Foreign Language GE courses

Arabic - Hebrew - Hindi - Persian - Turkish - Urdu - Uzbek


Arabic

1101.01 Elementary Modern Standard Arabic I

Developing the ability to use Arabic functionally and communicatively in context; intensive oral interaction with instructor and fellow students; the basics of the writing system.

1102.01 Elementary Modern Standard Arabic II

Developing further language ability through learning how to perform certain functions orally and using them with fellow students; reading and writing passages reflecting their abilities.

1103.01 Intermediate Modern Standard Arabic I

Building on previously acquired functional abilities; using Arabic to express opinion and feelings; oral interaction in the classroom; reading authentic texts or various genres.

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Hebrew

1101.01 Elementary Hebrew I

Conversation, reading, writing, vocabulary building, phonetics, and grammar of Hebrew. 

1102.01 Elementary Hebrew II

Reading of passages from various periods of Hebrew literature; review of salient points of elementary grammar & introduction to elements of classical Hebrew.

1103.01 Intermediate Hebrew I

Reading of Modern Hebrew short stories, poems, and essays; special emphasis on oral practice and Hebrew idioms.

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Hindi

1101 Elementary Hindi I

Study of Hindi language, with appropriate cultural background; development of listening, reading, speaking, and writing skills. 

1102 Elementary Hindi II

Continued study of Hindi language, with appropriate cultural background; development of listening, reading, speaking, and writing skills.

1103 Intermediate Hindi I

Continued study of Hindi language, with appropriate cultural background; development of listening, reading, speaking, and writing skills.

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Persian

1101 Elementary Persian I

Introduction to Persian; development of listening, reading, speaking, and writing skills.

1102 Elementary Persian II

Further development of listening, writing, speaking, and reading skills; reading of simplified Persian texts.

1103 Intermediate Persian I

Further development of listening, writing, speaking, and reading skills; reading of simplified Persian texts.

The Persian language has a literary history of more than 2,500 years and a provenance that includes vast areas of Asia. Modern literary Persian, or Farsi, has an extremely rich literary tradition of 1,000 years and presently is used and spoken by approximately 40 million people. This three-course sequence is designed to guide a student to proficiency in the skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. This means that students, at the end of three semesters, are able to speak adequately in all social situations and read and write all general, non-specialized material without frequent resort to dictionaries or grammars. In Persian 1101, Elementary Persian I, students learn the alphabet, some basic conversational Persian, one third of the grammar content of the required text, and about 500 words in addition to basic grammatical items. They also read and write simple prose of approximately one paragraph in length. The final grade is determined on the basis of class attendance, homework, quizzes, a midterm test, and a final examination. In Persian 1102, Elementary Persian II, students develop and gain confidence in spoken Persian, master the second third of the grammar content of the required text, acquire an active vocabulary of about 1,200 words and read and write simple prose. The text and dictionary is the same as in Persian 1101, and additional reading material is provided. The grade determination is on the basis of class attendance, homework, quizzes, a midterm test, and a final examination. In Persian 1103, Intermediate Persian I, students begin consolidating skills in conversational and social Farsi, master the last third of the required text of 1101 and 1102, acquire an active vocabulary of 2,200 words, begin to read shorter, annotated literary texts, and write simple expository prose of about a page in length. The required text and dictionaries are the same as in 1110 and 1102. The final grade is determined on the basis of class attendance, homework, quizzes, a midterm test, and a final examination. In Persian 2104, Intermediate Persian II, students master conversational and social Farsi and read and write in Farsi about general or non-specialized subjects without frequent reference to bilingual dictionaries or grammars.

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Turkish

1101 Elementary Turkish I

Introduction to Turkish; development of listening, reading, speaking, and writing skills.

1102.01 Elementary Turkish II

Further development of listening, writing, speaking, and reading skills; reading of simplified Turkish texts.

1103 Intermediate Turkish I

Reading of Turkish short stories and poems with attention to literary and cultural appreciation; development of basic language skills.

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Urdu

1101 Elementary Urdu I

Study of Urdu language, with appropriate cultural background; development of listening, reading, speaking, and writing skills.

1102 Elementary Urdu II

Continued study of Urdu language, with appropriate cultural background; development of listening, reading, speaking, and writing skills.

1103 Intermediate Urdu I

Continued study of Urdu language, with appropriate cultural background; development of listening, reading, speaking, and writing skills.

Urdu, belonging to the Indo-European family of languages, is the official language of Pakistan and one of the 15 officially recognized languages of India. Though it is the mother tongue of about 50 million people, it is spoken and understood by almost the whole population of Pakistan and is the primary means of written communication in that country. Being quite similar to spoken Hindi, it is widely understood in India, and the Indian film industry has given it a great boost. Urdu boasts an extremely rich literary tradition, which has enriched itself for centuries and continues to do so even in our times. The goals of Urdu 1101 are to introduce students to the Urdu alphabet, elementary vocabulary, basic grammar and sentence structure, and to enable students to identify the elements of the spoken and the written language. Students will also learn about the culture, traditions, and history of Pakistan and India. By the completion of the course, students are expected to have enough vocabulary to participate in a basic conversation, and to be able to read and write simple sentences. In Urdu 1102 and 1103, students are further trained to develop their skills of speaking, comprehension, reading and writing. An introduction to some famous Urdu poets and their poetry is presented. Urdu comedy forms and commonly spoken proverbs are also introduced. After studying these three courses, the students should be able to engage in dialogue in Urdu comfortably. Also they should be able to write simple letters to their friends and enjoy reading newspapers and simple prose and poetry books.

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Uzbek

1101 Elementary Uzbek I

Introduction to Uzbek language; development of listening, reading, speaking and writing skills.

The aim of this course is to provide students with a general knowledge of the Uzbek language, as it is spoken and written today. During the classes, the spoken language of educated native speakers, as well as the contemporary literary language used in newspapers, books and other mass media will be emphasized. This course will familiarize students with the sound system, alphabet and the basic structure and practical use of the Uzbek language. Practice of all four language skills, listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing will be stressed throughout the course. Students will be exposed to authentic materials such as video clips and pictures showing the real cultural life of the Uzbek people during the classes. At the end of the quarter, students should be able to listen to simple conversations, read and understand short texts, engage in brief conversations on simple everyday topics, and write short, simple essays on familiar topics using the structures and vocabulary introduced in class.

1102 Elementary Uzbek II

Continued study of Uzbek Language, with appropriate cultural background; further development of listening, reading, speaking, and writing skills.

The aim of this course is to continue instruction in the general knowledge of the Uzbek language, as it is spoken and written today. During the classes, the spoken language of educated native speakers, as well as the contemporary literary language that is being used in newspapers, books and other means of mass media will be emphasized. This course will increase students' knowledge of the sound system, alphabet and the basic structure and practical use of the Uzbek language. Throughout the course, practice of all four language skills,listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing will be stressed extensively. Students will be exposed to authentic materials such as video clips and pictures showing the real cultural life of the Uzbek people during the classes. At the end of the quarter, students should be able to listen to more complex conversations, read and understand short and medium sized texts, engage in brief conversations on more complicated everyday topics, and write short, simple essays on familiar topics using the structures and vocabulary introduced in class.

1103 Intermediate Uzbek I

Continued study of Uzbek Language, with appropriate cultural background; further development of listening, reading, speaking, and writing skills.

The aim of this course is to continue instruction in the general knowledge of the Uzbek language, as it is spoken and written today. During the classes, the spoken language of educated native speakers, as well as the contemporary literary language that is being used in newspapers, books and other means of mass media will be emphasized. This course will increase students' knowledge of the sound system, alphabet and the basic structure and practical use of the Uzbek language. In addition, this course will introduce students to the Cyrillic alphabet, which, although not the official alphabet of the Uzbek language, is still widely used throughout Uzbekistan and among the Uzbeks of neighboring countries. Throughout the course, practice of all four language skills, listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing will be stressed extensively. Students will be exposed to authentic materials such as video clips and pictures showing the real cultural life of the Uzbek people during the classes. At the end of the quarter, students should be able to listen to more complex conversations, read and understand short and medium sized texts, engage in longer conversations on more complicated everyday topics, and write short, simple essays on familiar topics using the structures and vocabulary introduced in class.

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