http://www.uwplatt.edu/foreignlanguages

Contact: Teresa Burns
Office: 320 Warner Hall
Phone: 608.342.1180
E-mail: burnst@uwplatt.edu

About the Foreign Language Program and Majors

The foreign language program offers majors in German and Spanish, along with minors in French, German, and Spanish. Students who major in foreign languages find career opportunities in many areas, such as international business, marketing, civil service work, diplomacy, and law enforcement.

Minor studies in French, German, and Spanish are designed for students interested in combining a minor in a foreign language with other areas of study for the purpose of enhancing communication skills and career opportunities. Likewise, apart from the intellectual development that results from the study of the French, German, or Spanish language, its literature and its civilization, students may also find professional employment in international business, marketing, civil service, and teaching.

Students who wish to teach French, German or Spanish must be admitted to the School of Education, meet all of the requirements for teacher certification and also take TEACHING 4060 (credits do not count toward major or minor). All students intending to become licensed teachers must satisfy the requirements outlined in the teacher licensure section listed under the School of Education in this catalog.

Mission

  1. Serve well the general education mission of the university in the areas of foreign language competencies and the humanities.
  2. Prepare students via language skills and cultural exposure for professions in business, law enforcement, communications, counseling, translation, and other fields.
  3. Prepare highly qualified foreign language teachers in conjunction with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and the UW-Platteville School of Education through our teaching-minor and teaching-major programs. Students must also attain a level of mastery in the areas of teaching methods and knowledge of theories of second language acquisition.

Goals and Objectives

Goal 1: Proficient Oral Communication Skills

  • Student learning outcome 1: Student will demonstrate minimum oral proficiency at a level equivalent to intermediate high on the ACTFL proficiency scale or student will be able to discuss a wide range of general interest topics in most informal and some formal situations.
  • Student learning outcome 2: Student will be able to be understood without difficulty by speakers unaccustomed to non-native speakers.

Goal 2: Proficient Written Communication Skills

  • Student learning outcome 3: Student will demonstrate knowledge and skills in effective written presentation in informal and formal styles at a level roughly equal to the student’s oral proficiency.
  • Student learning outcome 4: Student will be able to read and understand a variety of authentic written materials.

Goal 3: Knowledge of Cultural Practices and Perspectives

  • Student learning outcome 5: Student will complete a period of language immersion in residence in a country in which the target language is spoken.
  • Student learning outcome 6: Student will be able to discuss the historical, geographical, political, socioeconomical, literary, and artistic features of a variety of regions and countries in which the target language is spoken.

Goal 4: Preparation of Highly Qualified Foreign Language teachers in conjunction with the UW-Platteville School of Education

  • Student learning outcome 7: Student will meet DPI requirements for certification as a foreign language teacher.
  • Student learning outcome 8: Student will attain a level of mastery in the areas of teaching methods and knowledge of theories of second language acquisition.

Foreign Language Competency/Retroactive Credits

All students are required to demonstrate competency in a foreign language. The competency consists of the following: one year (two semesters) of one foreign language at the 1000 college level or two years (four semesters) of a foreign language in high school with a grade of “C” or higher in the second year of high-school foreign language study. Foreign languages other than the languages taught at UW-Platteville may satisfy this competency.

Students may receive retroactive college credit for their high school foreign language studies. Proficiency acquired in high school may be counted toward graduation and toward the number of credits in the major or minor. Students ordinarily earn a maximum of eight retroactive credits. However, students with high proficiency may earn more retroactive credit as determined by the department.

In order to earn retroactive credit, a student must enroll in a second semester course or higher, and must earn a grade of “A” or “B” in that course. In addition to credit for the course completed, a student may then earn between four and 16 retroactive credits for the course or courses skipped at the 1000 or 2000 levels.

Credits in Residence

Minimum number of credits in language major or minor required in residence on the UW-Platteville campus

All students completing a major or a minor in any language through UW-Platteville must take at least half of the upper-level credits required for that major or minor in residence on the UW-Platteville campus as follows:

  • minimum of 10 upper-level language credits in residence for that major
  • minimum of 12 upper-level language credits in residence for the education major
  • minimum of four upper-level language credits in residence for the minor
  • minimum of six upper-level language credits in residence for the education minor

Coursework taken at any institution other than UW-Platteville will not be counted toward this requirement.

General Requirements Bachelor of Arts OR BACHELOR OF SCIENCE Degree in German OR Spanish

Total for graduation120
General education44-58
Major studies36

Non-teaching German or Spanish majors, in addition to the requirements for the major, are also required to take nine credits of literature and philosophy with no more than two courses from one of the above areas. Bachelor of Arts students may select any philosophy or literature courses at the 2000 level or higher.  Bachelor of Science students may select one course in philosophy or literature at the 1000 level and two at the 2000 level or higher.

Students who major in a foreign language are required to take eight or nine credits in our Education Abroad program at the 3000-4000 level. Similar or comparable cultural experiences could also be accepted.

Bachelor of Arts OR BACHELOR OF SCIENCE Degree in Teaching German OR Spanish

(available for education majors only)

Total for graduation120
General education44-58
Major studies (foreign-language education majors)40

In addition to the credits required for German and Spanish majors in education, there is also a requirement for one philosophy course (PHLSPHY 1130 or PHLSPHY 2530).

Students who major in a foreign language are required to take eight or nine credits in our Education Abroad program at the 3000-4000 level. Similar or comparable cultural experiences could also be accepted.

Other elementary language courses meeting the general education competency requirement:
CHINESE 1540Elementary Chinese4
CHINESE 1640Elementary Chinese4
JAPANESE 1010Introduction to Japanese I (UW-Whitewater)4
JAPANESE 1020Introduction to Japanese II (UW-Whitewater)4

Subjects in this department include: French (FRENCH), German (GERMAN), Latin American Studies (LATNAMER), and Spanish (SPANISH)

French (FRENCH)

FRENCH 1040 Elementary French 4 Credits

Conversation, grammar, reading, writing; emphasis on oral practice, structure, vocabulary; language lab.
Components: Laboratory, Class
GE: 1st sem FL competency
Typically Offered: Fall

FRENCH 1140 Elementary French 4 Credits

Continuation of French 1040; language lab.
Components: Laboratory, Class
GE: 1st sem FL competency
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: FRENCH 1040 or equivalent
Typically Offered: Spring

FRENCH 2040 Intermediate French 4 Credits

Conversation, review of grammar, reading of stories, emphasis on oral practice, French culture; language lab.
Components: Laboratory, Class
GE: Humanities
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: FRENCH 1140 or equivalent
Typically Offered: Fall

FRENCH 2140 Intermediate French 4 Credits

Continuation of French 2040, with emphasis on reading and discussion in French; language lab.
Components: Laboratory, Class
GE: Humanities
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: FRENCH 2040
Typically Offered: Spring

FRENCH 3000 Foreign Languages Travel Abroad Seminar 1-4 Credits

A seminar with emphasis on language, literature and culture. Non-language students may take this course in English translation for credit in humanities but receive no foreign language credit. Students receive from 1 to 4 credits in French or in literature translation for non-language students. Number of credits depends on duration of exposure, the amount of reading, and the quality of written work.
Components: Seminar
GE: Humanities, International Education
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: FRENCH 2040 or equivalent; non-language students should consult the department chairperson
Typically Offered: Occasional

FRENCH 3220 Advanced French Grammar and Composition 2 Credits

A broad review of French grammar with an emphasis on practical application through the assignment of various composition topics and other writing activities.
Components: Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: FRENCH 2140 or equivalent
Typically Offered: Fall

FRENCH 3240 Advanced French Conversation 2 Credits

This course stresses the development of conversational skills in French at an advanced level, with special emphasis on proper pronunciation and intonation, as well as the correct use of vocabulary and syntax.
Components: Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: FRENCH 2140 or equivalent
Typically Offered: Occasional

FRENCH 3530 Topics in French Literature and Culture 1-3 Credits

Specific topics dealing with the works of one author, one literary genre or one literary period. Topics may also deal with specific aspects of culture. Due to the limited focus of the course, this course may be taken more than once for credit, provided the content is different.
Components: Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: FRENCH 2140 or equivalent
Typically Offered: Occasional

FRENCH 4050 Supervised Independent Study 1-4 Credits

For advanced students wishing to acquaint themselves further with French literature, or civilization; discussion and written reports. By special permission of the instructor--number of credits will be determined at the beginning of the course.
Components: Independent Study
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: FRENCH 2140 or equivalent
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

FRENCH 4060 Survey of French Literature and Culture I 3 Credits

An introduction to French history, culture and literature from the Middle Ages through the French Revolution; lecture and discussion in French.
Components: Class
GE: Humanities
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: FRENCH 2140 or equivalent
Typically Offered: Spring

FRENCH 4160 Survey of French Literature and Culture II 3 Credits

Continuation of French 4060, covering the 19th and 20th centuries.
Components: Class
GE: Humanities, International Education
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: FRENCH 2140 or equivalent
Typically Offered: Fall

German (GERMAN)

GERMAN 1240 Elementary German 4 Credits

Conversation, grammar, reading and writing; emphasis upon oral practice in the language laboratory.
Components: Laboratory, Class
GE: 1st sem FL competency
Typically Offered: Fall

GERMAN 1340 Elementary German 4 Credits

Continuation of German 1240; language lab.
Components: Laboratory, Class
GE: 1st sem FL competency
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: GERMAN 1240 or equivalent
Typically Offered: Spring

GERMAN 2240 Intermediate German 4 Credits

Intensive and extensive reading of German plays, novels and short stories; review of grammar; emphasis on oral practice in the language lab.
Components: Laboratory, Class
GE: Humanities, International Education
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: GERMAN 1340 or equivalent
Typically Offered: Fall

GERMAN 2340 Intermediate German 4 Credits

Continuation of German 2240; language lab.
Components: Laboratory, Class
GE: Humanities, International Education
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: GERMAN 2240 or equivalent
Typically Offered: Spring

GERMAN 2440 Contemporary Germany 3 Credits

This course is designed to introduce students to contemporary Germany. Segments of this course are: German geography; the political system; the economy; business;culture and media; research and educational systems; the social system; the German society; German culture. Course goals are 1) to familiarize students with the economy and culture of this major trade partner of the United States; 2) to understand and reflect on cultural differences including interpersonal behavioral norms and taboos; 3) to prepare students for fruitful interactions with German educational institutions and businesses; 4) to acquire basic German language and cultural skills to aid in successful intercultural communication for business, research or study purposes. The course language is English and includes limited focused German language acquisition for unit lexicon and for individual student research interests. Course does not count toward German major or minor.
Components: Class
Typically Offered: Fall-ALT

GERMAN 3000 Foreign Languages Travel Abroad Seminar 1-4 Credits

A seminar with emphasis on language, literature and culture. Non-language students may take this course in English translation for credit in the humanities but receive no foreign language credit. Students receive from one to four credits in German-or in literature in translation for non-language students. Number of credits depends on the duration of the exposure, the amount of reading, and the quality of written work.
Components: Seminar
GE: Humanities, International Education
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: GERMAN 2240 or equivalent; non-language students should consult the department chairperson
Typically Offered: Occasional

GERMAN 3220 German Conversation and Composition I 2 Credits

This course stresses basic German conversation as reflected in readings in the humanities (short stories, essays, social and cultural portrayals of the German world, etc.) and in real-life situations.
Components: Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: GERMAN 2340 or equivalent
Typically Offered: Spring

GERMAN 3320 German Conversation and Composition II 2 Credits

This course stresses basic German conversation as reflected in readings in the humanities (short stories, essays, social and cultural portrayals of the German world, etc.) and in real-life situations.
Components: Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: GERMAN 2340 or equivalent
Typically Offered: Fall

GERMAN 3330 German Literature of the 20th Century 3 Credits

Contemporary literary movements; representative works in the novel, drama and poetry; lectures and discussion in German.
Components: Class
GE: Humanities, International Education
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: GERMAN 2340 or equivalent
Typically Offered: Fall

GERMAN 3430 German Literature of the 19th Century 3 Credits

Representative works from late Romanticism and Realism; special emphasis on the novelle of German as well as Austrian and Swiss authors. Lectures and discussions in German.
Components: Class
GE: Humanities, International Education
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: GERMAN 2340 or equivalent
Typically Offered: Occasional

GERMAN 3530 German Civilization 3 Credits

The political, social, intellectual, artistic and literary development of the German nation from its origin to the present.
Components: Class
GE: Humanities, International Education
Typically Offered: Occasional

GERMAN 4220 Phonetics 2 Credits

Theory of German sounds with practical training in pronunciation. Oral practice in language laboratory. Required for a major or teaching minor in German.
Components: Laboratory, Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: GERMAN 2340 or equivalent
Typically Offered: Occasional

GERMAN 4250 Supervised Independent Study 1-4 Credits

For advanced students who wish to acquaint themselves further with German literature, civilization or linguistics; thesis type reports and examination; by special permission--number of credits to be determined at the beginning of the course.
Components: Independent Study
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: GERMAN 2340 or equivalent
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

Latin American Studies (LATNAMER)

LATNAMER 2000 Latin America: An Interdisciplinary Introduction 3 Credits

Latin America is an idea as well as a set of geographical, historical, literary, and anthropological entities. That is, academics confront this part of the globe as much for its conceptual fertility and promise as for its concrete representations. This course offers an opportunity to explore both of these phenomena from an interdisciplinary perspective. In order to fully engage this region and its diaspora, we as scholars are obliged to understand Latin America as a sum of its written, visual, and testimonial "texts" which we will begin to explore throughout this class.
Components: Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: ENGLISH 1230
Typically Offered: Fall

Spanish (SPANISH)

SPANISH 1840 Elementary Spanish 4 Credits

Grammar, composition, conversation and beginning reading; emphasis upon oral practice and the language laboratory.
Components: Laboratory, Class
GE: 1st sem FL competency
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring/Summer

SPANISH 1940 Elementary Spanish 4 Credits

Continuation of Spanish 1840; language lab.
Components: Laboratory, Class
GE: 1st sem FL competency
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: SPANISH 1840 or equivalent
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

SPANISH 2840 Intermediate Spanish 4 Credits

Intensive and extensive reading of Spanish and Spanish American novels, plays and short stories; review of grammar; emphasis on oral practice and the language lab.
Components: Laboratory, Class
GE: Humanities, International Education
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: SPANISH 1940 or equivalent
Typically Offered: Fall

SPANISH 2940 Intermediate Spanish 4 Credits

Continuation of Spanish 2840; language lab.
Components: Laboratory, Class
GE: Humanities, International Education
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: SPANISH 2840 or equivalent
Typically Offered: Spring

SPANISH 3000 Foreign Languages Travel Abroad Seminar 1-4 Credits

A seminar with emphasis on language, literature and culture. Non-language students may take this course in English translation for credit in humanities but receive no foreign language credit. Students receive credits in Spanish or in literature translation for non-language students. Number of credits depends on duration of exposure, amount of reading, and quality of written work.
Components: Seminar
GE: Humanities, International Education
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: SPANISH 2840 or equivalent. Non-language students should consult the department chairperson
Typically Offered: Summer

SPANISH 3820 Spanish Conversation and Composition I 2 Credits

This course stresses basic Spanish conversation as reflected in readings in the humanities (short stories, essays, social and cultural portrayals of the Hispanic world, etc.) and in real-life situations.
Components: Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: SPANISH 2940 or equivalent
Typically Offered: Fall

SPANISH 3830 Spanish Civilization 3 Credits

The political, social, intellectual, artistic and literary development of the Spanish nation from its origin to the present.
Components: Class
GE: Humanities, International Education
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: SPANISH 2940 or equivalent
Typically Offered: Fall

SPANISH 3840 Topics in Hispanic Literature and Culture 1-3 Credits

Specific topics dealing with aspects of Hispanic literature or culture will be presented along thematic lines. This course presents themes from various literary movements (Renaissance, Baroque, Neoclassical, Romantic, Modernist and Contemporary). These topics cover a broad spectrum ranging from the Middle Ages in Spain to present trends in Spanish America.
Components: Class
GE: Humanities, International Education
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: SPANISH 2940 or equivalent. Due to the thematic nature of this course, it may be taken more than once for credit, provided the content is different
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring/Summer

SPANISH 3850 Spanish American Literature and Culture I 3 Credits

An examination of representative texts from various Spanish American regions, covering the pre-Columbian period through the end of the 19th century (Spanish American modernismo).
Components: Class
GE: Humanities, International Education
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: SPANISH 2940 or equivalent
Typically Offered: Fall

SPANISH 3860 Spanish American Literature and Culture II 3 Credits

An examination of representative texts from various Spanish American regions, covering the 20th century. There will be an emphasis on the major literary and cultural movements and the historical context which helps us to understand them.
Components: Class
GE: Humanities, International Education
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: SPANISH 2940 or equivalent
Typically Offered: Spring

SPANISH 3920 Spanish Conversation and Composition II 2 Credits

This course stresses basic Spanish conversation as reflected in readings in the humanities (short stories, essays, social and cultural portrayals of the Hispanic world, etc.) and in real-life situations.
Components: Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: SPANISH 2940 or equivalent
Typically Offered: Spring

SPANISH 4620 Cervantes 2 Credits

The life and times of Cervantes, his exemplary novels and Don Quixote.
Components: Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: SPANISH 2940 or equivalent
Typically Offered: Occasional

SPANISH 4720 Spanish Literature of the 20th Century 2 Credits

Contemporary masterpieces in the novel, drama, poetry and essay; lectures, discussion, exercises in translation and interpretation.
Components: Class
GE: Humanities, International Education
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: SPANISH 2940 or equivalent
Typically Offered: Occasional

SPANISH 4820 Phonetics 2 Credits

The theory of the pattern of sounds in Spanish with practical training in pronunciation. Required for a major or teaching minor in Spanish.
Components: Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: SPANISH 2940 or equivalent
Typically Offered: Spring

SPANISH 4830 Introduction to Spanish Literature 3 Credits

Reading of selected masterpieces of Spanish literature.
Components: Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: SPANISH 2940 or equivalent
Typically Offered:

SPANISH 4850 Supervised Independent Study 1-4 Credits

For advanced students who wish to acquaint themselves further with Spanish literature, civilization or linguistics; thesis type report and examination; by special permission--number of credits to be determined at the beginning of the course.
Components: Independent Study
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: SPANISH 2940 or equivalent
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring/Summer

SPANISH 4930 Introduction to Spanish Literature 3 Credits

Continuation of Spanish 4830.
Components: Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: SPANISH 2940 or equivalent
Typically Offered: Fall

Faculty and lecturers

Additional information about the Faculty and Lecturers below may be found in the Faculty and Academic Staff section of this catalog.

FRENCH

Anderson, Laura J.

Gottlieb, Rebecca I.

GERMAN

Haslauer, Edina

Kohler-Busch, Madelon

Spanish

Evenson, Mark C.

Schulenburg, Chris

Van Paemel, Catherine