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RCLANG 153 — Elementary Russian
Section 001, REC

FA 2007
Credits: 4

RCLANG 153 is analogous to the reduced-credit language classes (RCLANG 150, 151, 154) offered in conjunction with RC Intensive Language courses (RCLANG 190, 191 and 194). The purpose of the class is to provide reduced credit to RC students who do not reach the required level of proficiency in the intensive class.

Intended audience: Students who do not achieve the required level of achievement to earn the full eight credits in RCANG 193 (Intensive Russian I).

RCLANG 155 — Elementary Latin
Section 001, REC

FA 2007
Credits: 4

RCLANG 155 is analogous to the reduced-credit language classes (RCLANG 150, 151, 154) offered in conjunction with RC Intensive Language courses (RCLANG 190, 191 and 194). The purpose of the class is to provide reduced credits to RC students who do not reach the required level of proficiency in the intensive class.

Intended audience: Students who do not achieve the required level of achievement to earn the full eight credits in RCANG 195 (Intensive Latin I).

RCLANG 156 — Elementary Japanese
Section 001, REC

FA 2007
Credits: 5

RCLANG 156 is analogous to the reduced-credit language classes (RCLANG 150, 151, 154) offered in conjunction with RC Intensive Language courses (RCLANG 190, 191 and 194). The purpose of the class is to provide reduced credits to RC students who did not reach the required level of proficiency in the intensive class.

Intended audience: Students who do not reach the required level of achievement to earn the full ten credits in RCANG 196 (Intensive Japanese I).

RCLANG 190 — Intensive French I
Section 001, LEC

Instructor: Anderson-Burack,Carolyn

FA 2007
Credits: 8

Credit Exclusions: No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in FRENCH 100, 101, 102, or 103.

The goal of this course is to provide the student with a basic but solid knowledge of grammatical structures and syntax, a functional vocabulary, familiarity with intonation patterns and native pronunciation, and practice in speaking and writing. Upon completion of Intensive I, the student can understand simplified written texts of short spoken passages without the aid of a dictionary, and can carry on a short, elementary conversation.

RCLANG 191 — Intensive German I
Section 001, LEC

Instructor: Paslick,Erica Kuhra
Instructor: Shier,Janet Hegman

FA 2007
Credits: 8

Credit Exclusions: No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in GERMAN 100, 101, 102, or 103.

The goal of this course is to provide the student with a basic but solid knowledge of grammatical structures and syntax, a functional vocabulary, familiarity with intonation patterns and native pronunciation, and practice in speaking and writing. Upon completion of Intensive I, the student can understand simplified written texts of short spoken passages without the aid of a dictionary, and can carry on a short, elementary conversation.

RCLANG 193 — Intensive First-Year Russian
Section 001, LEC

Instructor: Makin,Alina Udalchenko

FA 2007
Credits: 8

Credit Exclusions: No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in RUSSIAN 101, 102, 111, or 112.

This course covers in one term what is ordinarily covered in two terms of RUSSIAN 101 and 102 and carries eight credits. Students are expected to complete approximately 16-20 hours of homework per week and attend four hours of co-curricular activities (Russian Table/Russian Tea).

The goal of this course is to provide the student with a basic but solid knowledge of grammatical structures and syntax, a functional vocabulary, familiarity with intonation patterns and native pronunciation, and practice in speaking, listening, writing, and reading. Both vocabulary and grammatical structures are presented in a situational context. Abundant cultural material is introduced throughout the course. Upon the completion of this course, the student can understand simple written texts or short spoken passages without the aid of a dictionary, and can carry on a short, elementary conversation.

Required textbooks and materials:

  1. Russian Stage One: Live From Moscow! (Volume 1) by Davidson, Gor, and Lekic, Kendall/Hunt, 1996. PAK: textbook, workbook, video- and audio-tapes.
  2. Russian Stage One: Live from Moscow! (Volume 2) by Davidson, Gor, Lekic, Kendall/Hunt, 1996. PAK: textbook, workbook, video- and audio-tapes.
  3. Course pack at Dollar Bill.

Recommended, but not required:

  1. Russian Stage One: Live From Moscow! Volume I CD-ROM, 1998. Kendall/Hunt, ISBN 0-7872-4520-8.
  2. Russian Stage One: Live From Moscow! Volume II CD-ROM, 1998. Kendall/Hunt, ISBN 0-7872-4678-6.
  3. The Russian Reference Grammar: Core Grammar in Functional Context by J. Watzke, J. Sweigert, Jr., Kendall/Hunt 1997, ISBN 0-7872-4467-8.
  4. Russian-English, English-Russian Dictionary by Katzner.

RCLANG 194 — Intensive Spanish I
Section 001, LEC

Instructor: Lopez-Cotin,Olga Maria

FA 2007
Credits: 8

Credit Exclusions: No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in SPANISH 100, 101, 102, or 103.

The goal of this course is to provide a basic but solid knowledge of Spanish morphology and syntax, functional vocabulary, and practice in speaking and writing. The lecture gives a thorough introduction to Spanish grammatical structures as used in cultural contexts. In the afternoon, students meet in small discussion groups for intensive practice of the material. Upon completion of this course students can understand simple, non-edited written texts without the aid of a dictionary and oral passages of medium length, and can also initiate and sustain a general conversation with a native speaker. In all or most linguistic areas, students may achieve the equivalent of intermediate-high rating in the ACTFL scale.

RCLANG 195 — Intensive Latin I
Section 001, SEM

Instructor: Soter,Gina Marie

FA 2007
Credits: 8

This course meets for two hours per day and covers in one academic term the equivalent of two terms at the level of a non-intensive first-year collegiate course. During this term, students will learn the essential morphological, grammatical, and syntactical structures of Latin, and will build a basic vocabulary of the language. Through readings and discussion students will become acquainted with significant aspects of Roman history and culture.

RCLANG 196 — Intensive Japanese I
Section 001, LEC

Instructor: Sato,Tetsuya

FA 2007
Credits: 10

Credit Exclusions: No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in ASIANLAN 125, 126, or 127.

This course is designed for you to learn Novice (beginning)-level Japanese language in an intensive, semi-immersion setting. It is "intense" because we will study a normally two-semester amount of materials in one semester. It is "semi-immersion" in that in our classroom we constantly simulate authentic communicative interactions with speakers of Japanese, and will use the target language as much as possible while minimizing the use of English. Through extensive communication practice in classroom activities, we will work on developing all four skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing, using hiragana, katakana and 177 kanji) along with cultural understanding. You will learn to acquire a sentence-level command in limited topics around everyday life for college students. Most course-related activities are collaborative in nature. You are also required to attend minimum three hours of co-curricular activities, such as the Lunch Tables and Conversation Tables, per week. (No prior knowledge in Japanese is assumed; if you have studied Japanese before, the instructor's permission is required).

RCLANG 290 — Intensive French II
Section 001, LEC

Instructor: Butler-Borruat,Dominique M

FA 2007
Credits: 8
Other: Lang Req

Credit Exclusions: No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in FRENCH 230, 231, or 232.

The goal of these courses is to expand vocabulary and to master grammatical structures and syntax to the level of competency required to pass a proficiency exam. This entails developing the ability to communicate with some ease with a native speaker, in spoken and written language. Students must be able to understand the content of texts and lectures of a non-technical nature, and of a general (non-literary) interest.

Advisory Prerequisite: RCLANG 190.

RCLANG 291 — Intensive German II
Section 001, LEC

Instructor: Shier,Janet Hegman

FA 2007
Credits: 8
Other: Lang Req

Credit Exclusions: No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in GERMAN 230, 231, or 232.

Intensive German II covers all of second-year German in one semester. The goals of the course are to expand vocabulary, to improve communication skills, and to master grammatical structures and syntax to the level of competency that meets advanced intermediate standards for proficiency. One hour of class develops essay writing and oral communication skills, focusing on autobiographical and literary texts about the major events in 20th and 21st Century German cultural history. The second hour is devoted to in depth study and practice of grammar; it is aimed at developing students' ability to apply correct forms and syntax and be aware of stylistic nuances even when using the language spontaneously. Through engagement with course materials, including films and other visual and performance texts, and through interaction with teachers and classmates both in formal and informal contexts, students develop speaking, aural comprehension, and writing skills. By the end of the term, students are able to understand the content of texts and lectures of a non-technical nature and of general interest, and to communicate with some ease with a native speaker, in spoken and written language. Though training for study abroad or work abroad are not course objectives, per se, students are often well qualified to do either after completion of this course.

Advisory Prerequisite: RCLANG 191.

RCLANG 294 — Intensive Spanish II
Section 001, LEC

Instructor: Rodriguez,Maria I

FA 2007
Credits: 8
Other: Lang Req

Credit Exclusions: No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in SPANISH 230, 231, or 232.

RCLANG 294 is a second-year intensive course designed to achieve proficiency in Spanish. The lecture component emphasizes understanding of advanced grammatical structures and syntax, whereas the discussion is devoted to the critical analysis of authentic texts addressing issues relevant to Hispanic experiences in the United States. Through their interaction with the text and instructors, both in formal and informal contexts, students develop their speaking, aural comprehension, and writing skills. By the end of the term, students are able to read journalistic or academic prose with ease as well as write essays of an academic nature with a minimum of English interference.

Advisory Prerequisite: RCLANG 194.

RCLANG 294 — Intensive Spanish II
Section 002, LEC

Instructor: Rodriguez,Maria I

FA 2007
Credits: 8
Other: Lang Req

Credit Exclusions: No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in SPANISH 230, 231, or 232.

RCLANG 294 is a second-year intensive course designed to achieve proficiency in Spanish. The lecture component emphasizes understanding of advanced grammatical structures and syntax, whereas the discussion is devoted to the critical analysis of authentic texts addressing issues relevant to Hispanic experiences in the United States. Through their interaction with the text and instructors, both in formal and informal contexts, students develop their speaking, aural comprehension, and writing skills. By the end of the term, students are able to read journalistic or academic prose with ease as well as write essays of an academic nature with a minimum of English interference.

Advisory Prerequisite: RCLANG 194.

RCLANG 310 — Accelerated Review-French
Section 001, SEM

FA 2007
Credits: 4

The goal of this course is to bring students to a level of proficiency in the four linguistic skills. It is designed for students who have not reached this level in two or more skills, but do not need the Intensive course 290 to do so. It is taught on a semi-tutorial mode with weekly individual meetings with the instructor. In this course, emphasis is placed on correctness and fluidity of expression in speaking and in writing. Speaking skills are developed through weekly conversation sessions on current topics. Writing skills are refined through a review of grammar points and composition assignments which give students the opportunity to improve the accuracy and expressiveness of their style. Exposure to primary source materials (current magazines or newspapers) and to texts of cultural and literary value develop reading ability and vocabulary. Listening skills are trained in informal conversational exchanges and in lectures with note-taking in French.

Advisory Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

RCLANG 311 — Accelerated Review-German
Section 001, SEM

Instructor: Shier,Janet Hegman

FA 2007
Credits: 4

This course is designed to meet the individual needs of students who have not yet passed the German proficiency exam, but who do not require the 8-credit RCLANG 291 to prepare for it. Assignments develop students' mastery of the 4 skills and improve facility and accuracy of grammar and vocabulary. The goals of this course are to lead students to an advanced intermediate level of proficiency and prepare them for RCLANG 321.

Advisory Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

RCLANG 314 — Accelerated Review-Spanish
Section 001, SEM

Instructor: Espinoza-Pino,Christhian C

FA 2007
Credits: 4

This course is designed for students with a fairly extensive background in Spanish who have already taken the equivalent of three/four semesters of language but still need further reinforcement in two or more linguistic areas and are too advanced for second year intensive. The main focus of this class is the discussion of primary source materials of a literary, cultural and political nature pertaining to the Spanish-speaking world, as well as the review of advanced grammar. Students work towards proficiency in listening and reading comprehension, language structure, and composition.

RCLANG 320 — Seminaire en français
Section 001, SEM
Au Coeur de l'amitie: A Multidisciplinary Study of the Concept of Friendship

Instructor: Butler-Borruat,Dominique M

FA 2007
Credits: 4

The abundance of treatises on friendship throughout history, and the profusion of research on the subject nowadays, attest not only to the importance of this human phenomenon — present in all cultures in different forms — but also to the enduring interest in piercing its mystery.

What is friendship? What is at its fundamental core? How and why does it emerge between two or more individuals? Is it a form of love? Does it originate from or against collectivity? Does it have enemies? Does it even still exist in today's world dominated by relations based on self-interest? How does it manifest itself in other cultures?

These are some of the questions which will be discussed in this seminar. We will glean answers from three different fields of investigation, namely psycho-sociology, philosophy and cultural anthropology, which we will consider each in turn.

First, we will discover how friendship manifests itself presently both in the United States and in France. Our readings in psycho-sociology will help us understand the modes through which friendship is constructed, as well as the practices in which it engages. The social dimension of friendship in both these countries will also be highlighted.

Given that any discourse on friendship opens upon the world of sophia, of philosophy, we will then go back in time to the ancient Greek city where the Western idea of friendship was born, and we will see how this idea was transmitted and evolved through the Roman and Christians eras, the Renaissance and "l'Ancien Régime", leading us up to today. We will read what the main representatives of the philosophical tradition had to contribute to this concept.

We will then pursue our study by taking a world tour and examining the importance of friendship and its practices in non-Western societies (India, Taiwan, Tibet, Burkina Faso) and conclude our investigation by focusing on the cultural differences at play between the way Americans and French people live their friendships. Our study will be supplemented by a few songs. Readings will be selected from various sources: chapters of psycho-sociological and cultural anthropological studies, articles from professional journals, excerpts of philosophical treatises on friendship. Tahar Ben Jelloun's Eloge de l'amitié will be read in its entirety.

Students will be required to actively contribute to class discussions and write several essays, both creative and theoretical.

Advisory Prerequisite: Proficiency test and permission of instructor.

RCLANG 320 — Seminaire en français
Section 002, SEM
Introduction au XVIIIem'e siecle francais

Instructor: Belloni,Mireille

FA 2007
Credits: 4

Language skills are used and improved by reading, writing about, and discussing topics dealing with literature, culture, politics, and other socio-cultural areas. Classes are conducted in French and are usually on an informal lecture-discussion basis. Students are encouraged to participate fully in class discussions, which enables them to exchange ideas upon which their papers are based.

Advisory Prerequisite: Proficiency test and permission of instructor.

RCLANG 320 — Seminaire en français
Section 003, SEM

FA 2007
Credits: 4

Language skills are used and improved by reading, writing about, and discussing topics dealing with literature, culture, politics, and other socio-cultural areas. Classes are conducted in French and are usually on an informal lecture-discussion basis. Students are encouraged to participate fully in class discussions, which enables them to exchange ideas upon which their papers are based.

Advisory Prerequisite: Proficiency test and permission of instructor.

RCLANG 321 — Readings in German
Section 001, SEM
Introduction to German Literature and 20th Century Cultural History

Instructor: Goertz,Karein K

FA 2007
Credits: 4

This course offers an introduction into German Literature and Cultural History of the Twentieth Century, aimed at refining students' skills in reading, writing and speaking German. Through fictional and non-fictional texts (novels, autobiographies, journalistic articles, film), we will be discussing the following subjects: Modernism and the City, Fascism and Resistance, Holocaust and Memory, Postwar Reconstruction, Migration and Multiculturalism, German Unification and Identity, German Language and Culture in the Age of Globalization, as well as current topics in the media.

Longer texts include: Keun's Das Kunstseidene Mädchen, Mann's Mario und der Zauberer, Sichrovsky's Schuldig Geboren, Schlink's Der Vorleser, Ören's Bitte nix Polizei, Mü ller's Reisende auf einem Bein und Brussig's Am kü rzeren Ende der Sonnenallee.

All readings and discussions are in German.

Advisory Prerequisite: Proficiency test.

RCLANG 323 — Russian Readings
Section 001, SEM
Moscow and St. Petersburg: Two Capitals, Two Worlds, Two Planets

Instructor: Makin,Alina Udalchenko

FA 2007
Credits: 4

"Mother Moscow, Father Petersburg". "Russia needs Moscow as Petersburg needs Russia' (Gogol'). For over two hundred years the polarities of Russian culture have been expressed in the opposition between Russia's two greatest cities: Moscow and St Petersburg. Moscow, the old, organic, heartland city of cathedrals, merchants, winding streets, and conviviality was, in the nineteenth century, seen as the opposite of western-looking, man-made, bureaucratic, imperial St Petersburg, the new capital, with its un-Russian buildings and its cold, stern appearance. The Bolsheviks moved power back to Moscow, the "ancient capital", and reversed some of the polarities, but Petersburg/Petrograd/Leningrad/Petersburg (again!) has retained its powerful mythology — i the first modern city, made as much by writers as by architects and emperors. In the new Russia, Moscow's predominance in wealth and power has again changed the relationship. The course will explore the changing configurations of that relationship, as expressed in historical events, art, and popular culture. Readings — i all in Russian — include: fiction, poetry, travelers' tales, journalism, tourist materials. Music, several films, and other media will also be assigned. Students are required to participate in class discussions, keep a journal, write three-to-four papers, and complete a final project.

Prerequisites: permission of instructor or RC proficiency.

Can be used to replace RUSSIAN 301 in Slavic Department course sequence.

Advisory Prerequisite: Proficiency in Russian (by RC standards).

RCLANG 324 — Readings in Spanish
Section 001, SEM
Culture and Memory In Democratic Spain

Instructor: Lopez-Cotin,Olga Maria

FA 2007
Credits: 4

Language skills are used and improved by reading, writing about, and discussing topics dealing with literature, culture, politics, and other socio-cultural areas. Classes are conducted in Spanish and are usually on an informal lecture-discussion basis. Students are encouraged to participate fully in class discussions, which enable them to exchange ideas upon which their papers are based.

Advisory Prerequisite: Proficiency test. permission of instructor.

RCLANG 324 — Readings in Spanish
Section 002, SEM
Media, Terrorists and Freedom Fighters

Instructor: Espinoza-Pino,Christhian C

FA 2007
Credits: 4

Language skills are used and improved by reading, writing about, and discussing topics dealing with literature, culture, politics, and other socio-cultural areas. Classes are conducted in Spanish and are usually on an informal lecture-discussion basis. Students are encouraged to participate fully in class discussions, which enable them to exchange ideas upon which their papers are based.

Advisory Prerequisite: Proficiency test. permission of instructor.

RCLANG 324 — Readings in Spanish
Section 003, SEM

FA 2007
Credits: 4

Language skills are used and improved by reading, writing about, and discussing topics dealing with literature, culture, politics, and other socio-cultural areas. Classes are conducted in Spanish and are usually on an informal lecture-discussion basis. Students are encouraged to participate fully in class discussions, which enable them to exchange ideas upon which their papers are based.

Advisory Prerequisite: Proficiency test. permission of instructor.

RCLANG 334 — Tutoring Adults and Bilingual Children: Working wih the Latino Community
Section 001, SEM

Instructor: Espinoza-Pino,Christhian C

FA 2007
Credits: 3
Other: Expr

The economic and social conditions in Michigan have attracted many families from different Latin American countries, which have led to a growing Latino community in the Ann Arbor area. Children of these families are enrolled in the city school system and for many, succeeding academically is a difficult task due to a series of factors. This independent study will be based on the work carried out by PALMA, a University of Michigan student organization that focuses on helping Latino children to improve their learning skills and succeed in school. This course is oriented towards advanced students of Spanish who want to use their language skills by directly and personally engaging with members of the Latino community in Ann Arbor. Students will hold tutoring lessons twice a week and will meet once a week to discuss assigned articles and debate specific topics and situations dealing with their experiences as tutors. A weekly journal and a final report will summarize the different experiences and challenges of tutoring, and will allow the students to analyze different learning strategies, problems and solutions obtained during the course in order to make well-supported recommendations directed towards improving the results of the community work carried out by Palma.

Advisory Prerequisite: Must pass RC Spanish Proficiency Test

 
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