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Language Reading Program

The mission of the Language Reading Program is to teach students from CUNY, other schools, and all walks of life to read texts in languages other than English, and to translate them into idiomatic English, so students can meet their graduate program language proficiency requirements and achieve their goals for personal or professional development.  

Level I courses assume no knowledge of the language.  Grammar, syntax, idioms, and core vocabulary (determiners, prepositions, etc) are covered intensively in order to proceed rapidly to the translation of scholarly texts.  By the end of Level I, students who succeed are able to translate scholarly texts with the aid of a dictionary, with some difficulty.  The final examination is a text personalized to each student's field of interest. Level I prepares students to begin to attempt literary or scholarly translations by providing the essential building blocks, but more extensive work for ease of translation or reading fluency occurs in Level II.

Level II classes assume that the equivalent of Level I has been completed successfully.  The work in Level II courses is translating scholarly articles in the disciplines of the students in the class; grammar and other basics are briefly reviewed as needed. Students are encouraged to develop glossaries in their fields and to build their lexical vocabularies.  By the end of Level II, students who succeed are able to swiftly and accuratly translate scholarly texts in their fields with the aid of a dictionary.

Most students require Level I and Level II to become competent. 

There is no emphasis on conversation or on producing the subject language in speech or writing. 

In Fall and Spring we generally offer French Level I and II; German Level I & II, Italian Level I and II, Latin Level I and Spanish Level I and II. 

In Summer, we generally offer the same courses, however, the Summer schedule is designed to enable students to take both the Level I and the Level II successively.  In addition,  we also offer a German Combined Level I/ Level II course.  The Level I component of this course takes place with the first Level I section and is open to students of all disciplines; the Level II component begins after Level I ends and is targeted to art historians. Students from other disciplines in the humanities are welcome if the Level II part of the course is still open.

We are a special program out of the Provost's Office and are under the umbrella of the Institute for Language Education in Transcultural Context (ILETC). 

Our courses are non-credit, and our courses do not appear on students' transcripts. We supply official documentation of each student’s performance upon request.  Many programs recognize success in LRP Level I and Level II courses as satisfying their language reading requirements.  For others, we are good preparation for the departmental exam. 

The LRP offers language examinations only to students who are registered for courses.

Registrations are taken on a first-come, first-served basis.  More rarely, some classes that are initially offered are withdrawn due to insufficient registration.  Please see the Registration page for more information (link to the registration page is to the left). 

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