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Modern Languages

Majors are offered in French, German, Spanish and Romance Languages (a combination of French and Spanish). Minors are offered in Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian and Spanish. Language courses are offered for the major and minor in Asian Studies and Russian Studies and for the minors in Latin American and Caribbean Studies, European Studies and International Business. Transfer students are not accepted as majors until they have completed at least one course at the 200 level or above at DePauw. Courses taken for a major or minor may not be taken pass/fail.

The department encourages all majors and minors to spend at least one semester in an approved off-campus program in a country that speaks the target language. Students may apply credit from these programs to their major or minor as follows: two courses per semester may count toward the major, but only one course taken off-campus may count toward a minor. The Center for Student Engagement may assist students in locating an appropriate off- campus study program. See descriptions of programs in "The DePauw Experience" in the catalog.

Placement beyond the two-semester elementary level fulfills DePauw's language requirement. The language requirement may also be fulfilled with the two semesters of the elementary sequence in any language. In French and Spanish, successful completion of the "Review of Elementary" course (FREN 110, SPAN 140) fulfills the language requirement in a single semester.

International students who are native speakers of any language other than English and who are degree candidates will be judged to have already satisfied the language requirement.

Many of the 300-400 level courses in the department are offered in alternate years. The choice of appropriate courses should be determined in consultation with the major or minor adviser.

 

Courses in Arabic

ARAB 191 Beginning Arabic I. (1 course)
This course employs the communicative approach to language learning, stressing correct pronunciation, aural comprehension, and basic speaking ability. The major components of each chapter are vocabulary, story, culture, grammar, reading comprehension, listening comprehension, writing and speaking activities, and snippets of colloquial conversation in the widely used dialects of Egypt, the Levant, and North Africa. Grammar is learned inductively with special attention given to morphology.

Courses in Chinese

CHIN 161 Elementary Chinese I. (1 course)
The goals for this course are for students to master the pinyin Romanization system and to acquire basic communication skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing Mandarin Chinese. CHIN 161 is open only to beginners in Chinese or those with two years or less of high school Chinese.

CHIN 261 Intermediate Chinese I. (1 course, Language)
Course work helps students to develop four linguistic skills (speaking, writing, listening and reading) in Chinese at a more advanced level. Course work emphasizes drills, conversation and grammar. The goals are for students to acquire the following skills: to pronounce modern standard Chinese, to write words using both characters and pinyin Romanization system, to converse in more complicated sentences based on grammatical structures introduced in this course and to write essays. Prerequisite: CHIN 162 or qualifying score on the placement test.

Courses in French

FREN 101 Elementary French I. (1 course )
Introduction to the French language with emphasis on development of proficiency in speaking, listening, reading and writing. The essentials of French grammar. Emphasis on communication and Francophone cultures. FREN 101 is open only to beginners in French or those with two years or less of high school French.

FREN 110 Review of Elementary French. (1 course, Language)
Practice in speaking, listening, reading and writing. Review of French grammar and study of Francophone cultures. For those students who have prior experience in French. Satisfies the Group 5 requirement. Open to students who are placed into this level by test results or departmental direction. Not open to those who have credit for FREN 101 or 102.

FREN 201 Intermediate French I. (1 course , Language)
Reading, oral practice, composition and further study of grammar and Francophone cultures. Prerequisite: FREN 102 or 110 or qualifying score on the French placement test.

FREN 202 Intermediate French II. (1 course, Language)
A continuation of FREN 201. Prerequisite: FREN 201 or qualifying score on the French placement test.

FREN 305 French Conversation and Phonetics. (1 course, Language)
Emphasis on oral practice and phonetics. Prerequisite: FREN 202 or qualifying grade on the placement test. Students with recent foreign residence in a French-speaking country must consult with the chair of the department before registering for FREN 305. Not open to heritage speakers of French.

Courses in German

GER 111 Elementary German I. (1 course )
An introductory program with a variety of learning approaches. Presentation and reinforcement of grammar, pronunciation and idiom through simple reading, guided writing and functional spoken German. An introduction to the German cultural tradition. GER 111 is open only to those without German language background or to those with two years or less of high school German.

GER 112 Elementary German II. (1 course, Language)
A continuation of GER 111. Prerequisite: GER 111 or qualifying score on the placement test.

GER 212 Intermediate German II. (1 course, Language)
A continuation of GER 211. Prerequisite: GER 211 or qualifying score on the placement test.

GER 307 Introduction to German Literature. (1 course, Language)
Experience in the study of literature and German literary history through texts from the 18th century to the present. Students will gain an overview of the historical development of the German tradition. GER 212 or permission of instructor. May count towards European Studies minor.

Courses in Italian

ITAL 171 Introduction to Italian I. (1 course )
Introduction to the Italian language with emphasis on development of proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing.

ITAL 271 Intermediate Italian 1. (1 course, Language)
Second year Italian. First semester. This course emphasizes oral and written expression, listening comprehension and building vocabulary. It also provides an intensive review of grammar. Learning is facilitated by a careful selection of literary texts, such as plays, novels, short stories, celebrated lyrics from opera and contemporary music. A variety of real-life material is also employed, including newspaper and magazine articles, radio and television broadcasts. Students are required to participate and engage in conversation during class. Regular attendance is essential. Daily assignments are required. Pre-requisite: Italian 171 & 172 or permission of a professor of Italian in the Modern Language Department. 

Courses in Japanese

JAPN 151 Elementary Japanese I. (1 course)
Introduction to the Japanese language with emphasis on development of proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. JAPN 151 is open only to beginners in Japanese or those with two years or less of high school Japanese.

JAPN 251 Intermediate Japanese I. (1 course, Language)
Further study of Japanese language and practice in speaking, listening, reading and writing. Prerequisite: JAPN 152 or qualifying score on the placement test.

JAPN 351 Advanced Japanese I. (1 course, Language)
Readings and discussion of advanced Japanese materials. Exercise in speaking the language and in writing compositions. Prerequisite: JAPN 252 or qualifying score on the placement test.

Courses in Russian

RUS 121 Elementary Russian I. (1 course )
Introduction to the Russian language with emphasis on development of proficiency in speaking, listening, reading and writing. Includes work with tapes and video supplements. RUS 121 is open only to beginners in Russian or those with two years or less of high school Russian.

RUS 221 Intermediate Russian I. (1 course , Language)
Continued development of proficiency in Russian with focus on key points in style, word formation, grammar and speaking. Includes work with tapes and video supplements. Prerequisite for RUS 221: RUS 122 or qualifying score on the placement test.

Courses in Spanish

SPAN 131 Elementary Spanish I. (1 course )
Introduction to the Spanish language with emphasis on development of proficiency in speaking, listening, reading and writing. The essentials of Spanish grammar. Emphasis on communication and Hispanic cultures. SPAN 131 is open only to beginners in Spanish or those with two years or less of high school Spanish.

SPAN 140 Intensive Elementary Spanish. (1 course, Language)
Accelerated review of Spanish grammar and study of Hispanic cultures. Practice in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. For those students who have prior experience in Spanish. Satisfies the Group 5 requirement. Open to students who are placed into this level by test results or departmental direction. Not open to those who have credit for SPAN 131 or 132.

SPAN 231 Intermediate Spanish I. (1 course , Language)
Reading, oral practice, composition and further study of grammar and Hispanic cultures. Prerequisite: SPAN 132 or SPAN 140 or qualifying score on the placement test.

SPAN 330 Spanish Conversation and Phonetics. (1 course, Language)
Emphasis on oral practice and phonetics. Prerequisite: SPAN 232 or qualifying grade on the Spanish placement test. Students with recent foreign residence in a Spanish-speaking country must consult with the chair of the department before registering for SPAN 330. Not open to heritage speakers of Spanish.

SPAN 332 Spanish Reading and Grammar. (1 course, Language)
Advanced reading techniques, including grammar review and composition. Prerequisite: SPAN 232 or qualifying grade on the placement test.