Language Studies (LS) Courses

Descriptions of courses offered in the Language Studies Department under the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences

LS 1113, 1123 Elementary Spanish I, II

Each course, three hours

Basic skills of listening, reading, speaking, and writing the language, with special emphasis on verbal and aural comprehension. An overview of the diverse cultures of the Spanish-speaking world is given. Students will be introduced to Hispanic civilization and culture in order that they gain a cultural awareness of the Hispanic way of life. These objectives will be achieved through the study of basic grammatical structures and vocabulary, participation in oral/aural activities, and exploration of some important aspects of Hispanic culture through readings and videos.

1113 offered fall semester

1123 offered spring semester

LS 1173, 1183, 1193 English as a Second Language I, II, III

Each course, three hours

The non-native English speaker who is judged not ready for EGL 1013 is required to take LS 1173, 1183, and/or 1193. Advancement through the sequence of ESL courses is determined by the student's score on the ESL component of the COMPASS test. If satisfactory proficiency is not achieved, a student may be required to repeat an ESL course one or more times without additional credit.

1173 offered upon sufficient request

1183 offered fall semester

1193 offered each semester

LS 1213, 1223 Elementary French I, II

Each course, three hours

A study of the basic skills of listening, reading, speaking, and writing the language. Students are taught practical skills such as ordering meals, checking into a hotel or youth hostel, and using public transportation. Frequent dictees are done in class and as homework. Pronunciation is drilled and students make recordings which are graded. There is some work on gestures and physical greetings. Textbook-specific videos are used. Some attention is given to Francophone countries besides France.

1213 offered fall semester

1223 offered spring semester

LS 1313, 1323 Elementary German I, II

Each course, three hours

Basic skills of listening, reading, speaking, and writing the language, with special emphasis on verbal and aural comprehension. During the fall semester there is a short unit on the Reformation and German Advent and Christmas customs. The second course includes supplementary readings about German immigration to the U.S. Students who have German ancestry are encouraged to share family memorabilia and traditions with the class. German folk songs are taught each semester.

1313 offered fall semester (even-numbered years)

1323 offered spring semester (odd-numbered years)

LS 1413, 1423 Elementary Latin I, II

Each course, three hours

A foundational study of Latin vocabulary and grammar for the purpose of developing reading skills. The first course focuses on grammar analysis in the traditional Wheelock textbook with readings that range from well-known passages by Cicero, Caesar, Catullus, Virgil, and others in the classical canon. The second course is an “intuitive” approach to grammar in Lingua Latina: Familia Romana that focuses on ancient roman culture by following a prominent family and its household servants and neighbors. Both courses include a few Vulgate scriptures, as well as classical poems and myths. Since this is a “language studies” course, you will be required to pronounce Latin out loud in class. The courses features daily homework consisting of Latin-to-English exercises. There will also be a few short recitations in Latin from memory, a midterm exam, and a final exam. Prerequisite for 1423: LS 1413.

1413 offered fall semester (odd-numbered years)

1423 offered spring semester (even-numbered years)

LS 1513, 1523 Selected Topics

Each course, three hours

Introductory study of a language other than those regularly offered.

Offered upon sufficient request

LS 1593 Introduction to Latin America

Three hours

An examination of the commonalities as well as the unique national experiences of each country in Latin America. There is a significant historical component. The changing religious situation in the region is discussed as well as important current events. Much attention is given to Brazil. No knowledge of the Spanish language is required. Meets the Global Studies requirement of the Core Curriculum.

Offered upon sufficient request

LS 2113, 2123 Intermediate Spanish I, II

Each course, three hours

Advancing study of the language skills of listening, reading, speaking, and writing. Spanish 2113 and 2123 continue development of the four basic language skills along with control of vocabulary and language structures which enable the student to perform these skills accurately and effectively. While beginning classes place more emphasis on receptive skills (understanding what you hear and read), intermediate Spanish places increased emphasis on the productive skills of written and spoken expression. On-going emphasis on the cultural context of language will also expand the students' knowledge of Hispanic culture. Meets the Global Studies requirement of the Core Curriculum.

2113 offered fall semester

2123 offered spring semester

LS 2173 Introduction to Linguistics

Three hours

Topics covered: Phonetics, syntax, semantics, language change (special attention to the history of English), language variety (taxonomy and dialects), the Bible and language, Christian approaches to the study of language, and translation theory. This course is required for the French, Linguistics, and TESOL minors and the English Education major. Spanish majors and minors may take it in lieu of LS 3153. Meets the Social Science requirement of the Core Curriculum.

Offered spring semester (even-numbered years)

LS 2213, 2223 Intermediate French I, II

Each course, three hours

A review of grammatical topics taught in the elementary course sequence. There is much use of French-language television clips, feature films, songs, and assorted pedagogical videos. A unit on France during WWII, with particular attention to the Holocaust, is included in LS 2223. Meets the Global Studies requirement of the Core Curriculum.

2213 offered fall semester (even-numbered years)

2223 offered spring semester (odd numbered years)

LS 2513, 2523 Selected Topics: Intermediate Language I, II

Each course, three hours

Intermediate study of a language other than those regularly offered. Meets the Global Studies requirement of the Core Curriculum.

Offered upon sufficient request

LS 3153 Conversation in Spanish

Three hours

An upper intermediate-level conversation class which seeks to improve speaking skills including pronunciation. Since communication involves using correct grammar, it does come up at times, but is not a focal point. By the end of this course, students should be able to converse on a wide variety of subjects. They should also be able to read newspaper articles in Spanish for general understanding and have an idea of the major current events in the Hispanic world. Conversation in Spanish precedes Professional Spanish, the linchpin course that connects to the students' other majors or minors. Prerequisites: LS 2113 and LS 2123.

Offered fall semester

LS 3163 Professional Spanish

Three hours

This is an intermediate-level class designed for students who want to obtain better knowledge of the Spanish language in the work place. This course seeks to help students improve speaking and listening skills. Communication is paramount in this class. By the end of this course, students will be able to converse on a variety of subjects in the students’ chosen profession. Class will be conducted and students are expected to speak in Spanish 100% of the time. A capstone project will be incorporated into this course as part of students’ language, cultural, and personal experiences with Spanish language learning in their Spanish major or minor program. Prerequisites: LS 2113 and LS 2123.

Offered spring semester

LS 3213 Readings in French I

Three hours

Readings about the culture of Francophone countries, with emphasis on societal issues in French-speaking Europe. A brief consideration of French history is included. Students use a variety of resources, including assigned texts, television, print media, the Internet, and others. Class presentations are required. This class is taught in French. Prerequisite: LS 2223.

Offered upon sufficient request

LS 3223 Readings in French II

Three hours

A study of selected short stories, poetry, and essays by Francophone writers. Most of the works were produced by 19th- and 20th-century authors and poets such as Charles Baudelaire, Alphonse Daudet, and others. A final paper and a presentation are required. This class is taught in French. Prerequisite: LS 2223; LS 3213 recommended.

Offered upon sufficient request

LS 3513, 3523 Selected Topics: Advanced Language I, II

Each course, three hours

Advanced study of a language other than those regularly offered.

Offered upon sufficient request

LS 4113 Readings in Spanish I

Three hours

This course is a study of the civilization, culture, and history of Spanish-speaking America, with attention to the life, customs, philosophy, art, music, and general patterns of culture of the Spanish American people. We will discuss issues concerning the three greatest pre-Columbian civilizations (Mayans, Aztecs, and Incas) and the implications of Columbus' discovery of America for these ancient civilizations. Students will use a variety of resources, including assigned texts, television, print media, the Internet, and others. Class presentations are required. This class is taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: LS 2123.

Offered fall semester (even-numbered years)

LS 4123 Readings in Spanish II

Three hours

The main objective of this course is to challenge students to analyze and reflect upon the evolution of Latin American literature, from its beginnings up to our present times. Students will become familiar with the diversity of Latin American literature through the study of selected short stories, poetry, and essays by Latin American writers such as Rubén Dario, Pablo Neruda, Gabriela Mistral, and others. A final creative work and presentation are required. This course is taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: LS 2123; LS 4113 recommended.

Offered spring semester (odd-numbered years)

LS 4193 Language Internship

Three hours

A minimum of 150 hours of contact time in a professional or ministry setting. Students keep a journal of their experiences, documenting specific vocabulary and grammatical forms they frequently used and a summary of their observations. Students begin logging internship hours early in their career at JBU, but register, pay, and receive credit for the internship during their senior year. The department head can provide examples of past projects. The final summary is conceived of as a portfolio piece. A presentation is made to faculty and students. Spanish majors may earn two additional hours of credit for service learning if they participate in the Acción Solidaria projects available in Seville. Prerequisite: junior standing. Corequisite: LS 2123.

Offered each semester

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