Language Courses

Gordon College has a one-year (101, 102) foreign language requirement. A placement test is offered in French, German, Italian, Latin, and Spanish during Fall Orientation. Incoming students who have completed levels 1 and 2 of a given language in high school may enroll in 101 in that language without taking the placement test. Incoming students who have completed level 3 or higher in high school must take the placement test before enrolling in any course in that language. Alternatively, incoming students who have taken the AP Exam or SATII in a given language may also use those scores (if they meet the required threshold) to place out of the foreign-language requirement. (For further details, see the Academic Catalog's section on "Foreign Language Placement" under Academic Policies.)

Those going into the field of Bible translation should spend at least one summer at the Summer Institute of Linguistics (www.sil.org/training).

CHINESE (MANDARIN)

Lower Level (First Year)
*MAN101, *102 Beginning Chinese (Mandarin) I, II (4, 4)

Introduction to Mandarin language and Chinese cultures with practice in four skills associated with language learning: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Conducted primarily in Mandarin.

MAN201, 202 Intermediate Chinese (Mandarin) I, II (4, 4)
Continued study and practice in Mandarin language and Chinese cultures through listening, speaking, reading and writing, with particular emphasis on grammar. Conducted primarily in Mandarin. Prerequisite: MAN102 or equivalent for MAN201; MAN201 for MAN202.

FRENCH

Lower Level (First Year)
*FRE101, *102 Beginning French I, II (4, 4)

Introduction to French language and Francophone cultures with practice in four skills associated with language learning: listening, speaking, reading and writing. FRE101 conducted primarily in French; FRE102 conducted in French. Language placement score required. Successful fulfillment of FRE101 is a prerequisite for FRE102.

Intermediate Level (Second Year)
FRE201 Intermediate French I (4)

Continued practice in French language and study of Francophone cultures through listening, speaking, reading and writing. Conducted in French. Prerequisite: FRE102, placement score or equivalent.

FRE202 Intermediate French II (4)

Continued practice in French language and study of Francophone cultures through listening, speaking, reading and writing. Prerequisite: FRE201, placement score or permission of instructor.

Upper Level

FRE313 Advanced French Writing (4)
Focus on idiomatic expressions and style needed for various kinds of writing. Conducted in French. Prerequisite: FRE202, placement score or equivalent. (Every third year, Not offered 2013-14.)

FRE360 French History, Culture, and Civilization (4)
Surveys geography, history, fine arts, religious makeup, economics and demographics of France. Conducted in French. Prerequisite: FRE202, placement score or equivalent. (Offered 2013-14.)

FRE371 Selected Topics (2 or 4)

Explores pertinent literary, linguistic or cultural topic not specifically covered elsewhere in curriculum. Designated as repeatable; students may enroll more than once if topic changes. Prerequisites set by instructor. (Not offered 2013-14.)

FRE376 French Literature I (4)
Study of early masterpieces of French literature in historical and cultural settings. Conducted in French. Prerequisites: FRE311, FRE313 or equivalent. (Every third year, Offered 2013-14.)

FRE378 French Literature II (4)
Study of modern French literature in historical and cultural settings. Conducted in French. Prerequisites: FRE311, FRE313 or equivalent. (Every third year, Not offered 2013-14.)

FRE425 Internship in French Conversation and Culture (4)

Supervised experience in a French-speaking environment; individualized syllabus for each student combining on-the-job work experience with related academic study. Prerequisites: FRE202 or equivalent, permission of instructor, minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA and approval by the Registrar's Office.

FRANCOPHONE STUDIES COURSES

FRE365 Caribbean Studies (4)
Studies Francophone Caribbean contemporary literature and culture through fiction, film and current events. Explores themes conveyed by various works as well as notions and theories of négritude,
antillanité, créolité
and postcolonialism. Focus on Martinique, Guadeloupe and Haiti; geography, history, and portrayal of culture and identity. Develops oral communication, writing and higher-thinking skills in French. Prerequisites: FRE311, FRE313 or equivalent. (Alternate years, Not offered 2013-14.)

FRE491, 492 Seminar in Quebec Studies I, II (2, 2)
In-depth study of a chosen area of politics, literature and culture in Francophone Canada. Conducted in French. Repeatable for credit if topic is different. Prerequisites: FRE311, FRE313 or equivalent. (Every third year, Not offered 2013-14.)

*FRE493, 494 Seminar in African studies I, II (2, 2)

In-depth study of chosen areas of politics, literature and culture in Francophone Africa. Conducted in French. Designated as repeatable for credit if topic is different. Completion of both FRE493, 494 fulfills core Global Understanding theme. Prerequisites: FRE311, FRE313 or equivalent. (Every third year, Not offered 2013-14.)

GERMAN

Lower Level (First Year)
*GER101, *102 Beginning German I, II (4, 4)

Introduction to German language and Germanic cultures with practice in four skills associated with language learning: listening, speaking, reading and writing. GER101 conducted primarily in German; GER102 conducted in German. Language placement score required. Successful fulfillment of GER101 is a prerequisite for GER102.

Intermediate Level (Second Year)

GER201 Intermediate German I (4)
Continued study and practice in German language and Germanic cultures through listening, speaking, reading and writing. Conducted in German. Prerequisite: GER102, placement score or equivalent.

GER202 Intermediate German II (4)

Continued study and practice in German language and Germanic cultures through listening, speaking, reading and writing. Prerequisite: GER201, placement score or permission of instructor.

Upper Level
GER311 Advanced German Syntax (4)
Development of understanding of more complex points of syntax and idiomatic expressions through explanation, practice and application in both oral and written format. Conducted in German. Prerequisite: GER202, placement score or equivalent. (Alternate years, Not offered 2013-14.)

GER312 Advanced German Conversation (4)
Development of facility in spoken German by means of simulations, role play, debates, oral reports and discussion of current events; supported by frequent use of multimedia technology. Conducted in German. Prerequisite: GER202, placement score or equivalent. (Alternate years, Not offered 2013-14.)

GER313 Advanced German Writing (4)

Focus on idiomatic expression and style needed for various kinds of writing. Conducted in German. Prerequisite: GER202, placement score or equivalent. (Alternate years, Not offered 2013-14.)

GER360 German History, Culture, and Civilization (4)
Survey of geography, history, fine arts, religious makeup, economics and demographics of the German-speaking countries. Conducted in German. Prerequisite: GER202, placement score or equivalent. (Alternate years, Not offered 2013-14.)

GER371 Selected Topics (2 or 4)

Explores a pertinent literary, linguistic or cultural topic not specifically covered elsewhere in curriculum. Designated as repeatable; students may enroll more than once if topic changes. Prerequisites set by instructor. (Not offered 2013-14.)

GER376 Survey of German Literature I (4)

Study of significant works of German literature in historical and cultural settings. Conducted in German. Prerequisite: 4 credits from GER311-360 or permission of instructor. (Alternate years, Not offered 2013-14.)

GER378 Survey of German Literature II (4)

Study of the significant works of modern German literature in historical and cultural setting. Conducted in German. Prerequisite: 4 credits from GER311-360 or permission of instructor. (Alternate years, Offered 2013-14.)

GER425 Internship in German Conversation and Culture (4)
Supervised experience in German-speaking environment; individualized syllabus for each student combining on-the-job work experience with related academic study. Prerequisites: GER202 or equivalent, permission of instructor, minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA and approval by Registrar's Office.

GER491, 492 Seminar in German Topics I, II (2, 2)

In-depth study of chosen
area of literature or culture of German-speaking countries. Regular discussion and occasional presentations by students. Conducted in German. Designated as repeatable for credit if topic differs. Prerequisites: GER311, 313 or 360, or permission of instructor. (Alternate years, Not offered 2013-14.)

GREEK AND HEBREW
See course descriptions for Greek and Hebrew under Department of Biblical and Theological Studies.

ITALIAN

*ITL101, *102 Beginning Italian I, II (4, 4)
Introduction to Italian language and culture with practice in four skills associated with language learning: listening, speaking, reading and writing. ITL101 conducted primarily in Italian; ITL102 conducted in Italian. Successful fulfillment of ITL101 is a prerequisite for ITL102.

LATIN

Lower Level (First Year)
*LAT101, *102 Beginning Latin I, II (4, 4)
Introduction to classical Latin language and aspects of Roman culture and history. Covers fundamentals of grammar, morphology and syntax, along with readings from Latin prose literature (e.g., Caesar, Sallust, Cicero and Livy). Emphasis on developing facility in reading Latin texts including reading aloud. Successful fulfillment of LAT101 is a prerequisite for LAT102.

Intermediate Level (Second Year)
LAT201, 202 Intermediate Latin I, II (4, 4)
Continued study and practice of Latin grammar, morphology and syntax, along with readings from Latin literature. Emphasis on reading Latin texts including reading aloud. Prerequisite: LAT102 or equivalent for LAT201; LAT201 for LAT202.

SPANISH

Lower Level (First Year)
*SPN101, *102 Introductory Spanish I, II (4, 4)
Introduction to Spanish language and Hispanic cultures with practice in four skills associated with language learning: listening, speaking, reading and writing. SPN101 conducted primarily in Spanish;
SPN102 conducted in Spanish. Language placement score required. Successful completion or validation of SPN101 is a prerequisite for SPN102.

Intermediate Level (Second Year)

SPN201 Intermediate Spanish I (4)
Continued study and practice in Spanish language and Hispanic cultures through listening, speaking, reading and writing. Conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPN102, placement score or equivalent.

SPN202 Intermediate Spanish II (4)

Continued study and practice in Spanish language and Hispanic cultures through listening, speaking, reading and writing. Prerequisite: SPN201, placement score or permission of instructor.

Upper Level
SPN311 Advanced Spanish Syntax (4)
Development of understanding of more complex points of syntax and idiomatic expressions through explanation, practice and application in both oral and written format. Conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPN202, placement score or equivalent. (Alternate years. Offered 2013-14.)

SPN313 Advanced Spanish Writing (4)
Focus on idiomatic expressions and style needed for various kinds of writing. Conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPN202, placement score or equivalent.

SPN315 Advanced Spanish Conversation (4)
Development of facility in spoken Spanish through simulation of situations, oral reports and discussion of contemporary topics. Conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPN313 or equivalent or permission of instructor. (Alternate years. Not offered 2013-14.)

SPN371 Selected Topics (2 or 4)
Explores pertinent literary, linguistic or cultural topic not specifically covered elsewhere in curriculum. Designated as repeatable; students may enroll more than once if topic changes. Prerequisites set by instructor.

SPN425 Internship in Spanish Conversation and Culture (4)

Supervised experience in a Spanish-speaking environment; individualized syllabus for each student combining on-the-job work experience with related academic study. Prerequisites: SPN202 or equivalent, permission of instructor, minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA and approval by Registrar's Office.

SPANISH PENINSULAR COURSES

SPN360 Spanish History, Culture and Civilization (4)

Survey of geography, history, fine arts, religious makeup, economics and demographics of Spain.
Conducted in Spanish. Prerequisites: SPN311, 313 or equivalent. (Alternate years. Offered 2013-14.)

SPN370 Survey of Spanish Peninsular Literature (4)
Study of representative literature of Spain in historical and cultural settings. Conducted in Spanish. Prerequisites: SPN311, 313 or equivalent. (Alternate years, Not offered 2013-14.)

SPN491, 492 Seminar in Spanish Topics I, II (2, 2)
In-depth study of a chosen area of literature or culture of Spain. Students make several presentations. Conducted in Spanish. Designated as repeatable for credit if topic differs. Prerequisite: SPN311, SPN313 or equivalent. (Alternate Years, Not offered 2013-14.)

LATIN AMERICAN COURSES

SPN362 Latin American History, Culture and Civilization (4)
Survey of geography, history, fine arts, religious makeup, economics and demographics of Latin America. Conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPN311, 313 or equivalent. (Alternate years, Not offered 2013-14.)

SPN372 Survey of Latin American Literature (4)
Study of representative literature of Latin America in historical and cultural settings. Conducted in Spanish. Prerequisites: SPN311, 313 or equivalent. (Alternate years, Offered 2013-14.).)

SPN493, 494 Seminar in Latin American Topic I, II (2, 2)

In-depth study of a chosen area of literature or culture of Latin America. Students make several presentations. Conducted in Spanish. Designated as repeatable for credit if topic differs. Prerequisites: SPN311, 313 or equivalent. (Alternate years, Offered 2013-14.) )

GENERAL LANGUAGE COURSES

LNG425 Internship
Similar to FRE425, GER425 and SPN425, but in another language. Must be prearranged and approved by department chair and Registrar's Office. Prerequisites: permission of department chair and minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA.

 

* Fulfills core common or thematic requirement.