Department of Foreign Language
Department Chair: Brent Strong
Department Secretary: (208) -
Department Faculty: Bradley ClarkRobert ColvinB John GalbraithScott GalerChris GeddesSteve HunsakerJohn IversEd KumfermanGarth OlsenMelvyn SanfordBob SchwartzBrent Strong

 
BENEFITS OF LEARNING A FOREIGN LANGUAGE
Ours is a world where social and business interaction between peoples of varied backgrounds and languages is increasingly possible and important. Ability in a foreign language opens windows to that world. It facilitates enjoyment and learning when traveling, increases awareness of culturally diverse peoples, and affirms the oneness of the human family.

It also enhances career opportunities. Many careers rely heavily on foreign languages, including medical, travel, law enforcement, diplomatic, geography, and education. Employers in these fields expect that foreign language users will speak them with some ease.

In addition, knowledge of a foreign language prepares students for graduate school. Many masters and doctoral programs require knowledge of one and sometimes two foreign languages.

The Department of Foreign Language at BYU-Idaho builds speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills and cultural awareness in five languages: Chinese, French, German, Russian and Spanish. Students will find programs to meet their needs in the following areas:

  • An 11 credit hour Bachelor of Arts Foreign Language and General Education Requirement
  • A Spanish teaching major
  • A French, German, Russian, or Spanish teaching minor
  • A complete language minor in Chinese, French, German, Russian, and Spanish
     
  • Credit By Exam
    Returned missionaries and others with extensive foreign language experience may test out of 101, 102 and 201 and begin their studies at the 202 or 302 level. For information about Foreign Language credit by exam, visit our website at http://www2.byui.edu/languagetests. Native speakers are ineligible for these exams.

    Because credit and time constraints are tight, students with high school language experience should begin their studies at the highest level possible. Available diagnostic tests can determine that level. For more information, visit a teacher in the language you wish to study.
     
    BACHELOR OF ARTS FOREIGN LANGUAGE AND GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENT
    Students earning bachelor of arts degrees take an eleven hour sequence of courses in one of the following languages:

  • Chinese 102, 201, and 347*
  • French 102, 201, and 202*
  • German 102, 201, and 202*
  • Russian 102, 201, and 340*
  • Spanish 102, 201, and 202 or 302*
  • Portuguese 202 [Returned missionaries and non-natives take 102 and 201 by exam.]

    *The following classes fulfill General Education letters requirements: 202, 302, 340, and 347.

     
  • Program Description


     
    B.A.  in Spanish Education (910)   
    SecEd 405 and 492 must be taken while student teaching. All Spanish requirements and all other SecEd classes must be taken prior to student teaching. Candidates must speak at least at an advanced-low level as determined by an ACTFL OPI examiner.

    For a listing of approved Secondary Education majors and minors see the Secondary Education section of this catalog.
     
    Minor Required

    General Education Requirements

    As you fill the General Education and University requirements, take the classes listed below and then go to the General Education section for a complete listing of the requirements.
     
    Requirement 1:

    Take this Course    
    SPAN 102
     
    AND
    Take 1 Course    
    SPAN 201, 201M
     
    AND
    Take 1 Course    
    SPAN 202, 302

     
    AND
    Requirement 2:

    Take this Course    
    ED 270

     
    Major Requirements
       
    Requirement 1:

    Take all of these Courses    
    SPAN 321, 325, 339, 350, 377, 441, 451, 490R, 498

     
    AND
    Requirement 2:

    Take these Courses    
    ED 200
    SECED 205, 252, 322, 370, 410, 492



    Minor in  French (135)   



    Take all of these Courses    
    FR 102, 201, 202, 321, 400, 410



    Minor in  German (136)   

    Take all of these Courses    
    GER 102, 201, 202, 321, 400, 410



    Minor in  Russian (137)   

    Take all of these Courses    
    RUSS 101, 102, 201, 202, 301, 302, 340, 342



    Minor in  Spanish (138)   
    Requirement 1:

    Take all of these Courses    
    SPAN 102, 321, 325, 339, 350

    AND
    Take 1 Course    
    SPAN 201, 201M

    AND
    Take 1 Course    
    SPAN 202, 302

     
    AND
    Requirement 2:

    Take 1 Course    
    SPAN 441, 451



    Minor in  Chinese (139)   

    Take all of these Courses    
    CHIN 101, 102, 201, 202, 301, 302

    AND
    Take 1 Course    
    CHIN 345, 347



    Minor in  French Education (185)   
    For a listing of approved Secondary Education majors and minors see the Secondary Education section of this catalog.


    Take all of these Courses    
    FR 102, 201, 202, 321, 377, 400



    Minor in  German Education (186)   
    For a listing of approved Secondary Education majors and minors see the Secondary Education section of this catalog.


    Take all of these Courses    
    GER 102, 201, 202, 321, 377, 400



    Minor in  Spanish Education (188)   
    For a listing of approved Secondary Education majors and minors see the Secondary Education section of this catalog.


    Take all of these Courses    
    SPAN 102, 321, 350, 377

    AND
    Take 1 Course    
    SPAN 201, 201M

    AND
    Take 1 Course    
    SPAN 202, 302
     
    Course Descriptions

    ARAB 101 Arabic I (4:3:0)
    Beginning Arabic. Introduction to the Arabic alphabet and grammar, plus extensive discussions of the culture.
     
    ARAB 102 Arabic II (4:4:0)
    Prerequisite: Arabic 101/101H or equivalent Intermediate Arabic
    Continued study of the alphabet and grammar. Selected readings and an in depth look at the culture.
     
    CHIN 101 Beginning Mandarin I (4:5:0)
    Fulfills GE Foreign Language requirement.
    Beginners and students with less than two years of high school Chinese should register for this course. Basic language skills: listening, speaking, reading, writing. Offered Fall, Winter, Summer.
     
    CHIN 102 Beginning Mandarin II (4:5:0)
    Fulfills GE Foreign Language requirement.
    Prerequisite: Chinese 101 with a grade of "C" or better, three years high school Chinese, or consent of instructor.
    Continued emphasis on basic language skills. Offered Fall, Winter, Summer.
     
    CHIN 201 Intermediate Mandarin I (4:5:0)
    Fulfills GE Foreign Language requirement.
    Prerequisite: Chinese 102 with a grade of "C" or better or consent of instructor.
    Review and continuation of beginning Mandarin.
     
    CHIN 202 Intermediate Mandarin II (4:5:0)
    Prerequisite: Chinese 201 with a grade of "C" or better or consent of instructor.
    Continuation of Chinese 201. Offered Winter.
     
    CHIN 301 Advanced Mandarin I (3:4:0)
    Prerequisite: Chinese 202 with C or better or consent of instructor.
    This course focuses on the development of oral fluency, discourse grammar and advanced reading skills, through reading and discussion of Chinese newspaper articles.
     
    CHIN 302 Advanced Mandarin II (3:4:0)
    Prerequisite: Chinese 301 with a grade of C or better or consent of Instructor.
    As a continuation of Chinese 301, this course focuses on the development of oral fluency, discourse grammar and advanced reading skills, especially through the study of vernacular Chinese literature.
     
    CHIN 347 Chinese Literature in Translation (3:3:0)
    Prerequisite: English 311 or equivalent.
    A survey course in Chinese Literature, covering various periods and genres. All readings and instruction in English. Topics vary.
     
    CHIN 490 Independent Study in Chinese (1-4:0:0)
    Prerequisite: Consent of instructor and department chair.
    Independent projects monitored through periodic conferences and assessments by instructor.
     
    FR 101 Beginning French I (4:5:0)
    Prerequisite: This course is for beginners, students with less than a year and a half of high school French.
    Acquisition of basic language skills, listening and speaking first, followed by reading and writing.
     
    FR 102 Beginning French II (4:5:0)
    Fulfills GE Foreign Language requirement.
    Prerequisite: French 101 with grade of "C" or better, or two years of high school French, or consent of instructor.
    A continuation of French 101.
     
    FR 201 Intermediate French I (4:5:0)
    Fulfills GE Foreign Language requirement.
    Prerequisite: French 102 with grade of "C" or better or three or more years of high school French or consent of instructor.
    Emphasizes speaking and mastery of intermediate grammar concepts through the study of stories, essays, poems, videos, and a grammar text.
     
    FR 202 Intermediate French II (3:3:0)
    Fulfills GE Foreign Language requirement.
    Prerequisite: French 201 with grade of C or higher or consent of instructor.
    An introduction to French literature and literary analysis.
     
    FR 321 Advanced Grammar and Composition (3:3:0)
    Prerequisite: French 201 with a grade of C or higher or consent of instructor
    A course leading to greater mastery of French Grammar.
     
    FR 377 French Teaching Methods (3:3:0)
    Prerequisite: French 321 with a grade of C or better. French Teaching minors must have completed or be near completing 20 credit hours in a foreign language.
    French teaching skills and theories of foreign language acquisition.
     
    FR 400 French Civilization and Culture (3:3:0)
    Prerequisite: French 321
    A study of French history, geography, educational system, cultural achievements and government.
     
    FR 410 Masterpieces of Francophone Literature (3:3:0)
    Prerequisite: French 202, French 321
    A survey of Francophone literature.
     
    FR 490 Independent Study in French (1-4:0:0)
    Prerequisite: Consent of instructor and department chair.
    Independent projects monitored through periodic conferences and assessments by instructor.
     
    GER 101 Beginning German I (4:5:0)
    Prerequisite: This course is for beginners, students with less than a year and a half of high school German.
    Acquisition of basic languge skills, listening and speaking first, followed by reading and writing.
     
    GER 102 Second Semester German (4:5:0)
    Fulfills GE Foreign Language requirement.
    Prerequisite: German 101 or consent of the instructor.
    A continuation of German 101.
     
    GER 201 Second Year German (4:5:0)
    Fulfills GE Foreign Language requirement.
    Prerequisite: German 102 with grade of C of higher or 3 or more years of high school German.
    Emphasizes speaking and mastery of intermediate grammar concepts through the study of stories, essays, poems, videos, and a grammar text.
     
    GER 202 Introduction to German Literature (3:3:0)
    Fulfills GE Foreign Language requirement.
    Prerequisite: German 201 with grade of C or higher or consent of instructor.
    An exploration of German literature covering various time periods.
     
    GER 321 Advanced Grammar and Composition (3:3:0)
    Prerequisite: German 201 with a grade of C or higher or consent of instructor.
    A course leading to greater mastery of German grammar.
     
    GER 377 German Teaching Methods (3:3:0)
    Prerequisite: German 321 or Enrolled Teacher Minor
    German teaching skills and theories of foreign language acquisition.
     
    GER 400 German Civilization and Culture (3:3:0)
    Prerequisite: German 321
    An overview of German Civilization and Culture, including brief historical events, governmental structure, and major personalities.
     
    GER 410 German Literature (3:3:0)
    Prerequisite: German 202 and 321
    A cross section of major literary works in German will be discussed, read, and related to their respective genres and periods.
     
    GER 490 Independent Study in German (1-4:0:0)
    Prerequisite: Consent of instructor and department chair.
    Independent projects monitored through periodic conferences and assessments by instructor.
     
    GREEK 101 Ancient Greek (3:3:0)
    An introduction to Classical and New Testament Greek.
     
    GREEK 102 Ancient Greek 102 (3:3:0)
    Prerequisite: Greek 101 or equivalent
    Second semester Classical and New Testament Greek. Includes readings from the Greek New Testament and an introduction to scholarly resources for New Testament study.
     
    HEB 101 Biblical Hebrew (3:3:0)
    Beginning Biblical Hebrew emphasizing reading and grammar. This course assumes no prior knowledge of the Hebrew language.
     
    HEB 102 Biblical Hebrew II (3:3:0)
    Prerequisite: Hebrew 101 or equivalent
    The study of Biblical Hebrew through reading and translating various chapters from the Hebrew Bible. This course assumes some knowledge of the Hebrew language.
     
    LATIN 101 Latin Language (3:3:0)
    An introduction to Latin. Beginners and students with less than one year of high school Latin should register for this class. Vocabulary building, grammar, reading, and basic composition.
     
    LATIN 102 Latin Language (3:3:0)
    Prerequisite: You must have taken Latin 101/101H or its equivalent (1 year of high school Latin).
    Reading Latin prose writers and study of Roman culture. Continuation of Latin 101, second semester.
     
    PORT 202 Readings in Portuguese Literature (3:3:0)
    For Portuguese-speaking returned missionaries or non-natives with extensive experience in the language. Overview of Portuguese literature.
     
    RUSS 101 Beginning Russian I (4:5:0)
    Fulfills GE Foreign Language requirement.
    Acquisition of the four basic language skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing with the Cyrillic alphabet. Designed for beginners and students with less than two years of high school Russian.
     
    RUSS 102 Beginning Russian II (4:5:0)
    Fulfills GE Foreign Language requirement.
    Prerequisite: Russian 101 with a grade of "C" or better or two years of high school Russian, or consent of instructor.
    Continuation of Russian 101 with continued emphasis on development of the four basic language skills.
     
    RUSS 201 Intermediate Russian I (4:5:0)
    Fulfills GE Foreign Language requirement.
    Prerequisite: Russian 102 with grade of "C" or better or three and one half years of high school Russian.
    Continued development of the four basic language skills with a review and continuation of grammar and an emphasis on conversation.
     
    RUSS 202 Intermediate Russian II (3:3:0)
    Prerequisite: Russian 201 with a grade of "C" or better or consent of instructor.
    Continued development of the four basic language skills. Focus on reading expository and literary texts and understanding selected grammar topics. Typical entry level class for the returned Russian-speaking missionary.
     
    RUSS 301 Third-Year Russian Part I (3:3:0)
    Prerequisite: Russian 202 with a grade of "C" or better or consent of instructor.
    Systematic focus on grammar, listening, speaking, writing, and reading.
     
    RUSS 302 Third-Year Russian part II (3:3:0)
    Prerequisite: Russian 301 with a grade of "C" or better or consent of instructor.
    Continuation of Russian 301.
     
    RUSS 340 Russian Literature in Translation (3:3:0)
    Prerequisite: English 111 with a grade of "C" or better or consent of instructor.
    A survey of nineteenth and twentieth century Russian literature from Pushkin to Solzhenitsyn. All readings, assignments, and instruction in English.
     
    RUSS 490 Independent Study in Russian (1-4:0:0)
    Prerequisite: Consent of instructor and department chair.
    Independent projects monitored through periodic conferences and assessments by instructor.
     
    SPAN 101 Beginning Spanish I (4:4:0)
    Fulfills GE Basic Skills requirement.
    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 and writing.
     
    SPAN 102 Beginning Spanish II (4:5:0)
    Fulfills GE Foreign Language requirement.
    Prerequisite: Spanish 101 with a grade of "C" or better, two and a half to three years of high school Spanish, or consent of instructor.
    Continuation of 101. Completes a cursory view of basic Spanish grammar in a communicative setting. Cultivation of the four skills (speaking, reading, writing, listening). Not for Spanish-speaking returned missionaries or native speakers.
     
    SPAN 201 Second Year Spanish (4:5:0)
    Fulfills GE Foreign Language requirement.
    Prerequisite: Spanish 102 with a grade of "C" or better, three and a half to four 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 Spanish Grammar Review (4:5:0)
    Fulfills GE Foreign Language requirement.
    Prerequisite: To register, students must be a Spanish-speaking returned missionary or have consent of instructor.
    A thorough grammar review for fluent, non-native speakers not ready to go directly into Spanish 302, the entry level for most Spanish-speaking returned missionaries. Offered only during the summer. Not for native speakers.
     
    SPAN 202 Readings in Hispanic Literature (3:3:0)
    Fulfills GE Foreign Language requirement.
    Prerequisite: Spanish 201 with a grade of "C" or higher or consent of instructor. Not for Spanish-speaking returned missionaries or native speakers. Spanish-speaking RM's should enroll in 302. Native speakers should enroll in Spanish 321.
    An introduction to the study of Spanish language poems, essays, short stories, plays, and novels.
     
    SPAN 302 Readings in Hispanic Literature for advanced speakers. (3:3:0)
    Fulfills GE Foreign Language requirement.
    Prerequisite: Entry level for returned missionaries and similarly advanced non-natives who learned Spanish outside of the classroom. Native speakers should enroll in Spanish 321.
    An introduction to culture, literature, and grammatical concerns for advanced speakers through the study of Spanish language poems, essays, short stories, plays, and novels.
     
    SPAN 321 Advanced Grammar and Composition (3:3:0)
    Prerequisite: Spanish 202 or 302. Also open to native speakers.
    Intensive study and practice with grammar, vocabulary, and writing.
     
    SPAN 325 Phonetics & Conversation (3:3:0)
    Prerequisite: Spanish 321 with a grade of "C" or better.
    Spanish sound system; underlying concepts of Spanish speech production and applications to pronunciation. Course also will include some rigorous conversation practice through discussion of often complex topics.
     
    SPAN 339 Introduction to literary analysis (3:3:0)
    Prerequisite: Spanish 321.
    An introduction to the major concepts, problems, issues and practices of literary study in Spanish.
     
    SPAN 350 Hispanic Civilization and Culture (3:3:0)
    Prerequisite: Spanish 321
    Study of major issues, periods, and themes in the culture of Spain and Spanish America.
     
    SPAN 377 Spanish Teaching Methods (3:3:0)
    Prerequisite: Spanish 321 with a grade of "C" or better. Spanish Teaching majors, Spanish Teaching minors, or Elementary Ed. majors only. Elementary Ed. majors must have completed or be near completing 20 credit hours in a foreign language. Teaching majors and minors who are studying a foreign language other than Spanish much have taken the equivalent of Spanish 321 in their language.
    Spanish Teaching skills and theories of foreign language acquisition.
     
    SPAN 441 Masterpieces of Spanish Literature (3:3:0)
    Prerequisite: Spanish 339 with grade of "C" or higher or consent of instructor.
    Literary masterpieces of Spain.
     
    SPAN 451 Masterpieces of Spanish-American Literature (3:3:0)
    Prerequisite: Spanish 339 with grade of "C" or higher or consent of instructor.
    Literary masterpieces of Spanish-America.
     
    SPAN 490R Spanish Special Topics (3:3:0)
    Prerequisite: Spanish 321
    Varied topics of literary, cultural, linguistic or pedagogical studies within the general field of Spanish.
     
    SPAN 498 Spanish Teaching Practicum (3:3:0)
    Prerequisite: Spanish 377 with grade of "C" or better. For Spanish Teaching Majors ONLY.
    Supervised practice and development of Spanish teaching skills. (Spanish Teaching Majors ONLY)