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French Undergraduate Course Descriptions

FR 101 Elementary French 1st Semester

Instructor: TBA
Meetings:  MWF 9:00-10:25am
Class #10008

First semester of a one-year sequence course for true beginners.  This course is a communicative introduction to the language and its culture with attention to the development of aural comprehension, speaking, reading and writing.   Students will be able to understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of immediate relevance (e.g. personal and family information, shopping, leisure) as well as to communicate in simple form to complete tasks requiring exchange of information on familiar and routine topics.   The course is taught in the target language.

Prerequisite:   No previous study of the language


FR 102 Elementary French 2nd Semester
Instructor:  TBA
Meetings:  various
Class #10009
Class #10010
Class # 10011

Continuation of the one-year sequence course for true beginners.

This course is a communicative introduction to the language and its culture with attention to the development of aural comprehension, speaking, reading and writing.   Students will be able to understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of immediate relevance (e.g. personal and family information, shopping, leisure) as well as to communicate in simple form to complete tasks requiring exchange of information on familiar and routine topics.  Students will also produce basic statements on wishes and opinions on familiar and routine topics.   The course is taught in the target language.

Prerequisite:  FR 101


FR 104 Transitional Elementary French
Instructor:  various
Meetings:  various
Class #10012
Class #10013
Class #10014
Class #10015

One-semester intensive review of elementary French for students with 1+ years of high school language study or substantive background in another Romance language.

This course is a communicative introduction to the language and its culture with attention to the development of aural comprehension, speaking, reading and writing.   Students will be able to understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of immediate relevance (e.g. personal and family information, shopping, leisure).  Students will communicate in simple form to complete tasks requiring exchange of information on familiar and routine topics and to produce basic statements on wishes and opinions on familiar and routine topics.    The course is taught in the target language.


FR 151 Intermediate French 1st Semester
Instructor:  TBA
Meetings:  MWF 11:00-11:50 am
Class #10016

This course further develops oral and written expression in a cultural context.  Students will achieve higher proficiency through reading and discussing literary and non-literary texts, grammar review, writing assignments, and viewing films.   Students will produce simple connected texts on topics which are familiar or of personal interest.  Students will also describe experiences, ideas and give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.   This course will be taught in the target language.

Prerequisite:  3+ years of high school language, FR 101-102 or FR 104.

FR 152 Intermediate French 2nd Semester
Instructor:  Various
Meetings:  Various
Class #10017
Class #10018

Second semester of a one-year sequence intermediate level course.   This course further develops oral and written expression in a cultural context.  Students will achieve higher proficiency through reading and discussing literary and non-literary texts, grammar review, writing assignments, and viewing films.   Students will produce simple connected texts on topics which are familiar or of personal interest.  Students will also describe experiences, ideas and give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.   This course will be taught in the target language.

Prerequisite: FR 151


FR 212 Languages/Texts/Contexts II
Instructor:  TBA
Meetings:  MWF 9:00-9:50 am
Class #15058

This course is part of the FR 211-FR 213 three-course module: these three courses can be taken in any order, they do not need to be taken sequentially. This particular course enriches specific intermediate-level skills for more advanced use: hypothesizing, navigation of uncertainty, and the perception and expression of both objectivity and subjectivity. Course goals are achieved through reading, discussion, and written analysis of texts like plays, films, music, interviews, and performances from the French-speaking world, as well as through debates and staged readings.

Prerequisites:  FR 152; or equivalent, as determined by RLL faculty advisor or placement at time of admission.  Students enrolled in or having complete at least two upper-level (FR 300/400) courses cannot take this course.

FR 302 Survey of French Lit II
Professor Christian Flaugh
Meetings:  TuTh 9:30-10:50 am
Class #14735

Acquaints students with the major literary movements from the French revolution through contemporary times. Examines a selection of works – including Romantic poetry of Hugo, Lamartine, and Vigny; theatre; Flaubert’s Madame Bovary; and contemporary and avant-garde works – particularly emphasizing the relationship between text and context.

Prerequisite:  FR 211 OR FR 212 OR FR 213 OR FR 271 OR FR 270.  Taught in French.

FR 343 Adv Communication French
Professor Amy Graves-Monroe
Meetings MWF 1:00-1:50 pm
Class #23192

This course functions as a workshop where students strengthen knowledge and skills necessary for communication in fields and world regions where the French language is used. They learn to apply productive communicative processes (including revision) necessary for written work and presentations, describe the conventions they use, and make effective arguments in varied contexts. Students also refine their use of French and they cultivate a heightened sense of cross-cultural awareness. Similarly they reflect on the usefulness of communication technologies (including formal writing) as tools for critical thought while they learn to use the language more carefully and purposefully. By the end of the course, students will be more thoroughly prepared to communicate, including in French, as well as articulate their own relationship to various genres, registers, and forms of communication.

Prerequisite:  FR 211 OR FR 212 OR FR 213 OR FR 271 OR FR 270.  Taught in French.

FR 481 Special Topics:  Tragic Choices
Professor Amy Graves-Monroe
Meetings:  W 4:00-6:40 pm
Class #21715

This course explores the crux of the tragic as a question of choices and outcomes. It treats the plays as both structured by dilemma and filled with characters that are shaped by the choices they confront. Works may include those by Corneille, Racine, Voltaire, Hugo, Stendhal, Ionesco, Beckett, Camus, and Cixous.

Prerequisite:  FR 211 OR FR 212 OR FR 213 OR FR 271 OR FR 270.  Taught in French.

FR 483 Special Topics:  European Cinema
Professor Laura Chiesa
Meetings:  Tu 4:00-6:40 pm
Class #23198

In this course we will study contemporary European films looking at their singular cinematic poetics and analyzing how several contemporary topics are framed and expressed, such as: immigration, social integration, the effects and efforts of EU new policies, violence and plurilingualism. The majority of the films will be French and Italian. The class will be taught in English and all movies will have at least English subtitles.

Italian Undergraduate Course Descriptions

ITA 101 Elementary Italian 1st Semester
Instructors:  Various
Meetings:  Various
Class #19493, #22775

First semester of a one-year sequence course for true beginners.  This course is a communicative introduction to the language and its culture with attention to the development of aural comprehension, speaking, reading and writing.   Students will be able to understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of immediate relevance (e.g. personal and family information, shopping, leisure) as well as to communicate in simple form to complete tasks requiring exchange of information on familiar and routine topics.   The course is taught in the target language.

Prerequisite:   No previous study of the language


ITA 102 Elementary Italian 2nd Semester
Instructors:  Various
Meetings:  Various
Class #16720, #21718, #17729, #17727, #17728, #20802

This course is a communicative introduction to the language and its culture with attention to the development of aural comprehension, speaking, reading and writing.   Students will be able to understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of immediate relevance (e.g. personal and family information, shopping, leisure) as well as to communicate in simple form to complete tasks requiring exchange of information on familiar and routine topics.  Students will also produce basic statements on wishes and opinions on familiar and routine topics.   The course is taught in the target language.

Prerequisite:  ITA 101

ITA 104 Transitional Elementary Italian
Instructor:  TBA
Meetings:  MWF 11:00 am-12:25 pm
Class #23290

One-semester intensive review of elementary Italian for students with 1+ years of high school language study or substantive background in another Romance language.

This course is a communicative introduction to the language and its culture with attention to the development of aural comprehension, speaking, reading and writing.   Students will be able to understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of immediate relevance (e.g. personal and family information, shopping, leisure).  Students will communicate in simple form to complete tasks requiring exchange of information on familiar and routine topics and to produce basic statements on wishes and opinions on familiar and routine topics.    The course is taught in the target language.


ITA 151 Intermediate Italian 1st Semester
Instructor:  TBA
Meetings: MWF 1:00-1:50 pm
Class #19853

This course further develops oral and written expression in a cultural context.  Students will achieve higher proficiency through reading and discussing literary and non-literary texts, grammar review, writing assignments, and viewing films.   Students will produce simple connected texts on topics which are familiar or of personal interest.  Students will also describe experiences, ideas and give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.   This course will be taught in the target language.

Prerequisite:  3+ years of high school language, ITA 101-102 or ITA 104.

ITA 152 Intermediate Italian 2nd Semester
Instructor:  TBA
Meetings:  MWF 10:00-10:50 am
Class #16836

Continuation course in the 151-152 sequence. Students must have successfully completed 151 (at UB or the equivalent at another institution) before registering into 152.

Prerequisite:  ITA 151 (or the equivalent).

Transfer students check in taurus.buffalo.edu for articulation of language courses from other institutions. If your course is not in TAURUS, send a copy of the course syllabus to the language coordinator for appropriate placement (rll-info@buffalo.edu).

ITA 322 Adv Communication Italian
Professor Laura Chiesa
Meetings:  TuTh 11:00 am-12:20 pm
Class #23263

This course functions as a workshop where students strengthen knowledge and skills necessary for communication in fields and world regions where the Italian language is used. They learn to apply productive communicative processes (including revision) necessary for written work and presentations, describe the conventions they use, and make effective arguments in varied contexts. Students also refine their use of Italian and they cultivate a heightened sense of cross-cultural awareness. Similarly they reflect on the usefulness of communication technologies (including formal writing) as tools for critical thought while they learn to use the language more carefully and purposefully. By the end of the course, students will be more thoroughly prepared to communicate, including in Italian, as well as articulate their own relationship to various genres, registers, and forms of communication.

Prerequisite:  ITA 207. Taught in Italian.

ITA 409 Special Topics:  European Cinema
Professor Laura Chiesa
Meetings:  Tu 4:00-6:40 pm
Class #23199

In this course we will study contemporary European films looking at their singular cinematic poetics and analyzing how several contemporary topics are framed and expressed, such as: immigration, social integration, the effects and efforts of EU new policies, violence and plurilingualism. The majority of the films will be French and Italian. The class will be taught in English and all movies will have at least English subtitles.

ITA 411 Petrarch and Boccaccio
Professor Paola Ugolini
Meetings:  MWF 11:00-11:50 am
Class #23264

Presents selected readings of the masterworks of Giovanni Boccaccio and Francesco Petrarch, with attention to the authors who influenced their work and authors who were subsequently influenced by these two crowns of Italian literature. In Spring 2017 the class will be devoted to analyzing Boccaccio’s Decameron.

Prerequisite:  ITA 152 OR ITA 207. Taught in Italian.

Spanish Undergraduate Course Descriptions

SPA 101 Elementary Spanish 1st Semester
Instructor: various
Meetings:  various
Class #10019, #10020

First semester of a one-year sequence course for true beginners.  This course is a communicative introduction to the language and its culture with attention to the development of aural comprehension, speaking, reading and writing.   Students will be able to understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of immediate relevance (e.g. personal and family information, shopping, leisure) as well as to communicate in simple form to complete tasks requiring exchange of information on familiar and routine topics.   The course is taught in the target language.

Prerequisite:   No previous study of the language

SPA 102 Elementary Spanish 2nd Semester
Instructor:  Various
Meetings:  Various
Class #10021, #10022, #10023, #10024

Continuation of the one-year sequence course for true beginners.

This course is a communicative introduction to the language and its culture with attention to the development of aural comprehension, speaking, reading and writing.   Students will be able to understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of immediate relevance (e.g. personal and family information, shopping, leisure) as well as to communicate in simple form to complete tasks requiring exchange of information on familiar and routine topics.  Students will also produce basic statements on wishes and opinions on familiar and routine topics.   The course is taught in the target language.

Prerequisite:  SPA 101

SPA 104 Transitional Elementary Spanish
Instructor: Various
Meetings:  Various
Class #10025, #10026, #10027, #10028, #10029, #10030, #10035

One-semester intensive review of elementary Spanish for students with 1+ years of high school language study or substantive background in another Romance language.

This course is a communicative introduction to the language and its culture with attention to the development of aural comprehension, speaking, reading and writing.   Students will be able to understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of immediate relevance (e.g. personal and family information, shopping, leisure).  Students will communicate in simple form to complete tasks requiring exchange of information on familiar and routine topics and to produce basic statements on wishes and opinions on familiar and routine topics.    The course is taught in the target language.

SPA 151  Intermediate Spanish 1st Semester
Instructor:  Various
Meetings:  Various
Class #10036, #10038, #10040

This course further develops oral and written expression in a cultural context.  Students will achieve higher proficiency through reading and discussing literary and non-literary texts, grammar review, writing assignments, and viewing films.   Students will produce simple connected texts on topics which are familiar or of personal interest.  Students will also describe experiences, ideas and give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.   This course will be taught in the target language.

Prerequisite:  3+ years of high school language, SPA 101-102 or SPA 104.

SPA 152 Intermediate Spanish 2nd Semester
Instructor:   Various
Meetings:  Various
Class #10041, #10042

Second semester of a one-year sequence intermediate level course.   This course further develops oral and written expression in a cultural context.  Students will achieve higher proficiency through reading and discussing literary and non-literary texts, grammar review, writing assignments, and viewing films.   Students will produce simple connected texts on topics which are familiar or of personal interest.  Students will also describe experiences, ideas and give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.   This course will be taught in the target language.

Prerequisite: SPA 151

SPA 207 Spanish Conversation & Language Workshop
Instructor:  TBA
Meetings:  MWF 11:00-11:50 am
Class #16883

This course focuses on the development of skills in oral expression and comprehension. Students will also review core grammar topics and complete regular short reading and writing assignments. SPA 207 & SPA 208 can be taken in either order, they do not need to be taken sequentially.

Prerequisite:  SPA 152; or equivalent, as determined by RLL faculty advisor or placement at time of admission.  No concurrent enrollment in SPA 101/102/104/151/152.


SPA 208 Spanish Conversation & Language Workshop
Instructor:  TBA
Meetings:  MWF 1:00-1:50 pm
Class # 16744

This course focuses primarily on the development of writing skills, with an additional focus on reading comprehension and a review of advanced grammar topics. Students will also continue to develop their conversational abilities. SPA 207 & SPA 208 can be taken in either order, they do not need to be taken sequentially.

Prerequisite:  SPA 152; or equivalent, as determined by RLL faculty advisor or placement at time of admission.  No concurrent enrollment in SPA 101/102/104/151/152.


SPA 210 How to Read Spanish Text
Professor Colleen Culleton
Meetings:  TuTh 3:30-4:50 pm
Class #14640

Develops students’ ability to analyze a piece of Spanish literature; considers prose and poetry from Peninsular Spanish and/or Spanish American literature.

Prerequisite:  SPA 152; or equivalent, as determined by RLL faculty advisor or placement at time of admission.  No concurrent enrollment in SPA 101/102/104/151/152.

 

SPA 305 Spanish Literature Middle Ages
Professor Henry Berlin
Meetings:  TuTh 12:30-13:50 pm
Class #23269

This course is an introduction to the earliest literature written in the Spanish language, from the origins of the language itself, through the well-known Cantar de Mio Cid, to poetic debates about women’s place in society during the fifteenth century. As we trace recurrent themes through love poetry, folktales and fables, and tales of knightly adventure, we will also examine what literature can teach us about medieval Iberia’s complex mix of religious cultures. Furthermore, we will survey some traditional approaches to medieval Iberian literature, allowing students to develop a critical understanding of concepts such as genre, “high” and “low” or “popular” culture, and literary originality and innovation.

Prerequisite:  SPA 152 OR SPA 207 OR SPA 208 OR SPA 210 OR SPA 215 OR SPA 216 OR SPA 221 OR SPA 225.  Taught in Spanish.

SPA 314 Adv Communication Spanish
Professor Colleen Culleton
Meetings:  TuTh 9:30-10:50
Class # 23268

This course functions as a workshop where students strengthen knowledge and skills necessary for communication in fields and world regions where the Spanish language is used. They learn to apply productive communicative processes (including revision) necessary for written work and presentations, describe the conventions they use, and make effective arguments in varied contexts. Students also refine their use of Spanish, and they cultivate a heightened sense of cross-cultural awareness. Similarly they reflect on the usefulness of communication technologies (including formal writing) as tools for critical thought while they learn to use the language more carefully and purposefully. By the end of the course, students will be more thoroughly prepared to communicate, including in Spanish, as well as articulate their own relationship to various genres, registers, and forms of communication.

Prerequisite:  SPA 152 OR SPA 207 OR SPA 208 OR SPA 210 OR SPA 215 OR SPA 216 OR SPA 221 OR SPA 225.  Taught in Spanish.

SPA 323 Business Spanish
Professor Margarita Vargas
Meetings:  MWF 9:00-9:50 am
Class #23266

Business Spanish provides a cultural, economic, and political snapshot of all the Spanish-speaking countries around the world, including the United States, which has more Spanish speakers than any other country except Mexico. Cultural readings examine how different attitudes toward money affect the way people conduct business. They also address how the concept of time, family traditions, and the climate influence a country’s economy. Practical topics may include correspondence, commercial terminology, readings, occasional translation of articles on financial subjects, discussions of documents, business customs, and practice in practical application. Requires oral participation.

Prerequisite:  SPA 152 OR SPA 207 OR SPA 208 OR SPA 210 OR SPA 215 OR SPA 216 OR SPA 221 OR SPA 225.  Taught in Spanish.

SPA 327 Spanish Culture and Civilization
Instructor:  TBA
Meetings:  MWF 12:00-12:50 pm
Class #21750

Examines the history, geography, art, architecture, music, cuisine, and customs of Spain.

Prerequisite:  SPA 152 OR SPA 207 OR SPA 208 OR SPA 210 OR SPA 215 OR SPA 216 OR SPA 221 OR SPA 225.  Taught in Spanish.

SPA 330 Spanish American Themes
Professor Justin Read
Meetings:  TuTh 11:00-12:20 pm
Class #23270

Examines some of the most important themes in Spanish American life through selected readings (The Indian, Emancipation and Revolution, Country and City, Education: The University Reform of 1918), music, song, and dance. Most readings that illustrate the themes are literary works but their content deals with historical, political, sociological, anthropological, educational, and artistic matters.

Prerequisite:  SPA 152 OR SPA 207 OR SPA 208 OR SPA 210 OR SPA 215 OR SPA 216 OR SPA 221 OR SPA 225.  Taught in Spanish.

SPA 413 Grammar:  Writing and Translation
Professor Jorge Guitart
Meetings:  TuTh 3:30-4:50 pm
Class #23271

Develops advanced grammatical and writing skills through literary and nonliterary translations from English to Spanish and vice versa.

Prerequisite:  SPA 152 OR SPA 207 OR SPA 208 OR SPA 210 OR SPA 215 OR SPA 216 OR SPA 221 OR SPA 225.  Taught in Spanish.

SPA 450 Special Topic: Latin American Spanish Dialectology
Professor Jorge Guitart
Meetings:  W 4:00-6:40 pm
Class #23261

The course is an introduction to the diversity existing within the set of those natural languages that following sociopolitical-historical criteria can be labeled varieties of Latin American Spanish. The approach will combine traditional dialectology, linguistic theory, and sociolinguistic treatment. Special attention will be given to the Mexican, Cuban, Puerto Rican, and Dominican varieties spoken in the United States. In general the main focus will be on phonological diversity (i.e., diversity in pronunciation), but attention will be given also to morphological, syntactic, and lexical diversity.

Taught in English; readings are in English.