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.
Modern Literature in Translation (HUM)
Critical reading of modern literary masterpieces translated into English.
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.
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
Chinese and Japanese Culture Through Films (HUM)
In this course students will develop an understanding of critical aspects of contemporary Chinese and Japanese cultures and societies through the medium of cinema. Selected films will address topics such as war, family, gender, fine art, education, food culture, life/death, tradition, and modernization. The main purpose of viewing a film in this class is not to analyze the film-making; instead, films provide students with insight into Chinese/Japanese experiences that help them identify and understand the traditional rituals, aesthetic norms, relationships, political-economic issues, historical conflicts, and religious beliefs that have significant impacts on contemporary Chinese and Japanese people's daily lives. All sound films have English subtitles, and no prior knowledge of Chinese/Japanese languages is required. The course will be conducted in English.
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.
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
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
Fundamentals of Linguistics for Teachers of Diverse Learners
This course will provide students with a framework to better understand the parameters of linguistics, including the nature of communication; phonological components such as phonetics, phonology, morphology and syntax; sociolinguistics; and linguistic anthropology. Students will also examine the language acquisition process with regard to its application to student literacy learning outcomes with an emphasis on the unique language acquisition needs of English Language Learners.
Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Teacher Education Program