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DOMBROWSKI, CHRISTINE, Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Foreign Language Certification Program
VERPLAETSE, LORRIE, Professor and Graduate Coordinator for TESOL/ESL
WENG, MIAOWEI, Assistant Professor and Graduate Coordinator for Romance Languages
CARDONE, RESHA, Associate Professor and Chairperson
ARBOLEDA, CARLOS A., Professor
EILDERTS, LUKE, Assistant Professor
HERNANDEZ, RAFAEL, Professor
LARKIN, ERIN, Associate Professor
LATORRE, SOBEIRA, Associate Professor
PALMA, GIUSEPPINA, Professor
PELAYO, RUBEN, Professor
PIEMONTESE, LUISA, Professor
SCHMITT, ELENA, Professor
VITALE, LISA, Associate Professor

FRE 502 - Advanced Language Seminar

A course designed to improve French linguistic proficiency. Study of syntax and grammar; study of idioms; enrichment of vocabulary by means of translation and of structured conversation.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2015

FRE 505 - The Middle Ages: Romance and Faith

Reflections of the medieval spirit in epic poetry, courtly romances by Chrétien de Troyes, and romances of adventure.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): WLL 581.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2015

FRE 506 - French Culture in France

Study of French culture and civilization, for a period of at least four weeks in France under the supervision of WLL department faculty.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): WLL 581.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2015

FRE 512 - Literature of the Renaissance

Principal literary figures and movements of the French Renaissance from 1515 to 1598.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): WLL 581.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

FRE 513 - French & Francophone Studies

Exploration of contemporary France and Francophone speaking areas of the world, the relationship between France and the rest of the French-speaking world, as well as issues of immigration, family, language, and gender and sexuality.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): WLL 581.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2014

FRE 522 - Molière

Theory and practice of comedy, as illustrated in Molière’s plays. Molière’s relation to his time and to ours, the function of his theatre as oblique social criticism, and the broader uses of laughter are considered.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): WLL 581.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2013

FRE 534 - French Literary Thought in the 18th century

The awakening of the social conscience, the fight for religious tolerance, the belief in human happiness and progress are studied. Writings by Montesquieu, Voltaire, Diderot, and Rousseau are among those discussed.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): WLL 581.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2015

FRE 544 - Autobiographical Literature

Works by Montaigne, Rousseau, Chateaubriand, Stendhal, Gide or others are read and discussed to provide insight into autobiographical writing. Emphasis is placed on the particular techniques and voices of these authors.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): WLL 581.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2012

FRE 548 - Poetry from Baudelaire to the Surrealists

Through a careful analysis of the poetry of Baudelaire, the student is introduced to such symbolist and surrealist poets as Verlaine, Rimbaud, Mallarmé, Valéry, Apollinaire, and Breton.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): WLL 581.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2016

FRE 550 - Sexual Citizenship in the French-Speaking World

Exploring issues of sexual deviancy in the French-speaking world, this could will examine representations of and reactions to difference in an effort to understand what makes a good sexual citizen.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

FRE 559 - French Literature from 1950 to the present

Varying widely in style and emphasis, the authors studied all share a questioning of traditional values and an intense interest in the nature of literature and of language. Works studied may include the theater of Ionesco, Beckett, and Genet, as well as novels by Simon, Sarraute, Robbe-Grillet and Butor.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): WLL 581.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2014

FRE 600 - Independent Study

Independent Study

1 to 3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2016

ITA 510 - Early Italian Literature

The beginnings of Italian literature in the thirteenth century, including the Sicilian school and the Dolce Stil Nuovo.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2014

ITA 515 - Petrarch and Boccaccio

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2016

ITA 523 - Dante: Faith, Fantasy and Mankind

Explores the cultural, historical, political, philosophical, theological, and linguistic perspectives that are at the heart of Dante’s Divine Comedy. Students analyze the ethical and moral principles in which Dante foregrounds his work and juxtapose them to contemporary society.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): WLL 581.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

ITA 524 - Ladies, Knights, Arms and Love: The Dawn of a New Age

Explores the cultural, social, historical, artistic, political, and philosophical perspectives that shape the works of Pulci, Boiardo, Ariosto, Aretino, and Tasso.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): WLL 581.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2014

ITA 527 - Theater of the 18th Century

The dramatic works of Goldoni, Gozzi, and others.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2013

ITA 528 - Visions of Modernity

Focuses on the literary, artistic and cultural trends of early 20th century Italy. Examines Italian political and social history from Unification to the birth of Fascism, as well as major authors and genres.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): WLL 581.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

ITA 555 - Modern Italian Theater

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2015

ITA 599 - Special Topics

Special Topics (topics vary.)

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2015

ITA 600 - Independent Study

Independent Study in Italian.

1 to 6 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2013

SPA 516 - Gabriel García Márquez: Seminar on One Hundred Years of Solitude

The seminar focuses on the influences, genesis, publication, and success of One Hundred Years of Solitude.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): WLL 581.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2013

SPA 521 - The Picaresque Literary Tradition

Analyzes the rich tradition of picaresque literature in the Hispanic world placing its most representative novels in their cultural, political, and social context on both sides of the Atlantic and from its origins to the present.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): WLL 581.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2015

SPA 525 - Cinema of Transitional Democracies

Studies the rich cinematic tradition of Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula as a social and political tool through the analysis of films produced Mexico, Argentina, Cuba, Spain, Chile, Brazil, and other countries.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): WLL 581.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2014

SPA 528 - Cervantes and the Birth of the Modern Narrative and Drama

Introduces students to the role of Don Quixote in the formation of the modern novel and theater. It will address and discuss the legacy of Don Quixote for the modern and postmodern concept of narrative and dramatic discourses.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): WLL 581.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

SPA 531 - Literature and Cinema in Latin America

Analyzing the relationship between film and literature in Latin America and its importance for the production of culture and the understanding of social issues in the region through the discussion of written texts and films.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): WLL 581.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2014

SPA 533 - Early Encounters: Culture and Literature of the Colonization of Latin America

Analyzing literary texts, documents, and other cultural articulations and artifacts produced as the result of the discovery, exploration, and early colonization of Latin America.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): WLL 581.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2016

SPA 548 - Modernismo in Spanish America and Spain

Analyzing literary texts, documents, and other cultural articulations and artifacts produced in Spanish America and Spain at the turn of the century during the period called modernismo.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): WLL 581.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2014

SPA 560 - Literature and Culture of Al Andalus

Reading and analysis of literary and cultural texts from the Hispano-Arabic tradition in the Iberian Peninsula.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): WLL 581.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2012

SPA 561 - Women Healers, Messengers, and Intermediaries

Reading and analysis of literary and cultural texts from the Hispano-Arabic tradition in the Iberian Peninsula.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): WLL 581.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2015

SPA 563 - Ghosts in Latin American Literary and Cultural Studies

What motivated twentieth century Hispanic literati to populate texts with ghosts and to portray a haunted Latin America? Providing analytical depth in literary and cultural studies through primary sources and theory, this class answers these questions.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): WLL 581.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

SPA 567 - The Golden Age Spanish Theater: Text and Cultural Contexts

Introduces students to the cultural studies of Spanish Golden Age Theater as a vehicle of political propaganda and moral education in early modern Spain.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): WLL 581.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2013

SPA 600 - Independent Study

Independent Study in Spanish.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2014

TSL 502 - Descriptive Linguistics

Theory and practice of language description with particular emphasis on the structural and transformational-generative approaches. Relation of linguistics to other fields, and application to native and foreign language teaching. Scheduled fall semesters.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

TSL 503 - Second Language Acquisition

The study of linguistic, cognitive, and social factors which influence the development of a second language. Applications to TESOL, bilingual education, and foreign language education. Scheduled spring semesters.

Prerequisite(s): TSL 502.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

TSL 505 - Pedagogical Grammar of English for TESOL

The course will help prospective and practicing teachers of ESL/EFL enhance their understanding of the grammar structures of English, expand their skills in linguistic analysis, and develop a pedagogical approach to teaching English grammar. Scheduled fall terms.

Prerequisite(s): TSL 502 and/or TSL 503.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

TSL 510 - TESOL: Principles and Practices

History and philosophy of TESOL, program descriptions, methodology, materials, research, and models for TESOL. Scheduled fall semesters.

Prerequisite(s): FLA 503.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

TSL 511 - TESOL: Methods and Materials

Focused on developing teachers’ comprehension of and competency in the use of various methods, techniques, the creation and evaluation of materials. Emphasis placed on teachers’ growth and performance. Open only to matriculants of bilingual education/ TESOL programs or to those who have been given permission of the TESOL program coordinator. Scheduled spring semesters.

Prerequisite(s): TSL 510 or permission of instructor.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

TSL 512 - TESOL: Practicum

Supervised classroom experience for students and teachers in primary, secondary, community college, university or adult education environments.

Prerequisite(s): FLA 510 and departmental permission. Open to bilingual education/TESOL master’s program matriculant s only by advisement.

1 to 6 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

TSL 515 - Bilingual Education: Principles and Practices

History and philosophy of bilingual education, program descriptions, methodology, materials, research, and models for bilingual education. Scheduled fall semesters.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

TSL 517 - Literacy Development for English Language Learners

Literacy development theory and its application to the practices of teaching reading and writing to learners of English as a second language. Scheduled spring of odd years and summer of even years.

Prerequisite(s): FLA 502 or departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

TSL 518 - Content-Based Instruction for English Language Learners

ESL teachers, bilingual education teachers, and content teachers learn how to modify mainstream course materials and instructional strategies so that English language learning students can engage in course content while simultaneously developing their new language. Scheduled spring of even years and summer of odd years.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2016

TSL 521 - Assessment for English Language Learners

Teacher candidates learn to select, create, administer, and interpret results of assessment instruments and other assessment strategies which measure the academic and language competencies of learners of English as a second language. Scheduled spring of odd years. Scheduled spring of odd years and summer of even years.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

TSL 563 - Immigration and English Language Learners in U.S. Schools

Examines theories, issues, policies, trends in the education of immigrants. Focus on adaptation, influence of demographic trends on schools and teacher preparation, the role of family and community in immigrant students’ educational experiences.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2015

TSL 600 - Independent Study

Independent Study in TESOL.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2016

WLL 502 - Descriptive Linguistics

Descriptive Linguistics Theory and practice of language description with particular emphasis on the structural and transformational-generative approaches. Relation of linguistics to other fields, and application to native and foreign language teaching. Scheduled fall semesters. Cross listed with TSL 502.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2013

WLL 528 - Second Language Teaching and Technology

Overview of the history and concepts/issues in educational technology related to second language teaching and learning. Examination of tools/resources and their pedagogical application. Development of skills and experiences in using technology in teaching.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: not yet offered

WLL 580 - Latin and Romance Languages

Development of Latin into the modern Romance languages (principally French, Italian, and Spanish), one of the great case-studies in linguistic history. Some attention to applying history to classroom instruction. Scheduled every other spring semester.

Prerequisite(s): WLL 502 and graduate status in department or successful completion of a third year course in French , Spanish, or Italian (or the equivalent), or one year of Latin. Scheduled every other spring semester.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2013

WLL 581 - Introduction to Graduate Studies in Romance Languages

Orients students to MA program in Romance Languages: methods of research, critical and theoretical investigations of literary and cultural productions, application of theoretical framework to literary/cultural analysis. Scheduled fall semesters.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

WLL 582 - Culture of Expression

Students gain insight into how culture is produced, interpreted and expressed within Franco, Hispanic and Italic traditions; investigate productions, including various registers, genres and forms of communication; express findings orally and in writing. Scheduled spring semesters.

Prerequisite(s): WLL 581. 

4 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

WLL 590 - Writing the Thesis Proposal

Students select and research a topic, compile a preliminary bibliography and submit a proposal to the Graduate School. Part one of a 2 course sequence. 3 credits granted upon completion of WLL 591. Pass/Fail. 15 graduate credits in the planned program and permission of adviser and approval by the Department Chairperson.

Prerequisite(s):15 graduate credits in the planned program and permission of adviser and approval by the Department Chairperson.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

WLL 591 - Writing the Thesis

Students write, edit, review, and complete the thesis for submission to the Graduate School. Pass/Fail.

Prerequisite(s): WLL 590.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2016

WLL 592 - Special Project I

Students work with an adviser towards designing an applied project by selecting a topic, researching and refining their ideas, compiling a preliminary bibliography and submitting a proposal. Part one of a 2 course sequence. 3 credits granted upon completion of WLL 593. Pass/Fail.

Prerequisite(s): 15 graduate credits in the planned progra m and permission of adviser and approval by the Department Chairperson.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

WLL 593 - Special Project II

Completion of Special Project initiated in WLL 592. Upon completion of WLL 593, students earn 6 credits, 3 for WLL 592 and 3 for WLL 593. Pass/Fail.

Prerequisite(s): WLL 592

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2015

WLL 594 - Comprehensive Exam Seminar I

Required for all students who choose the comprehensive exam as a capstone option towards receiving a Master of Arts in Romance Languages. Students work individually with an adviser in a comprehensive exploration of the Master’s Reading List provided by the individual language concentration. Upon completion, students must take WLL 595 to complete their comprehensive exam option.  3 credits granted upon completion of WLL 595.

Prerequisite(s): Completed or currently completing all req uired and elective course work towards a Master of Arts de gree in Romance Languages.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

WLL 595 - Comprehensive Exam Seminar II

The course is required for all students who choose the comprehensive exam as a capstone option toward receiving a Masters of Arts in Romance Languages. Students work individually with an adviser in selecting and researching themes from the Master’s Reading List provided by the individual language section.

Prerequisite(s): WLL 594.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017