Language Teaching

Degree Programs Offered

French

FREN 8036  ADVANCED FRENCH CONVERSATION (3 credits)

This course focuses on the development of oral skills in French through the use of complex and sophisticated conversational structures and nuanced lexicon. Students will be involved in expressing or presenting their ideas and opinions, interpersonal speaking activities, and a variety of activities including reading short literary and cultural texts and screening films. (Cross-listed with FREN 4030).

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Graduate standing. Not open to non-degree graduate students.

FREN 8056  SEMINAR IN THE CULTURE AND CIVILIZATION OF QUEBEC (3 credits)

An introduction to the many facets of Quebec Culture & Civilization, through readings on Quebec's history and contemporary culture and also through films and other media related to Quebec. (Cross-listed with FREN 4050).

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): FREN 2120 or departmental permission.

FREN 8076  FRANCOPHONE WEST AFRICA CULTURES (3 credits)

This course is intended as an introduction and exploration to the history, literary traditions and cinema of Francophone West Africa from 1945 to today. It seeks to familiarize students with the practice of reading literary texts, discussing seminal films and articulating critically informed reaction in writing. The course will focus on a selection of canonical authors and seminal films from Burkina Faso, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Mali, Mauritania and Senegal . The texts and films will provide a point of entry to the study of history, society, and culture. Historical, socio-political and cultural issues covered in the course will include: Ancient rites and oral literature, French colonization and post-colonialism, women and gender issues, childhood, immigration, the "Afropean" literature and West African Francophone countries contemporary challenges (politics and economies) with presentations on Benin, Niger and Togo today. (Cross-listed with FREN 4070).

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): One French course at the 3000 or 4000 level - must be a graduate student

FREN 8156  CONTEMPORARY FRENCH NOVEL (3 credits)

Selected contemporary French novels are analyzed and discussed. The main objective of this course is the development of critical reading and analytical skills that will allow students to reflect more productively upon the major social and aesthetic themes manifest in the texts under consideration. In addition, students will examine the sociopolitical and cultural contexts of these literary works. (Cross-listed with FREN 4150).

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): FREN 3060 or departmental permission. Not open to non-degree graduate students.

FREN 8176  CONTEMPORARY FRENCH THEATER (3 credits)

Selected contemporary French plays are analyzed and discussed. The main objective of this course is the development of critical reading and analytical skills that will allow students to reflect more productively upon the major social and aesthetic themes manifest in the texts under consideration. (Cross-listed with FREN 4170).

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): FREN 3060 or permission of instructor. Not open to non-degree graduate students.

FREN 8226  THE STRUCTURE OF FRENCH (3 credits)

A survey of the linguistic structure of modern French, including phonology, morphology, and syntax. (Cross-listed with FREN 4220).

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): FREN 3040 or departmental permission. Not open to non-degree graduate students.

FREN 8440  SEMINAR: FRENCH COMPOSITION (3 credits)

This course provides opportunities for students to refine their composition skills in French through extensive writing workshops and peer editing. Computer applications to composition will be employed.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Admission to the Graduate College.

FREN 8866  MODERN FRENCH WOMEN AUTHORS (3 credits)

Selected contemporary French literary texts written by women are analyzed and discussed. This may include novels, short stories, poetry, and graphic novels. The primary objective of this course is the development of critical reading and analytical skills that will allow students to reflect more productively upon the major social and aesthetic themes manifest in the works under consideration. In addition, students will examine the sociopolitical and cultural contexts of these works. (Cross-listed with FREN 4860).

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): FREN 3060 or permission. Not open to non-degree graduate students.

FREN 8900  FRENCH INDEPENDENT STUDY (1-3 credits)

Specifically planned projects and readings in a well-defined field of French literature or linguistics carried out under the supervision of a member of the foreign languages faculty holding graduate faculty status.

FREN 8906  INDEPENDENT STUDY (1-3 credits)

Specially planned readings in a well-defined field of literature, carried out under the supervision of a member of the foreign language faculty. Designed primarily for the student who has need of work not currently available in the departmental offerings and who has demonstrated capability of working independently. May be repeated for credit once. (Cross-listed with FREN 4900).

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Permission of the instructor, junior or senior standing, and no incompletes outstanding. Not open to non-degree graduate students.

FREN 8956  PRO-SEMINAR: LITERATURE AND/OR FILM (3 credits)

This course is dedicated to the study of a narrow field of the literature and/or cinema of the Francophone world. (Cross-listed with FREN 4950).

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Graduate student status.

FREN 8966  PRO-SEMINAR: CULTURE AND SOCIETY (3 credits)

This course will address narrow field of study of the civilization, history, film, contemporary culture, art, politics, and or cultural studies of the Francophone world. (Cross-listed with FREN 4960).

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): FREN 3030, FREN 3040, and FREN 3060

FREN 8976  PRO-SEMINAR: LINGUISTICS AND LANGUAGE FOR THE PROFESSIONS (3 credits)

This course will address a narrow field of study of linguistics, translation/interpretation or the professional language of the Francophone world. (Cross-listed with FREN 4970).

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Graduate student status.

German

GERM 8046  ADVANCED GERMAN COMPOSITION AND STYLISTICS (3 credits)

Advanced grammatical principles, composition and stylistics.

GERM 8226  THE STRUCTURE OF GERMAN (3 credits)

A survey of the linguistic structure of modern German, including phonology, morphology, and syntax. (Cross-listed with GERM 4220).

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): GERM 3040 and GERM 4610, or permission.

GERM 8440  SEMINAR:GERMAN COMPOSITION (3 credits)

This course will provide opportunities for students to refine their composition skills in German through extensive writing practice, writing workshops, and peer editing. Computer applications to composition will be employed.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Admission to Graduate College.

GERM 8906  INDEPENDENT STUDY (1-3 credits)

Specially planned readings in a well-defined field of literature, carried out under the supervision of a member of the foreign language faculty. Designed primarily for the student who has need of work not currently available in the departmental offerings and who has demonstrated capability of working independently. May be repeated for credit once.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Permission of the instructor, junior or senior standing, and no incompletes outstanding.

GERM 8956  PRO-SEMINAR: LITERATURE AND/OR FILM (3 credits)

This course is dedicated to the study of a narrow field of the literature and/or cinema of the German-speaking world. (Cross-listed with GERM 4950).

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Graduate student status.

GERM 8966  PRO-SEMINAR: SOCIETY AND CULTURE (3 credits)

This course will address a narrow field of study of the civilization, history, film, contemporary culture, art, politics, and/or cultural studies of the German-speaking world. (Cross-listed with GERM 4960).

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): GERM 3030, GERM 3040, and GERM 3060

GERM 8976  PRO-SEMINAR: LINGUISTICS AND LANGUAGE FOR THE PROFESSIONS (3 credits)

This course will address a narrow field of study of linguistics, translation/interpretation or the professional language of the German-speaking world. (Cross-listed with GERM 4970).

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Graduate student status.

Spanish

SPAN 8026  LANGUAGE ENHANCEMENT THROUGH VOCABULARY LEARNING (3 credits)

This class aims to expand students' vocabulary in Spanish. This will be achieved through doing an overview of current research that investigates how vocabulary is learned; identifying effective vocabulary learning strategies; and exploring topics not commonly encountered in Spanish classes such as commerce and science. The course also includes points of contact with the Spanish-speaking community in Omaha, where students can participate in interactions that connect what has been learned in the classroom to language use in real life. (Cross-listed with SPAN 4020).

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Graduate standing

SPAN 8036  ADVANCED SPANISH CONVERSATION (3 credits)

This course targets the development of oral skills in Spanish through the incorporation of complex and sophisticated conversational structures and nuanced lexicon. In particular, the course focuses on presentational (i.e., expressing or exposing ideas or opinions), and interpersonal speaking (i.e., engaging in conversation where learners narrate and describe in the major time frames of past, present, and future in paragraph-length discourse with control of aspect). (Cross-listed with SPAN 4030)

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Graduate standing

SPAN 8046  ADVANCED COMPOSITION AND STYLISTICS (3 credits)

In this capstone course, required for the completion of the major, learners will explore and practice advanced grammatical structures, write compositions in a variety of genres, and familiarize themselves with advanced stylistics. (Cross-listed with SPAN 4040)

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Not open to non-degree graduate students.

SPAN 8066  INTRODUCTION TO TRANSLATION AND INTERPRETATION (3 credits)

This course offers an introduction to the translation and interpretation field. Course objectives include (a) understanding translation theory; (b) comprehending the role of communication in translation and interpretation; (c) targeting common grammatical and pragmatic errors; (d) increasing vocabulary knowledge in a variety of fields; and (e) gaining an increased awareness of the rigor and demands innate to the translation and interpretation fields. (Cross-listed with SPAN 4060).

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Admission to MALT program or permission of instructor

SPAN 8076  HISPANIC BILINGUALISM (3 credits)

This course explores bilingualism among Spanish speaking populations. Topics include societal bilingualism, the history of Spanish and language policy in Spain, Latin America, and the U.S., psychological aspects of bilingualism, monolingual vs. bilingual acquisition, first vs second language acquisition, and Spanish as a heritage language in the U.S. (Cross-listed with SPAN 4070).

SPAN 8086  INTRODUCTION TO HISPANIC LINGUISTICS (3 credits)

This course introduces students to the field of linguistics by exploring the following areas: phonetics and phonology (sound systems), morphology (word formation), historical linguistics (language development over time), and sociolinguistics and pragmatics (language in society and context), among others, as framed within the study of the Spanish language. (Cross-listed with SPAN 4080).

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): SPAN 3030 and SPAN 3040 OR SPAN 3010 and SPAN 3020; Graduate standing

SPAN 8126  HISPANIC SOCIOLINGUISTICS (3 credits)

This course introduces sociolinguistics, the study of the relationship between language and society, with an emphasis on the Spanish language. Its focus will be on correlational linguistics (how social factors such as age, gender and socioeconomic status affect language) and language and society (the role language plays in human conduct and social organization). Course topics will include the concept of speech communities, sociolinguistic variables, phonological and syntactic variation as well as languages in contact, bilingualism, Spanish in the U.S., Spanish as a heritage language, and language attitudes and ideologies. (Cross-listed with SPAN 4120).

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): SPAN 8086 or instructor permission

SPAN 8136  SPANISH IN THE UNITED STATES (3 credits)

This course looks at Spanish in the U.S. from a sociolinguistic perspective. Course topics include: Dialectal/regional differences, dialect contact, Spanish- English bilingualism and code-switching, "Spanglish", language maintenance, language ideologies surrounding Spanish in the U.S., and Spanish in public spheres (e.g., TV, movies, radio, music, stand-up comedy). (Cross-listed with SPAN 4130).

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): SPAN 8086 or instructor permission

SPAN 8146  INTRODUCTION TO LATIN AMERICAN FILM (3 credits)

The course will be a thematic study of significant Latin American films emphasizing and further investigating their relationship to history, culture, society and political issues that have often given rise to social movements. Films from a variety of Spanish-speaking countries including Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Cuba, Bolivia, etc. will be studied in their socio-political context. At the 8146 level, students will be introduced to theoretical approaches such as early film theory, montage theory, feminist theory, race theory, and phenomenological film theory in order to deepen their understanding these themes. (Cross-listed with SPAN 4140, LLS 4140).

SPAN 8156  LITERATURE/CULTURE: CENTRAL AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN 1898-2000 (3 credits)

"Literature/ Culture: Central America and the Caribbean 1898- 2000" studies major historical and socio-cultural events in Latin American history in the 20th century, through their articulation in literary texts, film, and other cultural expressions from Central America and the Hispanic Caribbean. (Cross-listed with SPAN 4150, CACT 8416)

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): SPAN 3030, SPAN 3040 and SPAN 3060 or permission of instructor

SPAN 8176  INTRODUCTION TO LATIN AMERICAN LITERATURES (3 credits)

The course is intended as an introduction to the study of canonical and non-canonical texts in Latin American literatures, from the 16th to 21st centuries. It seeks to acquaint students with the rich literary traditions of a large region, from South America to Central America and Mexico, as well as with the historical challenges posed by the salient heterogeneity of texts included in the Latin American corpus, from the standpoint of ethnicity, gender, social class, and literary genre. The course also focuses on continuing to develop Spanish language skills, specifically reading for comprehension and interpretation of metaphorical meaning, writing, and presentational speaking skills in Spanish. (Cross-listed with SPAN 4170, LLS 4170).

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): SPAN 3030 and SPAN 3040, or SPAN 3010 and SPAN 3020; SPAN 3060

SPAN 8226  THE STRUCTURE OF SPANISH (3 credits)

This course introduces students to the structure of the Spanish language with a focus on its morphology and syntax as seen in the study of constituents of a sentence, lexical categories, content and function words, the pronominal system, the structure of simple and complex sentences, and the verbal system, among others. It reviews frequent syntactical errors in Spanish L2 and Heritage learners with the purpose of advancing their linguistic competence. (Cross-listed with SPAN 4220).

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): SPAN 3030 and 3040 or SPAN 3010 and SPAN 3020; graduate standing

SPAN 8440  SEMINAR:SPANISH COMPOSITION (3 credits)

This course provides opportunities for students to refine their composition skills in Spanish through extensive writing workshops and peer editing. Computer applications to composition will be employed.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Admisssion to the Graduate College.

SPAN 8900  SPANISH INDEPENDENT STUDY (1-3 credits)

Specifically planned projects and readings in a well-defined field within the areas of language, literature, culture, linguistics, or language acquisition, carried out under the supervision of a member of the foreign languages faculty holding graduate faculty status.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): (1) Acceptance into the Master of Arts in Language Teaching Program (MALT). Must have completed a minimum of six graduate credit hours. (2) Acceptance in Graduate Certificates. Must have completed a minimum of 6 graduate credit hours.

SPAN 8906  INDEPENDENT STUDY (1-3 credits)

Specially planned readings in a well-defined field of literature, carried out under the supervision of a member of the foreign language faculty. Designed primarily for the student who has need of work not currently available in the departmental offerings and who has demonstrated capability of working independently. May be repeated for credit once.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Senior status, no incompletes outstanding, and departmental permission.

SPAN 8956  PRO-SEMINAR: LITERATURE AND/OR FILM (3 credits)

This course is dedicated to the study of a narrower field of the literature and/or cinema of the Spanish-speaking world. (Cross-listed with SPAN 4950)

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Graduate standing

SPAN 8966  PRO-SEMINAR: CULTURE AND SOCIETY (3 credits)

This course will address a narrow field of study of the civilization, history, film, contemporary culture, art, politics, and/or cultural studies of the Spanish-speaking world. (Cross-listed with SPAN 4960)

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): SPAN 3030, SPAN 3040, and SPAN 3060.

SPAN 8976  PRO-SEMINAR: LINGUISTICS AND LANGUAGE FOR THE PROFESSIONS (3 credits)

This course will address a narrow field of study of linguistics, translation/interpretation or the professional language of the Spanish-speaking world. (Cross-listed with SPAN 4970)

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Graduate standing.