World Languages Program*

Department of Linguistics

College of Arts and Sciences
609 Baldy Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-1030

Phone: 716.645.2177
Fax: 716.645.3825
Web: wings.buffalo.edu/world-languages

Karin Michelson
Chair

David Fertig
Director of Language Programs

About the Program

*Not a baccalaureate degree program

Foreign language proficiency and familiarity with other cultures are practical and often vital skills in today�s global economy. Those whose linguistic repertoire is limited to one language are at a distinct disadvantage, whether the task at hand involves conducting research using original source materials, negotiating a business deal, or forging a friendship.

In addition to being practical, knowledge of a foreign language is personally rewarding. It enables students to discover other ways of thinking and viewing the world, and to better understand their own culture. For many, it is also a means of strengthening ethnic and cultural identity.

More and more businesses work closely with companies in other countries. They may need many different kinds of workers who can communicate in different languages and understand other cultures. No matter what career a student chooses, if he or she has learned a second language, a real advantage may be acquired. A technician who knows Russian or German, the head of a company who knows Japanese or Spanish, or a salesperson who knows French or Chinese can work successfully with many more people and in many more places than someone who knows only one language. (Refer to �Knowing Other Languages Brings Opportunities,� MLA: www.adfl.org/resources/pdf_help2.htm.)

The World Languages Program (WLP) is a unique section of the Department of Linguistics that:
� Offers language and culture instruction in the following less commonly taught languages: American Sign Language (ASL), Arabic, Danish, Modern Greek, Hindi, Irish Gaelic, and Ukranian
� Promotes global awareness and intercultural sensitivity on campus and in the community
� Cooperates with local schools in the area of language and culture training
� Serves the Western New York private sector through translation and interpreting services, non-credit language/culture programs, and private tutorials

All first- and second-year language courses can be taken to meet the second language requirement.

Degree Options

In addition to courses offered by WLP, the Department of Linguistics offers programs in Chinese, German, Japanese, Korean, Polish, and Russian, and the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures (910 Clemens Hall, North Campus, [716] 645-2191) offers programs in French, Humanities, Italian, Latino/Latina Studies, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Opportunities for Undergraduate Research and Practical Experience

Global Ambassadors Program. K�12 outreach involving international students; co-sponsored by International Student and Scholar Services, Office of International Education. (http://wings.buffalo.edu/globalambassadors)

E-Business Japanese. A hybrid cross-cultural and language training program that combines online (http://wings.buffalo.edu/world-languages/E-JPN) with offline instruction. Participants acquire basic conversational skills and develop the intercultural competence necessary to interact confidently and successfully with Japanese colleagues.

Languages Across the Curriculum. Enables students to use their foreign language skills in non-language courses. Affiliated with the World Civilizations Program. (http://wings.buffalo.edu/lxc)

Exploratory Language Programs. Introduces K�5 students to other languages and cultures.

Notable Program Features

Small-group instruction develops practical skills through intensive practice with audiotapes and/or computer-assisted instruction reinforced by small-group sessions with native-speaking instructors. These 3-credit courses meet for three hours a week. In addition to regular attendance at the tutorials, students are expected to spend at least six to eight hours outside of class on tape-recorded drill materials correlated with the text. Although we emphasize the spoken language, students also develop reading and writing skills as work progresses.

Course Descriptions

ARI 101 Arabic First Year�First Semester

Credits:  5
Semester:
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Teaches basic speaking, listening comprehension, reading and writing skills in Modern Standard Arabic. Gives students a good command of basic grammatical constructions and common expressions used in daily life, along with introductory knowledge about the Arab world's cultural diversity. ARI 101 is for true beginners, or students whose exposure to Arabic is limited.

ARI 102 Arabic First Year�Second Semester

Credits:  5
Semester:
Prerequisites:  ARI 101 or equivalent
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Same as ARI 101.

ARI 201 Arabic Second Year-First Semester

Credits:  4
Semester:
Prerequisites:  ARI 102 or equivalent
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Expands on language skills mastered in ARI 101 and ARI 102. Reviews both basic and complex grammatical and pronunciation patterns, and provides intensive vocabulary expansion through a variety of readings, as well as conversation and writing practice.

ARI 202 Arabic Second Year�Second Semester

Credits:  4
Semester:
Prerequisites:  ARI 201 or equivalent
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Same as ARI 201.

ARI 499 Independent Study

Credits:  2 - 4
Semester:
Prerequisites:  Permission of Instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Supplements regular offerings of the department.

ASL 191 American Sign Language First Year�First Semester

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Introductory course that develops functional fluency in American Sign Language using everyday situations as contexts for communication. Also addresses cultural and communication issues within the Deaf community.

ASL 192 American Sign Language First Year�Second Semester

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  ASL 191 or equivalent
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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For students who have a basic knowledge of sign language; develops further communicative competence in the language beyond the basic level. LEC

ASL 193 American Sign Language Second Year�First Semester

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  ASL 192 or equivalent
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Expands the focus on ASL grammar and sentence structure, and emphasizes receptive and expressive vocabulary development. Introduces dialogues, short to medium-length stories, narratives and conversational practice, and elementary ASL literature.

ASL 194 American Sign Language Second Year-Second Semester

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  ASL 193 or equivalent
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Includes culturally significant topics related to the Deaf community, more complex ASL grammatical features; vocabulary-building; and comprehension and development of medium-length stories, narratives and dialogues.

ASL 211 American Sign Language Deaf Culture in America

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Introduces Deaf culture in the U.S. Explores the social characteristics of Deaf culture, identity structures, behavior and norms, values, traditions, and the use of American Sign Language and/or other sign systems. Taught in ASL and spoken English.

DAN 191 Danish First Year�First Semester

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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Teaches basic speaking, listening comprehension, reading, and writing skills in Danish. Gives students a good command of basic grammatical constructions and common expressions used in daily life, along with introductory knowledge of Danish culture. DAN 191 is for true beginners, or students whose exposure to Danish is limited. Course can be modified to meet unique student needs.

DAN 192 Danish First Year�Second Semester

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  DAN 191 or equivalent
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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Same as DAN 191.

DAN 193 Danish Second Year�First Semester

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  DAN 192 or equivalent
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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Expands on language skills mastered in DAN 191 and DAN 192. Reviews both basic and complex grammatical and pronunciation patterns, and provides intensive vocabulary expansion through a variety of readings as well as conversation and writing practice. Course can be modified to meet unique student needs.

DAN 194 Danish Second Year�Second Semester

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  DAN 193 or equivalent
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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Same as DAN 193.

DAN 499 Independent Study

Credits:  2
Semester:
Prerequisites:  Permission of Instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Supplements regular offerings of the department.

GRE 191 Greek (Modern) First Year�First Semester

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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Teaches basic speaking, listening comprehension, reading and writing skills in Modern Greek. Gives students a good command of basic grammatical constructions and common expressions used in daily life, along with introductory knowledge of modern Greek culture. GRE 191 is for true beginners, or students whose exposure to modern Greek is limited. Course can be modified to meet unique student needs.

GRE 192 Greek (Modern) First Year�Second Semester

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  GRE 191 or equivalent
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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Same as GRE 191.

GRE 193 Greek (Modern) Second Year�First Semester

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  GRE 192 or equivalent
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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Expands on language skills mastered in GRE 191 and GRE 192. Reviews both basic and complex grammatical and pronunciation patterns, and provides intensive vocabulary expansion through a variety of readings as well as conversation and writing practice. Course can be modified to meet unique student needs.

GRE 194 Greek (Modern) Second Year�Second Semester

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  GRE 193 or equivalent
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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Same as GRE 193.

GRE 211 Introduction to Modern Greece

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Introduces contemporary Greek culture and society. Taught in English.

GRE 499 Independent Study

Credits:  1
Semester:
Prerequisites:  Permission of Instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Supplements regular offerings of the department.

HIN 191 Hindi First Year�First Semester

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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Teaches basic speaking, listening comprehension, reading, and writing skills in Hindi. Gives students a good command of basic grammatical constructions and common expressions used in daily life, along with introductory knowledge of Indian culture. HIN 191 is for true beginners, or students whose exposure to Hindi is limited. Course can be modified to meet unique student needs.

HIN 192 Hindi First Year�Second Semester

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  HIN 191 or equivalent
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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Same as HIN 191.

HIN 193 Hindi Second Year�First Semester

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  HIN 192 or equivalent
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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Expands on language skills mastered in HIN 101 and HIN 102. Reviews both basic and complex grammatical and pronunciation patterns, and provides intensive vocabulary expansion through a variety of readings as well as conversation and writing practice. Course can be modified to meet unique student needs.

HIN 194 Hindi Second Year�Second Semester

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  HIN 193 or equivalent
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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Same as HIN 193.

HIN 499 Independent Study

Credits:  1
Semester:
Prerequisites:  Permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Supplements regular offerings of the department.

IRI 191 Irish Gaelic First Year�First Semester

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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Teaches basic speaking, listening comprehension, reading, and writing skills in Irish Gaelic. Gives students a good command of basic grammatical constructions and common expressions used in daily life, along with introductory knowledge about Irish culture. IRI 191 is for true beginners, or students whose exposure to Irish is limited.

IRI 192 Irish Gaelic First Year�Second Semester

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  IRI 191 or equivalent
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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Same as IRI 191.

IRI 193 Irish Gaelic Second Year�First Semester

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  IRI 192 or equivalent
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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Expands on the language skills mastered in IRI 191 and IRI 192. Reviews both basic and complex grammatical and pronunciation patterns, and provides intensive vocabulary expansion through a variety of readings as well as conversation and writing practice. Course can be modified to meet unique student needs.

IRI 194 Irish Gaelic Second Year-Second Semester

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  IRI 193 or equivalent
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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Same as IRI 193.

UKR 191 Ukrainian First Year�First Semester

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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Teaches basic speaking, listening comprehension, reading, and writing skills in Ukrainian. Gives students a good command of basic grammatical constructions and common expressions used in daily life, along with introductory knowledge of Ukrainian culture. UKR 191 is for true beginners, or students whose exposure to Ukrainian is limited. Course can be modified to meet unique student needs.

UKR 192 Ukrainian First Year�Second Semester

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  UKR 191 or equivalent
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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Same as UKR 191.

UKR 193 Ukrainian Second Year�First Semester

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  UKR 192 or equivalent
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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Expands on language skills mastered in UKR 191 and UKR 192. Reviews both basic and complex grammatical and pronunciation patterns, and provides intensive vocabulary expansion through a variety of readings as well as conversation and writing practice. Course can be modified to meet unique student needs.

UKR 194 Ukrainian Second Year�Second Semester

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  UKR 193 or equivalent
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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Same as UKR 193.

Updated: Jul 31, 2006 11:45:57 AM