Department of Foreign Language

Melvyn Sanford, Department Chair
Faculty: Bradley D. Clark, B. John Galbraith, Scott Galer Christine Geddes, John J. Ivers, Edwin C. Kumferman, Garth S. Olsen, Robert B. Schwartz
Staff Departmental Office, Smith 450 (208) 356-1583

The Department of Foreign Languages develops language skills in Chinese, French, German, Russian, Spanish, and Portuguese.

BENEFITS OF LEARNING A FOREIGN LANGUAGE:

Students with foreign language skills enhance their career opportunities and broaden their cultural horizons. More, they prepare for higher studies.

BYU-Provo graduation requirement includes a math or foreign language course above the 201 level. Many universities require skill in a foreign language for those seeking advanced degrees. Students planning to transfer to BYU-Provo can complete their requirement at BYU-Idaho in all six languages.

CREDIT BY SPECIAL EXAM in many languages is available for returned missionaries and advanced students but not for native speakers of those languages.

Exams in the six languages offered at BYU-Idaho are given during fall and winter semesters. Non-native speakers or students with foreign residence may challenge all classes except 202 and above. Exams are available after the first week of each semester. Exams for languages not taught at BYU-Idaho take place in November and March.

Portuguese-speaking returned missionaries and other qualified students may test for 211 at BYU-Idaho and may take a written exam for 101, 102, 201 (12 credits).

For information, about all language exams contact the Foreign Language Department: Smith 450, phone (208) 356-1501.

BA Language Requirement Students filling the BA language requirement must take 101, 102, 201, 202. This series should begin the first semester. With prior language experience, however, lower classes may be waived.

All students with prior language study should contact a language teacher for help in determining the best entry-level class for them.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS

Associate in Arts and Sciences with a major in Chinese (324), French (067) German (068), Russian (288) Spanish (069)

Recommended sequence of courses For those with little or no language experience

First Semester
Religion                   2
General Education*         9-10
Language 101               4
Electives                  0-1
Total Credit              15-17

Second Semester
Religion                   2
General Education          9-10
Language 102               4
Electives                  0-1
Total Credit              15-17

Third Semester
Religion                   2
General Education          6-7
Fine Arts 100              0
Language 201               4
Hist 110 or Hum 201        3
Total Credits             15-16

Fourth Semester
Religion                   2
General Education          6
Language 202               5
Hist 111 or Hum 202        3
Electives                  0-2
Total Credit              16-18

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Chinese (Mandarin)

CHIN 101*Beginning Mandarin I (4:5:0)
Prerequisite: None
Beginners and students with less than two years of high school Chinese should register for this class. Basic language skills: Listening, speaking, reading, writing.

CHIN 102* Second Semester Mandarin II (4:5:0)
Prerequisite: Chinese 101 with a grade of C or better or two years of high school Chinese or consent of instructor.
Continuation of Chinese 101.

CHIN 201 Intermediate Mandarin I (4:5:0)
Prerequisite: 102 with a grade of "C" or better or consent of instructor.
Review and continuation of first-year grammar, conversation, reading and writing.

CHIN 202 Intermediate Mandarin II (4:5:0)
Prerequisite: Chin 201 with grade of "C" or better or consent of instructor. Returned missionaries should take this class. Meets daily. Taught in Chinese. Fills BYU-Provo language graduation requirement.
Grammar, conversation, reading and writing at the intermediate level.

CHIN 245 Chinese Culture (3:3:0)
[Cross listed as Anthropology 345] Prerequisite: Chinese 201 or consent of Instructor
An introduction to Chinese culture, including literature, art, music history. Taught in English.

CHIN 290 Independent Study 1-4
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor and department chair
Periodic conferences with and assessments by instructor.

French

Students with two or more years of high school French will be tested for proper placement.

FR 101*Beginning Semester French (4:5:0)
Prerequisite: None
Beginners should register for this class. Basic language skills: Listening, speaking, reading, writing.

FR 102* Second Semester French (4:5:0)
Prerequisite: French 101 with grade of "C" or better, or two years of high school French, or consent of instructor.
Continuation of 101.

FR 201 Second Year French (4:5:0)
Prerequisite: French 102 with grade of "C" or better or three years of high school French or consent of instructor.
Review and continuation of first year grammar, conversation, reading and writing.

FR 202 Introduction to French Literature (3:5:0)
Prerequisite: French 201 with grade of "C" or better or consent of instructor.
Returned missionaries or students with four years of high school French should register for this class. Taught in French. Fills BYU-Provo language graduation requirement.

FR 290 Independent Study (1-4)
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor and department chair
Periodic conferences with and assessments by instructor.

German

GER 101*Beginning Semester German (4:5:0)
Prerequisite: None
Beginners and students with less than two years high school German should register for this class. Basic language skills: Listening, speaking, reading, writing.

GER 102* Second Semester German (4:5:0)
Prerequisite: German 101 with a grade of "C" or better or two years of high school German, or consent of instructor
Continuation of 101.

GER 201 Second Year German (4:5:0)
Prerequisite: German 102 with grade of "C" or better or three years of high school German or consent of instructor.
Review and continuation of first year grammar, conversation, reading and writing.

GER 202 Introduction to German Literature (4:5:0)
Prerequisite: German 201 with grade of "C" or better or four years of high school German or consent of instructor.
Taught in German. Fills BYU-Provo language graduation requirement.

GER 290 Independent Study (1-4)
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor and department chair
Periodic conferences with and assessments by instructor .

Portuguese

Port 202 Introduction to Portuguese Literature (3:3:0)
For Portuguese-speaking returned missionaries or non-natives with extensive experience in the language. Overview of Portuguese literature.

Russian

RUSS 101 * Beginning Semester Russian (4:5:0)
Prerequisite: None
Beginners and students with less than two years of high school Russian should register for this class. Basic language skills: Listening, speaking, reading, writing.

RUSS 102* Second Semester Russian (4:5:0)
Prerequisite: Russian 101 with a grade of "C" or better or two years of high school Russian, or consent of instructor.
Continuation of 101.

RUSS 201 Second Year Russian (4:5:0)
Prerequisite: Russian 102 with grade of "C" or better or three years of high school Russian or consent of instructor
Review and continuation of first year grammar, conversation, reading and writing.

RUSS 202 Russian Reading and Comprehension (3:3:0)
Prerequisite: Russian 201 with grade of "C" or better or four years of high school Russian or consent of instructor
Taught in Russian. Fill BYU-Provo language graduation requirement.

RUSS 290 Independent Study 1-4
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor and department chair
Periodic conferences with and assessments by instructor.

RUSS 342 (3:3:0)
[Cross listed as Anthropology 342] Prerequisite: Russian 201 or consent of Instructor
An introduction to Russian culture, literature, art, music and history. Taught in English.

Spanish

Placement testing: Students with two or more years of high school Spanish and non-native Spanish-speaking returned missionaries must be tested for proper placement before enrolling in the following classes:

SPAN 101* First Year Spanish Part I (3:4:0)
Prerequisite: None
Beginners and students with less than two and a half years high school Spanish should register for this class. Not for Spanish-speaking returned missionaries or native speakers. Basic language skills: Listening, speaking, reading, writing.

SPAN 102*First Year Spanish Part II (4:5:0)
Prerequisite: Spanish 101 with a grade of "C" or better or 2 1/2 to 3 years of high school Spanish, or consent of instructor. Not for Spanish-speaking returned missionaries or native speakers.
Continuation of 101.

SPAN 201 Second Year Spanish (4:5:0)
Prerequisite: Spanish 102 with grade of "C" or better or 3 to 4 years of high school Spanish or consent of instructor.
Review and continuation of first year grammar, conversation, reading, and writing. Not for Spanish-speaking returned missionaries or native speakers.

SPAN 201M (4:5:0)
A thorough grammar review for fluent, non-native speakers. Entry level for most Spanish-speaking returned missionaries.

SPAN 202 Readings in Hispanic Literature (3:3:0)
Prerequisite: Spanish 201 with grade of "C" or better or more than four years of high school Spanish or high score on Spanish placement exam
Not for Spanish-speaking returned missionaries or native speakers. Taught in Spanish. Fills BYU-Provo language graduation requirement.

SPAN 302 Readings in Hispanic Literature for Advanced Speakers (3:3:0)
Prerequisite: 201M
Introduction to the study of Spanish language poems, essays, short stories, plays & novels. Returned missionaries & other advanced non-native speakers of Spanish should take this class instead of 202. Not for native speakers.

SPAN 321 Advanced Grammar and Composition (3:3:0)
Intensive study and practice with grammar, vocabulary, and writing.

*GE Credit in the Basic Skills option


Complete General Education listing

Credit Hour Designations/Abbreviations (e.g., 3:3:3)


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