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Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures

103A Tower Fine Arts Building
(585) 395-2269

Chairperson and Professor: Patricia J. Siegel; Professor: Joseph Siracusa; Associate Professors: Andrea Parada, Victor J. Rojas, Donna Wilkerson-Barker; Assistant Professors: Ester Marion, Janine Santiago.

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As the nations of the world become more interdependent, knowledge of the world’s languages and understanding of world cultures become more significant for effective global communication and peaceful coexistence. Language study prepares today’s students for tomorrow’s opportunities by supporting interdisciplinary instruction, developing cross-cultural understanding and preparing students to enter the global marketplace.

Careers
Foreign language majors enter the teaching field and many other professions. A second major or a minor in a foreign language is of great use in the humanities, fine arts and social and natural sciences. All levels of business and government need people trained in foreign languages and accustomed to dealing with matters from a global perspective. In addition, the study of foreign languages contributes substantially to valuable skills necessary for today’s job market, such as improved analytical abilities, creativity, cross-cultural business negotiations, communication skills, and problem solving.

Majors and Language Course Offerings
Students may major or minor in French or Spanish, double major in the two languages, or major in one of the languages and another field (see below for details for French and Spanish majors/minors).

Basic courses in American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, Italian, Japanese and Russian are also offered.

Civilization and literature courses are offered only in French and Spanish.

Culture courses in English (FCE), satisfy a College-wide requirement in the area of intercultural studies and general education.

Foreign Language Requirements for General Education and Other Programs (BA degree candidates, teacher certification, international studies and international business majors).

Currently, all students are required to take one semester (Beginning I or 111) of a foreign language for General Education. Students may meet the requirement in one of the following ways:

  • a score of 85 or higher on the third-year foreign language Regents exam
  • a score of 3 or higher on an AP exam in foreign language
  • a score of 50 percent or higher on a CLEP exam in foreign language
  • student has received college-level transfer credit in any foreign language
  • student successfully places above the 111 level on a departmentally administered placement test
  • student enrolls in a course
  • student successfully completes a course of study abroad of at least five weeks duration and in a language that is deemed acceptable to meet the requirement for General Education.

Students pursuing a bachelor of arts, or a major in international studies or international business are required to demonstrate competency in at least one foreign language. This competency can be demonstrated by successful completion of the intermediate II level (212) of college language instruction or a more advanced course.

Teacher certification candidates are also required to demonstrate competency in a foreign language. Successful completion of the beginner II level (112) of college language instruction or a more advanced course will meet the requirement.

Placement Testing and Placement in Lower-division Language Courses
Students who would like to continue study of the language they took in high school are required to take a placement test before they enroll in that language course at the Beginner I (111) level. Please note: students who meet the language requirement for General Education through Regents, AP, CLEP, or transfer credit may NOT enroll in and receive credit for the 111 level language course for which they received a waiver since they are considered to have fulfilled that level. Students may audit the 111 course with the permission of the instructor if necessary.

For language courses beyond the 111 level, students who would like to continue study of the language they took in high school are strongly encouraged to take the placement test. However, the following guidelines may also be used for placement in language courses:

  • Course 112 is open to students with 1-2 years of high school language.
  • Course 211 is open to students with 2-3 years of high school language.
  • Course 212 is open to students with 3-4 years of high school language.

For more information related to foreign language requirements, waiver procedures, and current test schedules, consult the departmental home page on the Internet at http://www.brockport.edu/modlang/index.html.

Language Laboratories
A language media center with equipment for use with a variety of instructional software is housed in 110 Tower Fine Arts Center.

Study Abroad
The department sponsors semester-abroad and/or summer programs in Tours, France; Cuernavaca, Mexico; and San Jose, Costa Rica. A new program in Puerto Rico is being developed. Internships are available in Costa Rica and Mexico. Students may also participate in study programs in various other countries. Foreign language majors are expected to participate in a study-abroad program in a French- or Spanish-speaking country, as appropriate.

Credit by Examination
College credit and/or waivers of certain foreign language courses may be obtained by satisfactory scores on CLEP, Regents College Examinations, Advanced Placement Foreign Language Examinations of the College Board Examinations, and other examinations accepted by SUNY Brockport. The CLEP must be taken before taking 300- and 400-level courses.

Such credit and/or waivers will not reduce the number of credits required in course work for the major. For information on credit by exam at the upper-division level, please contact the department.

Awards for Students Sponsored by the Department
Each year, the department awards the Jorge Marti Prize to an outstanding student in Spanish, and the Eric Steel Prize to an outstanding student in French. In addition, the Departmental Scholar is selected from among seniors who expect to be graduated in May, August or December of the corresponding year. He or she is selected on the basis of grade point average, grades in the foreign language major, and strengths in other subjects.

Teacher Certification Program
Students interested in specific requirements in the teacher certification program should consult the members of the Department of Education and Human Development. All French/Spanish transfer and SUNY Brockport students seeking certification in French or Spanish must pass a content area examination given by the New York State Department of Education. In addition, any transfer student wishing to complete teacher certification in French or Spanish who has not completed the French or Spanish major at Brockport, must complete at lease one 400-level French or Spanish course at Brockport.

MAJOR IN FRENCH—30 CREDITS

The major in French is intended to provide a working command of the language in addition to an overview of literature and civilization.

A. Prerequisites:
  1. 2.0 overall GPA
  2. 2.5 GPA in French courses taken at SUNY Brockport
   
  Prerequisite for all 300-level courses: FRN 212, or equivalent
  Prerequisites for all 400-level courses: FRN 350, 351, 352, 355 or equivalent
   
B. Core/Required Courses--24 Credits
Credits
  FRN 350 Advanced Grammar and Conversation
3
  FRN 351 Written Expression
3
  FRN 352 French Civilization
3
  FRN 355 France under the Fifth Republic
3
  FRN 453 French Women Writers
3
  FRN 454 French Literature I
3
  FRN 456 Literatures and Cultures of the Francophone World
3
  FRN 458 French Literature II
3
  Total:
24
   
C. Elective Courses 6 Credits (any two)
Credits
  FRN 399 Independent Study in French
3
  FRN 450 French Studies
3
  FRN 451 Doing Business in French
3
  FRN 453 French Thought in Social Context
3
  FRN 499 Independent Study in French
3
  Total

6

  Total credits for French major:

30

(Inclusion of independent studies to meet an elective requirement will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Otherwise, elective credits can be fulfilled through regular course offerings.)

Study Abroad Program course equivalencies include FRN 302 Advanced Grammar, FRN 312 French Civilization to 1945, FRN 320 Diction and Comprehension, FRN 321 Introduction to French Literature, FRN 322 Advanced Conversation, FRN 323 French Composition, FRN 324 Reading French, and FRN 325 France Today.

 

D. Other Requirements:
 

All courses in the major must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher. Courses with grades lower than "C" must be repeated.

Students majoring or minoring in French are required to take at least one 400-level course at SUNY Brockport, preferably after their study abroad experience.

   
E. Study Abroad:
It is expected that students majoring in French will participate in the SUNY Brockport program in Tours, France, or another study-abroad program in a French-speaking country. Consult the Office of International Education for application procedures and information related to Brockport programs. Programs that are not affiliated with the SUNY systems require departmental approval to ensure the proper transfer of credits.
   
F. Teacher Certification:
We strongly recommend that candidates seeking certification to teach French study another language as well.

 

NOTE: Students whose proficiency in French is beyond that expected of those who complete FRN 350 and/or 351, should substitute these courses with 400-level French courses. For information about opportunities for credit by exam, please contact the department.

Minor in French – 18 credits

Core/Required Courses--12 credits Credits
FRN 350 Advance Grammar and Conversation 3
FRN 351 Written Expression 3
FRN 352 French Civilization 3
FRN 355 France under the Fifth Republic 3

Elective Courses*-Six credits at the 300/400 level.
Three credits must be at the 400 level

 

*See elective courses in French identified under the major.

 

MAJOR IN SPANISH. TWO TRACKS

The major in Spanish is intended to provide a working command of the language in addition to an overview of literature and civilization.

TRACK ONE: Language, Literature and Civilization – 33 credits

A. Prerequisites:
  1. 2.0 overall GPA
  2. 2.5 GPA in Spanish courses taken at SUNY Brockport
   
B. Core/Required Courses 27 Credits
Credits
  SPN 350 Communication in Spanish
3
  SPN 351 Composition and Grammar Review
3
  SPN 352 Hispanic World Today
3
  SPN 353 Literature and Cultures of Spain I
3
  SPN 354 Literature and Cultures of Spanish America I
3
  SPN 363 Literature and Cultures of Spain II
3
  SPN 364 Literature and Cultures of Spanish-America II
3
  SPN 460 Spanish Phonetics
3
  SPN 461 Advanced Spanish Grammar
3
  Total:
27
   
C. Electives: 6 credits at the 300/400 level (any two courses)
  SPN 399 Independent Study in Spanish
  SPN 450 Topics in Hispanic Literature and Culture
  SPN 451 Spanish for the Professions
  SPN 452 Hispanic Cultures Through Film
  SPN 453 Spanish-American Women Writers
  SPN 454 Hispanic Literature and Cultures in the U.S.
  SPN 455 Hispanic Popular Culture
  SPN 456 Literature and Culture of the Caribbean
  SPN 457 Contemporary Spanish Writers
  SPN 458 Contemporary Spanish-American Writers
  SPN 459 Mexico Today
  SPN 462 Spanish Language Variations in the U.S.A.
  SPN 463 Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition
  SPN 464 Literature and Culture of Puerto Rico
  SPN 499 Independent Study in Spanish
  Total:
6
  Total credits for TRACK ONE of the Spanish major:
33
 

The following courses are Study Abroad Program equivalencies. They are for credit through

programs in Spanish-speaking countries. These courses count as electives in the

Spanish major or minor in both tracks.

  • SPN 301 Spanish Grammar Review
  • SPN 322 Spanish Conversation and Composition
  • SPN 323 Intermediate Spanish Conversation and Composition
  • SPN 326 Costa Rican Culture

D. Other Requirements:
2.5 GPA in Spanish courses. All courses in the major must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher. Courses with grades lower than "C" must be repeated.
   
E. Study Abroad:
It is expected that students majoring in Spanish will participate in the SUNY Brockport programs in San Jose, Costa Rica; or Cuernavaca, Mexico; or another study-abroad program in a Spanish-speaking country. Consult the Office of International Education for application procedures and information related to SUNY Brockport programs. Programs that are not affiliated with the SUNY system require departmental approval to ensure the proper transfer of credits.
   
F. Teacher Certification: We strongly recommend that candidates seeking certification to teach Spanish study French as well.

NOTE: Students whose proficiency in Spanish is beyond that expected of those who complete SPN 350, and/or SPN 351, must substitute these courses with 400-level Spanish courses. For information about opportunities for credit by exam, please contact the department.

 

TRACK TWO: Interdisciplinary Major in Bilingual-Multicultural Studies—36 credit

A. Prerequisites:

  1. Complete, with a grade of "C" or better, 12 credits in Spanish, or equivalent through appropriate testing.
  2. Complete the communication skills core requirements or the equivalent with a grade of “C” or better.

B. OPTION A of TRACK TWO. Course requirements (36 credits)

1. Required courses: (27 credits)
Credits
   
  a. Language proficiency (9 credits)
  SPN 350 Communication in Spanish
3
  SPN 351 Composition and Grammar Review
3
  SPN 352 Hispanic World Today
3
   
  b. Language theory and practice (9 credits)
  SPN 460 Spanish Phonetcs
3
 

SPN 461 Advanced Spanish Grammar

3
  SPN 462 Spanish Language Variations in the US
3
   
 

c. Literature, culture and civilization (6 credits)

  Two 300/400-level courses in literature, culture or civilization of Spain or Spanish America in Spanish
6
   
  d. Multicultural awareness (6 credits)
  FCE 420 Multiculturalism in the U.S.A.
3
   
2. Elective courses* (9 credits)
9
   
  Total:
36

C. OPTION B OF TRACK TWO. Course Requirements (36 credits)
(For students seeking a bilingual-multicultural education extension certificate)

1. Required courses (33 credits)
Credits
   
  a. Language proficiency (6 credits)
  SPN 350 Communication in Spanish
3
  OR (by advisement)
  SPN 351 Composition and Grammar Review
3
  SPN 352 Hispanic World Today
3
   
  b. Language theory and practice (18 credits)
  SPN 460 Spanish Phonetics
3
  SPN 461 Advanced Spanish Grammar
3
  SPN 462 Spanish Language Variations in the US
3
  EDI 421 The Bilingual Child
3
  EDI 422 TESOL: Materials and Techniques
3
  ENL 451 Linguistics
3
  OR ENL 455 Sociolinguistics
  OR SPN 463 Linguistics and Language Acquisition
   
  c. Literature, culture and civilization (3 credits)
 

One 300/400-level course in Spanish in literature or culture and civilization of Spain or Spanish America

3
   
  d. Multicultural awareness (6 credits)
  FCE 420 Multiculturalism in the U.S.A.
3
  FCE 426 Foundations of Bilingual Education
3
   
2. Elective course* (3 credits)
3
   
  Total:
36

*Examples of appropriate elective courses for TRACK TWO, options A and B:

  • AAS 317 Prejudice, Personality and Culture
  • ENL 451 Linguistics

OR
  • ENL 455 Sociolinguistics
  • ENL 476 Magical Realism
  • FCE 375 Latin-American Women
  • HST 375 Colonial Latin America
  • HST 376 Modern Latin America
  • HST 434 Modern Caribbean History
  • HST 438 Women and Gender in Latin-American History
  • HST 494 History of Mexico
  • SOC 317 Prejudice, Personality and Culture
  • SPN 360 Spanish for Native Speakers *
  • SPN 353 Literature and Cultures of Spain I
  • SPN 354 Literature and Cultures of Spanish-America I
  • SPN 363 Literature and Cultures of Spain II
  • SPN 364 Literature and Cultures of Spanish-America II
  • SPN 399 Independent Study in Spanish
  • SPN 450 Topics in Hispanic Literature and Culture
  • SPN 451 Spanish for the Professions
  • SPN 452 Hispanic Cultures Through Film
  • SPN 453 Spanish-American Women Writers
  • SPN 454 Hispanic Literature and Cultures in the US
  • SPN 455 Hispanic Popular Culture
  • SPN 456 Literature and Culture of the Caribbean
  • SPN 457 Contemporary Spanish Writers
  • SPN 458 Contemporary Spanish-American Writers
  • SPN 459 Mexico Today
  • SPN 464 Literature and Culture of Puerto Rico
  • SPN 499 Independent Study in Spanish
* Indicates by advisement.

C. Other Requirements for Track Two
2.5 GPA in Spanish courses. All courses in the major must be completed with a
grade of “C” or higher. Courses with grades lower than “C” must be repeated.

D. Study Abroad
It is expected that students majoring in Spanish will participate in the SUNY Brockport program in San Jose, Costa Rica; or Cuernavaca, Mexico; or another study-abroad program in a Spanish-speaking country.

NOTE: Students whose proficiency in Spanish is beyond that expected of those who complete SPN 350, and/or SPN 351 should substitute those courses with 400-level Spanish courses. For information about opportunities for credit by exam, please contact the department.

Minor in Spanish. TWO TRACKS

TRACK ONE: Language, Literature and Civilization: 18 credits

Core/ Required Courses-9 Credits  
  SPN 350 Communication in Spanish 3
  SPN 351 Composition and Grammar Review 3
  SPN 352 Hispanic World Today 3

Elective Courses*—9 credits. Three credits must be at the 400-level.
*Please see elective courses in Spanish identified under the major, TRACK ONE. At least three of the nine elective credits must be at the 400-level.

TRACK TWO: Interdisciplinary Minor in Bilingual-Multicultural Education— 24 credits

1. Prerequisites:
  1. Complete, with a grade of “C” or better, 12 credits in Spanish, or the equivalent through appropriate testing.
  2. Complete the communication skills core requirements or the equivalent with a grade of “C” or better.

2. Course Requirements (24 credits)

  1. Language proficiency (6 credits) Credits
    SPN 350 Communication in Spanish (or by advisement)
    3
    SPN 352 Hispanic World Today
    3
  2. Language theory and practice (6 credits)
    SPN 460 Spanish Phonetics
    3
    SPN 461 Advanced Spanish Grammar
    3
  3. Multicultural awareness (6 credits)
    FCE 420 Multiculturalism in the USA
    3
    FCE 426 Foundations of Bilingual Education
    3
  4. Methods in bilingual education (6 credits)
    EDI 421 The Bilingual Child
    3
    EDI 422 TESOL: Materials and Techniques
    3
    Total:
    24

Foreign Languages and Literatures Courses

French Courses

FRN 111 Beginning French I (A). Prerequisite: Test or departmental approval. An introductory course designed to develop language skills in French (listening, speaking, reading, and writing), as well as an understanding and appreciation of French-speaking countries of the world. Content includes oral comprehension drills, pronunciation exercises, sentence formation, vocabulary, verbs, and simple readings on French/Francophone cultures. Includes audio/video work. 3 Cr. Every Semester

FRN 112 Beginning French II (A). Prerequisite: FRN 111 or one to two years of High School French. Continuation of FRN 111. Designed to further the development of language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) as well as an understanding and appreciation of French-speaking countries of the world. Content includes regular and irregular verbs, vocabulary building, more complex sentences and more complex readings on French/Francophone cultures. Includes audio/video work. 3 Cr. Every Semester

FRN 211 Intermediate French I (A). Prerequisite: FRN 112 or 2-3 years of High School French. Continuation of FRN 112. Designed to further develop listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills, as well as an understanding and appreciation of French-speaking countries of the world. Content includes regular and irregular verbs in all tenses, advanced vocabulary and sentence formation, and more sophisticated reading on French/Francophone cultures. Explanations in French are followed by extensive group and individual practice. Includes audio/video work. 3 Cr. Every Semester

FRN 212 Intermediate French II (A). Prerequisite: FRN 211 or 2-3 years of High School French. Continuation of FRN 211. Designed to further develop listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills as well as an understanding and appreciation of the French-speaking countries of the world. Extensive group and individual practice. Includes audio/video work. 3 Cr. Every Semester

FRN 302 Advanced French Grammar (A). Designed to expand active vocabulary, including idioms, as well as modern usage as the basis for oral and written language. It examines linguistic and cultural contrasts as reflected in the language. Emphasis will be placed on correct written expression. Offered only in a study abroad context. 3 Cr.

FRN 312 French Civilization to 1945 (A). Beginning in prehistoric times and ending with World War II, students will explore artistic, social, political, and cultural events which have produced a rich and varied French culture. Reading of short literary texts and use of audiovisual materials. Offered only in a study abroad context. 3 Cr.

FRN 320 Diction and Comprehension (A). Prerequisite: FRN 212 or equivalent. Practice in hearing and producing French speech sounds. Emphasis on accuracy to produce native-like intonations of words and cadence of connected speech and listening comprehension of a variety of French accents. Offered only in a study abroad context. 3 Cr.

FRN 321 Introduction to French Literature (A). Prerequisite: FRN 212 or equivalent. Introduction of elements of literary genres (fiction, poetry, and drama) used by representative writers of French literature. Presentation of films to illustrate various genres. Offered only in a study abroad context. 3 Cr.

FRN 323 French Composition (A). Prerequisite: FRN 212 or equivalent. Provides active class discussion on a variety of topics geared to the readings in the course. Allows for practice with vocabulary, idiomatic expressions and grammatical structures. Requires weekly compositions. Offered only in a study abroad context. 3 Cr.

FRN 324 Reading French (A). Prerequisite: FRN 212 or equivalent. Improves reading compre-hension and introduces rudiments of written and oral textual analysis. Readings, brief at first will increase in length and difficulty throughout the semester. Short written assignments, oral presentation and a final exam. Offered only in a study abroad context. 3 Cr.

FRN 325 France Today (A). Prerequisite: FRN 212 or equivalent. An introduction to France, its people and its institutions. Concentration on France after World War II: the school system, political and cultural life, the economy, family life. Contrastive analysis of French and American cultures. Continued practice in oral and written French. Offered only in the study abroad context. 3 Cr.

FRN 350 Advanced Grammar and Conver-sation (A). Prerequisite: FRN 212. An intermediate conversation course designed to increase and refine students' ability to express themselves in French in a variety of communicative situations. Emphasis will be placed on discourse strategies, range of expression, and vocabulary acquisition. A review of advanced French grammar will expand knowledge of idioms and improve accuracy. 3 Cr. Fall

FRN 351 Written Expression (A). Prerequisite: FRN 212. This course teaches upper division students to write clear expository French with correct syntax, clear organization, and with some degree of sophistication in the use of French vocabulary. Numerous compositions will be written covering a variety of modes and using a process approach. A review of advanced French grammar will facilitate accuracy and range of expression. 3 Cr. Spring

FRN 352 French Civilization (A). Prerequisite: FRN 212. Beginning in prehistoric times and ending with the Revolution, explores artistic, social, political, and cultural events which have produced a rich and varied French culture. Requires reading of literary and historical texts and use of audiovisual materials. 3 Cr. Fall

FRN 355 France Under the Fifth Republic (A). Prerequisite: FRN 212. This course is designed to give an overview of social, political, educational, cultural, and economic phenomena in modern-day France in an attempt to explain what motivates a French person. Topics to be discussed include family structure, government, religion, the educational system, how the French interact with their Francophone partners, the European Union, and the role of the media. French mores and attitudes will be studied and compared to American ways of life. 3 Cr. Spring

FRN 372 Tutoring College French (A). Prerequisite: FRN 350. Provides students with the opportunity to facilitate language instruction in French to Delta College students. Students will design and develop language instruction materials for the college level. In addition, students facilitating the language instruction will meet on a weekly basis in a roundtable format to discuss practical and theoretical readings on second language learning, teaching and acquisition. This course is coordinated by a faculty member of Delta College and Foreign Languages. Registration for this course requires the approval of the Department of Foreign Language chair and the instructor. 3 Cr. Every Semester

FRN 399 Independent Study in French (A). Prerequisite: Three 300-level French courses with a minimum of 3.0 GPA in French and instructor's permission. Content to be identified in consul-tation with the instructor-sponsor and in accordance with the procedures of the Office of Academic Advisement prior to registration. 1-3 Cr. Every Semester

FRN 450 French Studies (A). Prerequisites: FRN 350, FRN 351, FRN 352 and FRN 355. Closely studies a specific topic in French/Francophone language, civilization, or literature. The topic selected for analysis may be from a historical or contemporary perspective and will give the opportunity to examine a particular aspect of French/Francophone studies in great depth. Requires practice in oral and written French at the advanced level. 3 Cr.

FRN 451 Doing Business in French (A). Prerequisites: FRN 350, FRN 351, FRN 352 and FRN 355. Designed to help students communicate in a French business environment by increasing their knowledge of French geography and economics; by helping them acquire the vocabulary and syntactical structures related to business; and by making students more aware of cultural differences in the conduct of business between the US and France. Emphasis will be on the reinforcement of oral and written skills. 3 Cr.

FRN 453 French Women Writers (A,W). Prerequisites: FRN 350, FRN 351, FRN 352 and FRN 355. Studies the presence of eminent women in France's cultural and literary history, contributions they made, difficulties they encountered, and how they embody the French spirit as it lives today. 3 Cr.

FRN 454 French Literature I: Texts and Context (A). Prerequisites: FRN 350, FRN 351, FRN 352 and FRN 355. Examines texts by major authors from the Middle Ages to the Revolution. Emphasis is placed on an in-depth reading of texts (including prose, poetry, and theatre) with the purpose of expanding vocabulary and improving writing skills. French history will provide the backdrop to help students understand the social forces at play in the periods under study. 3 Cr.

FRN 456 Literature and Cultures of the Francophone World (A). Prerequisites: FRN 350, FRN 351, FRN 352 and FRN 355. Offers an array of short stories, poems, novels, or plays written by authors from Africa, North America, or the Caribbean. Papers and discussions will focus on cultural themes and issues related to the political and literary history of the Francophone world. 3 Cr.

FRN 457 French Thought in Social Contexts (A). Prerequisites: FRN 350, FRN 351, FRN 352 and FRN 355. A collage of literature, philosophy, and history to give students a broad perspective of the major intellectual currents in their social context. Readings will be selected from early periods to the 19th century. 3 Cr.

FRN 458 French Literature II: Texts and Contexts (A). Prerequisites: FRN 350, FRN 351, FRN 352 and FRN 355. Examines texts by major authors from the Napoleonic era to the recent past. Emphasis is placed on an in-depth reading of the texts (including prose, poetry, and theatre) with the purpose of expanding vocabulary and improving writing skills. The course is also designed to acquaint students with the social circumstances that determined the aesthetic movements that marked the period: romanticism, realism, symbolism, surrealism, and existentialism. 3 Cr.

FRN 499 Independent Study in French (A). Prerequisite: Six credits of 400-level French with a minimum of 3.0 GPA in French and instructor's permission. Arranged in consultation with the instructor-sponsor in accordance with the procedures of the Office of Academic Advisement prior to registration. 1-3 Cr. Every Semester

Italian Courses

ITA 111 Beginning Italian I (A). Develops language skills in Italian (listening, speaking, reading and writing), as well as an understanding and appreciation of Italian culture. Includes oral comprehension drills, pronunciation exercises, sentence formation, vocabulary, verbs, and simple readings on Italian culture. Provides succinct explanations in English, followed by group and individual practice in Italian. Includes audio/video work. 3 Cr. Fall

ITA 112 Beginning Italian II (A). Prerequisite: ITA 111 or two years of High School Italian or one semester of College Italian or equivalent. Provides a continuation of ITA 111. Further develops language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing), as well as the understanding and appreciation of Italian culture. Includes regular and irregular verbs, vocabulary building, more complex sentences, and more varied readings on Italian culture. Provides succinct explanations in English, followed by group and individual practice in Italian. Includes audio/video work. 3 Cr. Spring

ITA 399 Independent Study in Italian (A). Prerequisite: ITA 212 and considerable study of literature and instructor's permission. Arranged in consultation with the instructor-sponsor and in accordance with the procedures of the Office of Academic Advisement prior to registration. 1-3 Cr. Every Semester

Spanish Courses

SPN 111 Beginning Spanish I (A). Prerequisite: Placement test or departmental approval. Develops language skills in Spanish (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) as well as an understanding and appreciation of Hispanic cultures. Includes oral comprehension practice, pronunciation exercises, sentence formation, vocabulary, verbs, and simple readings on Hispanic cultures. Provides succinct explanations in English, followed by group and individual practice in Spanish. Includes audio/video work. 3 Cr. Every Semester

SPN 112 Beginning Spanish II (A). Prerequisites: SPN 111 or one to two years of High School Spanish or equivalent. Provides a continuation of SPN 111. Further develops language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) as well as the understanding and appreciation of Hispanic cultures. Includes regular and irregular verbs, vocabulary building, more complex sentences, and more varied readings on Hispanic cultures. Provides succinct explanations in English, followed by group and individual practice in Spanish. Includes audio/video work. 3 Cr. Every Semester

SPN 211 Intermediate Spanish I (A). Prerequisite: SPN 112 or 2-3 years of High School Spanish or equivalent. Continuation of SPN 112. Further develops listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills as well as an understanding and appreciation of Hispanic cultures. Includes regular and irregular verbs in all tenses, advanced vocabulary, sentence formation, and more sophisticated reading on Hispanic cultures. Provides explanations in Spanish or English, followed by extensive group and individual practice. Includes audio/video work. 3 Cr. Every Semester

SPN 212 Intermediate Spanish II (A). Prerequisite: SPN 211 or 2-3 years of High School Spanish or equivalent . Continuation of SPN 211. Further develops listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills, as well as an understanding and appreciation of Hispanic cultures of the world. Requires extensive group and individual practice and includes audio/video work. 3 Cr. Every Semester

SPN 300 Doing Business in Spanish (A). Prerequisite: SPN 212. Spanish for Business is an advanced foreign language course designed for business majors. Its contemporary and practical approach will give the business learner a global perspective on language and culture. This course focuses primarily on the acquisition of business terminology used in Latin America and its application on every day corporate life. Emphasis is given to the corporate sector but the non-profit enterprise is also incorporated into the learning module. 3 Cr.

SPN 301 Spanish Grammar Review (A). Prerequisite: SPN 212 or equivalent. Covers essentials of Spanish grammar through a descriptive analysis of the linguistic forms and functions of Spanish. Requires skill applications in oral practice, reading and writing. Offered only in a study abroad context. 3 Cr.

SPN 322 Spanish Conversation and Compo-sition (A). Prerequisites: SPN 212 or equivalent. Development of oral and written fluency and vocabulary building. Weekly writing assignments such as compositions, journals, etc. Requires active class discussions on a variety of topics from current events or researched themes. Offered only through programs in Spanish-speaking countries. 3 Cr.

SPN 323 Intermediate Spanish Conversation and Composition (A). Prerequisite: SPN 322 or equivalent. Designed to help students continue developing fluency and vocabulary building. Helps students prepare for the most advanced Spanish Conversation and Composition course. Active class participation is required. Writing and discussion on a variety of topics from current events or researched themes in order to gain confidence in thinking, writing and speaking Spanish. Offered only through programs in Spanish-speaking countries. 3 Cr.

SPN 350 Communication in Spanish (A). Prerequisite: SPN 212 or equivalent. Drawing on a selection of multimedia, this bridge course reinforces students' oral and written language skills in order to prepare them for advanced-level work. Weekly reading, writing, listening, and oral assignments on a variety of topics to improve fluency and to build a more extensive vocabulary. Requires active participation in class discussions. 3 Cr. Every Semester

SPN 351 Composition and Grammar Review (A). Prerequisite: SPN 350. Provides active discussion on a variety of topics or researched themes intended to help students achieve advanced communication skills in Spanish. Videos, current events, a literary reader, and newspaper and magazine articles are used for oral and written practice. Weekly compositions as well as oral presentations and a research paper are required. 3 Cr. Every Semester

SPN 352 Hispanic World Today (A,C). Prerequisite: SPN 212. Provides an introduction to the study of language, literature, culture, and civilization, drawing on selected materials and topics from the contemporary Hispanic world. Structured as a bridge course to advanced-level work, this course provides refinement of language skills, and the acquisition of specific content knowledge. 3 Cr. Every Semester

SPN 353 Literature and Culture of Spain I (A). Prerequisites: Any two of SPN 350, SPN 351 and SPN 352. Provides a historical survey of the political, social, economic, religious, and artistic life in Spain from pre-Roman times through the 17th century. Includes the study of the main literary genres of the period and covers elementary concepts of literary theory and analysis. Emphasizes the study of figurative and symbolic language. Requires active class participation. 3 Cr. Fall

SPN 354 Literature and Cultures of Spanish America I (A,C). Prerequisites: Any two of SPN 350, SPN 351 and SPN 352. This course provides a historical survey of the political, social, economic, religious, and artistic life in Spanish America from the pre-Columbian times through the 19th century. Also provides students with an understanding of the various forces and events that have shaped life and culture in the Spanish-speaking territories of America. Studies the main literary genres of the period and covers elementary concepts of literary theory and analysis. Emphasizes the study of figurative and symbolic language. Requires active class participation. 3 Cr. Spring

SPN 360 Spanish for Native Speakers (A). Prerequisites: By advisement. Helps Hispanic bilingual students expand their knowledge of Spanish by exposing them to models of formal oral and written Spanish. Emphasizes grammatical structures, vocabulary, spelling, and reading comprehension. 3 Cr.

SPN 363 Literature and Cultures of Spain II (A). Prerequisites: Any two of SPN 350, SPN 351 and SPN 352. Provides a historical survey of the political, social, economic, religious, literary and artistic life in Spain from the 18th century to the present. Studies the main literary genres of the period and covers concepts of literary theory and analysis. Emphasizes the study of figurative and symbolic language. Requires active class participation. 3 Cr. Spring

SPN 364 Literature and Cultures of Spanish America II (A). Prerequisites: Any two of SPN 350, SPN 351 and SPN 352. Provides a historical survey of the political, social, economic, religious, and artistic life in Spanish-America from the 20th century to current times. Also provides students with an understanding of the various forces and events that have shaped life and culture in the Spanish speaking territories of America. Studies the main literary genres of the period and covers concepts of literary theory and analysis. Emphasizes the study of figurative and symbolic language. Requires active class participation. 3 Cr. Spring

SPN 371 Brockport Career Exploration in Spanish (A). Prerequisite: Demonstrates advanced proficiency in Spanish and instructor's permission. Offers juniors and seniors an opportunity for career exploration and skill development in Spanish. 3 Cr.

SPN 372 Tutoring College Spanish (A). Prerequisite: SPN 350 or the equivalent. Provides students with the opportunity to facilitate language instruction to Delta College students in Spanish. Students will be able to design and develop language instruction materials for the college level. In addition, students facilitating the language instruction will meet on a weekly basis in a roundtable format to discuss practical and theoretical readings on second-language learning, teaching and acquisition. Course is coordinated by a faculty member of Delta College and the Department of Foreign Languages. Registration in this course needs approval of the Department of Foreign Languages chair and course instructors. 3 Cr. Every Semester

SPN 399 Independent Study in Spanish (A). Arranged in consultation with the instructor-sponsor and in accordance with the procedures of the Office of Academic Advisement prior to registration. 1-3 Cr. Every Semester

SPN 452 Hispanic Cultures Through Film (A). Prerequisites: SPN 353 and SPN 354. Studies Spanish and Spanish-American cultures through the analysis of films concerning the Spanish-speaking world. Gives special attention to the political domain and the ways in which it affects people's lives, to the evolving role of women in a changing society, and to the influence of indigenous cultures. Requires active class discussion and advanced skills in written and oral Spanish. 3 Cr.

SPN 453 Spanish-American Women Writers (A,C,D,W). Prerequisite: SPN 353 or SPN 354. Following a chronological perspective, this course studies the writings of some of the most important women writers of Spanish America. These works illustrate the evolution of a form of writing that seeks to oppose stereotypes imposed by a male literary tradition. The selected authors represent different literary movements and reflect on a variety of national problems. They also provide the framework for the analysis of cultural images of gender and relevant theoretical concepts related to female writing. After a brief introduction of the cultural conditions that define the emergence of female writing 17th, 18th and 19th centuries), emphasis will be given to the second half of the 20th century and to the social and political context relevant to each text. 3 Cr.

SPN 454 Hispanic Literature and Cultures in the US (A). Prerequisite: SPN 353 or SPN 354. Examines a vast collection of works - plays, novels, poems, essays, and films - by the Hispanic community with particular emphasis on those by Puerto Ricans, Cubans, and Mexican-Americans. Provides students with historical, social, and cultural contexts of the increasing Hispanic presence in the US and illustrates some of the most relevant concerns present in these works. Explores the formation of cultural identity and the degree to which gender, race, and social class influence this process. 3 Cr.

SPN 455 Hispanic Popular Culture (A). Prerequisite: SPN 353 or SPN 354. Explores the materials and the dynamics of popular culture in contemporary Hispanic societies. Forms such as telenovelas (soap operas), popular music, humor, cartoons, beliefs, and oral narratives are analyzed. Attention is given to differing definitions and interpretations of the roles and functions of popular culture in societies. 3 Cr.

SPN 456 Literature and Culture of the Caribbean (A,C). Prerequisite: SPN 353 or SPN 354. Covers some of the literary contributions made by outstanding authors of the Spanish-speaking Caribbean: Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. Includes culturally unique aspects of the region. Gives special emphasis to African heritage and women in society. 3 Cr.

SPN 457 Contemporary Spanish Writers (A). Prerequisite: SPN 353 or SPN 354. Studies 20th-century Spanish literature: e.g., essays, short stories, novels, poetry and plays. Presents the historical and literary contexts in which the selected works emerge and discusses the relationship between the writers and their cultural environment. Designed to also develop analytical perspectives in literary criticism and to strengthen reading and writing skills in Spanish. 3 Cr.

SPN 458 Contemporary Spanish-American Writers (A). Prerequisite: SPN 353 or SPN 354. Studies 20th- century Spanish-American literature; e.g., essays, short stories, novels, poetry, and plays. Presents the historical and literary contexts in which the selected works emerge and discusses the relationship between the writers and their cultural environment. Also develops analytical perspectives in literary criticism and strengthens reading and writing in Spanish. 3 Cr.

SPN 459 Mexico Today (A). Prerequisite: SPN 353 or SPN 354. Provides an introduction to contemporary Mexico: its history and geography; political, social, and economic systems; art, literature, and music; people and their lifestyles. Uses media and other materials to supplement course content. 3 Cr.

SPN 460 Spanish Phonetics (A). Provides a description and analysis of the sound system of modern Spanish, based on structural phonemic theory. Also provides intensive practice designed to improve pronunciation of the Spanish language. Gives special attention to analysis and correction of interference from English. 3 Cr. Fall

SPN 461 Advanced Spanish Grammar (A). Covers grammatical structures of Spanish and includes a study of Spanish morphology, syntax, and lexicon. Gives special attention to analysis and correction of interference from English. Conducts discussions of specific structures in Spanish, followed by oral and written exercises, including translations. 3 Cr. Spring

SPN 462 Spanish Language Variations in the US (A). Prerequisite: SPN 351. Studies the varieties of Spanish spoken in the US by Puerto Ricans, Dominicans, Cubans, Chicanos, etc. Provides an understanding of cultural, social, linguistic, and historical factors that determine language variations. Provides practice in the varieties of Spanish spoken in the US. 3 Cr. Spring

SPN 463 Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition (A). Prerequisite: SPN 351. Offers a contrastive analysis of the language components of English and Spanish; phonetics and phonology, morphology, syntax, lexicon, and semantics. Examines sociolinguistic and psycholinguistic perspectives related to the role of language in culture, identity, and learning. Explores languages acquisition theories and their application to bilingualism and the teaching of English to speakers of other languages. 3 Cr.

SPN 464 Literature and Culture of Puerto Rico (A). Prerequisite: SPN 351. Offers a survey of major issues in Puerto Rican literature and culture from the beginning of colonization to the present, as represented in historic and literary texts. Emphasis will be given to the question of what constitutes Puerto Rico's identity and culture: how writers, artists, and historians through their literary and cultural expressions define the "Puerto Rican experience." 3 Cr.

SPN 499 Independent Study in Spanish (A). Prerequisite: SPN 351. Arranged in consultation with the instructor-sponsor and in accordance with the procedures of the Office of Academic Advisement prior to registration. 1-3 Cr. Every Semester

Foreign Cultures in English

FCE 201 The French Speaking World (A,D,H,W). An examination of the concept of the Francophone community. Course explores theoretical texts and Francophone novels from Africa, the Caribbean and North America to develop an understanding of the political and literary history of the Francophone world. 3 Cr.

FCE 375 Latin American Women (A,C,I,W). Cross-listed WMS 375. Analyzes women's roles within the societies of the Caribbean and Latin America. Develops an understanding of the double standards imposed on men and women. Studies the impact of socialization and the development of a critical consciousness. 3 Cr. Fall

FCE 399 Independent Study on Foreign Culture (A). Independent study conducted in English on one aspect of a foreign culture whose language is taught in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures. 1-3 Cr. Every Semester

FCE 420 Multiculturalism in the United States (A,I). Studies how race, social class and ethnicity have influenced cultural interrelations of different minority groups within US society. Analyzes the main theories of the subject such as assimilation, amalgamation and cultural pluralism. Points out how social acceptance, economic possibilities, and political rights are related to those cultural aspects included in the aforementioned concepts. 3 Cr. Spring

FCE 426 Foundations of Bilingual Education (A). Studies basic bilingual-multicultural topics and how they are related to all multilingual-multicultural societies, whether in the US or elsewhere. Analyzes how such issues affect the conceptualization of national and international policies, political and social institutions, legal organizations, philosophical ideas, and moral and religious concerns. 3 Cr. Fall

FCE 499 Independent Study on Foreign Culture (A). Independent study conducted in English on some aspect of a foreign culture whose language is taught in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures. 1-3 Cr. Every Semester

Other languages

RSN 111 Beginning Russian I (A). Introductory course in Russian designed to develop language skills in Russian (listening, speaking, reading and writing) as well as an understanding and appreciation of Russian culture. Content includes oral comprehension drills, pronunciation exercises, sentence formation, vocabulary, verbs and simple readings on Russian culture. Succinct explanations in English are followed by group and individual practice in Russian. 3 Cr. Fall

RSN 112 Beginning Russian II (A). Prerequisite: RSN 111. Continuation of RSN 111. Designed to further the development of language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) as well as an understanding and appreciation of Russian culture. Content includes regular and irregular verbs, vocabulary building, more complex sentences and more complex readings on Russian cultures. Succinct explanations in English are followed by group and individual practice in Russian. 3 Cr. Fall

RSN 211 Intermediate Russian I (A). Prerequisite: RSN 112 or equivalent. Continuation of RSN 112. Emphasis is given to the development of language proficiency at the intermediate level as well as of the understanding and appreciation of Russian culture. Content includes introduction to dative, accusative, and instrumental cases and their usage in oral and written language; past and future tenses, advanced vocabulary, and sentence formation. 3 Cr. Fall

RSN 212 Intermediate Russian II (A). Prerequisite: RSN 211 or equivalent. Continuation of RSN 211. Emphasis is given to the development of language proficiency at the intermediate level as well as understanding and appreciation of Russian culture. Content includes further practice of genitive, dative, instrumental, accusative and prepositional cases in oral and written language; verbs of motion, advanced vocabulary, and sentence formation. 3 Cr. Spring

RSN 399 Independent Study in Russian (A). Topic mutually agreed to by faculty sponsor and student. 1-3 Cr.

JPN 111 Beginning Japanese I (A). Introductory course in Japanese designed to develop language skills in Japanese (listening, speaking, reading and writing) as well as an understanding and appreciation of Japanese culture. Content includes oral comprehension drills, pronunciation exercises, sentence formation, vocabulary, verbs, and simple readings on Japanese culture. Succinct explanations in English are followed by group and individual practice in Japanese. 3 Cr. Fall

JPN 112 Beginning Japanese II (A). Prerequisite: JPN 111. Continuation of JPN 111. Designed to further the development of language skills in modern Japanese as well as the understanding and appreciation of Japanese culture. Emphasis is on communication. 3 Cr. Spring

CHN 111 Beginning Chinese I (A). Introductory course in modern Mandarin Chinese designed to develop language skills in Chinese (listening, speaking, reading and writing) as well as an understanding and appreciation of Chinese culture. Content includes oral comprehension drills, pronunciation exercises, sentence formation, vocabulary, verbs, and simple readings on Chinese culture. Succinct explanations in English are followed by group and individual practice in Chinese. 3 Cr.

CHN 112 Beginning Chinese II (A). Prerequisite: CHN 111 or equivalent. Continuation of CHN 111. This course is designed to further the development of language skills in modern Mandarin Chinese as well as an understanding and appreciation of Chinese culture. Emphasis is on communication. 3 Cr.

ARB 111 Beginning Arabic I (A). Introductory course designed to develop language skills in Arabic (listening, speaking, reading and writing) as well as understanding and appreciation of Arabic culture. Oral comprehension drills, pronunciation exercises, sentence formation, vocabulary, verbs and simple readings in Arabic culture. Succinct explanations in English as followed by good and individual practice in Arabic. 3 Cr. Every Fall

ARB 112 Beginning Arabic II (A). Prerequisite: ARB 111 or equivalent. Continuation of Arabic 111. Designed to further the development of language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) as well as the understanding and appreciation of Arabic cultures. Includes the verb system, vocabulary building, more complex sentences, and more complex readings in Arabic cultures. Succinct explanation in English as followed by group and individual practice in Arabic. 3 Cr. Every Spring

ASL 111 Beginning American Sign Language I (A). Designed to develop language skills in American Sign Language (receptive, expressive, interactive) and fosters understanding and appreciation of deaf culture. Content includes expressive skills, fingerspelling exercises, sentence formation, vocabulary, verbs, and readings on deaf culture. Explanations in English are followed by individual and pair practice in ASL. Video work is required. 3 Cr. Every Semester

ASL 112 Beginning American Sign Language II (A). Prerequisite: ASL 111. Continuation of ASL 111. Designed to develop language skills in American Sign Language (receptive, expressive, interactive) and foster understanding and appreciation of deaf culture. Content includes expressive skills, fingerspelling exercises, sentence formation, vocabulary, verbs, and readings on deaf culture. Explanations in English are followed by individual and pair practice in ASL. Video work is required. 3 Cr. Every Semester

The information in this publication was current as of June 2005 when the text was compiled. Changes, including but not restricted to, tuition and fees, course descriptions, degree and program requirements, policies, and financial aid availability may have occurred since that time. Whether or not a specific course is scheduled for a given term is contingent on enrollment, budget and staffing. The college reserves the right to make any changes it finds necessary and may announce such changes for student notification in publications other than the College catalogs. For the purpose of degree and program completion, students are bound by the requirements in effect as stated in the printed catalog at the time of their matriculation at SUNY Brockport. Inquiries on the current status of requirements can be addressed to the appropriate College department of office. Also refer to the Brockport Web site home page at www.brockport.edu for current information.

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