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2016 - 2017 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2016 - 2017 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

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James D. Fogelquist (Spanish), Chair

Irina Y. Barclay (Russian)
Saloua Ben Zahra (Arabic)
Zhiyuan Chen (Spanish)
Victoria K. Cox (Spanish)
Benito del Pliego (Spanish)
Andrés Fisher (Spanish)
Catherine A. Fountain (Spanish)
Jean-François Fournier (French)
Martial Frindéthié (French)
Darci L. Gardner (French)
Rainer H. Goetz (Spanish)
Kevin G. Kennedy (German)
Richard G. McGarry (Linguistics and ESL)
Beverly A. Moser (German)
Maria Patricia Ortiz-Owens (Spanish)
Benjamin J. Souza (Spanish)
Alexandra Sterling-Hellenbrand (German)
Wendy Xie (Chinese)

The curriculum of the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures includes courses in French, Spanish, German, Latin, Russian, Japanese, Chinese, Arabic, Portuguese, and ESL. The major objective of the department is to enable students to gain linguistic and cultural competency through the study and practice (reading, writing, speaking) of the languages we offer. Further studies in the culture and literature of the target languages are designed to give students a better understanding of the traditions, achievements and lifestyles of the countries and areas where the languages are spoken. In teaching culture through literature and language, we seek to educate students with the intercultural and linguistic proficiency to become active members of a diverse global community.

Language Placement Exam Requirement:

A language placement exam is required of all students enrolling in their first language course at the 1020 level (Beginning II) or above. The placement exam score remains valid for only one year. Information about placement exams in all languages is available on the website of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures (http://dllc.appstate.edu/node/674).

Students are expected to enroll in the course indicated by the results of their exam. When warranted, a student’s placement level may be adjusted after consultation with the language advisor. A student who enrolls in a course lower than the placement level indicated will not be granted credit for the course. Courses taken below the placement level count as credit toward course load and full-time student eligibility, but do not count toward hours required for graduation and will not be calculated as part of the GPA. Placement credit will be awarded to students only if they successfully complete (with a “C” or better) the course they score into.

Placement credit will be awarded in the following manner:

  • Students placing into and successfully completing 1020 receive placement credit for 1010.
  • Students placing into and successfully completing 1040 receive placement credit for 1010 and 1020.
  • Students placing into and successfully completing 1050 receive placement credit for 1020 and 1040.
  • Students placing into the 2000 level (advanced) may choose 2005 or 2010 as a validation course. Successfully completing the 2000 level class would gain placement credit for 1040 and 1050.

Transfer students with college credit in a language who wish to continue in the same language are not required to take the placement test. However, transfer students are encouraged to consult with the faculty advisor for that language.

All students who wish to enroll in courses on the level of 2000 or above must take proficiency tests or complete course work through the intermediate level of that language (1050). All classes in the Department, except those designated as LLC (Languages, Literatures, and Cultures) courses, are taught in the target language. LLC courses are offered in English and may count towards the major only under special circumstances and with the consent of the advisor and departmental chair.

Honors Program in French and Spanish

The Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures maintains an honors program in French and in Spanish to provide qualified students with an opportunity for advanced research in a seminar atmosphere. At the freshman level, the Department participates in the campus wide honors program for eligible new students, offering honors sections of a variety of introductory courses on a rotating
basis. Honors courses and honors course contracts are available in the department for students at the sophomore, junior and senior level. These courses are open to students who have distinguished themselves. Junior and senior level honors courses carry full credit toward the majors in French and Spanish, or for non-majors full elective credit. In order to remain in the departmental program, students must maintain a 3.0 GPA in honors work.

To graduate with honors in French, a student must take 9 semester hours of honors courses in the department, including the senior honors thesis, FRE 4510 .

To graduate with honors in Spanish, a student must take 9 semester hours of honors courses in the department, including the senior honors thesis, SNH 4510 .

Qualified University honors students who are minoring in a language (Chinese, French, German, Spanish, TESL/Applied Linguistics) or minoring in an Area Studies program (e.g., Asian Studies; East European, Russian and Central Asian Studies) may arrange to have a language faculty member as the second reader of the senior honors thesis, with the approval of the thesis advisor from the major department and approval from The Honors College. Students must earn a grade of ‘B’ (3.0 grade points) or higher on all honors coursework taken to fulfill any honors requirements.

Language Computer Lab

The Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures provides a 30-station walk-in computer lab and 6-station oral practice room open to all students, faculty and staff during weekday hours of operation.

The lab provides opportunity for research, enrichment and practice, and individual or group instruction and testing. DLLC lab computers include foreign language characters and spell-checks in addition to the standard campus software. Microphones and headphones are included or available.

In the adjoining oral lab room, oral record assistance and self-paced computer tutoring is available for languages taught in the department - ARB, CHN, FRE, GER, JPN, LAT, POR, RSN, SNH. The lab also supports the department’s several multi-media classrooms.

Master of Arts

The Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures offers a Master of Arts degree in Romance Languages with concentrations in French K-12 Teaching (M Level Licensure), French College Teaching, Spanish K-12 Teaching (M Level Licensure), and Spanish College Teaching. Persons interested in this degree are requested to consult the Graduate Bulletin for further information.


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