Shared Language Course Offerings

Spring 2021

Arabic

Arabic 225, Intermediate Arabic 2

  • Instructor: Sami Alkyam, Allegheny College
  • Dates:  Spring 2021 – start 2/23/21 and end 5/20/21
  • Class time: MWF 2:50-3:50 p.m.
  • Prerequisites: 3 semesters of Arabic or the equivalent
  • Credits:  4

Description:  This course is a continuation of the intermediate study of the basic structural patterns of Modern Standard Arabic. Students acquire more vocabulary and more knowledge of the fundamental grammatical structures in order to attain a higher level of proficiency in communicating in Modern Standard Arabic along with Shami Arabic. We focus on principles of word formation, roots and patterns, and use of the dictionary to read more complex texts. Three 50-minute class meetings per week, plus an additional practicum hour (to be arranged) with an Arabic teaching fellow concentrating on speaking and interacting in Arabic.

Chinese

CHIN 102, Beginning Chinese II 

  • Instructor:  Ying Liu, Earlham College
  • Dates:  Spring Term I 2021 February 1- March 19
  • Class time:  MWF 12:40-4:00 p.m.
  • Prerequisites:  CHIN 101
  • Credits:  4

Description:  This is a continuation of CHIN 101, a beginning Chinese course for non-native Chinese speakers. This course is designed to help students further develop their oral communication skills in daily life situations as well as improve their reading and writing proficiency in Chinese. In addition to class time, students are required to have one-on-one sessions with the Teaching Assistant. 

CHIN 202, Intermediate Chinese II

  • Instructor:  Mingda Sun, Earlham College
  • Dates:  Spring Term I 2021 February 1- March 19
  • Class time:  MWF 12:40-4:00 p.m.
  • Prerequisites:  CHIN 201
  • Credits:  4

Description: This course is a continuation of CHIN 201, an intermediate level Chinese course. This course aims to help students further develop their oral and written communication skills in the target language, as well as their awareness of the target culture. Students are required to have one-on-one sessions with the Teaching Assistant or Tutor outside class.

CHIN362A, Advanced Chinese II: Classical Chinese for Mandarin Learners

  • Instructor: Ms. Yu-Hsin Lin, DePauw University
  • Dates: Class Begins: Tuesday, Feb. 2, Last day of class: Thursday, May 13, Final Examination: Monday, May 17
  • Class time: Tuesdays and Thursdays / 10:00am-11:30am
  • Prerequisites: Students should complete the first semester of Advanced Chinese, or by permission of the instructor.
  • Credits: 1
  • Limit:  12 Students

Description:  Classical Chinese is the written language used roughly from the eighth century BCE to the early 20th century. As the language evolved, modern written and spoken Chinese still retains some key characteristics of Classical Chinese.  In this course, students will learn common words and structures used in Classical Chinese through a close reading of passages and excerpts from literary works. Through the discussion of these selections, students will further develop their ability to narrate and describe in Chinese.  Moreover, they will be able to apply certain fundamental knowledge of Classical Chinese to reading authentic materials such as newspapers, online postings, and literary texts.  By the end of the semester, students will also have written a professional resume and autobiography with formal written language they have learned during the semester.

CHIN461A, Advanced Topics: Chinese Literature—The Three Kingdoms on Screen

  • Instructor: Sherry Mou, DePauw University
  • Dates: February 2 – May 13, 2021
  • Class time: Mondays / 7-9:30 pm plus a 20-minute tutorial
  • Prerequisites:   Two years of college Chinese (completion of intermediate Chinese)
  • Credits: 1
  • Limit:  12 Students

Description: This class focuses on the very first classical Chinese novel—Romance of the Three Kingdoms—in three different versions.  We will watch the first 46 episodes of the 1994 Chinese television adaptation of the first half of the novel, study excerpts of relevant passages in Chinese from these chapters, and read the corresponding chapters from an English translation.
Through a close examination of events and characterization in this monumental historical novel, students will learn about the elements of Chinese fiction, ways of reading a Chinese novel, Confucian and Taoist ethics, military strategies, and the tremendous influence the novel has on the minds of the Chinese people and beyond.  Working in pairs with a tutor, students will prepare questions based on the assigned chapters each week and lead the class discussion.  Through leading and participating in class discussions in Chinese, students will practice expressing opinions, asking substantial questions, and responding to different viewpoints in the target language.

Spring Term II 2021 March 29-May 14

CHIN 3XX, East Asian Youth

  • Instructor:  Ying Liu, Earlham College
  • Dates:  Semester Calendar Spring Term II 2021 March 29-May 14
  • Class time:  TR 7:00-10:20 p.m.
  • Prerequisites:  no
  • Credits:  4

Description:  This course starts from tracing the trajectory of youth narratives in modern East Asian cultural history. We will examine various recurring themes and motifs about youth in fiction, film, Internet writing, TV drama, and other media since the 1900s. Our discussion focuses on the cultural, social, and political significances of the representation of youth in contemporary China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, and Koreas in order to capture common and critical features of post-socialist and postcolonial status and to engage with the furious debate on post-socialism, post-colonialism, and globalization in East Asian countries and regions. Primary texts include fiction, film, blog posts, etc. All readings are in English.

CHIN 302, Advanced Chinese II

  • Instructor:  Mingda Sun, Earlham College
  • Dates:  Spring Term II 2021 March 29-May 14
  • Class time:  TR 12:40-4:00 p.m.
  • Prerequisites:  CHIN 301 or permission of the instructor.
  • Credits:  4

Description: This course is a continuation of second-year Chinese. The general objective is to improve the learners’ Chinese (Mandarin) proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, writing and translating. The course materials are selected articles from authentic Chinese newspapers, which will facilitate the students’ command of formal register and vocabulary. By studying, discussing and reflecting on these articles, students also will enhance their understanding in Chinese society and culture. 

French

FRAN 301, French and Francophone Memory and Identity

  • Instructor:   Cary Campbell, Antioch College
  • Dates: 11 Jan – 26 Mar
  • Class time:  12:30-1:20 EST MTWR
  • Prerequisites:  2 years of university French, placement, or instructor permission
  • Credits:  4 quarter hours (3 semester hours)

Description:  FRAN 301 uses a content-based approach to investigate French and Francophone cultural practices, and perspectives through a cross-century study of historical events, periods, movements, figures, and/or places of importance to modern-day debates on French and/or Francophone identities.  Using the course’s content as the subject of academic inquiry, it also develops the four skills of communication in French (reading, writing, speaking, and listening), with a focus on real-time interpersonal and presentational oral production of cohesive paragraphs featuring narration and description in all tenses and on a variety of increasingly abstract and academic contexts.  This course roughly targets the ACTFL Advanced-Mid rating.  Teaching methodologies may include task-based, project-based, and other experiential learning assignments.  Taught in French.

 

GFS306, Radical and Rebellious Voices in Contemporary France

  • Instructor: CJ Gomolka, DePauw University
  • Dates:  February 2-May 13
  • Class time:  MW 2:20-3:50 p.m.
  • Prerequisites:  2 years of French or permission from instructor
  • Credits:   3

Description:  This course takes an interdisciplinary approach to questions of citizenship, integration, assimilation, and identity in contemporary France.  Over the course of the semester, we will engage with material, authors, and activists that question the political, social, cultural, and ethical viability of concepts like integration and assimilation in France; that adopt radical and in many cases revolutionary social and ideological stances toward “Frenchness” and France; that offer alternative histories, ideologies, and modes of existence to the homogenizing narrative of French universalism.

German

German 307, Intro to German Literature:  The “Orient” in German Culture

  • Instructor:  Howard Pollack-Milgate, DePauw University
  • Dates: Classes Feb 2 – May 13 (no spring break, but occasional days off), finals the following week
  • Class time: MWF 12:30 – 1:30
  • Prerequisites: 4 semester of German-language instruction
  • Credits:  3

Description: This course is a survey of modern German literature focused on the topic of East-West relations in the context of globalization.  Recent years have witnessed an intensification of the encounter between “East” and “West.”  How Western cultures have experienced such trends as the increasing assertiveness of Islam and the growing economic and cultural prominence of China has much to do with the history of ideas and phantasies about the so-called “Orient” (most prominently described by Edward Saïd’s theory of “Orientalism” as the ideology of colonialism).  German culture is an interesting special case, with its limited history of colonization and its vast openness to experiencing different ways of thinking and being.  In this course, we will investigate all manner of historical variants of German literary fascination with and fear of the East, including the fairy-tale lure of the “Thousand and One Nights,” the sympathy with Buddhist mysticism,  Anti-Semitism, and the fear of the invading hordes, beginning with the Crusades and ending with current arguments about integration.  This course is conducted in German.

German 395, Deutsche Minderheiten und ihre Kulturen

  • Instructor:  Nic Heckner, Hope College
  • Dates:  January 12–April 30
  • Class time:  MWF 11:00 – 11:50
  • Prerequisites:  4 semesters college German strongly recommended
  • Credits:  4

Description:  German 395 is a third-year German class with a strong focus on content in addition to language proficiency. Our starting points will be films by or about German groups that self-identify or are being defined via ethnic, cultural, religious, sexual, physiological and other difference by the mainstream. In the following lessons, we will explore parts of their identities and their contributions to German society. Through your German class, you will see your own culture with new eyes and think critically about the relationship between language, culture, and society.

GERM 356-01, Realität und Lebensperspektiven: What Distinguishes One Life From Another?

  • Instructor: Peter Woods, Oberlin College
  • Dates:  classes begin on Thursday, January 7th, and end on Thursday, April 8th; no spring break; final exams begin on Tuesday, April13th, and end on Saturday, April 17th; the spring semester ends Saturday, April 17th
  • Class time:  MWF 9:00-9:50 a.m.
  • Prerequisites:  Four semesters of German or equivalent or consent of the instructor.
  • Credits:  4

Description:  This course, taught in German, revolves around concepts of reality and different perspectives on life. Each of the texts has been selected to develop various motifs that relate to this theme, and to serve as an anchor point for each of the grammar topics on which we will focus. We will investigate how a person’s assumptions, abilities and disabilities, individual circumstances, and even radically altered realities influence their perspective on life.

GERM 433-01, Senior Seminar: Staging Revolution

  • Instructor:  Gabriel Cooper, Oberlin College
  • Dates:  classes begin on Thursday, January 7th, and end on Thursday, April 8th; no spring break; final exams begin on Tuesday, April13th, and end on Saturday, April 17th; the spring semester ends Saturday, April 17th
  • Class time:  T-R 1:30-2:45 p.m.
  • Prerequisites:  Two 300-level courses or equivalent or consent of the instructor
  • Credits: 4

Description:  Can artistic techniques encourage audiences to embrace a radical politics, instigate social change, or create a more critical spectator? This course explores the relationship between aesthetics and politics in film and theater through the works of playwright Bertolt Brecht. After studying concepts and practices of the epic theater, we’ll be equipped to investigate film adaptations and productions of Brecht’s plays; German heirs to the epic theater; and avant-garde films by Jean-Luc Godard, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Alexander Kluge, and Lars von Trier.

GRMN 34010-01, Black Germany in History, Literature and Film

  • Instructor: Beth Ann Muellner, The College of Wooster
  • Dates: Jan 20-April 27
  • Class time: MW 12:45-2:05
  • Prerequisites: GRMN 26000 (Kulturkunde) or special permission of instructor
  • Credits: 1

Description:  Overview of Africa-descended people in German-speaking lands from 18th century to present-day, including colonial history, racial theory, American GIs, reunification, Afro-German community, Black German Studies. Readings & films in English and German, class discussion & written work in German.

Italian

ITAL 204-01, SLP Intermediate Italian 2

  • Instructor:  Ivana Di Siena, Oberlin College
  • Dates:  classes begin on Thursday, January 7th, and end on Thursday, April 8th; no spring break; final exams begin on Tuesday, April13th, and end on Saturday, April 17th; the spring semester ends Saturday, April 17th
  • Class time:  MWF 9:00-9:50 a.m.
  • Prerequisites:  ITAL 203, or appropriate SAT II score (550-625), or appropriate placement test score or successful completion of third-semester Italian.
  • Credits:  4

Description:  This second semester of a year-long intermediate Italian sequence includes review of the essentials of grammar, continued development of reading skills using both literary and cultural texts, and practice in composition and speaking.


ITAL 272, Intermediate Italian – 4th semester

  • Instructor:  Francesca Seaman, DePauw University
  • Dates:  Feb. 1 to May 20
  • Class time:  M W F   8 a.m. to 9 a.m. 
  • Prerequisites:  Third semester of Italian or permission of instructor 
  • Credits:  3

Description:  This course connects students’ interest in Italian language and culture to their personal life experience and stimulates intercultural exchange of ideas. We will discover Italian society and culture in a creative way through interaction, while developing critical thinking and growing toward linguistic autonomy and fluency. This course values each student’s diverse and unique background and personality as fundamental components of a meaningful growth in intercultural competence and global citizenship.

Learning Goals:  A series of readings and communicative activities will lead the students to a deeper knowledge of the Italian language, a wider vocabulary, and a greater level of fluency in a variety of contexts. More specifically, students will learn how to use a variety of complex conjunctions and modifiers, how to address people formally, and how to use the subjunctive and the past conditional modes. Students will amplify their vocabulary around the subject matter of gastronomy, conflictual relations, traditions, festivities, fashion, work, cultural events, famous people, cities and artists.

Learning Objectives:  Among other things, by the end of this course students will be able to express need, give advice, speak of their own habits, complain, express dissatisfaction, opinions, thoughts, fears and expectations. Students will be able to talk about an historical period, about the past, or their own passions. Students will also be able to make hypotheses, imagine their own future, and understand their own behavior in problematic situations. 

ITAL 376, Italian Through Film

  • Instructor:  Francesca Seaman, DePauw University
  • Dates:  Feb. 1 to May 20
  • Class time:  MWF   9 to 10 a.m.
  • Prerequisites:  2 years of Italian or permission of instructor
  • Credits:  3

Description:  Italian 376 is an advanced course that presents Italian movies in order to teach Italian history and culture. The course will present a range of opportunities to discuss historical, literary, cinematic, sociological and cultural issues. While focusing on the Italian language and working on developing conversational fluency, we will analyze the complexity of Italian society, investigating the Italian cultural heritage within both a national and international framework. Through films, we will work on refining writing skills, increasing vocabulary and perfecting listening-comprehension skills. The course is structured as a seminar, and so students will be asked to present on a variety of topics, lead discussion, debate, re-create dialogues, analyze scenes and interpret specific moments in each movie.

Japanese

JAPN 111, Beginning Japanese II

  • Instructor:  Jun Kawabe, Ohio Wesleyan University
  • Dates:  February 3 – May 26
  • Class time:  MWF 9:30 – 10:20 a.m.
  • Prerequisites:  One semester of college-level Japanese or permission of the instructor
  • Credits:  1 unit (we use units, which are equivalent to about 3.7 credit hours)

Description An introductory course focusing on all language skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing through a variety of class activities on everyday situations. Particular emphasis will be placed on oral communication. Both hiragana and katakana are learned at the early stage, and the first 125 kanji are introduced and practiced, Students will gain appropriate cultural knowledge as a part of essential language skills. Class participation and daily study is a key to achieve success in this course.

JAPN 254, Continuing Japanese II

  • Instructor:  Jun Kawabe, Ohio Wesleyan University
  • Dates:  February 3 – May 26
  • Class time:  MWF 10:40 – 11:30 p.m.
  • Prerequisites:  Three semesters of college-level Japanese, or permission of the instructor
  • Credits:  1 unit (we use units, which are equivalent to about 3.7 credit hours)

Description This sequential course will continue to build skills necessary to the basic communicative Japanese. The goal of the course is to further develop all four language skills: listening (to understand colloquial conversations), speaking (to express oneself in a variety of daily situations), reading (to skim and scan Japanese texts), and writing (to express descriptions and some functional writing skills, such as letter writing). Students will develop these skills through further learning of basic grammatical structures and appropriate sociolinguistic understanding of the Japanese culture.

Latin

ANCS 342, Reading Latin

  • Instructor: Maxwell Paule, Earlham College
  • Dates:  Feb 1 – Mar. 19; Finals Mar. 22-26
  • Class time:  MWF, 9.00 a.m. – 11.20 a.m.
  • Prerequisites:  2 semesters of introductory Latin or equivalent
  • Credits:  4

Description:  This course is designed to transition students from translating introductory Latin found in their textbooks to reading Latin texts as they were originally written. The course begins with an intermediate reader and will conclude with selections from a Latin work of the students’ choice.

Russian

RUSS 305-01, Advanced Russian: Cross-Cultural Communication 1

  • Instructor: Maia Solovieva, Oberlin College
  • Dates: classes begin on Thursday, January 7th, and end on Thursday, April 8th; no spring break; final exams begin on Tuesday, April13th, and end on Saturday, April 17th; the spring semester ends Saturday, April 17th
  • Class time: MWF 9:00-9:50 a.m. and W 7:00-8:00 p.m.
  • Prerequisites: RUSS 204 or equivalent or consent of the instructor.
  • Credits: 4

Description: Develops a foundation for effective cross-cultural communication; refinement of writing, reading, speaking, and aural comprehension skills to facilitate interactions with Russians today. We will use art, music and literary texts to explore a distinctively Russian understanding of time, space, family, home, and history.

Spanish

HISP 202-01, Intermediate Spanish I

  • Instructor:  Carmen (Patty) Tovar, Oberlin College
  • Dates:  classes begin on Thursday, January 7th, and end on Thursday, April 8th; no spring break; final exams begin on Tuesday, April13th, and end on Saturday, April 17th; the spring semester ends Saturday, April 17th
  • Class time:  MWF 10:10-11:00 a.m.
  • Prerequisites:  HISP 102 or Placement Exam
  • Credits:  4

Description:  This course is the first intermediate level Spanish course. It surveys, reviews, and solidifies essential grammatical structures in the indicative and subjunctive mood through the integration of grammar, oral and written practice in exercises, conversation and readings which evolve within a cultural context. Students have to attend one weekly mandatory conversation class led by a Program Assistant, time TBA. Taught in Spanish.

HISP 203-01, Intermediate Spanish 2

  • Instructor:  Yorki Encalada, Oberlin College
  • Dates:  MWF 1:20-2:20 p.m.
  • Class time:  classes begin on Thursday, January 7th, and end on Thursday, April 8th; no spring break; final exams begin on Tuesday, April13th, and end on Saturday, April 17th; the spring semester ends Saturday, April 17th
  • Prerequisites:  HISP 202 or consent of instructor.
  • Credits:  4

Description:  This course is a continuation of HISP 202. It adopts a format integrating grammar, oral and written practice in exercises, conversation and readings which evolve within a cultural context. Students have to attend one mandatory conversation class on Tuesdays or Thursdays for one hour, time TBA.

HISP 310-01, Survey of Spanish Literature 2: The Struggle for Modernity

  • Instructor:  Sebastiaan Faber, Oberlin College
  • Dates:  classes begin on Thursday, January 7th, and end on Thursday, April 8th; no spring break; final exams begin on Tuesday, April13th, and end on Saturday, April 17th; the spring semester ends Saturday, April 17th
  • Class time:  TR 1:30-2:50 p.m.
  • Prerequisites:  HISP 304 or the equivalent
  • Credits:  4

Description:  Progressive Spanish writers and intellectuals have consistently felt out of place in Spain, whose traditional power structures for centuries resisted the advent of modernity. Still, Spaniards managed to produce texts, images, and films of astounding quality and innovation. This course studies a selection of outstanding Spanish plays, novelas, poems, and short stories from the late 18th century to the present. Authors studied include García Lorca, Sender, Bécquer, Moratín, Pérez Galdós, Rosalía de Castro, Gómez de Avellaneda, Unamuno, Larra, García Morales, and others. Taught in Spanish.

HISP 426-01, Latin American Literature and the Narrative of the Queer and the Perverse

  • Instructor:  Patrick O’Connor, Oberlin College
  • Dates:  classes begin on Thursday, January 7th, and end on Thursday, April 8th; no spring break; final exams begin on Tuesday, April13th, and end on Saturday, April 17th; the spring semester ends Saturday, April 17th
  • Class time:  TR 3:05-4:20 p.m.
  • Prerequisites:  HISP 304 or equivalent.
  • Credits:  4

Description:  This course offers a critical look at the narratives that helped define abnormal sexuality in Latin America. We begin with Freud, Foucault, and Manuel Puig. Then we read about criminalized sexuality in 20th-century Mexico; narratives by F.Hernández, Pizarnik, and Peri Rossi riffing off Freudian essays on fetishism and lesbianism; and the Latin trans experience, featured prominently in essayists, novelists (Donoso, Lemebel, R.Indiana Hernández, Cabezón Cámara), graphic novelists (G.Hernandez), contemporary anthropology, and documentaries. Taught in Spanish.

SPA321-01, Spanish Conversation and Composition for Heritage Speakers of Spanish

  • Instructor:  María Cristina Monsalve, Wabash College
  • Dates:  Tentatively: 01/18/2021-05/07/2021
  • Class time:  Tuesdays and Thursdays: 9:45-11:00 am
  • Prerequisites:  Placement exam or Zoom interview with Prof. Monsalve
  • Credits:  1

Description:  This course focuses on boosting conversational and writing skills by reviewing the cultures and traditions of the Spanish speaking world. The materials are usually news, podcasts, films, documentaries, and short stories. Students will work on virtual projects such as a weekly journal and they will also write a final research paper on a topic of their choosing.