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Language and Cross-Cultural Training Department

Director: Elke Kramer
Telephone: (313) 993-6204
Fax: (313) 993-6179
E-mail:
language@udmercy.edu

One-on-one or group instruction is offered in most major world languages, English as a Second Language and Standard American English, as well as cross-cultural training. Courses are designed to meet clients’ needs, schedule and class preferences. Academic credit or Continuing Education Units are awarded upon completion of specified instructional contact hours.

Certificate in Language Studies
UDM offers a Certificate in Language Studies through the College of Liberal Arts, Language and Cross-Cultural Training Department. Based on their entry level, students will be awarded a Certificate in Language Studies I (Introductory/ Intermediate) or a Certificate in Language Studies II (Intermediate/Advanced) when they complete 12 semester hours of language study with a grade of a C or better. The Certificate may be earned by students enrolling in group or one-on-one mode, including the fixed-schedule evening program.

Language Course Offerings
The following courses can be taken for academic credit at the indicated levels. In order to adequately compensate for adjunct instructors’ time, students taking courses with a faculty/student ratio of one-to-one will pay a premium rate. Some of these courses can be taken in a distance education format.

Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Croatian, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Polish, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish

110 Introductory I

3 credits or 4.5 CEUs

111 Introductory II

3 credits or 4.5 CEUs

112 Introductory III

3 credits or 4.5 CEUs

115 Introductory Business

3 credits or 4.5 CEUs

210 Intermediate I

3 credits or 4.5 CEUs

 

See language listing

211 Intermediate II

3 credits or 4.5 CEUs

212 Intermediate III

3 credits or 4.5 CEUs

215 Intermediate Business

3 credits or 4.5 CEUs

310 Advanced I

3 credits or 4.5 CEUs

311 Advanced II

3 credits or 4.5 CEUs

312 Advanced III

3 credits or 4.5 CEUs

315 Advanced Business

3 credits or 4.5 CEUs

These classes are also available for four credits or 6.0 CEUs.

Summer Advanced Language Courses for Educators in (see language listing)
These directed study courses are designed to provide educators in metropolitan Detroit the opportunity to participate in advanced language courses during their summer recess. These classes each bear one (1) credit hour at the undergraduate level, and can be used toward state instructional recertification.

395 Advanced Conversation

1 credit or 1.0 CEUs

398 Advanced Reading/Writing

1 credit or 1.0 CEUs

399 Advanced Culture

1 credit or 1.0 CEUs

 

Language
Levels 110 - 210 are available in (see language listing):

Some of these courses can be taken in a distance education format. They are also available for four credits or 6.0 CEUs.

110/Introductory I (3 semester credits or 4.5 CEUs)
No prerequisites
An introduction to the language including its sounds, writing system, vocabulary and structure. Students will experience the four skills of speaking, listening, writing and reading in a practical scenario with individualized attention. Emphasis will be placed on culture.

111/Introductory II (3 semester credits or 4.5 CEUs)
Prerequisite: 110 or equivalent
A continuation of 110 building upon previously-acquired language fluency and aimed at augmenting vocabulary and structure in a practical context. Increasing attention will be devoted to individual student practice and needs. Culture will continue to be emphasized.

112/Introductory III (3 semester credits or 4.5 CEUs)
Prerequisite: 111 or equivalent
A third level of language study permitting the student to utilize the target language in increasingly complex ways and in more rapid speech patterns. Continued exposure to the cultural heritage of the native speakers of the language will be stressed.

115/Introductory Business (3 semester credits or 4.5 CEUs)
No prerequisite required
An introductory level of language designed to present students with the basics in speaking, listening comprehension, reading and writing in the business context. Cultural business themes will be incorporated into instruction.

210/Intermediate I (3 semester credits or 4.5 CEUs)
Prerequisite: 112 or equivalent
An intermediate level of language focusing on increased structural accuracy in speaking, listening, reading and writing. Students will be exposed to unedited authentic materials (i.e. newspapers, books, movies, music, etc.) to improve proficiency in the four skill areas. They will gain an increased appreciation of cultural diversities.

 

Levels 211 - 312 are available in (see language listing):

211/Intermediate II (3 semester credits or 4.5 CEUs)
Prerequisite: 210 or equivalent
A continuation of 210 integrating past vocabulary and structures into new and more sophisticated forms of speaking and enhanced listening comprehension. Students will write cohesive summaries and resumes of material read or heard. Additionally, they will

increase their understanding of the cultures of the countries in which the target language is spoken.

212/Intermediate III (3 semester credits or 4.5 CEUs)
Prerequisite: 211 or equivalent
A third intermediate level of language study in which more complex forms of speaking, listening, reading and writing will be developed and reinforced through the use of a variety of course materials and classroom activities.

By the conclusion of 212, most of the language’s critical structures will have been introduced and practiced. Students will demonstrate increased knowledge of the culture where the language is spoken and its effect on the world.

215/Intermediate Business
Prerequisite: 112, 115 or equivalent
This course is designed to improve the language skill areas (speaking, listening comprehension, reading and writing) in the business setting. Business cultural proficiency will be enhanced as well.

310/Advanced I (3 semester credits or 4.5 CEUs)
Prerequisite: 212 or equivalent
An advanced level of study in which students will create with the language by combining learned elements. They will understand details when listening to a spoken language, and connect discourse on a variety of topics. They will read and demonstrate comprehension of longer prose of several paragraphs in length. They will demonstrate a keen understanding of cultural differences between the represented countries and their own.

311/Advanced II (3 semester credits or 4.5 CEUs)
Prerequisite: 310 or equivalent
This second level of advanced language study will expose students to authentic situations to promote mastering listening and reading skills. Students will initiate and sustain conversations on practical, social, professional and abstract topics, hypothesize and support their opinions in spoken and written forms. They will demonstrate detailed knowledge of the represented cultures.

312/Advanced III (3 semester credits or 4.5 CEUs)
Prerequisite: 311 or equivalent
Students participating in this third level of advanced language study will exhibit pronounced accuracy in all four language skill areas and marked cultural proficiency. They will continuously expand vocabulary and master grammatical structures in order to communicate more effectively with native speakers not accustomed to dealing with foreigners.

315/Advanced Business (3 semester credits or 4.5 CEUs)
Prerequisite: 212, 215 or equivalent
An advanced level of business language study designed to increase precision and diminish anglicisms in speaking, listening, reading and writing. Advanced cultural themes are an integral part of course themes and vocabulary.

 

Summer Advanced Language Courses for Educators in French/FRE, German/GER and Spanish/SPA

395 Advanced Conversation (1 credit or 1.0 CEU)
Prerequisite: 212 or equivalent
An advanced level of language study which focuses on improving participants’ oral/aural proficiency by having them initiate and sustain dialogue in diverse subjects pertaining to the represented cultures.

398 Advanced Reading/Writing (1 credit or 1.0 CEU)
Prerequisite: 212 or equivalent
An advanced level of language in which selected short stories, poems and/or passages from contemporary literature are read, and comprehension of material is demonstrated through discussion.

399 Advanced Culture (1 credit or 1.0 CEU)
Prerequisite: 212 or equivalent
An advanced level of language study which focuses on contemporary cultural themes presented in varying art forms including film, theater, music and the visual arts.