Overview

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.

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"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

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 through 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 a variety 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 competence in 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.

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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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 by contacting studyabroad@alvernia.edu.

Contact Information

Antonella Merolla

Language Coordinator

Francis Hall 228

610-790-1965

antonella.merolla@alvernia.edu

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