Modern Languages

Language courses offered in:
Chinese and Spanish

Spanish Minor

www.uis.edu/languages/
Email: lng@uis.edu
Office Phone: (217) 206-6779
O
ffice Location: UHB 3050

The University of Illinois Springfield offers classes in Chinese and Spanish. A minor in Spanish is also offered.

Modern Languages classes are kept small to ensure individual attention. Course offerings in Modern Languages are listed in the current course schedule under the LNG course prefix. Permission of the instructor is required to enroll.

Central Illinois Foreign Language and International Studies Consortium

UIS students may also apply to study (for UIS credit) the foreign languages offered at Lincoln Land Community College, Benedictine University, and Illinois College through the Central Illinois Foreign Language and International Studies Consortium. Please contact the Modern Languages office for information.

Proficiency Testing

Students can obtain proficiency credit by completing a proficiency exam conducted by Modern Languages faculty. Proficiency testing is available in the languages that we typically offer, but is ultimately contingent upon the availability of faculty in those languages. Students seeking proficiency testing in languages that our program does not offer will be responsible for arranging for an examiner to work with our office to complete the testing.

Grading Policy

Students must obtain a grade of C or higher (grades of C- or lower will not be accepted) to advance to the next level of language course work.

Modern Language Courses

Note: Language availability is subject to change on a semester-by-semester basis. Students should consult with the department to determine availability.

LNG 295Foreign Language Competency4
Chinese Courses
LNG 1413
LNG 1423
LNG 2414
LNG 2424
Spanish Courses
LNG 121Elementary Spanish I4
LNG 122Elementary Spanish II4
LNG 221Intermediate Spanish I4
LNG 222Intermediate Spanish II4

Spanish Minor

Students pursuing the Spanish minor will make cross-cultural connections with their own disciplines of studies. The Spanish minor focuses on Spanish for the professions, a focus that follows nationwide trends in order to enhance students’ academic and career opportunities. Spanish for the professions intertwines established minors/majors such as business, communication, criminal justice, health, English, global studies, teaching, theatre, and social services. This approach ensures that students will compete in the twenty-first century global economy with the required language skills that employers consider vital in today’s job market.

To earn a minor in Spanish, students need to complete a total of 17 credit hours.

Prerequisite Course 1
LNG 222Intermediate Spanish II4
or LNG 295 Foreign Language Competency
Required Course
LNG 321Spanish Civilization and Culture3
Elective Courses
Select three of the following:9
Spanish for Public Affairs
Spanish for Business
Spanish for Healthcare
Spanish-Speaking Communities
Spanish for Communication
Spanish for the Arts
Spanish for Educators
Total Hours16

Courses

LNG 091. ESL Reading and Writing. 2-4 Hours.

Designed for bilingual and non-native English speakers, this course aims to improve students' reading and writing abilities across the curriculum. Students engage with texts by writing summaries, essays, and reports. Students improve their reading comprehension and speed. Students learn note-taking strategies, develop more sophisticated syntax, and acquire a greater vocabulary base. Course Information: To be taken prior to LNG 101. This course is not designated for transfer credit, nor will credit be given toward a degree.

LNG 092. ESL Speaking and Listening. 2-4 Hours.

Designed for bilingual and non-native speakers of English who wish to improve their confidence, fluency, and accuracy in speaking in academic and social environments. Students will improve their listening comprehension of lectures, dialogues and group discussion. This course emphasizes speaking skills such as using more natural pronunciation, intonation, and rhythm and giving short presentations. Course Information: To be taken prior to LNG 101 and COM 112. This course is not designated for transfer credit, nor will credit be given toward a degree.

LNG 101. ESL Advanced Oral and Written Communication. 2-4 Hours.

Designed as the advanced course in the English as Second Language (ESL) curriculum, LNG 101 improves oral and written communication skills while examining select global issues including their history, current context and impact. In addition to extensive reading, writing class discussion, and oral presentations, students will conduct independent research. Course Information: For students whose first or primary language is not English. To be taken prior to ENG 101, CAP 111.

LNG 102. Introduction to Second Language Acquisition. 3 Hours.

In this course, students will learn about second language acquisition while using various foreign languages as examples. Then, students will get to apply these second language acquisition theories towards two Romance languages. The class will be conducted in English. There are no prerequisites. Course Information: This course fulfills a general education requirement at UIS in the area of Humanities.

LNG 121. Elementary Spanish I. 4 Hours.

This course, the first in the sequence of four, begins the development of understanding, speaking, reading, and writing of the Spanish language as well as the development of awareness of cultural differences in countries where Spanish is the primary language. It is designed for students with no previous study of Spanish or for students whose knowledge of Spanish does not permit placement in a higher level. Available: Fall and Spring semesters.

LNG 122. Elementary Spanish II. 4 Hours.

This course, the second in the sequence of four, continues the development of understanding, speaking, reading, and writing skills of the Spanish language, as well as promoting understanding of daily life in countries whose primary language is Spanish. Available: Fall semester and Spring semester. Course Information: Prerequisite: LNG 121 or placement through testing.

LNG 221. Intermediate Spanish I. 4 Hours.

This course, the third in the sequence of four, continues the development of understanding, speaking, reading, and writing skills of the Spanish language, and the discussion of cultural differences in countries whose primary language is Spanish. Available: Fall semester and Spring semester. Course Information: Prerequisite: LNG 122 or placement through testing.

LNG 222. Intermediate Spanish II. 4 Hours.

This course, the fourth in the sequence of four, continues the development of understanding, speaking, reading, and writing skills of the Spanish language, and familiarity with daily life in countries whose primary language is Spanish. Capital Scholars Honors students who successfully complete this course will satisfy their foreign language requirement. Available: Fall semester and Spring semester. Course Information: Prerequisite: LNG 221 or placement through testing. This course fulfills a general education requirement at UIS in the area of Humanities.

LNG 295. Foreign Language Competency. 4 Hours.

Credit by examination for students who demonstrate the ability to speak, read and write a language other than English at a level at or above the level necessary to pass a fourth semester language course similar to those offered by the UIS Modern Languages program. In the case of ancient languages in which spoken competency is not expected, or unwritten languages where reading and writing is not expected, the student's competency level must be at or above a fourth semester level of reading and writing, or speaking, respectively. Course Information: Restricted to students who have passed the UIS English Proficiency Exam.

LNG 321. Spanish Civilization and Culture. 3 Hours.

This course will offer a panoramic overview of the history, civilization, and culture of the Spanish-speaking countries. History and literature will also be examined as the course emphasizes literary movements and other art expressions. The course will be conducted in Spanish. Course Information: Prerequisite: LNG 222 or LNG 295.

LNG 325. Spanish Language Immersion and Latinoamerican Cultures. 3 Hours.

Students will travel to a Spanish-speaking country to exercise Spanish conversational skills at an immersion level, as well as, learn about local history and increase their cultural, international, and regional awareness. Using Blackboard, students will also complete readings and written work in Spanish, prior and post traveling abroad. Course Information: Only students who have successfully completed LNG 222 at UIS, and/or those who can demonstrate, through testing, that they possess that oral and written skill level may register.

LNG 332. Spanish for Public Affairs. 3 Hours.

Students will develop language skills for non-profit organizations, community workers positions, the criminal justice field, and other related fields. The class will focus on the proficiency of speaking, reading, and writing skills required for effective communication in each context. The course will be conducted in Spanish. Course Information: Prerequisite: LNG 222 or LNG 295.

LNG 336. Introduction to Hispanic Literature. 3 Hours.

Explores the terminology needed to interpret and analyze literary texts, genres, and movements in the Spanish language. Introduction to Hispanic prose, poetry and drama; research matters of political ideas, gender, class, and race as they relate to the Spanish speaking world. Students will be exposed to literary texts written in Spanish and develop strategies to improve their formal academic writing and speaking by articulating their opinions of the texts.

LNG 344. Spanish for Business. 3 Hours.

This course integrates and introduces students to business, marketing, and management topics. The course underlines cultural awareness in the Spanish-speaking business world. Students will make cross-cultural connections with other countries in order to address global business issues. The course will be conducted in Spanish. Course Information: Prerequisite: LNG 222 or LNG 295.

LNG 355. Spanish for Healthcare. 3 Hours.

Immersion course that emphasizes medical phrases, common health questions, and emergency terminology used in hospitals by nurses and general physicians. Students will engage in conversations regarding health topics that affect the Spanish-speaking population in the United States. The course will be conducted in Spanish. Course Information: Prerequisite: LNG 222 or LNG 295.

LNG 368. Spanish-Speaking Communities. 3 Hours.

This course highlights the Spanish-speaking communities from cultural, social, and linguistic viewpoints. Students will continue their language acquisition within the parameter of cultural themes that shape Spanish-Speakers' communities in their native countries and the United States. The course will be conducted in Spanish. Course Information: Prerequisite: LNG 222 or LNG 295.

LNG 371. Spanish for Communication. 3 Hours.

Contemporary news and development of speaking and writing skills constitute the core of this course. The course interlaces journalism, radio, and television in order to highlight language usage in mass communications in Spanish-speaking countries and in the United States. The course will be conducted in Spanish. Course Information: Prerequisite: LNG 222 or LNG 295.

LNG 382. Spanish for the Arts. 3 Hours.

This course highlights works of art from Spain, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Students will gain an understanding of the twentieth and twenty-first century cultural and social events that have shaped the culture of the Spanish-speaking countries. The course will be conducted in Spanish. Course Information: Prerequisite: LNG 222 or LNG 295.

LNG 396. Spanish for Educators. 3 Hours.

This course is intended for future or current K-12 teachers who are or will be teaching students whose first or primary language is Spanish. This course will assist teachers in understanding the language and culture of Spanish-speaking communities in the United States to facilitate teaching elementary and secondary school content areas. Course Information: Prerequisites: LNG 222 or LNG 295.

LNG 499. Independent Study. 1-6 Hours.

Focus on readings or research on trends and current issues in the student's area of study. In consultation with faculty, students define topics integral to satisfying their self-assessed learning needs. To be taken as described in individual degree plans. Course Information: Prerequisites: LNG 222 and program acceptance of degree plan.