The goals of the World Language Department are to help the student communicate in a second language as well as appreciate different cultural backgrounds and values, and to encourage the student to understand different perspectives, however different from her own. 

Objectives:
  1. To develop novice to advanced language skills as tools of communication.
  2. To apply the structural elements of the language using various methods.
  3. To compare the customs, cultures, and histories of global communities.
  4. To foster open-mindedness as global citizens.
Requirements:
Each student is required to take two consecutive years of the same world language, regardless of level of entry. She may choose from French, Latin, Mandarin Chinese, or Spanish. 

Courses Available for 2018-19

List of 19 items.

  • WL 901 French I

    (1 credit)
    Students are introduced to life in France and in other Francophone countries through conversation and vocabulary as well as through cultural activities and multimedia experiences. Listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills are developed through classroom work, studying phonetics and grammar, projects, and use of technology in the course. A novice understanding of French grammar is applied in authentic situations, both spoken and written. The course is a gradual immersion experience in the target language, progressing toward overall proficiency in all four skills.
  • WL 902 French II

    (1 credit)
    Students continue to learn about French-speaking people in France and the Francophone world and to expand their French vocabulary through dialogues, discussions, writing, and modified readings. Grammar, speaking, and writing skills are developed through classroom work, projects, and studying phonetics, as well as the use of technology in the course. The course is a gradual immersion experience in the target language, progressing toward overall proficiency in all four skills. Total immersion in the target language second semester will be required.
    (Prerequisite: WL 901 or department approval)
  • WL 904 ACC French III

    (1 credit)
    Students review grammatical points already covered and expand their knowledge of verb tenses, vocabulary, and additional grammatical elements. Through discussion and dialogues in the target language, French geography, economy, current events, and history are studied. Comprehension of the written language is developed by reading several short stories and at least one novel in French. This class will be conducted entirely in French. Technology will be used for research, class presentations, and recordings.
    (Prerequisites: B or higher in WL 902 or department approval)
  • WL 914 ACC French Literature and Composition

    (1 credit)
    Using a thematic approach, this course concentrates on advanced speaking, reading, and writing French and the application of the language to life situations. Grammar structures are introduced or reviewed as they relate to each lesson. The student is immersed in the culture, history, literature, and geography of Francophone countries through authentic films, discussion, projects, and stories. Classic examples of literature from Francophone countries will be read and explored. Current events in the Francophone world will be discussed and compared with the students’ life experiences. Frequent use of technology for research and reporting is required in order to prepare students for university. This course is conducted entirely in French.
    (Prerequisite: WL 904 or department approval)
  • WL 915 AP/ACC French

    (1 credit)
    In addition to an intense grammar study and review, students will receive extensive training using authentic materials for formal and informal speaking practice, audio and reading comprehension, organization of ideas for reporting on various sets of circumstances, and spontaneous conversation practice. Technology will be incorporated in all phases of this course, specifically when using authentic French materials. This course is conducted entirely in French. (Prerequisites: an A average in WL 904 and WL 914 or department approval)
  • WL 921 Spanish I

    (1 credit)
    Students will achieve an active, flexible command of Spanish through personal involvement and understanding. The students will learn the pronunciation of Spanish, thematic vocabulary, and the structure of sentences with an emphasis on the grammatical principles in forming them. A general introduction to Hispanic cultures is incorporated into the lessons. The skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing are developed progressively through traditional methods and the use of technology, which is built into the textbook and incorporated through various multimedia approaches.
  • WL 922 Spanish II

    (1 credit)
    This course continues the development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Emphasis is placed upon attaining usable control of basic grammatical principles and thematic vocabulary. Continued use of authentic resources develops reading comprehension skills and provides cultural insights. Total immersion in the target language second semester will be required.
    (Prerequisite: WL 921)
  • WL 925 ACC Spanish III

    (1 credit)
    This course focuses on extensive vocabulary enhancement and completion of all basic grammatical structures. Students are expected to develop intermediary proficiencies in speaking and understanding, as well as reading and writing in Spanish. Students will also study important historical and contemporary figures and events in the Spanish-speaking world. Use of technology for research, reporting, presenting, and recording will be required. This class is conducted entirely in Spanish. Students may receive up to 3 college credits through the SLU 1818/ACC program.
    (Prerequisite: B or higher in WL 922 or department approval)
  • WL 928 Honors Spanish Culture Through Literature and Film

    (1 credit)
    Using a thematic approach, this class will concentrate on improvement in three areas: reading and analyzing authentic texts, creative and critical writing, and speaking. Through literature, film and authentic resources, we will discuss culture, study important figures and events, and use grammar in an authentic context. Our goal is to prepare students for further university study and citizenship on our ever-increasing bilingual, bicultural world. This course is conducted entirely in Spanish and requires frequent use of technology inside and outside of the classroom.
    (Prerequisite: WL 925 or department approval)
  • WL 936 ACC Spanish IV

    (1 credit)
    This course offers a concentrated study of advanced vocabulary, grammar review, auditory and reading comprehension, spontaneous conversation practice, and practice in formal and informal writing. The course is comparable to a college-level course. Students will receive extensive training in listening, reading, writing, and speaking skills in order to communicate in Spanish. Students must be prepared to work independently during the summer. This class is conducted entirely in Spanish. Students may receive up to 6 college credits through the SLU 1818/ACC program.
    (Prerequisites: WL 925 or department approval)
  • WL 938 AP Spanish IV: Language and Culture

    (1 credit)
    This course offers a concentrated study of advanced vocabulary, an intense grammar review, auditory and reading comprehension, spontaneous conversation practice, and rigorous practice in formal and informal writing in preparation for successful completion of the AP test. Course curriculum is dictated by the guidelines of the College Board. Special emphasis is placed on the use of authentic source materials and the integration of language skills. Therefore, students will receive extensive training in combining listening, reading, and speaking skills in order to demonstrate understanding of authentic Spanish language materials. Emphasis is also placed on comparing Hispanic cultures to the students’ own culture. This class is conducted entirely in Spanish. Students must be prepared to work independently during the summer.
    (Prerequisites: WL 925 or department approval)
  • WL 941 Latin I

    (1 credit)
    This course offers an opportunity to study a classical language by introducing the fundamentals of Latin grammar, syntax, vocabulary, and composition. Latin vocabulary is reinforced by the study of English derivatives from Latin roots. The course develops a familiarity with the background of Roman life and civilization through the use of short stories and essays.
  • WL 942 Latin II

    (1 credit)
    This course offers a continuation and deepening of Latin grammar, syntax, vocabulary, and composition. Latin vocabulary and grammar is reinforced by the study of English derivatives from Latin vocabulary and grammar. Further understanding of Roman life and civilization is developed through short stories and essays. Emphasis is placed on the skills of reading and comprehending Latin literature.
    (Prerequisite: WL 941 or department approval)
  • WL 944 Honors Latin III

    (1 credit)
    This course is a continued broadening and in-depth study of Latin grammar, syntax, vocabulary, and composition. Further understanding of Roman life and civilization is developed through short stories and essays, and a heightened awareness of the relationship between English and Latin is achieved through the study of etymology. Students will be introduced to various Roman writers and their contributions to Latin literature.
    Prerequisite: B or higher in WL 942 or department approval)
  • WL 946 Honors Latin IV

    (1 credit)
    Latin IV is an integrated reading course consisting of classic Latin prose and poetry. Students will use and expand their knowledge of Latin grammar, syntax, and vocabulary to study major Roman authors and their works of literature. The texts for this course may include, but are not limited to, the works of Cicero, Caesar, Catullus, Suetonius, Ovid, Vergil, and Horace. For each text studied, students will learn new vocabulary, grammar, and will read comparative or background readings.
    (Prerequisite: WL 944 or department approval)
  • WL 951 Mandarin Chinese I: The Spoken Language and Cultures of China

    (1 credit)
    This course is the introductory study of the Mandarin Chinese language, history, and Chinese cultures. Students will acquire conversational skills through the use of writing and reading pinyin and will learn how to write the most common radicals. Attention will be paid to simple grammatical structures, vocabulary, and pronunciation, but interactive communication will be the main focus. Students will be required to participate in class, study nightly, and complete homework on a daily basis.
  • WL 952 Mandarin Chinese II: The Written Language and Cultures of China

    (1 credit)
    In this course, students will continue with the study of the Mandarin Chinese language, history, and Chinese cultures. Students will improve upon their conversational skills, work to perfect their pronunciation, and will learn to write and read simplified characters using correct stroke order and the radicals learned in Chinese I. Students will be required to participate in class, study nightly, and complete homework on a daily basis.
    (Prerequisite: WL 951 or department approval)
  • WL 954 Honors Mandarin Chinese III: The Language and Cultures of China

    (1 credit)
    In this course, students will continue with the study of the Mandarin Chinese language, history, and Chinese cultures, building upon that which was learned in Chinese I and II. Students will improve upon their speaking, reading, writing, and listening skills by further increasing their vocabulary and knowledge of grammatical structures. Students will write and read using simplified characters, and interactive communication will be a major component. Students will be required to participate in class, study nightly, and complete homework on a daily basis.
    (Prerequisite: B or higher in WL 952 or department approval)
  • WL 957 Honors Mandarin Chinese IV: The Language and Cultures of China

    (1 credit)
    In this course, students will continue with the study of the Mandarin Chinese language, history, and Chinese cultures, building upon that which was learned in Chinese I, II, and III. Students will improve upon their speaking, reading, writing, and listening skills by further increasing their vocabulary and knowledge of grammatical structures. Students will write and read using simplified characters, and interactive communication will be a major component. Students will be required to participate in class, study nightly, and complete homework on a daily basis.
    (Prerequisite: WL 954 or department approval)

CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

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