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Spring 2021 courses

German Level I and Level II are closed and have long waiting lists

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Course Schedule Spring 2021 

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πŸ‡«πŸ‡·  French Level I: Course number SP21-F-I
Thursday, February 18th  - Monday, May 10th
Mondays and Thursdays: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

No prior knowledge of French is expected. Beginning with a presentation of how French grammatical constructions contrast with and are similar to English. The course swiftly moves to longer constructions and finally short sentences. Building on this foundation, a rigorous study of the various verb tenses, prepositional constructions, idioms, etc. follows. Grammatical rules are presented, contextualized and reinforced by exercises reflecting the material. By the end of the course, students are able to translate an academic text with support of a bi-lingual dictionary.


πŸ‡«πŸ‡· French Level II: Course number SP21-F-II
Friday, February 19th - Tuesday, May 4th                                                                                                    Tuesdays and Fridays: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm  

Prerequisite:  A solid grasp of French grammatical rules, some experience translating simple texts and a fluid understanding of functional words, e.g. prepositions, conjunctions and verb tenses.

Level II, starting on the first day, exposes students to academic texts reflecting major thinkers of French culture.  All translations, including the final exam translation, are supported by an electronic and/or printed bi-lingual dictionary. Homework translations are carefully analyzed in class. Grammar problems are discussed as they emerge. Students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with linguistic resources, i.e. bilingual glossaries, visual dictionaries, academic word frequencies, etc.

πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ German Level I:  Course number SP21-G-I 
CLOSED - long waiting list
Tuesday, February 16th - Friday, May 14th
Tuesdays 6:30pm - 9 pm - Fridays 1:30 pm - 4 pm

* Please note that this course meets twice a week at different times 

No prior exposure to German is assumed. Students are introduced to a comparison of two radically different ways to construct meaning: declension as opposed to word order. Functional words, e.g. prepositions, determiners, pronouns, etc., provide a foundation supporting more complex grammatical structures. A focus on multi-clause sentences prepares for the translation of academic texts. By the end of the term, with the support of a bi-lingual dictionary, students translate a scholarly text reflecting their specific area of research. This course demands ca. eight hours of work per week beyond class sessions. 

πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ  German Level II:  Course number SP21-G-II 
CLOSED - long waiting list
Monday, February 22nd - Monday, May 10th
Mondays and Thursdays:  6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Prerequisite:  A solid grasp of the concept of declension, a fluid understanding of grammatical rules attached to functional words, e.g. determiners, dative prepositions, tenses and some experience translating simple texts.

Level II consists of a sentence-by-sentence analysis of texts representative of students’ disciplines as well as authors having shaped contemporary German thought, [i.e. Schopenhauer, Rosenzweig, Adorno, Kittler, Kafka, Flusser, Sloterdijk and Tugendhat]. Translation problems are discussed as they emerge. The focus is on producing a successful translation while examining constructions peculiar to German, e.g. sentence length, pronominal shift, extended adjectives and semantic fields. Texts of ca. 400 words are assigned every session for translation. The work demands eight or more hours per week outside of class meetings. 

πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡Έ Spanish Level I  Course number: SP21-S-I
Thursday, February 18th  - Monday, May 10th                                                                                            Mondays and Thursdays: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

No background in Spanish is expected. The course moves swiftly and requires ideally a time commitment of ca. eight to ten hours weekly beyond class sessions.  While building a solid grammatical foundation of the Spanish language, there is also a discussion of English grammar terminology which often is neglected in contemporary education. Proficiency is demonstrated by the student by being able to produce an English translation, supported by a bi-lingual dictionary, of a scholarly text.

πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡Έ Spanish Level II  Course number: SP21-S-II
Thursday, February 18th  - Thursday, May 13th                                                                                        Thursdays: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm*

* please note that this class meets once a week for three hours

Prerequisite:  A solid grasp of Spanish grammatical rules, some experience translating simple texts and a fluid understanding of functional words, e.g. prepositions, conjunctions, passive voice and verb tenses.


No Classes due to Spring Break:
Monday, March 29th
Tuesday, March 30th                                                                                                         
Wednesday, March 31st                                                                               
Thursday, April 1st                                                                                       
Friday, April 2nd

If your class has a required textbook, you will receive an email with this information. For Level II classes, the course materials will be provided by the instructor. 

Course Closings
Please check this website before you register to find out about courses closings. Once a class reaches the ideal number of students, the class will be closed. This happens frequently with French and German courses.

Course Cancellation
The Language Reading Program reserves the right to cancel any course if it deems there is inadequate registration. If a course is cancelled, registered students are notified within twelve hours of the cancellation and will receive a complete refund of submitted tuition fees.

​All classes will be conducted via Zoom.

Updated: February 10, 2021