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World Languages

Course Catalog

Chinese  •  French  •  German  •  Italian  •  Japanese  •  Latin  •  Portuguese  •  Russian  •  Sign  •  Spanish

 

NOTE: UC transfer credit for directed studies is granted after a review of the course outline and examples of students' work (assignment, test papers, etc.) by the enrolling UC campus. Please see a counselor for more information.


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CHINESE

CHIN 050A Basic Conversational Mandarin Chinese Language and Culture

3 units. Acceptable for Credit: California State University

Conversational Mandarin Chinese and Culture is designed for students desiring a basic, practical conversational approach to learning a language. This course emphasizes conversation and vocabulary building with a minimum of grammar. A variety of classroom activities and visual aids will be used in presenting the language. Cultural topics will center on everyday life activities in Chinese speaking countries such as food customs, traditions, and family. This course is West Valley College Certificate applicable and AA/AS Degree applicable. It is also approved for West Valley College General Education under C. Humanities. This course may be repeated once. Credit/No Credit option.

CHIN 050B Basic Conversational Mandarin Chinese Language and Culture

3 units. Prerequisite: CHIN 050A. Acceptable for Credit: California State University.

This course will be a continuation of CHIN 050A. Students will increase their vocabulary and knowledge of basic grammar structures while emphasizing conversation and recognition of Chinese characters. Cultural topics will continue to center on everyday life activities. These will be presented through a variety of audiovisual aids and readings. This course is West Valley College Certificate applicable and AA/AS Degree applicable. It is also approved for West Valley College General Education under C. Humanities. This course may be repeated once. Credit/No Credit option.

CHIN 058A Chinese Immersion

3 units. Acceptable for Credit: California State University.

This couse is designed to give students the opportunity to be in a Chinese speaking environment for a three day period of time. Prior to the Immersion retreat, students will attend a preparatory one-day orientation workshop when contracts will be issued and learning materials will be provided. Students will have special projects to complete prior to the retreat where the students will be in their own level group and will be required to speak only Chinese. This course may be repeated once. Credit/No Credit option.

CHIN 091, 092, and 093 Chinese Directed Studies

1, 2, or 3 units. Prerequisite: Interview with instructor to determine objectives and write a contract.

Acceptable for Credit: California State University, University of California.*

Students are given individual work of special interest in Chinese, reading, writing, lab work, research, etc. Related to the regular Chinese courses offered but not included in them. Credit/No Credit option.


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FRENCH

FRNCH 001A Beginning French

5 units. Coreq.: FRNCH 011A

Acceptible for credit: University of California, Cal State University

The student will learn the fundamentals of French grammar and pronunciation and be able to converse on a limited scale about topics of everyday importance. He/she will be able to record this same information in writing and will be able to understand written and spoken French within the limits of the grammatical structures and vocabulary introduced in the course. Emphasis will be placed on communication and relevancy. The student will be personally involved in a variety of activities which encourage him/her to use the language creatively in meaningful situations. In addition, the student will be exposed to various aspects of the culture of the French-speaking world. Credit /No Credit option.

 

FRNCH 001B Beginning French

5 units. Coreq.: FRNCH 011B. Prerequisite: FRNCH 001A or its equivalent (two years of high school French).

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University.

In this course, the student will continue his/her development of speaking, reading and writing skills, and increase his/her vocabulary and knowledge of basic French grammar. More emphasis will be placed on self-expression and readings from topics of general interest. Cultural topics will include further exploration of the geography of France. Creid/No Credit option.

FRNCH 002A Intermediate French

5 units. Prerequisite: FRNCH 001B ir 3 years of high school French.

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University.

Students will review basic grammar and learn new structures and vocabulary while furthering their knowledge of the customs and cultures of France and other French-speaking countries. Conversation and oral and written drills will be emphasized, as well as practice in written composition. Examples of different styles of of literature will be introduced to enhance reading skills. Credit/No Credit option.

FRNCH 002B Intermediate French

5 units. Prerequisite: FRNCH 002A or four years of high school French.

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University.

French 002B is a continuation of French 002A. Students will continue to review grammar and idiomatic construction. Emphasis will be placed on oral and written composition. Readings will center on the contemporary customs, history and arts of France.

FRNCH 003A Advanced French Oral and Written Composition

5 units. Prerequisite: FRNCH 002B.

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University.

This course centers on the intensive use of the French language for the enrichment of oral and written proficiency. Students will enhance their knowledge of French grammar and develop idiomatic expression while emphasizing written and oral composition. The course will include an analysis of short works of French literature and selected contemporary publications. Comprehension will be enhanced by use of video cassesstes and native guest speakers. Credit/No Credit option.

FRNCH 003B Advanced French Oral and Written Composition

5 units. Prerequisite: FRNCH 003A.

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University.

This course is a continuation of French 003A. It centers on the intensive use of the French language for the enrichment of oral and written proficiency. Students will enhance their knowledge of French grammar and develop idiomatic expression while emphasizing written and oral composition. The course will include an analysis of short works of French literature and selected contemporary publications. Comprehension will be enhanced by use of video cassesstes and native guest speakers. Credit/No Credit option.

FRNCH 011A French Laboratory

.5 unit. Recommended preparation: FRNCH 001A concurrently.

Acceptable for credit:California State University.

This is a separate laboratory couse, offered by arrangement at the student's convenience, which aims to present the culture of the French-speaking world through a variety of media. The student will review the customs and culture of French-speaking countries through slides, filmstrips, tapes, films and current publications. Tapes and programs providing French language and pronunciation are also available. The course provides an excellent supplement to Frech 001A. Credit/No Credit option .

FRNCH 011B French Laboratory

.5 unit. Recommended preparation: FRNCH 001B concurrently.

Acceptable for credit:California State University.

This course is a continuation of French 011A, although French 011A is not a prerequisite. The student will expand his/her knowledge of the cultures of French-speaking people through further use of slides, tapes, filmstrips, films and current publications. Tapes and programs providing French language and pronunciation drill are also available. The course provides an excellent supplement to French language classes and is usually taken in conjunction with French 001B. Credit/No Credit option.

FRNCH 030A Basic French Pronunciation

1 unit. Acceptable for credit: California State University.

This is an elementary French pronunciation course covering vowels, consonants, dipthongs, intonation and the phonetic alphabet. Songs, poems, exciting, thought provoking short-reading selections and short dialogues are used for practice drills. This course is West Valley College AA/AS Degree. Credit/No Credit option.

FRNCH 030B Basic French Pronunciation

1 unit. Acceptable for credit: California State University.

This is an elementary French pronunciation course covering vowels, consonants, dipthongs, intonation and the phonetic alphabet. Songs, poems, exciting, thought-provoking short reading selectionsl and short dialogues are used for practice drills. This course is West Valley College AA and AS degree and certificate applicable. Credit/No Credit option.

FRNCH 040A Women of France

1 unit.

This course will focus oon the lives of ten important French women who livesd up to the early 20th century, and will explore their contributions in history, music, art, and literature to the culture of France. This course is West Valley College degree applicable. Credit/No Credit option.

FRNCH 040B Women of France

1 unit.

This course will focus oon the lives of ten important French women who livesd up to the early 20th century, and will explore their contributions in history, music, art, and literature to the culture of France. This course is West Valley College degree applicable. Credit/No Credit option.

FRNCH 050A Basic French Conversation and Culture

3 units. (Also offered as a television course).

Applicable for credit: California State University.

Designed for those desiring a basic, practical conversational approach to learning a language, this course emphasizes conversation and vocabulary-building with a minimum of grammar. A variety of classroom avcitivites will permit the student to use the language while studying it. Cultural topics will center on everyday life in France today (food, customs and traditions, the family, etc.). A variety of audiovisual aids will be used in the presentation of this course. This course may also appeal to the growing number of people conducting business with foreign countries. Credit/No Credit option.

FRNCH 050B Basic French Conversation and Culture

3 units. (Also offered as a television course).

Acceptable for credit: California State University.

This courses is a continuation of French 050A. Students will increase their vocabulary and knowledge of basic grammatical structures while emphasizing conversation. The culture of France will be presented through newspaper and magazine articles as well as a variety of audiovisual materials. Credit/No Credit option.

FRNCH 051A Intermediate French Conversation and Culture

3 units. (Also offered as a television course). Prerequisite: FRNCH 050B.

Acceptable for credit: California State University.

Students will enhance their ability to express themselves orally in French. They will review basic grammar, learn new vocabulary, and participate in a variety of activities which will allow them to use their knowledge of the customs and culture of France and other French-speaking countries. Credit/No Credit option.

FRNCH 057A French for International Business

3 units. Acceptable for credit: California State University.

This course is suitable for students in the following areas: business majors planning to study international business or government, undergraduate liberal arts majors wishing to expand their awareness of the French language or seeking positions with companies doing international business, and majors in science and technology fields planning to enter the expanding international business world opening up to American-based firms. It is designed to give students a solid foundation in business vocabulary, basic business and cultural concepts, and situation practice necessary to be successful in today's French speaking business world. It may be repeated once. Credit/No Credit option.

FRNCH 057B French for International Business

3 units. Prerequisite: FRNCH 001B

Acceptable for credit: California State University.

This course is suitable for students in the following areas: business majors planning to study international business or government, undergraduate liberal arts majors wishing to expand their awareness of the French language or seeking positions with companies doing international business, and majors in science and technology fields planning to enter the expanding international business world opening up to American-based firms. This course is West Valley College degree AA and AS degree applicable. It may be repeated once. Credit/No Credit option.

FRNCH 058A Immersion French

3 units. Prerequisite: FRNCH 058B. Students will participate in a total immersion French speaking environment for a minimum of three days at a higher level of competency than FRNCH 058A. This course may be repeated once. Credit/No Credit option.

Acceptable for credit: California State University.

French 058A is designed to give students sthe opportunity to be in a French speaking environment for a prolonged period of time (i.e., Friday afternoon through Sunday afternoon) at an off-campus site that has appropriate facilities. Students pay West Valley College tuition and fees as well as an additional fee ($120-$165.00) to cover food, lodging and other extraordinary expenses. Each student must complete an independent study program appropriate to his/her level of knowledge prior to the immersion weekend and a post weekend assignment as part of the hours by arrangement. There will be a mandatory Saturday or evening meeting early in the semester. Credit/No Credit option.

FRNCH 060A The French Movie: Comprehension/Culture

1 unit. Recommended preparation: FRNCH 050A

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University.

This course consists of a lecture series designed to incorporate six French movies on video in order to focus on the comprehension of the French language and some selected aspects of French culture. Through the lectures, the films, class discussions, and limited research, students will be exposed to cultural differences in pronunciation and intonation; will be introduced to certain aspects of cinematography; will become acquainted with the philosophy and psychology of certain regions of France. Instruction materials are provided in English and French. West Valley College AA/AS Degree and G.E. applicable. This course can be repeated once. Credit/No Credit option.

FRNCH 060B The French Movie II: Comprehension/Culture

1 unit. Recommended preparation: FRNCH 050A.

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University.

This is a course of six lectures in English designed to incorporate six subtitled French videos (different from 060A, 060C), followed by student discussion groups. The lecture themes and videos will focus on selected aspects of French culture (history, geography, literature, the arts). Some comprehension skills are also covered. Instructional materials are provided in English and French. West Valley College AA/AS Degree and G.E. applicable. This course can be repeated once. Credit/No Credit option.


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GERMAN

GERM 001A Beginning German

5 units. Coreq: 011A

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University.

The students will learn the fundamentals of grammar and pronunciation and be expected to converse on a limited scale about everyday topics, how to write and understand the course content. Emphasis will be placed on communication, and students will be exposed to various aspects of the customs and culture of Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Credit/No Credit option.

GERM 001B Beginning German

5 units. Coreq: 011B. Prerequisite: GERM 011A or its equivalent (2 years of high school German).

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University.

The students will continue their development of speaking, reading and writing skills and increase their vocabulary knowledge of basic German. They are expected to converse on a limited scale about the topics covered in the text. The student will also be exposed to various aspects of the customs and culture of Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Readings from simple prose and poetry will be introduced. Credit/No Credit option.

GERM 002A Intermediate German

5 units. Prerequisite: GERM 001B or three years of high school German.

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University.

Review of grammar, discussion of grammatical features beyond the elementary level. Intensive oral and written drills in idiomatic construction. Composition and conversation and readings from prose and poetry. Credit/No Credit option.

GERM 002B Intermediate German

5 units. Prerequisite: GERM 002A or four years of high school German.

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University.

Continuation of German 002A. Review of grammar. Discussion of grammatical features beyond the elemenatary level. Intensive oral and written drills in idiomatic construction. Composition and conversation based in text material. Excerpts from prose and poetry. Credit/No Credit option.

GERM 011A German Laboratory

.5 unit. Recommended preparation: GERM 001A concurrently.

Acceptable for credit: California State University.

This is a separate beginning laboratory course offered by arrangement at the student's convenience, which aims to present the culture of the German-speaking world through a variety of media. The student will review the customs and culture of German-speaking countries through slides, filmstrips, tapes, films and current publications. Tapes and programs providing German lanaguage and pronunciation drill are also available. The course provides an excellent supplement to German 001A. Credit/No Credit option.

GERM 011B German Laboratory

.5 unit. Recommended preparation: Germ 001B concurrently.

Acceptable for credit: California State University.

This course is a continuation of German 011A, although 011A is not a prerequisite. The student will expand his/her knowledge of the cultures of German-speaking people through further use of slides, tapes, filmstrips, films and current publications. Tapes and programs providing German language and pronunciation drill are also available. The course provides an excellent supplement to German language classes and is usually taken in conjunction with German 001B. Credit/No Credit option.

GERM 050A, B Basic German Conversation and Culture

3 units each. Prerequisite: 050A is a prerequisite for 050B.

Acceptable for credit: California State University.

These course are designed for those who wish a basic conversational approach to learning the practical aspects of the language. They appeal to people conducting business with foreign countries. 050B is a continuation of 050A. Credit/No Credit option.

GERM 051A, B Intermediate German Conversation and Culture

3 units each. Prerequisite: 050B; 051A is prerequisite for 051B.

Acceptable for credit: California State University.

Advanced language abilities will be taught with an cmphasis on vocabulary and skills designed to assist people with the conduct of business in foreign countries. 051B is a continuation of 051A. Credit/No Credit option.

GERM 058A German Immersion

3 units. Acceptable for credit: California State University.

This course if designed to give students the opportunity to be in a German speaking environment for a three day period of time. Prior to the immersion retreat, students will attend a preparatory one-day orientation workshop where contracts will be issued and learning materials will be provided. Students will have special projects to complete prior to the retreat where the students will be in their own level group and will be required to speak only German. This course is West Valley College Certificate applicable and will be transferable to CSU. This course may be repeated once. Credit/No Credit option.

GERM 091, 092, 093 Directed Studies

1-3 units. Prerequisite: Interview with instructor to determine objectives and write a contract.

Acceptable for credit: University of California*, California State University.

*UC transfer credit for directed studies courses is granted after a review of the course outline and examples of the student's work (assignments, tests, papers, etc.) by the enrolling UC campus. Please see a counselor for more information.

Students are given individual work of special interest in German, reading, writing, lab work, research, etc. Related to the regular German courses offered but not included in them. Credit/No Credit option.


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ITALIAN

ITAL 001A Beginning Italian

5 units. Corequisite: ITAL )11A.

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University.

The students will learn the fundamentals of Italian grammar and pronunciation, how to converse on a limited scale about everyday topics, and how to write and understand Italian within the limits of the grammatical structures and vocabulary introduced in the course. Emphasis will be placed upon communication, and students will be exposed to some of the culture of Italy.

ITAL 001B Beginning Italian

5 units. Prerequisite: ITAL 001A or 2 years of high school Italian. Corequisite: ITAL 011B.

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University.

Students will continue their development of speaking, reading and writing skills and increase their vocabulary and knowledge of basic Italian grammar. More emphasis will be placed on oral communication and the culture of Italy. Credit/No Credit option.

ITAL 002A, B Intermediate Italian

5 units with each course. Prerequisite: ITAL 001B or three years of high school Italian; 002A for 002B.

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University.

An intermediate course. Review of grammar, emphasizing structural analysis and practice in writing. Intensive oral and written drills. Selected readings from representative works of contemporary Italian authors. Credit/No Credit option.

ITAL 011A Italian Laboratory

.5 unit. Recommended preparation: ITAL 001A concurrently.

Acceptable for credit: California State University.

This is a separate course, offered by arrangement at the student's convenience, which aims to present the culture of the Italian-speaking world through a variety of media. The student will review the customs and culture of Italian-speaking countries through slides, filmstrips, tapes, films and current publications. Tapes and programs providing Italian language and pronunciation drill are also available. The course provides an excellent supplement to Italian 1A.

ITAL 011B Italian Laboratory

.5 unit. Recommended preparation: Italian 001B concurrently.

Acceptable for credit: California State University.

This course is a continuation of Italian 011A, although 11A is not a prerequisite. The student will expand his/her knowledge of the cultures of Italian=speaking people through further use of slides, tapes, filmstrips, films and current publications. Tapes and programs providing Italian language and pronunciation drill are also applicable. The course provides an excellent supplement to Italian language classes and is usually taken in conjunction with Italian 1B. Credit/No Credit option.

ITAL 050A Basic Italian Conversation and Culture

3 units. Acceptable for credit: California State University.

Designed for those desiring a less structured, more practical conversational approach, this course emphasizes conversation and vocabulary building. A variety of classroom activities will permit the students to use the language while studying it. Cultural topics will center on everyday life in Italy (food, customs and traditions, the family, etc.), and some audiovisual aids will be used. Credit/No Credit option.

ITAL 050B Basic Italian Conversation and Culture

3 units. Prerequisite: ITAL 050A.

Acceptable for credit: California State University.

Continuation of Italian 50A. Students will increase their vocabulary and knowledge of basic grammatical structures while emphasizing conversation. The culture of Italy will be presented through newspaper and magazine articles and audiovisual materials. Credit/ No Credit option.

ITAL 051A Intermediate Italian Conversation and Culture

3 units. Prerequisite: ITAL 050B.

Acceptable for credit: California State University.

Review and continuation of basic grammar studied in Italian 50A-B, with increased conversation and discussion of the customs and culture of Italy and Italian Switzerland. Credit/No Credit option.

ITAL 051B Intermediate Italian Conversation and Culture

3 units. Prerequisite: ITAL 051A.

Acceptable for credit: California State University.

Continuation of Italian 51A. Emphasis on conversation, vocabulary acquisition and idiomatic expressions. Review of basic grammar principles and discussion based on topics chosen from current newspaper and magazine articles. Credit/No Credit option.

ITAL 058A Italian Immersion

3 units. Acceptable for credits: California State University.

This course is designed to give students the opportunity to be in an Italian speaking environment for a three day period of time. Prior to the immersion retreat, students will attend a preparatory one-day orientation workshop where contracts will be issued and learning materials will be provided. Students will have special projects to complete prior to the retreat where the students will be on their own level group and will be required to speak only Italian. This course is West Valley College Certificate applicable. This course may be repeated once. Credit/No Credit option.

ITAL 091, 092, 093 Directed Studies

1-3 units.

Laboratory 3, 6, 9 hours per week by arrangement. Prerequisite: Interview with instructor to determine objectives and write a contract.

Acceptable for credit: *University of California, California State University. *UC transfer credit for directed studites courses is granted after a review of the course outline and examples of students work (assignments, tests, papers, etc.) by the enrolling UC campus. Please see a counselor for more information.

Individual work in fundamentals of grammar and pronunciation and further development of language skills. Some exposure to the customs and culture of Italy through discussions and reading selections. Credit/No Credit option.


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JAPANESE

JPNS 001A, B Beginning Japanese

5 units each.Prerequisite: 001A is a prerequisite to 001B. Corequsite: JPNS 011A for JPNS 001A; JPNS 011B for JPNS 001B.

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University.

The student will learn the fundamentals of Japanese grammar and pronunciation and be able to converse on a limited scale about topics of everyday importance. He/she will be able to record this same information in writing and will be able to understand written and spoken Japanese within the limits of the grammatical structires and vocabulary introducced in the course. Emphasis will be placed on communication and relevancy. The student will be personally involved in a variety of activities which encourage him/her to use the language creatively in meaningful situations. In addition, the student will be exposed to various aspects of the culture of the Japanese speaking world. Credit/No Credit option.

JPNS 002A Intermediate Japanese

5 units. Prerequsite: JPNS 001B.

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University.

The student will review basic grammar and learn new structures and vocabulary while increasing his/her knowledge of the customs and culture of Japan. Conversation and written drills will be emphasized as well as practiced as well as written composition. Credit/No Credit option.

JPNS 002B Intermediate Japanese

5 units. Prerequisite: JPNS 002A.

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University.

This course will contdinue the grammar and vocabulary of Japanese 002A, and it will introduce new manterial about the culture of Japan. Conversation and written drills will be emphasized as well as practice in written composition. Credit/No Credit option.

JPNS 011A Japanese Laboratory

.5 unit. Recommended preparation: JPNS 001A concurrently.

Acceptable for credit: California State University.

Japanese 011A is a separate couse offered by arrangement for the student's convenience. It aims to present the culture of the Japanese through slides, filmstrips, film, cassettes and current publications. The course provides an excellent supplement to Japanese language classes and is usually taken in conjunction with JPNS 001A. This course is West Valley College AA/AS degree and certificate applicable. Credit/No Credit option.

JPNS 011B Japanese Laboratory

.5 unit. Recommended preparation: JPNS 001B concurrently.

Accaptable for credit: California State University.

Japanese 011B is a continuation of JPNS 011A, although 011A is not a prerequisite. The student will expand his/her knowledge of the Japanese speaking people and their culture thorugh further use of tapes, slides, filmstrips, and current publications. The course provides an excellent supplement to Japanese language classes and is usually taken in conjunction with JPNS 001B. This course may be repeated once. This course is West Valley College AA/AS degree and certificate applicable.

JPNS 050A, B Basic Japanese Conversation and Culture

3 units each. Prerequisite: 050A is prerequisite to 050B.

Acceptable for credit: California State University.

Designed for those desiring a basic, practical conversational approach to learning a language, this course emphasizes conversation and vocabulary-building with a minumum of grammar. A variety of classroom activities will permit the student to use the language while studying it. Cultural topics will center on everyday life in Japan today (food, customs and traditions, the family, etc.). A variety of audiovisual aids will be used in the presentation of this course. This course may also appeal to the growing number of people conducting business with foreign countries, and it will enhance the employment skils of students. Credit/No Credit option.

JPNS 051A Intermediate Japanese Conversation and Culture

3 units. Prerequisite: JPNS 050B or 001A.

Acceptable for credit: California State University.

Designed for those desiring an intermediate, practical conversational approach to learning a language, this course emphasizes conversation and vocabulary-building with a minimum of grammar. A variety of classroom activities will permit active use of the language. Cultural topics will center on everyday life in Japan today (food, customs, traditions, government, etc.). A variety of audiovisual aids will be used in the presentation of this course. Successful completion could enhance the employment possibilities for students. Credit/No Credit option.

JPNS 051B Intermediate Japanese Conversation and Culture

3 units. Prerequisite: JPNS 051A.

Acceptable for credit: California State University.

Designed for those desiring an intermediate, practical conversational approach to learning a language. This course emphasizes conversation and vocabulary-building with a minumum of grammar. A variety of classroom activities will permit the student to use the language while studying it. Cultural topics will center on everyday life in Japan today. A variety of audiovisual aids will be sued in the presentation of this course Successful completion could enhance the employment possibilities for students. Credit/No Credit option.

JPNS 058A Japanese Immersion

3 units. Acceptable for credit: California State University.

Prior to the three-day immersion Weekend retreat, students will attend a preparatory one-day orientation workshop where contracts will be issued and learning materials will be provided. Students will have special projects to complete prior to the retreat where the students will be required to speak only Japanese. This course is West Valley College AA/AS degree certificate applicable. It may be repeated once. Credit/No Credit option.

JPNS 091, 092, and 093 Japanese Directed Studies

1, 2, or 3 units. Prerequisite: Interview with instructor to determine objectives and write a contract.

Acceptable for credit: University of California*, California State University.

*UC transfer credit for directed studies courses is granted after a review of the course outline and examples of the student's work (assignments, tests, papers, etc.) by the enrolling UC campus. Please see a counselor for more information.

Students are given individual work of special interest in Japanese, reading, writing, lab work, research, etc. Related to the regular Japanese course offered but not included in them. Credit./No Credit option.


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Latin

LATIN 050A Grammar, Structure and Roman Culture

3 units. Acceptable for credit: California State University.

This course is designed for students who wish to improve their understanding of foreign language, English, and the literature of ancient writers of Latin. The classroom activities consist of learning grammar, vocabulary, reading, and translating original passages in Latin classical literature. This course is West Valley College certificate applicable and AA/AS Degree applicable and is transferable to CSU. It is also approved for West Valley College General Education under C Humanities. This course may be repeated once. Credit/No Credit option.


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PORTUGUESE

PORTUGUESE

3 units.

 


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RUSSIAN

RUSS 001A Beginning Russian

5 units. Recommended preparation: Russian 011A (may be taken concurrently).

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University.

Oral and written practice in the essential of pronunciation, grammar and syntax. Readings from prose will be required. Credit/No Credit option.

RUSS 001A Beginning Russian

5 units. Prerequisite: RUSS 001A

Recommended preparation: RUSS 011B (may be taken concurrently)

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University.

Continued oral and written practives in the essentials of pronunciation, grammar and syntax as presented in RUSS 001A. Readings from prose will be required. Credit/No Credit option.

RUSS 011A Russian Laboratory

.5 unit. Acceptable for credit: California State University.

RUSS 011A is a separate course offered by arrangement for the student's convenience. It aims to present the culture of the Russian speaking people through a variety of media. The student will review the Russian culture through slides, filmstrips, film, cassettes, and current publications. The course provides an excellent supplement to Russian langage classes and is usually taken in conjunction with RUSS 001A. This course may be repeated once. It will be AA/As degree and certificate applicable. Credit/No Credit option.

RUSS 011B Russian Laboratory

.5 unit. Acceptable for credit: California State University.

RUSS 011B is a continuation of RUSS 011A, although 011A is not a prerequisite. The student will expand his/her knowledge of the Russian speaking people and their culture through further use of tapes, slides, filmstrips, and current publications. The course provides an excellent supplement to Russian language classes and is usually taken in conjunction with RUSS 001B. This course may be repeated once. It will be AA/AS degree and certificate applicable. Credit/No Credit option.

RUSS 050A Basic Russian Conversation and Culture

3 units. Acceptable for credit: California State University.

Oral and written practice in the minumum essential of pronunciation, grammar and syntax. Readings from simple prose will be required. Credit/No Credit option.

RUSS 050B Basic Russian Conversation and Culture

3 units. Prerequisite: RUSS 050A.

Acceptable for credit: California State University

A continuation of the oral and written practice in the minumum essentials of pronunciation, grammar and syntax presented in Russian 050A. Readings from simple prose will be required. Credit/No Credit option.

RUSS 051A Intermediate Russian Conversation and Culture

3 units. Prerequisite: RUSS 050B

Acceptable for credit: California State University

Review and continuation of basic grammar studied in Russian 050AB, with increased conversation and discussion of the customs and culture of Russian and the implications for business and travel in Russia. Credit/No Credit option.

RUSS 051B Russian Conversation and Culture

3 units. Prerequisite: RUSS 051A.

Acceptable for credit: California State University.

This course is a continuation of RUSS 051A. Conversation will be emphasized, along with vocabulary acquisition and idimatic expression. This course will include cultural topics and a review of basic grammar pronciples, as well as the finer points of Russian grammar. This course if West Valley College degree applicable, West Valley College GE applicable under Area C Humanities; and can be repeated twice. Credit/No Credit option.

RUSS 058A Russian Immersion

3 units.

This course is designed to give students the opportunity to be in a Russian speaking environment for a three day period of time. Prior to the immersion retreat, students will attend a preparatory one-day orientation workshop where contracts will be issued and learning materials will be provided. Students will have special projects to complete prior to to the retreat where the students will be required to speak only Russian. This course is West Valley College Certificate applicable and is transferable to CSU. The course may be repeated once. Credit/No Credit option.

RUSS 091, 092, 093 Russian Directed Studies

1, 2 or 3 units. Prerequisite: Interview with instructor to determine onjectives and write a contract.

Acceptable for credit: *University of California, California State University. *UC transfer credit for directed studies courses is granted after a review of the course outline and examples of the student's work (assignments, tests, papers, etc.) by the enrolling UC campus. Please see a counselor for more information.

Students are given individual work of special interest in Russian reading, wrtiting, lab work, research, etc. Related to the regular Russian courses offered but not included in them. Credit/No Credit option.


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SIGN LANGUAGE

SL 060A, B American Sign Language (AMESLAN)

3 units each. Prerequisite: SL 060A with a grade of C or better is prerequisite to SL 060B.

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University.

A course in manual communication emphasizing the vocabulary and syntax, finger spelling and introduction to American Sign Language (AMESLAN) to equip the student to communicate with the deaf on a conversational level. Some stress placed on the educational, social, psychological, and economic problems of deafness. Credit/No Credit option.

SL 100 Special Topics

3 units.

This course will explore topics related to this discipline and will be offered as needed. See the class schedule for current offerings. Credit/No Credit option.


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SPANISH

SPAN 001A Beginning Spanish

5 units. Corequisite: SPAN 011A.

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University.

The student will learn the fundamentals fo grammar and pronuncation and be expected to converse on a limited scale about the tipics of everyday importance. He/she will be able to record this same information in writing and will be able to understand written and spoken Spanish within the limits of the grammatical structures and vocabulary introduced in the course. Emphasis will be placed on communication and relevancy. The student will be personally invlved in a variety of activities which encourage him/her to use the language creatively in menaingful situations. In addition, the student will be exposed to various aspects of the Spanish-speaking world. Credit/No Credit option.

SPAN 001B Beginning Spanish

5 units. Prerequisite: SPAN 001A or two years of high school Spanish. Corequisite: SPAN 011B.

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University.

In this course, the student will continue his/her development of speaking, reading and writing skills, and increase his/her vocabulary and knowledge of basic Spanish grammar. More emphasis will be placed on self-expression and readings from topics of general interest. Cultural topics will include further exploration of the geography of the Spanish-speaking world. Credit/No Credit option.

SPAN 002A Intermediate Spanish

5 units. Prerequisite: SPAN 001B or three years of high school Spanish.

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University.

An intermediate course. Review of grammar, emphasizing structural analysis and practice in writing. Intensive oral and written drills. Selected readings from representative works of Spanish and Latin American writers. Credit/ No Credit option.

SPAN 002B Intermediate Spanish

5 units. Prerequisite: SPAN 002A or four years of high school Spanish.

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University.

Continuation of SPAN 002A, grammar and idiom review. Stress on composition and oral participation. Conversation through discussion of reading assignments. Credit/No Credit option.

SPAN 003A, B Advanced Spanish Oral and Written Composition

5 units each. Prerequisite: SPAN 002B; SPAN 003A is a prerequsite to SPAN 003B.

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University.

Review of grammar, discussion of grammatical features beyond the intermediate level. Intensive oral and written drills in idiomatic constructions. Composition, conversation and readings from prose and poetry. Credit/No Credit option.

SPAN 011A Spanish Laboratory

.5 unit. Recommended preparation: SPAN 001A concurrently.

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This is a separate laboratory course, offered by arrangement and at the student's convenience, which aims to present the culture of the Spanish-speaking world through a variety of media. The student will review the customs and cultures of Spanish-speaking countries through slides, filmstrips, tapes, films, and current publications. Tapes and programs providing Spanish language and pronunciation drill are also available. The course provides an excellent supplement to Spanish 1A. Credit/No Credit option.

SPAN 011B Spanish Laboratory

.5 unit. Recommended preparation: SPAN 001B concurrently.

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course is a continuation of Spanish 011A, although Span 011A is not a prerequisite. The student will expand his/her knowledge of the cultures of Spanish-speaking people through further use of slides, tapes, filmstrips, films and current publications. Tapes and programs providing Spanish language and pronunciation are also available. The course provides and excellent supplement to Spanish language classes and is usually taken in conjunction with Spanish 1B. Credit/No Credit option.

SPAN 040A Spanish for Public Safety and Emergency Personnel

3 units.

This course is designed for pre-service students and in-service public personnel who wish to be culturally and orally more effective in serving their law enforcement agency and the Hispanic community. The class emphasis will be on basic communicative Spanish specifically designed for environmental immediate-safety needs. The student will be epected to successfully apply the language acqusition and culturally leaned inferences to safety personnel needs. This course is West Valley College certificate and AA/AS degree applicable, and may be repeated once. Credit/No Credit option. (Dual listed with AJ 038).

SPAN 049 Spanish for the Spanish-Speaking

3 units. Recommended preparation: Fluent in speaking and understanding Spanish.

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University.

Span 049 is taught in Spanish and is intended for those Spanish-speakers who wish to become more skilled in Spanish in the specific areas of grammar, reading, and writing, as well as for those who wish to learn more about the Spanish and Hispanic culture. Credit/No Credit option.

SPAN 050A Basic Spanish Conversation and Culture

3 units. (Also offered as a television course).

Acceptable for credit: California State University.

Designed for those desiring a basic, practical conversational approach to learning a language, this course emphasizes conversation and vocabulary-building with a minumum of grammar. A variety of classroom activities will permit the student to use the language while studying it. Cultural topics will center on everyday life in Spanish-speaking countries today (food, customs and traditions, the family, etc.). A variety of audiovisual aids will be used in the presentation of this course. Credit/No Credit option.

SPAN 050B Basic Spanish Conversation and Culture

3 units. (Also offered as a television course).

Prerequisite: Span 050A. Acceptable for credit: California State University.

This course is a continuation of Spanish 50A. Students will increase their vocabulary and knowledge of basic grammatical structures while emphasizing conversation. The cultures of Spanish-speaking countries will be presented through newspaper and magazine articles as well as a variety of audiovisual materials. Credit/No Credit option.

SPAN 051A Intermediate Spanish Conversation and Culture

3 units. (Also offered as a television course). Prerequisite: Span 050B.

Acceptable for credit: California State University.

Students will enhance their ability to express themselves orally in Spanish. They will review basic grammar, learn new vocabulary, and participate in a variety of activities which will allow them to use their Spanish while furthering their knowledge of the customs and culture of Spanish-speaking countries. Credit/No Credit option.

SPAN 051B Intermediate Spanish Conversation and Culture

3 units. (Also offered as a television course). Prerequisite: Span 051A

Accaptable for credit: California State University.

This course is a continuation of Span 051A. Conversation will be emphasized, along with vocabulary acqusition and idiomatic expression. The course will include cultural topics and a review of basic grammar principles, as well as the finer points of Spanish grammar. Discussion topics will be chosen from current newspaper and magazine articles. Credit/No Credit option.

 

SPAN 052A, B Basic Medical Spanish

3 units. Prerequsite for Span 052A: None. Prerequisite for Span 052B: Span 052A.

Acceptable for credit: California State University.

This course is directed to the needs of medical and hospital personnel. Emphasis will be placed on acquiring basic Spanish communication skills and a specialized vocabulary through intensive oral use and drilling exercises. Upon completion, students should be capable of communicating effectively in her/his specific area with Spanish speakers 052B is a continuation of 052A. Credit/No Credit option.

SPAN 052A1 Special Studies in Medical Spanish, Module I

1 unit. Acceptable for credit: California State University.

This course is directed to the needs of medical and hospital personnel. Emphasis will be placed on acquiring basic communication skills and a specialized vocabulary through intensive oral use and drilling exercises. Upon completion, students will be able to communicate with Spanish-speakers on a basic level in her/his specific area of medical service. Credit/No Credit option.

SPAN 052A2 Special Studies in Medical Spanish, Module 2

1 unit. Acceptable for credit: California State University.

This course is directed to the needs of medical and hospital personnel. Emphasis will be placed on acquring basic communication skills and a specialized vocabulary through intensive oral use and drilling exercises. Upon completion, students will be able to communicate with Spanish-speakers on a basic level in her/his specific area of medical service. Credit/no Credit option.

SPAN 052A3 Special Studies in Medical Spanish, Module 3

1 unit. Acceptable for credit: California State University.

This course is directed to the needs of medical and hospital personnel. Emphasis will be placed on acquiring basic communication skills and a specialized vocabulary thorugh intensive oral use and drilling exercises. Upon completion, students will be able to communicate with Spanish-speakers on a basic level in her/his specific area of medical service. Credit/No Credit option.

SPAN 055A, B, C, D Advanced Oral Practice in Spanish

I unit each. Prerequisite: Span 002A or Span 002B or Span 003A, or Span 003B.

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

Students meet in small groups (2-6) with native speakers for intensive oral practice. Class sessions will include (1) directed discussion using prepared topics and selected vocabulary lists; (2). Free, undirected conversations; (3) role-playing for specific activities such as , interviewing, making a banking transaction, or going to a restaurant. Credit/No Credit option.

SPAN 057A Spanish for International Business

3 units. Prerequisite: Span 001B

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course is suitable for students in the following areas: business majors planning to deal with a rapidly growing number of Hispanic clients in the United States, international business or government majors, undergraduate liberal arts majors wishing to expand their awareness of the Spanish language or seeking positions with companies doing international business, and majors in science and technology fields planning to enter the expanding international business world opening up to American-based firms. This course is the first of a two-semester sequence at the second year level. Ideally these courses will interface with the International Business Department and be followed by an optional internship in Spain or Latin America or in a Silicon Valley plant with an international department which deals with Spain, Mexico or Latin America. This course is conducted exclusively in Spanish. Credit/No Credit option.

SPAN 057B Spanish for International Business

3 units. Prerequisite: Span 001B or Span 057A

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course is uitable for students in the following areas: Business majors planning to deal with a rapidly growing number of Hispanic clients with the US; International Business or Government majors; undergraduate Liberal Arts majors wishing to expand their awareness of the Spanish language or seeking positions with companies doing international business; and majors in science and technology fields planning to enter the expanding international business world opening up to American-based firms. This course is the second of a two-semester sequence at tht second year level. These courses will be valuable for students in the International Business Department. This course is conducted exclusively in Spanish. Credit/No Credit option.

SPAN 058A Spanish Immersion

3 units. Recommended preparation: Span 001A. Each student must complete an independent study prograpm appropriate to his/ her level of knowledge prior to the Immersion Weekend and a post Weekend assignment as part of the hours by arrangement.

Acceptable for credit: California State University.

Span 058A is designed to vive students the opportunity to be in a Spanish speaking environment for a prolonged period of time (i.e. Friday afternoon through Sunday afternoon) at an off-campus site that has appropriate facilities. Students pay West Valley College tuition and fees as well as an additional fee ($140-$160) to cover food, lodging, and other extraordinary expenses. Each student must complete an independent study program appropriate to his/her level of knowledge prior to the Immersion Weekend and a post Weekend assignment as part of the hours by arrangement. There will be a mandatory Saturday or evening meeting early in the semester. Credit/No Credit option.

SPAN 091, 092, 093 Directed Studies

1-3 units. Prerequisite: Interview with instructor to determine objectives and write a contract.

Acceptable for credit: *University of California, California State University *UC transfer credit for directed studies courses is granted after a review of the course outline and examples of students' work (assignments, tests, papers, etc.) by the enrolling UC campus. Please see a counselor for more information.

Students are given individual work of special interest in Spanish reading, writing, lab work, research, etc. Related to the regular Spanish courses offered by not included in them. Credit/ No Credit option.

 


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