Skip Navigation

Undergraduate Studies Catalog 2007-2009

Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

www.brockport.edu/modlang/index.html
103 Tower Fine Arts Building
(585) 395-2269

Chair and Professor: Patricia J. Siegel, PhD, Yale University; Professors: Joseph Siracusa, PhD, University of Illinois-Urbana; Associate Professors: Andrea Parada, PhD, University of Michigan; Graziella Rondon-Pari, PhD, University of Buffalo; Donna Wilkerson, PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Assistant Professor: Esther Marion, PhD, Princeton University.

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 and developing cross-cultural understanding.

Careers
Foreign language majors enter the teaching field and many other professions. A second major or a minor in a foreign language is highly valued in other academic disciplines and in professional careers. 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 Minors
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. We strongly recommend that students seeking certification to teach French study Spanish as well, and that those candidates preparing for certification in Spanish also study French. Please note that credit granted by CLEP, AP, or other external exams do not count toward the major or minor.

Courses in American Sign Language, Italian, Japanese and Russian are also offered as well as culture courses taught in English (FCE). *

Culture courses taught in English (FCE) may satisfy a General Education requirement.

Required Course Grades
Students intending to major or minor in any of the department’s programs must have a 2.5 GPA in language courses previously taken at the college level. All courses in the major or minor must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher. Courses with grades lower than “C” must be repeated.

There is a foreign language requirement for a bachelor of arts degree (BA), a major in international studies, a major in International business and teacher certification. Please consult the appropriate departmental Web pages for the respective department’s requirement.

General Education Foreign Language Requirement
Beginning in fall 2006, all students are required to have successfully completed the 112 level of a foreign language, Beginning II, before graduating. Students can waive the 111 level, Beginning I, with a score of 85 percent or higher on the third year foreign language Regents exam. In this case, students must complete the 112 course to fulfill the requirement.

Students may satisfy the requirement in one of the following ways:

Credit:

• Successful completion of two semesters of a foreign language course at Brockport.

• Successful completion of a course numbered 112 or higher (e.g., SPN 112, Beginning Spanish II)

• Successful completion of 6 credits in a college-level program of study abroad of at least five weeks duration in which the language of instruction is other than English.

Waiver:

• Placement at the third semester level or above on the SUNY Brockport Foreign Languages departmental placement exam. (Placement exams are offered in Spanish, French, Latin, Italian and German). All students are encouraged to take the test to determine their level and to enhance advisement.

• A score of 3 or higher on the foreign language Advanced Placement (AP) exam*

• A 50 percent or better score on a foreign language CLEP exam*

• Students for whom English is a second language need to document their study of a lang- uage other than English by bringing a copy of a diploma or certificate (proving they have studied in that language) to the chair of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures.

Transfer credit:

• Transfer credit at appropriate level from college-level language study.

*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.

Placement Testing
To continue with the language studied in high school, you must take the SUNY Brockport placement exam. The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures administers placement tests during summer orientation sessions and on a regular basis throughout the academic year, beginning the first week of classes. Please consult the department’s Web home page for the test schedule. Click on Current Test Dates. To register for a placement exam that takes place during the academic year and/or to ask other questions, contact Ms. Raquel Zvinones, department secretary at 395-2269.

If you wish to take a language in which you have no prior study, you may register for a Beginning I section of that language. SUNY Brockport offers courses in the following languages:

American Sign Language Japanese
French Russian
Italian Spanish

Please note: students who meet any part of 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. That level is considered to have been fulfilled. Students may audit the 111 course with the permission of the instructor if necessary.

For language courses at or beyond the 112 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 2-3 years of high school language.
Course 211 is open to students with 3-4 years of high school language.
Course 212 is open to students with 4 years of high school language.

For more information related to foreign language requirements, waiver procedures, and current test schedules, consult the departmental Web home page.

Language Media Center
A state-of-the-art language media center is housed in Room 110, Tower Fine Arts Building. It offers faculty and students opportunities for technology-assisted learning and is equipped for use with a variety of instructional software.

Teacher Certification Program
Students interested in the teacher certification program should consult the Department of Education and Human Development’s Web site for an application and program requirements. Please note that 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 least one 400-level French or Spanish course at Brockport.

Departmental Awards
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. Candidates are selected on the basis of the cumulative grade point average, the grade point average in the foreign language major, and contributions to the department and the College.

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 cultures.

A. Core/Required Courses Credits
FRN 350 Advanced Grammar and Conversation
3
FRN 351 Written Expression
3
FRN 352 French Culture
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
     
B. Elective Courses — 6 Credits (any two)
FRN 450 French Studies
3
FRN 451 Doing Business in French
3
FRN 451 Doing Business in French
3
FRN 453 French Thought in Social Context
3
FRN 499 Independent Study in French
3
   
______
 
Total credits for French major:
30

NOTE: Students whose proficiency in French is beyond that expected of those who complete FRN 350 and/or 352 may take these courses as credit by exam.

Minor in French — 18 credits

A. Core/Required Courses Credits
FRN 350 Grammar Review and Conversation
3
FRN 351 Written Expression
3
FRN 352 French Culture
3
FRN 355 France under the Fifth Republic
3
   
______
 
Total:
12
B. Elective Courses* — 6 credits
At least 3 credits must be at the 400 level
   
______
 
Total:
18

*See elective courses in French identified under the major.

MAJOR IN SPANISH

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

TRACK ONE: Language, Literature and Civilization — 30 Credits
A. Core/Required Courses
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 461 Advanced Spanish Grammar
3
   
______
 
Total:
24

C. Electives: 6 credits (any two courses)
Credits
SPN 452 Hispanic Cultures Through Film
3
SPN 453 Spanish-American Women Writers
3
SPN 454 Hispanic Literature and Cultures in the US
3
SPN 456 Literature and Culture of the Caribbean
3
SPN 457 Contemporary Spanish Writers
3
SPN 458 Contemporary Spanish-American Writers
3
SPN 460 Phonetics
SPN 462 Spanish Language Variations in the USA
3
SPN 463 Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition
3
SPN 499 Independent Study in Spanish
3
 
______
Total credits for TRACK ONE of the Spanish major:
30

NOTE: Students whose proficiency in Spanish is beyond that expected of those who complete SPN 350 and/or SPN 352, may take these courses as credit by exam.

TRACK TWO: Interdisciplinary Major in Bilingual-Multicultural Studies
For students seeking a bilingual-multicultural education extension certificate — 36 credits

A. Core/Required Courses
Credits
1. Language proficiency (9 credits)
SPN 350 Communication in Spanish
3
SPN 351 Composition and Grammar Review
3
SPN 352 Hispanic World Today
3
 
2. 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
 
3. Literature and Cultures (3 credits)
One 300/400-level course in literature, culture or civilization of Spain or Spanish America
3
 
4. Multicultural awareness (6 credits)
FCE 420 Multiculturalism in the USA
3
FCE 426 Foundations of Bilingual Education
3
 
B. Elective courses* (3 credits)
3
 
______
Total: 36

Examples of elective courses for TRACK TWO:
  FCE 375 Latin-American Women
  HST 376 Modern Latin America
  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 452 Hispanic Cultures Through Film
  SPN 453 Spanish-American Women Writers
  SPN 454 Hispanic Literature and Cultures in the US
  SPN 456 Literature and Culture of the Caribbean
  SPN 457 Contemporary Spanish Writers
  SPN 458 Contemporary Spanish-American Writers
  SPN 499 Independent Study in Spanish

NOTE: Students whose proficiency in Spanish is beyond that expected of those who complete SPN 350 and/or SPN 352 may take these courses as credit by exam.

Minor in Spanish —18 credits

A. Core/Required Courses
Credits
SPN 350 Communication in Spanish
3
SPN 351 Composition and Grammar Review
3
SPN 352 Hispanic World Today
3
  ______
Total : 9
 
B. Elective Courses — 9 credits. Three credits must be at the 400-level.
Please see elective courses in Spanish identified under the major, TRACK ONE.

French Courses

FRN 111 Beginning French I (A). Prerequisite: Placement Test or departmental approval. Introductory course develops language skills in French including listening, speaking, reading and writing, as well as an understanding and appreciation of French-speaking countries of the world. 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 equivalent. Furthers development of language skills including listening, speaking, reading and writing, as well as an understanding and appreciation of French-speaking countries of the world. 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 equivalent. Further develops listening, speaking, reading and writing skills, as well as an understanding and appreciation of French-speaking countries of the world. 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 equivalent. Further develops 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. Includes 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). 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). 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). 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). Improves reading comprehension and introduces rudiments of written and oral textual analysis. Includes readings, brief at first, which will increase in length and difficulty throughout the semester. Includes short written assignments, oral presentation and a final exam. Offered only in a study abroad context. 3 Cr.

FRN 325 France Today (A). An introduction to France, its people and its institutions. Concentrates 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 Conversation (A). Prerequisite: FRN 212. Intermediate conversation course designed to increase and refine students’ ability to express themselves in French in a variety of communicative situations. Emphasis 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. 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 facilitates accuracy and range of expression. 3 Cr. Spring

FRN 352 French Culture (A). Prerequisite: FRN 212. From prehistoric times through the Revolution, students explore 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. 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 399 Independent Study in French (A). Prerequisite: Three 300-level French courses with a minimum of 3.0 GPA in French and the instructor’s permission. Content to be identified in consultation with the instructor/sponsor and in accordance with the procedures of the Office of Academic Advisement prior to registration. 3 Cr.

FRN 450 French Studies (A). Prerequisites: FRN 350, FRN 351 and FRN 352. Closely studies a specific topic in French/Francophone language, culture, or literature. The topic selected for analysis may be from a historical or contemporary perspective and gives 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. Offered Occasionally

FRN 451 Doing Business in French (A). Prerequisites: FRN 350, FRN 351 and FRN 352. Helps 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 is on the reinforcement of oral and written skills. 3 Cr.

FRN 453 French Women Writers (A,W). Prerequisites: FRN 350, FRN 351 and FRN 352. Through an exploration of both theoretical and literary texts written by women, introduces students to a range of leading contemporary French and/or Francophone women writers. Students will examine recurrent themes and forms in recent women’s writing, including the representation of identity; the concept of origins; the intersection of class, race and gender; and the textual strategies underpinning these considerations. Through a detailed examination of a cross-section of works by French women writers, assesses the contribution made by French women’s writing to current theoretical debates and to contemporary writing generally. 3 Cr.

FRN 454 French Literature I: Texts and Context (A). Prerequisites: FRN 350, FRN 351 and FRN 352. Examines texts by major authors from the Middle Ages to the Revolution. Emphasis is 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 and FRN 352. An array of short stories, poems, novels, or plays written by authors from Africa, North America, or the Caribbean. Papers and discussions 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 and FRN 352. A collage of literature, philosophy and history gives 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 and FRN 352. Examines texts by major authors from the Napoleonic era to the recent past. Emphasis is on an in-depth reading of the texts, including prose, poetry and theatre, with the purpose of expanding vocabulary and improving writing skills. Also acquaints 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). Prerequisites: 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. 3 Cr. Every Semester

Italian Courses

ITA 111 Beginning Italian I (A). Develops language skills in Italian including 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 equivalent. Further develops language skills including 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. 3 Cr. Every Semester

Spanish Courses

SPN 111 Beginning Spanish I (A). Prerequisite: Placement test or departmental approval. Develops language skills in Spanish, including 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 equivalent. Further develops language skills of 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 equivalent. 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 equivalent. 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 or equivalent. An advanced foreign language course designed for business majors. Its contemporary and practical approach gives the business learner a global perspective on language and culture. Focuses primarily on the acquisition of business terminology used in Latin America and its application in every day corporate life in corporate and non-profit enterprises. 3 Cr.

SPN 301 Spanish Grammar Review (A). 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). Development of oral and written fluency and vocabulary building. Includes 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). 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. Includes 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 326 Costa Rican Culture (A). Provides an overview of political, social, economic, religious, literary and artistic life in contemporary Costa Rica. Emphasizes cultural contrasts with students’ own culture. Entirely in Spanish, includes extensive practice of all language skills. Offered only in a study abroad context. 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 improve fluency and 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 or equivalent. 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.

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.

SPN 353 Literature and Cultures 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. Provides an 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.

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 an 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 399 Independent Study in Spanish (A). Prerequisites: Three 300-level Spanish courses with a minimum of 3.0 GPA in Spanish and the instructor’s permission. Content to be identified in consultation with the instructor/sponsor and in accordance with the procedures of the Office of Academic Advisement prior to registration. 3 Cr.

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, 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 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 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 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. 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.

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. 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 450 From Fascism to Freedom: A Social History of Love’s Troubled Marriage in Postwar France, Germany, Italy and Spain (A,D,I). . Examines the representation of love, gender and marriage in major European fiction films as a documentary lens for understanding the shifts in historical, social and political construction of the public and private spheres in post World War II France, Germany, Italy and Spain. 3 Cr.

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. Designed to further the development of language skills including 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. Spring

RSN 211 Intermediate Russian I (A). Prerequisite: RSN 112 or equivalent. 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. 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). Arranged in consultation with the instructor/sponsor and in accordance with the procedures of the Office of Academic Advisement prior to registration. 3 Cr. Every Semester

JPN 111 Beginning Japanese I (A). Introductory course in Japanese designed to develop language skills in Japanese including 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. 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

JPN 211 Intermediate Japanese I (A). Prerequisite: JPN 112. This course introduces more complex grammatical structures and new vocabulary. The activities focus more on grammatical exercises in order to help students to develop more expressive language ability. Dialogue practices will be held in class and Japanese culture, customs, history, social practices will be discussed as related to each topic. Considerable work outside of class is required to maintain continued progress. 3 Cr. Fall

JPN 212 Intermediate Japanese II (A). Prerequisite: MPN 211. Emphasizes the development of longer and more complex conversations in various situations. Students will continue to use and practice hiragana, katakana and kanji that they learned in previous courses. About 50 new kanji will be introduced. Students will also be required to comprehend short descriptive essays written in Japanese characters and to write short compositions in Japanese characters. 3 Cr. Spring

There are no courses to display.

There are no courses to display.

ASL 111 Beginning American Sign Language I (A). Designed to develop language skills in American Sign Language including 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. Fall

ASL 112 Beginning American Sign Language II (A). Prerequisite: 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. Spring

ASL 211 Intermediate Sign Language I (A). Prerequisite: ASL 112 or equivalent. Emphasizes and expands on grammar, syntax, spatial referencing, classifiers, and vocabulary development. Develops communicative competencies in ASL conversations beyond the basic level. Fluency and accuracy of fingerspelling will be developed, as well as the use of lexicalized signs. 3 Cr. Every Fall

ASL 212 Intermediate American Sign Language II (A). Prerequisite: ASL 211 or equivalent. Continues to advance ASL grammar and vocabulary. Sentence constructions will be reviewed and expanded, and classifiers as well as nonmanual behaviors will be developed. Advances fluency in fingerspelling, lexicalized signs and numbering. The use of space in basic ASL discourse will be expanded. 3 Cr. Every Spring


The information in this publication was current as of June 2007 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.

Events

Sat, Apr 26

APA & Library Services
10:30 am - 11:30 am

Research & Database Searching
noon - 1 pm