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New foreign-language courses offered

Spectrum Volume 20 Issue 11 - November 6, 1997

The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures is offering new courses for spring 1998.

Introductory Language Courses

Italian 2984 (Index 3198); Intro. to Italian Language and Culture (1104). Japanese 2984 (Index 3205); Intro. to Japanese Language and Culture (1104). Spanish 2984 (Index 4589); Intro. to Spanish Language and Culture (1104).
These are new one-semester, three-credit, foreign-language-and-culture courses, designed for learners interested in the development of basic language proficiency and cultural knowledge. The courses are intended for novice learners with little or no previous experience in the language. Besides class meetings, the courses involve a supplementary self-instructional component, possibly including the use of e-mail and the Internet.
The goal of the courses is to enable learners to reach the level of novice-mid proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing according to guidelines established by the American Council of Teaching Foreign Languages. These courses are A-F or P/F, do not meet the foreign language requirement, and are subject to sufficient enrollment. All classes meet 7-8:20 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.
Accelerated Elementary Courses

Hebrew 2984 (Index 2517); Accelerated Elementary Hebrew 7-8:20 p.m., MW (1114). Italian 2984 (Index 3197); Accelerated Elementary Italian 7-8:20 p.m., MW (1114). Spanish 2984 (Index 4588); Accelerated Elementary Spanish 7-8:20 p.m., MW (1114).
These are new four-credit accelerated elementary courses, which condense two semesters (1105 and 1106) into one semester of study supplemented with a self-instructional and electronic component. The courses are designed for learners with some prior experience in the language or for those who wish to progress rapidly through the beginning stages of language learning. The goal of the courses is to enable learners to reach in one semester the proficiency level of intermediate low according to guidelines established by the American Council of Teaching Foreign Languages. These courses may be taken A-F or P/F, meet or count toward the foreign-language requirement, and are subject to sufficient enrollment.
Accelerated Intermediate Courses

Chinese 2984 (Index 1144); Accelerated Intermediate Chinese 7-8:20 p.m., MW (2114). Italian 2984 (Index 3196); Accelerated Intermediate Italian 7-8:20 p.m., MW (2114). Japanese 2984 (Index 3204); Accelerated Intermediate Japanese 7-8:20 p.m., MW (2114). Portuguese 2984 (Index 4360); Accelerated Intermediate Portuguese 7-8:20 p.m., TTh (2114). Spanish 2984 (Index 4587); Accelerated Intermediate Spanish 2-2:50 p.m., MWF (2114).
These are new four-credit accelerated intermediate courses, which condense two semesters (2105 and 2106) into one semester of study supplemented with a self-instructional and electronic component. The courses are designed for learners who have completed the accelerated elementary course or the regular 1105 and 1106 elementary classes. The goal of the courses is to enable learners to reach in one semester the proficiency level of intermediate-mid according to guidelines established by the American Council of Teaching Foreign Languages. These courses may be taken A-F or P/F, meet or count toward the foreign language requirement, and are subject to sufficient enrollment.
All of the above courses are open to persons not enrolled as regular students at Virginia Tech, on a non-credit basis for a special fee by arrangement through David Mitchell, Conference Registrar, Division of Continuing Education, 810 University City Blvd., Suite D, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0272, or call 1-5182.
For more information contact the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, 331 Major Williams, 1-5361 or 5362, or e-mail: jshrum@vt.edu. The last day to add courses is Jan. 16, 1998.