based on assessed need by registrar, counselor, and ELL teacher
Prerequisite: Limited use of the English language
2 semesters; 2 credits
This intermediate level course is open to students who understand simple statements and questions in English and can respond to them. Development of the four language skills is strengthened. Advanced vocabulary and grammar are presented with emphasis on oral and written responses. Reading selections are incorporated, and there is increased understanding of English through conversations and short compositions. Library skills are introduced. This course may be taught with another level unless there is sufficient enrollment to offer a separate section.

184 English Language Learning (ELL) 5-6

Open to qualified students based on assessed need by registrar, counselor, and ELL teacher
Prerequisite: Understanding of English
2 semesters; 2 credits
This intermediate-advanced level course is open to students who understand and participate comfortably in everyday conversation in English. Development of the four language skills is enhanced. Vocabulary and grammar are intensified with emphasis on comprehension and oral proficiency. Supplementary reading selections are used, and English is further developed through intensive composition work and conversations. Library skills are enhanced. This course may be taught with another level unless there is sufficient enrollment to offer a separate section.

186 English Language Learning (ELL) 7-8

Open to qualified students based on assessed need by registrar, counselor, and ELL teacher
Prerequisite: ELL 5-6
2 semesters; 2 credits
This advanced level course is open to students who have completed ELL 5-6 but need further work in the four language skills.  Grammar is refined and vocabulary is enriched.  Listening and speaking skills are intensified.  There is extensive reading and composition work with emphasis on reading and writing proficiency.  Library skills are refined.  This course may be taught with another level unless there is sufficient enrollment to offer a separate section.