The Department of Foreign Languages is dedicated to helping students discover the world through the study of language, literature, and culture. Our goal is to provide students with the means to explore their own worldview and challenge their capacity to identify with people of differing backgrounds. We endeavor to motivate in students an appreciation and understanding of the world’s people so that they may leave Medgar Evers College with the ability and the desire to communicate and empathize with others.
In keeping with the basic philosophy of Medgar Evers College and of the Foreign Languages Department, the fundamental objectives of the Department are: to develop fluency in the written and spoken language, to familiarize students with a culture, language and literature other than their own; to provide language students with the skills and knowledge necessary for effective communication in the foreign language; and to provide adequate training for those who plan to continue their language study and for those who plan to enter one of the many professional fields that require a mastery of a foreign language. All courses are given in the target language unless otherwise specified. The language laboratory is an essential part of all languages classes.
This course will provide students with an introduction to the Arabic language. Students will learn to read and write in the Arabic script and study basic grammar of the modern standard Arabic language. They will also acquire knowledge of Arab culture through the study of the language and basic colloquial conversation skills.
This course is an introduction to the Spanish language as a medium of communication, it will focus on the oral use of the language with work also in written drills, grammar and composition. One hour weekly attendance in the Language Laboratory is required. Closed to native speakers of Spanish.
Co-Requisites: SPAL 101
This course is a continuation of the materials covered in SPAN 101. One hour weekly attendance in the Language Laboratory is required.
Pre-Requisites: SPAN 101 and SPAL 101 or Permission of chairperson
Co-Requisites: SPAL 102
A continuation of the materials covered in FREN 101. One hour weekly attendance in the Language Laboratory is required. Not open to native speakers of French or students with francophone proficiency.
Pre-Requisites: FREN 101 or Permission of Chairperson
Co-Requisites: FREL 102
This course is a continuation and completion of the study of materials covered in SPAN 101 and 102. Selected reading of modern texts. One hour weekly attendance in the Learning Laboratory is required.
Pre-Requisites: SPAN 102 or Challenge Examination Department of Foreign-Languages Medgar Evers College, CUNY . 123
This course is a continuation of SPAN 201. Emphasis will be on analysis, discussion, and composition based on the reading of selected texts as an introduction to specialized literature courses.
Pre-Requisites: SPAN 201 or Challenge Examination
This course will teach students to perceive the language as a vehicle for culture. A broad range of texts in French will be read and discussed and will serve as linguistic models and as a basis for thematic discussion and composition. The study on texts of culture will be intensified. Literary texts, as well as films and texts dealing with current cultural and social activity in the francophone countries in the Americas, will be studied.
Pre-Requisites: FREN 201 or Permission of Chairperson
This course is a review of pronunciation, spelling, and selected aspects of the grammar that present special difficulties to the native speaker. This course is designed for students who have a good command of the spoken language but have had little or no formal instruction.
Pre-Requisites: Permission of chairperson
SPAN 203 and 204 are a sequence. In SPAN 204, the student continues the study of the materials introduced in SPAN 203. Upon completion of both courses, the student will have acquired the basic skills needed to use his/her native language effectively and to proceed to major-level course work.
Pre-Requisites: SPAN 203 or by Permission of chairperson
This course will explore the origins of Hispanic literature. Literary forms and movements, collective attitudes and creative approaches will be discussed in order to arrive at the basis for Spanish and Spanish-American literature and culture. Representative works will be read, analyzed, and discussed. The course will be conducted entirely in Spanish. Required for more advanced literature courses.
Pre-Requisites: SPAN 202 or by Permission of chairperson
An introduction to the French language as a medium of communication, it will focus on the oral use of the language with work also in written drills, grammar and composition. One hour weekly attendance in the Language Laboratory is required. Not open to native speakers of French or students with francophone proficiency.
Co-Requisites: FREL 101