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Languages Division

Language courses allow students to be competent in a foreign language in order to succeed personally and professional through increased awareness of worldviews, languages, and cultures.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Understand the language, customs, and culture of an additional language.
  2. Develop critical thinking skills in order to analyze the human condition of speakers of other languages.
  3. Recognize that language skills allow students to be able to communicate in new ways.
Distribution of Courses (2 Courses/6 Credit Hours):
Course Code Course Name Credit Hours
ARAB 100

Prerequisite: Placement or no previous exposure to the language.

This course is an introduction to Arabic grammar, structure, and use. This course uses a communicative approach to language learning integrating speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. All four skills are embedded in an integrated framework that emphasizes meaningful and purposeful use of language as well as communicative competence. Besides the four language skills, practice will also be provided for higher order thinking skills, such as problem solving and critical thinking. This course provides students with the basic skills and vocabulary required to communicate in a foreign language.

3
ARAB 105

Prerequisite: ARAB 100 or placement

This course is an introduction to Arabic grammar, structure, and use. This course uses a communicative approach to language learning integrating speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. All four skills are embedded in an integrated framework that emphasizes meaningful and purposeful use of language as well as communicative competence. Besides the four language skills, practice will also be provided for higher order thinking skills, such as problem solving and critical thinking. This course provides students with the basic skills and vocabulary required to communicate in a foreign language. This course expands on basic grammatical structures learned in Elementary Arabic I while reinforcing production skills and vocabulary building.

3
ARAB 200

Prerequisite: ARAB 105 or placement

This course is an intermediate Arabic course using a communicative approach to language learning integrating speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. All four skills are embedded in an integrated framework that emphasizes meaningful and purposeful use of language as well as communicative competence. Besides the four language skills, practice will also be provided for higher order thinking skills, such as problem solving, and critical thinking. This course provides students with the basic skills and vocabulary required to communicate in a foreign language. This course expands on basic grammatical structures learned in Elementary Arabic II while reinforcing meaningful and purposeful production skills and vocabulary building to emphasize communicative competence. The target language is the primary language of instruction.

3
ARAB 205

Prerequisite: ARAB 200 or placement

This course is an intermediate Arabic course using a communicative approach to language learning integrating speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. All four skills are embedded in an integrated framework that emphasizes meaningful and purposeful use of language as well as communicative competence. Besides the four language skills, practice will also be provided for higher order thinking skills, such as problem solving, and critical thinking. This course provides students with the basic skills and vocabulary required to communicate in a foreign language. This course expands on basic grammatical structures learned in Intermediate Arabic I while reinforcing meaningful and purposeful production skills and vocabulary building to emphasize communicative competence. The target language is the primary language of instruction.

3
ARAB 250

Prerequisite: ARAB 105 or placement

This course is an intermediate Arabic course and builds upon skills learned in the elementary level. This course provides students with the basic skills and vocabulary required to communicate in a foreign language. This course expands on basic grammatical structures learned in elementary and intermediate Arabic with a focus on oral communication in the target language. The target language is the primary language of instruction.

3
ARAB 300

Prerequisite: ARAB 205 or placement

This course is an advanced Arabic course using a communicative approach to language learning integrating speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. All four skills are embedded in an integrated framework that emphasizes meaningful and purposeful use of language as well as communicative competence. Besides the four language skills, practice will also be provided for higher order thinking skills, such as problem solving, and critical thinking. This course provides students with the skills and vocabulary required to communicate in a foreign language at an advanced level. Students will apply their knowledge of grammar, structure, and use to communicate fluidly and clearly in the target language in meaningful and purposeful activities designed to simulate real-world scenarios. Students will expand their communicative competence skills to be able to apply course content to a final project exemplifying their abilities. The target language is the language of instruction.

3
ARAB 305

Prerequisite: ARAB 300 or placement

This course is an advanced Arabic course using a communicative approach to language learning integrating speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. All four skills are embedded in an integrated framework that emphasizes meaningful and purposeful use of language as well as communicative competence. Besides the four language skills, practice will also be provided for higher order thinking skills, such as problem solving, and critical thinking. This course provides students with the skills and vocabulary required to communicate in a foreign language at an advanced level. Students will apply their knowledge of grammar, structure, and use to communicate fluidly and clearly in the target language in meaningful and purposeful activities designed to simulate real-world scenarios. Students will expand their communicative competence skills to be able to apply course content to a final project exemplifying their abilities. The target language is the language of instruction.

3
CHIN 100

Prerequisite: Placement or no previous exposure to the language.

This course is an introduction to Chinese grammar, structure, and use. This course uses a communicative approach to language learning integrating speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. All four skills are embedded in an integrated framework that emphasizes meaningful and purposeful use of language as well as communicative competence. Besides the four language skills, practice will also be provided for higher order thinking skills, such as problem solving and critical thinking. This course provides students with the basic skills and vocabulary required to communicate in a foreign language. This course expands on basic grammatical structures learned in Elementary Chinese I while reinforcing production skills and vocabulary building.

3
CHIN 105

Prerequisite: CHIN 100 or placement

This course is an introduction to Chinese grammar, structure, and use. This course uses a communicative approach to language learning integrating speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. All four skills are embedded in an integrated framework that emphasizes meaningful and purposeful use of language as well as communicative competence. Besides the four language skills, practice will also be provided for higher order thinking skills, such as problem solving and critical thinking. This course provides students with the basic skills and vocabulary required to communicate in a foreign language. This course expands on basic grammatical structures learned in Elementary Chinese I while reinforcing production skills and vocabulary building.

3
CHIN 200

Prerequisite: CHIN 105 or placement

This course is an intermediate Chinese course using a communicative approach to language learning integrating speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. All four skills are embedded in an integrated framework that emphasizes meaningful and purposeful use of language as well as communicative competence. Besides the four language skills, practice will also be provided for higher order thinking skills, such as problem solving, and critical thinking. This course provides students with the basic skills and vocabulary required to communicate in a foreign language. This course expands on basic grammatical structures learned in Elementary Chinese II while reinforcing meaningful and purposeful production skills and vocabulary building to emphasize communicative competence. The target language is the primary language of instruction.

3
CHIN 205

Prerequisite: CHIN 200 or placement

This course is an intermediate Chinese course using a communicative approach to language learning integrating speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. All four skills are embedded in an integrated framework that emphasizes meaningful and purposeful use of language as well as communicative competence. Besides the four language skills, practice will also be provided for higher order thinking skills, such as problem solving, and critical thinking. This course provides students with the basic skills and vocabulary required to communicate in a foreign language. This course expands on basic grammatical structures learned in Intermediate Chinese I while reinforcing meaningful and purposeful production skills and vocabulary building to emphasize communicative competence. The target language is the primary language of instruction.

3
CHIN 250

Prerequisite: CHIN 105 or placement

This course is an intermediate Chinese course and builds upon skills learned in the elementary level. This course provides students with the basic skills and vocabulary required to communicate in a foreign language. This course expands on basic grammatical structures learned in elementary and intermediate Chinese with a focus on oral communication in the target language. The target language is the primary language of instruction.

3
CHIN 300

Prerequisite: CHIN 205 or placement

This course is an advanced Chinese course using a communicative approach to language learning integrating speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. All four skills are embedded in an integrated framework that emphasizes meaningful and purposeful use of language as well as communicative competence. Besides the four language skills, practice will also be provided for higher order thinking skills, such as problem solving, and critical thinking. This course provides students with the skills and vocabulary required to communicate in a foreign language at an advanced level. Students will apply their knowledge of grammar, structure, and use to communicate fluidly and clearly in the target language in meaningful and purposeful activities designed to simulate real-world scenarios. Students will expand their communicative competence skills to be able to apply course content to a final project exemplifying their abilities. The target language is the language of instruction.

3
CHIN 305

Prerequisite: CHIN 300 or placement

This course is an advanced Chinese course using a communicative approach to language learning integrating speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. All four skills are embedded in an integrated framework that emphasizes meaningful and purposeful use of language as well as communicative competence. Besides the four language skills, practice will also be provided for higher order thinking skills, such as problem solving, and critical thinking. This course provides students with the skills and vocabulary required to communicate in a foreign language at an advanced level. Students will apply their knowledge of grammar, structure, and use to communicate fluidly and clearly in the target language in meaningful and purposeful activities designed to simulate real-world scenarios. Students will expand their communicative competence skills to be able to apply course content to a final project exemplifying their abilities. The target language is the language of instruction.

3
FREN 100

Prerequisite: Placement or no previous exposure to the language.

This course is an introduction to French grammar, structure, and use. This course uses a communicative approach to language learning integrating speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. All four skills are embedded in an integrated framework that emphasizes meaningful and purposeful use of language as well as communicative competence. Besides the four language skills, practice will also be provided for higher order thinking skills, such as problem solving and critical thinking. This course provides students with the basic skills and vocabulary required to communicate in a foreign language.

3
FREN 105

Prerequisite: FREN 100 or placement

This course is an introduction to French grammar, structure, and use. This course uses a communicative approach to language learning integrating speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. All four skills are embedded in an integrated framework that emphasizes meaningful and purposeful use of language as well as communicative competence. Besides the four language skills, practice will also be provided for higher order thinking skills, such as problem solving and critical thinking. This course provides students with the basic skills and vocabulary required to communicate in a foreign language. This course expands on basic grammatical structures learned in Elementary French I while reinforcing production skills and vocabulary building.

3
FREN 200

Prerequisite: FREN 105 or placement

This course is an intermediate French course using a communicative approach to language learning integrating speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. All four skills are embedded in an integrated framework that emphasizes meaningful and purposeful use of language as well as communicative competence. Besides the four language skills, practice will also be provided for higher order thinking skills, such as problem solving, and critical thinking. This course provides students with the basic skills and vocabulary required to communicate in a foreign language. This course expands on basic grammatical structures learned in Elementary French II while reinforcing meaningful and purposeful production skills and vocabulary building to emphasize communicative competence. The target language is the primary language of instruction.

3
FREN 205

Prerequisite: FREN 200 or placement

This course is an intermediate French course using a communicative approach to language learning integrating speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. All four skills are embedded in an integrated framework that emphasizes meaningful and purposeful use of language as well as communicative competence. Besides the four language skills, practice will also be provided for higher order thinking skills, such as problem solving, and critical thinking. This course provides students with the basic skills and vocabulary required to communicate in a foreign language. This course expands on basic grammatical structures learned in Intermediate French I while reinforcing meaningful and purposeful production skills and vocabulary building to emphasize communicative competence. The target language is the primary language of instruction.

3
FREN 250

Prerequisite: FREN 105 or placement

This course is an intermediate French course and builds upon skills learned in the elementary level. This course provides students with the basic skills and vocabulary required to communicate in a foreign language. This course expands on basic grammatical structures learned in elementary and intermediate French with a focus on oral communication in the target language. The target language is the primary language of instruction.

3
FREN 300

Prerequisite: FREN 205 or placement

This course is an advanced French course using a communicative approach to language learning integrating speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. All four skills are embedded in an integrated framework that emphasizes meaningful and purposeful use of language as well as communicative competence. Besides the four language skills, practice will also be provided for higher order thinking skills, such as problem solving, and critical thinking. This course provides students with the skills and vocabulary required to communicate in a foreign language at an advanced level. Students will apply their knowledge of grammar, structure, and use to communicate fluidly and clearly in the target language in meaningful and purposeful activities designed to simulate real-world scenarios. Students will expand their communicative competence skills to be able to apply course content to a final project exemplifying their abilities. The target language is the language of instruction.

3
FREN 305

Prerequisite: FREN 300 or placement

This course is an advanced French course using a communicative approach to language learning integrating speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. All four skills are embedded in an integrated framework that emphasizes meaningful and purposeful use of language as well as communicative competence. Besides the four language skills, practice will also be provided for higher order thinking skills, such as problem solving, and critical thinking. This course provides students with the skills and vocabulary required to communicate in a foreign language at an advanced level. Students will apply their knowledge of grammar, structure, and use to communicate fluidly and clearly in the target language in meaningful and purposeful activities designed to simulate real-world scenarios. Students will expand their communicative competence skills to be able to apply course content to a final project exemplifying their abilities. The target language is the language of instruction.

3
SPAN 100

Prerequisite: Placement or no previous exposure to the language.

This course is an introduction to Spanish grammar, structure, and use. This course uses a communicative approach to language learning integrating speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. All four skills are embedded in an integrated framework that emphasizes meaningful and purposeful use of language as well as communicative competence. Besides the four language skills, practice will also be provided for higher order thinking skills, such as problem solving and critical thinking. This course provides students with the basic skills and vocabulary required to communicate in a foreign language.

3
SPAN 105

Prerequisite: SPAN 100 or placements

This course is an introduction to Spanish grammar, structure, and use. This course uses a communicative approach to language learning integrating speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. All four skills are embedded in an integrated framework that emphasizes meaningful and purposeful use of language as well as communicative competence. Besides the four language skills, practice will also be provided for higher order thinking skills, such as problem solving and critical thinking. This course provides students with the basic skills and vocabulary required to communicate in a foreign language. This course expands on basic grammatical structures learned in Elementary Spanish I while reinforcing production skills and vocabulary building.

3
SPAN 200

Prerequisite: SPAN 105 or placement

This course is an intermediate Spanish course using a communicative approach to language learning integrating speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. All four skills are embedded in an integrated framework that emphasizes meaningful and purposeful use of language as well as communicative competence. Besides the four language skills, practice will also be provided for higher order thinking skills, such as problem solving, and critical thinking. This course provides students with the basic skills and vocabulary required to communicate in a foreign language. This course expands on basic grammatical structures learned in Elementary Spanish II while reinforcing meaningful and purposeful production skills and vocabulary building to emphasize communicative competence. The target language is the primary language of instruction.

3
SPAN 205

Prerequisite: SPAN 200 or placement

This course is an intermediate Spanish course using a communicative approach to language learning integrating speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. All four skills are embedded in an integrated framework that emphasizes meaningful and purposeful use of language as well as communicative competence. Besides the four language skills, practice will also be provided for higher order thinking skills, such as problem solving, and critical thinking. This course provides students with the basic skills and vocabulary required to communicate in a foreign language. This course expands on basic grammatical structures learned in Intermediate Spanish I while reinforcing meaningful and purposeful production skills and vocabulary building to emphasize communicative competence. The target language is the primary language of instruction.

3
SPAN 250

Prerequisite: SPAN 105 or placement

This course is an intermediate Spanish course and builds upon skills learned in the elementary level. This course provides students with the basic skills and vocabulary required to communicate in a foreign language. This course expands on basic grammatical structures learned in elementary and intermediate Spanish with a focus on oral communication in the target language. The target language is the primary language of instruction.

3
SPAN 300

Prerequisite: SPAN 205 or placement

This course is an advanced Spanish course using a communicative approach to language learning integrating speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. All four skills are embedded in an integrated framework that emphasizes meaningful and purposeful use of language as well as communicative competence. Besides the four language skills, practice will also be provided for higher order thinking skills, such as problem solving, and critical thinking. This course provides students with the skills and vocabulary required to communicate in a foreign language at an advanced level. Students will apply their knowledge of grammar, structure, and use to communicate fluidly and clearly in the target language in meaningful and purposeful activities designed to simulate real-world scenarios. Students will expand their communicative competence skills to be able to apply course content to a final project exemplifying their abilities. The target language is the language of instruction.

3
SPAN 305

Prerequisite: SPAN 300 or placement

This course is an advanced Spanish course using a communicative approach to language learning integrating speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. All four skills are embedded in an integrated framework that emphasizes meaningful and purposeful use of language as well as communicative competence. Besides the four language skills, practice will also be provided for higher order thinking skills, such as problem solving, and critical thinking. This course provides students with the skills and vocabulary required to communicate in a foreign language at an advanced level. Students will apply their knowledge of grammar, structure, and use to communicate fluidly and clearly in the target language in meaningful and purposeful activities designed to simulate real-world scenarios. Students will expand their communicative competence skills to be able to apply course content to a final project exemplifying their abilities. The target language is the language of instruction.

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*Transfer credits may be awarded for college level foreign language courses that students wish to transfer in from accredited institutions, even if they are not offered by VIU.