World Languages


OVERVIEW

"If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart." - Nelson Mandela

Welcome to the World Languages Program at Alvernia University

We offer courses from introductory to advanced levels that incorporate reading, writing, listening and speaking with exposure to diverse cultures. Courses are designed to enable students to acquire a functional competence of Chinese, French, German, Italian, Latin and Spanish. Since the acquisition of a foreign language is closely linked with the culture of a given country, the instructors offer opportunities for students to appreciate, experience and learn to respect cultural differences through classroom discussions and/or presentation of a variety of materials.

PLACEMENT GUIDELINES

General Placement Guidelines for Spanish Courses
Note: Placement is not required for Spanish courses related to a profession.

Students should meet with a language faculty member to determine the appropriate course level.

Students 0-2 years of foreign language study in High school will be placed into Spanish 101

Students with 3 years of foreign language study in High school will be placed into Spanish 102

Students with 4 or more years of foreign language study in High school will be placed into Spanish 201

Students who are native or heritage speakers of Spanish will be placed in a Heritage speaker course or another course above the SPA 101 level as approved by a language faculty member.

Note: Students will not receive credit for any course taken below their placement level. Exceptions to these guidelines will be made in consultation with the student and must be approved by a foreign language faculty member.


Transfer Credits/CLEP examination
Students may transfer approved course credits from other colleges and universities. Refer to the following link for information on Transferring credits: Academic Information. Students may earn credits by completing and passing a CLEP (College Level Equivalency Program) examination in a foreign language. Information regarding the CLEP examinations is available in the Registrar’s office and at https://clep.collegeboard.org/.

YOUR CURRICULUM

Courses are designed to enable students to acquire a functional competence of French, German, Italian, Latin and Spanish. Since the acquisition of a foreign language is closely linked with the culture of a given country, the instructors offer opportunities for students to appreciate, experience and learn to respect cultural differences through classroom discussions and/or presentation of avariety of material.

Requirements: Students are required to complete 6 credits, in sequence, in any one foreign language offered in the Alvernia curriculum. Placement of the student in the appropriate course level is determined by testing and/or the decision of the foreign language department staff.

Spanish Minor: A Spanish minor consists of 18 credits of Spanish at the 200 level and above. Exception: SPA 113 and 114 (Elementary Spanish I & II) are accepted toward the minor.


COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

CHINESE

CHI 101 Elementary Mandarin Chinese I (3 credits): Introduction to basic skills of Mandarin Chinese speaking, listening, reading and writing. Emphasis on conversation and comprehension.

CHI 102 Elementary Mandarin Chinese II (3 credits): Continuation of Mandarin Chinese 101. Prerequisite: CHI 101 or equivalent.

FRENCH

FRE 101 Elementary French I (3 credits): Intro to basic skills of French speaking, listening, reading and writing. Emphasis on competencein grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, and comprehension. For students with no previous background in French.

FRE 102 Elementary French II (3 credits): Continuation of French 101. Prerequisite: FRE 101 or equivalent.

FRE 201 Intermediate French I (3 credits ):  Review of grammar and syntax. Progressive development of the four basic communication skills. Introduction to literary readings. Prerequisite: FRE 102 or equivalent; or two years high school French.

FRE 202 Intermediate French II (3 credits): Continuation of French 201. Prerequisite: FRE 201 or equivalent.t.

GERMAN

GER 101 Elementary German I (3 credits): Introduction to basic skills of German speaking, listening, reading, writing. Emphasis on competence in grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, comprehension. Prerequisite: no previous experience or one year high school German.

GER 102 Elementary German II (3 credits): Continuation of German 101. Prerequisite: GER 101 or equivalent.

GER 201 Intermediate German I (3 credits ): Review of grammar and syntax. Progressive development of four basic communication skills. Prerequisite: GER 102 or equivalent.

GER 202 Intermediate German II (3 credits): Continuation of German 201.

ITALIAN

ITA 101 Elementary Italian I (3 credits): Introduction to basic skills of Italian speaking, listening, reading and writing. Emphasis on competence in grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, comprehension. No prerequisite.

ITA 102 Elementary Italian II (3 credits): Continuation of Italian 101. Prerequisite: ITA 101 or equivalent

LATIN

LAT 101 Elementary Latin I (3 credits): Introduction to basic forms, syntax and vocabulary. Selected prose readings. No prerequisite.

LAT 102 Elementary Latin II (3 credits): Continuation of Latin 101. Prerequisite: LAT 101.

SPANISH

SPA 101 Spanish for Beginners I (3 credits): Introduction to basic skills of Spanish speaking, listening, reading and writing. Emphasis on competence in grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and comprehension. For students with no previous Spanish background.

SPA 102 Spanish for Beginners II (3 credits): Continuation of Spanish 101. Prerequisite: SPA 101 or equivalent.

SPA 107 Spanish for Health Professionals I (3 credits ): Designed to help students in health professions to develop proficiency in their communicative skills. Focus on vocabulary and situations encountered by health professionals. No prerequisite.

SPA 108 Spanish for Health Professionals II (3 credits): Continuation of Spanish 107. Prerequisite: SPA 107 or equivalent.

SPA 109 Spanish for Law Enforcement I (3 credits): Designed to develop basic communication skills dealing with the law enforcement profession. No prerequisite.

SPA 110 Spanish for Law Enforcement II (3 credits): Continuation of Spanish 109. Prerequisite: SPA 109 or equivalent.

SPA 111 Spanish for Teachers I (3 credits): Designed to develop basic communication skills dealing with the education profession. No prerequisite.

SPA 112 Spanish for Teachers II (3 credits): Continuation of Spanish 111. Prerequisite: SPA 111 or equivalent.

SPA 113 Elementary Spanish I (3 credits ): Development of proficiency in basic communication skills. Emphasis on listening comprehension and oral expression. Prerequisite: Spanish 102 or equivalent or 3 years of high school Spanish or permission of the instructor.

SPA 114 Elementary Spanish II (3 credits): Continuation of Spanish 113. Prerequisite: SPA 113 or equivalent.

SPA 151 Practical Spanish Conversation (3 credits): An immersion setting in which students learn related vocabulary and employ their language skills in real life experiences such as a one-week day camp for children in the Dominican Republic. Satisfies human diversity requirement. Prerequisite: SPA 102 or equivalent.

SPA 201 Intermediate Spanish I (3 credits ): Review of grammar and syntax. Progressive development of four basic communication skills. Introduction to literary readings. Prerequisite: SPA 114 or equivalent or permission of instructor..

SPA 202 Intermediate Spanish II (3 credits): Continuation of Spanish 201. Prerequisite: SPA 201 or equivalent.

SPA 203 Spanish Conversation and Composition I (3 credits): Progressive development of oral proficiency and writing skills with emphasis on current topics. Literary and cultural readings. Prerequisite: SPA 202 or equivalentt.

SPA 204 Spanish Conversation and Composition II (3 credits): Continuation of Spanish 203. Prerequisite: SPA 203 or equivalent.

SPA 311 Cultural Perspectives of Spain (3 credits ): Discusses history, geography, art and music, daily life, celebrations, foods, stereotypes, ethnic groups, current events and the role of women today in Spain.  This course is taught primarily in Spanish and fulfills the human diversity graduation requirement. Prerequisite: SPA 202 or equivalent or permission of instructor.

SPA 312 Cultural Perspectives of Latin America (3 credits): Discusses history, geography, art and music, daily life, celebrations, foods, stereotypes, ethnic groups, current events and the role of women today in Latin America.  This course is taught primarily in Spanish and fulfills the human diversity graduation requirement. Prerequisite: SPA 202 or equivalent or permission of instructor

YOUR CAREER

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YOUR SERVICES

Alvernia is committed to serving the needs of its students. Whether you have questions or problems related to academics, life on campus, student activities, social activities or any other issue, there is someone available to help you. You can learn more about all student services at www.alvernia.edu/student-life/student-services.

Tutoring
If you need help with your World Languages courses, contact the Academic Success Center to inquire about tutoring. The Academic Success Center (ASC) offers advising services, disability services, course-specific tutoring, writing support, academic skills coaching, and Supplemental Instruction for select courses. We encourage you to access our writing support throughout the semester to help build a strong foundation for writing in all of your courses. Our writing tutors will work with you at any stage of the writing process, from developing and organizing ideas to revising and editing drafts. Rather than editing your work for you, writing tutors will actively engage you in meaningful conversations about your writing and help you learn new strategies. The ASC is located in the Bernardine Hall 105. For general ASC inquires, call 610-796-8263. To schedule tutoring appointments, call 610-568-1494 or email academic.support@alvernia.edu. You can view the current schedule and make tutoring appointments through our online appointment system at https://alvernia.mywconline.com or visit us in person for assistance.

Career Services
Staff members at the Career Development office will help you with any questions you have about exploring or planning careers. They also will guide you about how to look for and apply to jobs as you get closer to graduation. The office also has a career resources library. You can learn more about career services at www.alvernia.edu/student-life/career-services, or by emailing career.services@alvernia.edu.

Financial Aid
The Financial Aid office is the place to contact with any questions you have about the cost of an Alvernia education and options for paying for it. Nearly all undergraduates at Alvernia get some type of financial aid, and everyone is encouraged to apply for it. You can learn more at www.alvernia.edu/financialaid/index.html or by emailing financialaid@alvernia.edu.

Admissions Office
If you’re interested in applying to Alvernia, contact the Admissions Office at 610-796-3011 or at http://www.alvernia.edu/admissions.

Faculty Members
Alvernia’s language program is staffed by dedicated, highly qualified professionals who are committed to sharing their expertise and knowledge with their students. Faculty members have extensive experience in various areas, and bring their professional expertise to the classroom. They often work one-on-one with students to enhance the student’s learning experience, and serve as mentors to aspiring students.

You can learn more about Alvernia language professors and credentials at the Humanites Faculty page.

GET INVOLVED

There is so much more to college than classes, and language students at Alvernia have some excellent opportunities to get involved in activities that are both enjoyable and provide beneficial, hands-on experience. Students who get involved and engaged in extra-curricular activities benefit both academically and socially, and open themselves to integral life lessons from beyond the classroom.
You’ll be encouraged to participate in a range of activities, including some rewarding and inspiring service projects. Some organizations and activities you might enjoy include:

    • Campus Ministry at Alvernia is vibrant and engaging, providing opportunities for students, faculty and staff to respond to God’s call in a community of faith. Campus ministry programs offer opportunities for service, alternative breaks and retreats.
    • If you are interested in writing, editing, design, photography and/or marketing, you’re encouraged to get involved with The Alvernian, the university’s student newspaper. Editorial positions are available for qualified participants.
    • The Zephrus is Alvernia’s literary magazine. Published each spring, it contains original poetry, fiction, essays, photography and artwork by Alvernia students.
    • You can learn more about Alvernia’s Student Government Association, becoming a Student Ambassador, student trips and other activities at www.alvernia.edu/student-life/activities.
    • The Holleran Center for Community Engagement serves as a bridge between the University and the community. The Center partners with a variety of organizations to provide Alvernia students with opportunities to serve. You might work with a child at the Children’s Home of Reading, or assist with a project for the Reading Berks Council of Churches. You can read more about volunteer opportunities at http://alvernia.edu/about/holleran-center.

The Honors Program
Alvernia’s Honors Program for students who are academically gifted and highly motivated.  It is designed to allow students to work at their own pace and to recognize and encourage academic excellence. Honors students interact with one another to exchange ideas and information across a wide range of disciplines and interests.  There are opportunities to take intense courses dealing with unusual topics.  The Honors Program offers co-curricular activities, service opportunities, and intellectual and social support to encourage students to exceed their own expectations.  Learn more about Alvernia’s Honors Programs at www.alvernia.edu/academics/honors.

“Get Real” - Your Real World Learning Experience
Alvernia believes that real world experience is extremely important, as it can improve your confidence and introduce you to professionals in your intended field of employment. All Alvernia students participate in service learning, a teaching and learning experience that enables students to get real-world learning while benefiting a community partner.  Classroom learning is valuable and necessary, but out-of-the-classroom, experiential learning provides students with hands-on, real world learning opportunities that enrich your educational experience and are highly valued by employers.  Participating in these types of experiences help you stretch and grow toward your full potential.

Learn more about Alvernia’s Get Real program at the following links:

www.alvernia.edu/getreal.

www.alvernia.edu/academics/experiential_learning.

STUDY ABROAD

Living and studying outside of the United States can change you in ways you can’t begin to envision. Students who study abroad typically gain immeasurable confidence and experiences they could not have imagined.  Alvernia’s Study Abroad Office works closely with students who want to spend one or more semesters in a different country. Opportunities to study abroad exist in Italy, Spain, Ireland, Mexico, New Zealand, England, Germany, Greece, Belgium, Austria, Morocco and Palestine.

Your college years are the perfect time to broaden your horizons and participate in experiences that will change your life. You pay the regular Alvernia tuition while studying abroad, and continue to receive financial aid, if applicable. Credits earned count toward your Alvernia undergraduate degree.

If you’re interested in studying in another country you should start planning early, as you’ll need to start the application process about a year in advance.

You can get more information about these programs from the Study Abroad Office at www.alvernia.edu/studyabroad or by contacting studyabroad@alvernia.edu.




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