Shared Language Course Offerings

Fall 2021




Chinese 305, Advanced Chinese Language and Culture I

  • Instructor: Prof. Xiaoling Shi, Allegheny College
  • Semester/Term Dates: Fall 2021, 8/24/2021 – 12/15/2021
  • Class Days/Time:  M/W/F 3:00 PM – 3:50 PM
  • Prerequisites: Intermediate Chinese II
  • Credits: 4
  • Limit: 6 students

Description: An upper-level course for students who wish to develop and refine their ability to understand, speak, read, and write Modern Standard Chinese. Students examine extensive readings and video materials dealing with aspects of Chinese society and culture, economy, and politics. These texts serve as points of departure for discussion and composition. Recommended for students wishing to specialize in any field related to China. Three class meetings per week. May be repeated for credit. 

Note: The course develops students’ communicative competence and critical cultural awareness by offering multimedia and image-rich environments, designing interactive and reciprocal activities pulling in resources online, and linking them to cultural analyses and critical thinking. Special efforts are made on cultivating an online learning community and offering individualized help.

CHIN361A, Advanced Chinese

  • Instructor: Dr. Sherry Mou, DePauw University
  • Semester/Term Dates: August 25 – December 17, 2021 (last day of class December 9)
  • Class Days/Times: Tuesdays and Thursdays / 10:00-11:30 am plus a local tutorial
  • Prerequisites: Two years of college Chinese (completion of intermediate Chinese or roughly 200 hours of instruction)
  • Credits: 1 credit (3 contact hours per week plus a tutorial)
  • Limit: 12 students

Description: The three main goals of this course are to further your Mandarin skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing), to help you become an independent Chinese learner, and to learn some of the most relevant cultural issues in or related to China.  We will achieve these through 1) a close study of recent video clips from Chinese and Taiwanese television and other programs, all feature current events or social commentary; and 2) completion of a small-group video project.  By the end of the semester, you should not only improve your language skills but also gain knowledge about some popular and pertinent pan-China issues.


FR 305, Introduction to Francophone Texts (Fairy Tales)

  • Instructor: Isabelle Choquet, Denison University
  • Semester/Term Dates: 8/30/21 – 12/21/21
  • Class Day/Time: MWF 1:30 – 2:20
  • Prerequisites: FR 215 (Intermediate French Readings and Grammar)
  • Credits: 4

Description: Approaches to comprehension and appreciation of literary texts through analysis and writing. Recommended as preparation for advanced work in French. Conducted in French.

FR 330, Texts in French: Themes (Women’s Voices in Francophone Africa)

  • Instructor: Yvonne-Marie Mokam, Denison University
  • Semester/Term Dates: 8/30/21 – 12/21/21
  • Class Day/Time: MW 3-4:20
  • Prerequisites: FREN 305 – Introduction to Francophone Texts, OR FREN 311 – Survey of French Literature I: From the Middle Ages through the 18th Century, OR FREN 312 – Survey of Literature of French Expression: 19th-21st Centuries
  • Credits: 4

Description: This course proposes the study of texts of French expression (taken in the broad definition, including the written text, film, music) through a theme such as Childhood Narratives in Francophone Caribbean Literature, Women Voices in Francophone Africa, Literary Children of the French Revolution, French Gastronomy, Maghrebi Immigration to France, Gide, etc. Conducted in French.


German 320, Musik in Deutschland: From Bach to Fettes Brot

  • Instructor: Lee Forester, Hope College
  • Semester/Term dates: 8/31/21 – 12/17/21
  • Class Day/Time: MWF 11:00 – 11:50 EST
  • Prerequisites: 4th semester college German strongly encouraged
  • Credits: 4

Description: This course will introduce musical artists from Germany and Austria starting with medieval Minnesänger all the way to current hiphop artists. We will look at many genres such as: classical music, SchlagerKabarettLiedermacher, Neue Deutsche Welle, Pop, Rock, Punk, Jazz, Hip Hop, Electronica and Heavy Metal. We will do a lot of listening to music and artists themselves discussing their music. Expect your vocabulary and listening comprehension to improve significantly! And you will be able to make new cultural connections with German speakers using your growing cultural expertise! All this will happen with a semester-long look at issues of German identity and Heimat, their sense of home and belonging, as well as issues of social justice expressed via music.


ITAL 171, Elementary Italian I, First Semester Italian

  • Instructor: Francesca Seaman, DePauw University
  • Dates: Classes begin Aug. 25. Last day of classes, Dec. 10. Final exams: Dec. 13 – 17
  • Class time: MWF, 10:20 – 11:20
  • Prerequisites: None   
  • Credits: 3

Description: This course focuses on the acquisition of the Italian language within the cultural context. It promotes the acquisition of listening, reading, speaking and writing skills, encouraging students to engage with authentic pedagogical material. In this course all students actively participate in class and pursue proficiency. This class is based on interaction, and each lesson begins with the integration of vocabulary and the contextualization of grammar in conversation. The curriculum includes communicative, student-centered activities focused on Italian culture and society.

ITAL 271, Intermediate Italian I, Third Semester Italian

  • Instructor: Francesca Seaman, DePauw University
  • Dates: Classes begin Aug. 25. Last day of classes, Dec. 10. Final exams: Dec. 13 – 17
  • Class time: MWF, 9:10 – 10:10     
  • Prerequisites: first year 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.

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 the conditional, the position of pronouns, the past preterit and other past tenses, relative and double pronouns, new adjectives, conjunctions, adverbs of place and prepositions, and variations of the future tense. Students will amplify their vocabulary around the subject matter of vacations, desires and ambitions, family life, multi-ethnicity, immigration, school, famous people, Italian music, work, services in a hotel or a restaurant, the experience of living in an apartment, social media, handy work in the house, things that break, jobs, the city of Venice, Italian cinema, the region of Puglia and Italian recipes.

Among other things, by the end of this course students will be able to use kindness when asking for something, to make requests, invitations and to give advice, to express desires and to speak of hypothetical situations. Students will be able to propose activities, to express commands, to tell of personal experience in volunteering, to speak about the past and to understand historical and literary texts. They will be able to tell a fairy tale, to complain for bad service, to express happiness or fatigue, to write a review, to describe people and situations, to recall and talk about the past, to understand requests for manual work or to ask for help when something is broken or does not work. Students will also be able to talk about Italian movies and cuisine, and to talk about their own taste in cinema or food.

ITAL 371, Advanced Italian I /  ITAL 471 Introduction to Cultural Studies – Current Events: Italian Through The Newspapers

  • Instructor: Francesca Seaman, DePauw University
  • Dates: Classes begin Aug. 25. Last day of classes, Dec. 10. Final exams: Dec. 13 – 17
  • Class time: MWF, 8:00 – 9:00     
  • Prerequisites: First & second year Italian or permission of instructor
  • Credits: 3

Description: This course focuses on the study of contemporary Italian society and culture. Students explore a variety of themes in current events that are significant to today’s world, and that present the complexity and diversity of contemporary Italy. Since we will be reading the newspaper everyday and listening to the current news, the syllabus will remain open. The methodological approach is student-centered and favors interaction, while also promoting the development of critical thinking and growth toward linguistic autonomy and fluency. This course connects students’ interest in Italian language and culture to their personal life-experience and stimulates intercultural exchange of ideas. Students learn to interpret and relate, to engage with ambiguity, while learning to respect and to value diversity in ways of thinking, understanding the impact of historical and social contexts. The method fosters skills to analyze, interpret, and evaluate. The course stimulates intellectual curiosity, tolerance of cultural difference, appropriate behavior in intercultural situations, and sensitivity toward other worldviews. Prerequisites: ITAL 171 & 172, or placement test, or approval of the Program Director. Normally students enroll in 200-level courses before enrolling in a 300-level course, but the sequence is not strict or mandatory.


JAPN 101, Elementary Japanese I

  • Instructor: Sachiko Kondo, Oberlin College
  • Semester/Term Dates: October 4 2021 – January 14, 2022
  • Class Day/Time: MTWRF Section 1 – 10:00am-10:50am ET; Section 2 – 11:00am-11:50am ET  
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Credits: 4

Description: An introduction to basic grammar, sentence patterns and vocabulary of the modern language. Attention to the written component of modern Japanese will include the hiragana and katakana syllabaries, as well as kanji. This course is designed for students with no previous knowledge of Japanese.

JAPN 301, Japanese Reading and Conversation I

  • Instructor: Sachiko Kondo, Oberlin College
  • Semester/Term Dates: October 4 2021 – January 14, 2022
  • Class Day/Time: MWF 9:00 – 9:50
  • Prerequisites: JAPN 202 or consent of instructor
  • Credits: 4

Description: Third-year Japanese. This course seeks to reinforce the vocabulary and grammatical patterns learned in the first two years and to improve speaking and reading skills through task-oriented conversational practices, reading practices and group discussion. Conducted in Japanese. Fourth hour of lab required.