Course Catalog

Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

FACULTY

Chair: Professor U. Lahaie

Professors: T. Cox, C. Moore

Associate Professor: M. High, L. Pagcaliwagan

Assistant Professor: T. Phillips

Instructors: B. Coates, L. Dey, R. Moore

 

MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures is to teach students communicative skills in a world language through a curriculum which emphasizes a liberal arts philosophy and Christian values and, ultimately, produces graduates who have an appreciation and knowledge of another culture its language, and its literature.

 

POLICIES

Students must begin their world language requirements for graduation in the General Studies Curriculum by the 4th semester of study. This means prior to beginning the third or Junior year. It is highly recommended to take all language courses in a sequence without skipping a semester.

 

Transfer students transferring in at least 45 hours and needing this requirement will begin foreign language study their first semester at GWU.

 

Requests for exceptions must go through the process for Academic Appeals.

 

Students who wish to prove proficiency in a language not taught by the department should see the department chair for options proving proficiency. If an exam is required it will be through ACFTL and the student is required to pay the fees.

 

Placement tests administered in the department only indicate the proficiency level of a student. They are not used to award course credit. Students who wish to take a course out of sequence, without the required prerequisites, must request permission from the department. Forms are available from the Department Chair.

 

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

Students who choose to major in any field of study offered by the Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures will be proficient in speaking, reading, writing, and, in the case of ASL, signing the target language.

 

In addition to the above, students majoring in either French or Spanish with teacher licensure will:

 

  1. become proficient in the current standards of foreign language knowledge and pedagogy for secondary schools; and
  2. through instruction and practice, become effective communicators of the specific foreign language appropriate to the classroom setting.

Student learning outcomes specific to a major field of study offered by the department are described in the appropriate sections that follow.

 

The North Carolina State Board of Education has adopted new teacher standards and required all teacher education programs to be revisioned. All candidates starting their teacher education program with EDUC 250 in the fall of 2010 must complete the new program regardless of the catalogue under which they entered Gardner-Webb University. Candidates who are already in teacher education can choose to complete the current program or the new program.

 

MAJOR FIELDS OF STUDY

The department offers seven majors leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree:

American Sign Language (ASL)

English as a Second Language with Teacher Licensure

French

French with Teacher Licensure

Spanish

Spanish with Teacher Licensure

 

Students who plan to major in a world language should take 101 and 102 during their first year or study in order to stay in sequence for graduation.

 

MINOR FIELDS OF STUDY

American Sign Language

Classical Languages

French

Interpreting (available only to students majoring in American Sign Language)

Spanish

World Languages

 

MAJOR FIELDS OF STUDY DETAIL

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE (36 HOURS)

Classes required for completing the major are as follows:

SGLG 201, 202 (or 211), 300, 301, 302, 305, 407, 495, and 496 (total of 27 hours)

Three additional courses from SGLG 401, 402, 408, 409, or 494 (or SLIN 303 if the student is not an Interpreting minor) (9 hours)

 

Additionally, the student must pass the Sign Language Proficiency Interview (SLPI) at the Intermediate level during the fourth semester of ASL study in order to apply to major in ASL. The SLPI must be passed at the Advanced level in order to graduate. The student should contact the Director of the ASL program for additional information concerning this process. A $100 fee is charged for each SLPI administration. There is no limit regarding the number of exams that can be taken, but a six month waiting period is required between each exam.

 

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ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE WITH TEACHER LICENSURE (36 HOURS)

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

Students will demonstrate:

 

  1. advanced proficiency in English;
  2. intermediate proficiency in the target language (OPI scale);.
  3. an understanding of all aspects of the English language well enough to be able to explain and model the component skills for students;
  4. the ability to plan, implement, and evaluate instruction in educationally sound ways; and
  5. the ability to select and use the appropriate methodologies and materials for students of different ages, interests, and backgrounds.

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

Classes required for the major in English as a Second Language Education with preparation for K-12 teacher licensure are as follows:

 

ESOL 332, 335, 338, and 400 (12 hours)

ENGL 363, 364, and 483 (or EDUC 316) (12 hours)

SOCI 400 (3 hours)

EDUC 302, 306, and 312 (10 hours)

 

Additional requirements include either FREN 202 or SPAN 202 and one 300-level course in either French or Spanish. This requirement will be waived by the department if the student demonstrates the required proficiency level in the selected language.

 

The candidate must also complete the Professional Education minor consisting of PSYC 303, and EDUC 250, 350, and 450.

 

NOTE: Students will not be permitted to complete more than 50% of the Professional Education minor (excluding student teaching) until they are formally admitted into the Teacher Education program.

 

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FRENCH (30 HOURS)

A major in French consists of 30 total credit hours above the 100-level. A students program of study is made in consultation with the faculty advisor.

 

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FRENCH WITH TEACHER LICENSURE (36 HOURS)

Classes required for completing the major with preparation for K-12 teacher licensure are the same as for the French major in regards to content courses–30 hours. Students must also take: FREN 332, 335, and 338

 

The candidate must also complete the Professional Education minor consisting of PSYC 303, and EDUC 250, 350, and 450.

 

NOTE: Students will not be permitted to complete more than 50% of the Professional Education minor (excluding student teaching) until they are formally admitted into the Teacher Education program.

 

At the time of graduation, students majoring in French with teacher licensure are expected to reach a proficiency level approaching Advanced (ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines). All students must pay for and successfully reach a minimum level of Intermediate High on the ACTFL Proficiency exam to prove their competencies for licensure in North Carolina.

 

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SPANISH (30 HOURS)

A major in Spanish consists of 30 total credit hours above the 100-level. A students program of study is made in consultation with the faculty advisor.

 

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SPANISH WITH TEACHER LICENSURE (36 HOURS)

Classes required for completing the major with preparation for K-12 teacher licensure are the same as for the Spanish major in regards to content courses–30 hours. Students must also take: SPAN 332, 335, and 338

 

The candidate must also complete the Professional Education minor consisting of PSYC 303, and EDUC 250, 350, and 450.

 

NOTE: Students will not be permitted to complete more than 50% of the Professional Education minor (excluding student teaching) until they are formally admitted into the Teacher Education program.

 

At the time of graduation, students majoring in Spanish with teacher licensure are expected to reach a proficiency level approaching Advanced (ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines). All students must pay for and successfully reach a minimum level of Intermediate High on the ACTFL Proficiency exam to prove their competencies for licensure in North Carolina.

 

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MINOR FIELDS OF STUDY DETAIL

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE (15 HOURS)

SGLG 305 in combination with any other ASL courses at the 200-level or above. SGLG 101 and 102 do not count in the minor.

 

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CLASSICAL LANGUAGES (15 HOURS)

Any combination of Classical Language courses

 

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FRENCH (15 HOURS)

Any combination of French courses at the 200-level or above. FREN 101 and 102 do not count in the minor.

 

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INTERPRETING (18 HOURS)

SLIN 220, 303, 320, 321, 404, and 403 or 405. (Available only to ASL majors)

 

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SPANISH (15 HOURS)

Any combination of Spanish courses at the 200-level or above. SPAN 101 and 102 do not count in the minor.

 

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WORLD LANGUAGE (15 HOURS)

Any combination of courses offered or approved by the department

 

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ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR TRANSFER MAJORS

All students transferring under the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement and wishing to major in American Sign Language must take the ASL entrance examination to determine placement in the program.