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Modern Languages


The Modern Languages Department offers language acquisition courses in the following languages:

The department also offers courses in cultural awareness, civilization and culture, and modern literature in translation. Those courses, listed below, are taught in English, for all language students.

  • MLA 1010

    Modern Literature in Translation (HUM)

    Critical reading of modern literary masterpieces translated into English.

  • MLA 2000

    Emerging Markets: Cultures and Languages (HUM)

    Emerging markets exemplify a symbiotic relationship between business and cultures, and serve as the cornerstone of this course. One instructor each from Business and Modern Languages utilize marketplaces as a unifying force of the globe and use numbers as a universal language combined with cultures, languages, and sociopolitics to explain the volatility of development with a humanities and sociologic approach.

  • MLA 2200

    Cultural Awareness

    Preparation for encountering cultural differences that will be part of the linguistic and cultural immersion experiences (either in the U.S. or abroad). The focus of the course will include values clarification, cultural diversity, multicultural awareness training, and culture shock orientation. Majors who have returned from study abroad will give presentations on their experiences and be contributors to course content and activities.
    Prerequisite: 2020 or equivalent in target language

  • MLA 2450

    A Social History of 20th Century Japan Through Film (HUM)

    This course will examine the changing representations of women, family, work, and duty, as well as issues such as identity and alienation, as presented in the popular media of Japanese cinema. Through critical viewing of films by directors such as Akira Kurasawa, Mizoguchi, and Teshigahara, students will investigate the relationship of history and its filmic/cinematic representation. Lectures and selected readings will provide the students with the necessary background and tools for critical analysis. It is the goal of this class to come to an understanding, through the lens of a director's camera, of how social networks and their corresponding obligations are created and perpetuated in modern Japanese society. No prior knowledge of either Japanese history or Japanese language is required.

  • MLA 3050

    Community-Based Language Learning

    Students in this Service-Learning course are given the opportunity to utilize their language skills in a variety of settings within the greater Kenosha community. Students will work with a local agency approved by Modern Languages faculty, in order to volunteer as language instructors, translators, tutors, support personnel, or other such positions that make use of their language abilities. Students are trained and guided by weekly meetings with the course instructor in order to prepare for their site placement and their volunteer duties. (This course may be repeated for credit.)
    Prerequisite: Students must have taken or be enrolled in 3010 or instructor's consent

  • MLA 4200

    Methods and Materials in Teaching Modern Languages

    A study of the philosophies, methods, and materials used by the classroom teacher in elementary, middle, and secondary modern language classrooms. Emphasis will be placed on the practical teaching application of the communicative approach. Fieldwork required.
    The methods course can be taken before or after the language immersion experience (16 credits of study abroad for majors, four weeks immersion experience for minors). Students should check with the Modern Language department the first semester of their sophomore year to plan for this course.
    Prerequisite: 3010 or equivalent in the target language
    Fall only

  • MLA 5200

    Methods and Materials in Teaching Modern Languages

    A study of the philosophies, methods, and materials used in teaching modern languages. Emphasis will be placed on the practical teaching application of the communicative approach. The focus of the class is teaching basic language classes at the college level. Fieldwork is required.
    Admission to the Target Language Expert Program or instructor permission is required.

  • MLA 5455

    Secondary Language Acquisition for Postsecondary Teaching

    An exploration of contemporary theories of second language acquisition to provide a theoretical foundation for communicative language teaching at the postsecondary level.

  • MLA 5710

    Practicum in College Teaching

    A supervised, language-specific opportunity for first-semester foreign graduate students to reflect on and apply methodologies of foreign language teaching and learning in the college classroom, while adapting to culture-specific aspects of language learning in the United States and at Carthage.
    Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. May only be taken during the student's first semester of teaching undergraduate courses.

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