Department of World Languages

Stabler Hall, room 301, (501) 569-3272, (501) 569-8157 (fax), Website, View/Download PDF Version

Chairperson:
Finzer, Erin

Associate Professor:
Deiser, Andrew J.
Dhonau, Stephanie A.
Finzer, Erin S.

Assistant Professors:
Cheatham, Rosalie M.
Delgado Solórzano, Edma I.
Hagins, Zachary R.
Warner, Theresa

Instructors:
Cotton, Christine
Haislop, Victor J.
Rodriguez, Maria M.
Underwood, Olimpia G.
The Department of World Languages (DWL) offers majors in World Languages: French and World Languages: Spanish. Minors include French  and Spanish. DWL also offers a Certificate in Professional Spanish.

Courses in foreign languages are offered to give the student proficiency in basic language skills, such as speaking, writing, reading, and understanding; to guide advanced students to fluency of the written and spoken idioms; to acquaint students with major literary works in foreign languages and increase awareness and appreciation of other cultures; to provide courses necessary and useful for those preparing to work, teach, or communicate in a linguistically diverse community; to promote intercultural communication; and to offer background preparation necessary for graduate work in a foreign language. In order to ensure student learning, the program continuously assesses communication skills, critical thinking, research methods and community throughout the majors.

General Information

Second Language Requirement

Second language proficiency requirements vary by major and program. See individual degree descriptions for details.

See “Second Language Requirement” for information about demonstrating proficiency or prior knowledge for placement and credit.


Second Language Placement

Students who wish to enroll in language courses at UALR may need to take a placement test. Computerized, multiple-choice tests for French and Spanish (the F-CAPE and the S-CAPE) are administered at the Office of Testing Services and Student Life Research. The following students do not need to take the proficiency test before enrolling:
Students who have never studied French or Spanish and are enrolling in first semester courses in these languages.

  • Students who have never studied French or Spanish and are enrolling in first semester courses in these languages.
  • Students who have already completed UALR second language courses.
  • Students who have completed university-level courses for transfer credit in French or Spanish.

Students can contact the Chair of the Department of World Languages with questions about placement.


Secondary Teacher Licensure Program

Core Requirements (35 hours)

  • Major in French (30 hours above the 1000 level), Spanish (34 hours above the 1000 level)
  • Minor in Secondary Education (18 hours)
  • Second Language Education Block (12 hours)
  • A “teachable” minor is recommended (18-21 hours)
  • Total 95-99 hours (not including minor)

An official ACTFL-certified Oral Proficiency Interview is required for all students seeking Teacher Licensure in French or Spanish. Certification at the Advanced-low oral proficiency level is encouraged. See “Secondary Teacher Licensure” for further details.

Any part of the minor in secondary education and the second language education block may be met by demonstration of competency.


Credit Validation – Language

Students who have acquired language skills before enrolling at UALR may receive credit for their proficiency by taking the sequel language skill course and earning a grade of B or greater. Students may request a placement test to find the level at which they should enroll. Up to 12 hours, up to 3 hours of which may be upper level, may be obtained in this manner. For more information, see a faculty member in the department.


Receiving Credit for Advanced Proficiency for Majors in World Languages

Students who have already acquired advanced proficiency (usually native or heritage speakers) in French or Spanish can take advantage of their knowledge to progress more rapidly toward degree completion than regular program requirements allow. For more information, see a faculty member in the department.

A student desiring accelerated status toward completion of a major in World Languages: French may demonstrate proficiency as prescribed below and obtain 24 hours of credit (CR), 18 of which will count toward the 30-hour major requirement.

To demonstrate eligibility for accelerated status in French, a student must prove oral and writing proficiency by (1) scoring at least “Advanced-Mid” on an official Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) from ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) and (2) scoring at least “Advanced-Mid” on an official Writing Proficiency Test (WPT) from ACTFL. A student who achieves “Advanced-Mid” or higher ratings on both assessments will be granted 24 hours of credit (CR) for the following courses:  3311, 3312, 2315, 3115, 3116, and 3117. In addition to the above credits, completion of the major will require 12 credit hours of upper-level work in the major language, to include one culture course (3334, 3335, or 3336) and six credit hours at the 4000 level.

A student desiring accelerated status toward completion of a major in World Languages: Spanish may demonstrate proficiency as prescribed below and obtain 18 or 21 hours of credit (CR), 12 or 15 of which will respectively count toward the 34-hour major requirement. To demonstrate eligibility for accelerated status in Spanish, a student must prove oral and writing proficiency by taking an official Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) and an official Writing Proficiency Test (WPT) from ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages).  Students passing the WPT and OPI with a score of advanced-low will earn 12 hours of credit towards the Spanish BA in SPAN 2311, 2313, 3313, and 3314.

Students passing both the WPT and OPI with a score of advanced-mid will earn 15 hours of credit towards the Spanish BA in SPAN 2311, 2313, 3313, 3314, 3115, 3116, and 3117.


ESL Endorsement for Teachers

DWL offers the four-course endorsement in English as a Second Language (ESL) per the requirements of the State of Arkansas. The endorsement is added to current teacher licensure, K-12. Students seeking the endorsement must take LANG 4322 Teaching Second Languages, LANG 4323 Second Language Acquisition, LANG 4324 Teaching People of Other Cultures, and LANG 4325 Second Language Assessment. To be fully licensed in ESL, students must also pass the Praxis exam in English to Speakers of Other Languages.


Bachelor of Arts in World Languages: French

General: 120 minimum total hours, including 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), and 30 hours in residence

First-Year Colloquium (0-3 hours)

Required of full-time freshmen entering college for the first time and transfer students with less than 12 hours of credit (See page 25 for requirement details.)

Core (35 hours)

(See “General Education Requirements.”)

Second Language Proficiency (0-9 hours)

Completion of FREN 2311 Intermediate French I or demonstrate equivalent proficiency. See page (See “Second Language Requirement” for information about demonstrating proficiency.)

Major (30 hours above the 1000 level)
Communications (12-15 hours)

FREN 3310 Integrated Skills I
FREN 3311 Integrated Skills II
FREN 3312 Integrated Skills III
FREN 2315 Intermediate Conversational French
or FREN 3115, 3116, 3117 Advanced Conversation

Cultures (3-9 hours)

FREN 3334 French Culture and Civilization I
FREN 3335 French Culture and Civilization II
FREN 3336 Francophone Cultures

Comparisons and Communities (3-9 hours)

FREN 3316 French Pronunciation
FREN 4316 Advanced Listening and Pronunciation
FREN 4141, 4142, 4143 French Practicum
FREN 4350 Senior Project
LANG 3390 Study Abroad

Connections (3-9 hours)

FREN 3321 Short Stories
FREN 3332 Introduction to Literature
FREN 3333 Selected Readings in French Literature
FREN 4331 Writings: Historical Perspective
FREN 4341 Writings: Modern Perspective
FREN 4351 French Cinema
FREN 4361, 4362 Seminar in French Literature

Minor (12-29 hours-Typical minor requires 18 hours)
Unrestricted General Electives

Remaining hours, if any, to reach 120 minimum total hours, 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), and/or 30 hours in residence.


Minor in French

A minor in French consists of 21 hours above the 1000 level. Fifteen hours must be in upper-level courses, with at least three hours at the 4000 level as specified below. A grade of C or greater is required in all courses specified for the minor. French minors are strongly encouraged to enroll in LANG 4322 Teaching Second Languages. This course does not count as part of the 21 hours in French.

Communications (9 hours)
6 hours from the following:

FREN 3310 Integrated Skills I
FREN 3311 Integrated Skills II
FREN 3312 Integrated Skills III

3 hours from the following:

FREN 2315 Intermediate Conversational French
FREN 3115, 3116, 3117 Advanced Conversation

Cultures (3 hours)

FREN 3334 French Culture and Civilization I
FREN 3335 French Culture and Civilization II
FREN 3336 Francophone Cultures

Comparisons and Communities (3 hours)

FREN 3316 French Pronunciation
FREN 4316 Advanced Listening and Pronunciation
FREN 4141, 4142, 4143 French Practicum
FREN 4350 Senior Project
LANG 3390 Study Abroad

Connections (3 hours)

FREN 3321 Short Stories
FREN 3332 Introduction to Literature
FREN 3333 Selected Readings in French Literature
FREN 4331 Writings: Historical Perspective
FREN 4341 Writings: Modern Perspective
FREN 4351 French Cinema
FREN 4361, 4362 Seminar in French Literature


Honors Program in French

The department offers an honors program available to exceptional students leading to the bachelor of arts in World Languages: French with honors. To be admitted to the program, a student must apply for acceptance to the program, be a declared major in World Languages: French, have at least 60 hours of undergraduate college credit, including at least 15 hours of French, and have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.25 on all University work taken at UALR and elsewhere.To qualify for the degree with honors, a student must maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.25 and a 3.25 in all French courses, complete all requirements for the World Languages: French major, and include a three hour specialized French seminar and a three hour Senior project in the 30 hours required for the French major. Study abroad is strongly encouraged. More information can be obtained from the department advisor.


Bachelor of Arts in World Languages: Spanish

General: 120 minimum total hours, including 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), and 30 hours in residence

First-Year Colloquium (0-3 hours)

Required of full-time freshmen entering college for the first time and transfer students with less than 12 hours of credit (See page 25 for requirement details.)

Core (35 hours)

(See “General Education Requirements.”)

Second Language Proficiency (0-9 hours)

Completion of SPAN 2311 Intermediate Spanish or demonstrate equivalent proficiency. See page (See “Second Language Requirement” for information about demonstrating proficiency.)

Major (34 hours)

Blocks must be completed in order and with a grade of C or better in order to proceed to the next block. Courses within blocks may be taken in any order, unless otherwise specified.

# Credit Hrs   Course Number, Title & Prerequisites (if any)

Block 1 (6 hours)

3                      SPAN 2311 (Intermediate Spanish) or equivalent proficiency

3                      SPAN 2313 (Intermediate Spanish 2; can be taken with 3313 or 3314)

Block 2 (12 hours)

3                      SPAN 3313 (Conversation and Presentation for Spanish)

3                      SPAN 3314 (Writing for Spanish)

3                      SPAN 3316 (Spanish Phonetics; prerequisite 3313 or 3314)

3                      SPAN 3317 (Introduction to Literary and Cultural Studies; prerequisite 3313 or 3314)

Block 3 (16 hours)

3                      SPAN 3334 (Peninsular Cultures) or 3335 (Cultures of the Americas)

3                      SPAN 4361 or 4362 (Seminar)

3                      SPAN 4310 (Structured Internship) or LANG 4350 (Advanced Foreign Language Study Trip for study in Hispanic country)

3                      SPAN 3xxx or 4xxx (3000 or 4000-level course elective)*

3                      SPAN 4xxx (4000-level course elective)*

1                      SPAN 4171 (Capstone; must be taken during last 9 hours of Block 3)

*Can be substituted by transfer or study abroad courses (up to six hours)

Minor (12-29 hours-Typical minor requires 18 hours)
Unrestricted General Electives

Remaining hours, if any, to reach 120 minimum total hours, 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), and/or 30 hours in residence.


Minor in Spanish

Blocks must be completed in order and with a grade of C or better in order to proceed to the next block. Courses within blocks may be taken in any order, unless otherwise specified.

# Credit Hrs Course Number, Title & Prerequisites
Block 1 (6 hours)
3 SPAN 2311 (Intermediate Spanish) or equivalent proficiency
3 SPAN 2313 (Intermediate Spanish 2; can be taken with 3313 or 3314)
Block 2 (6 hours)
3 SPAN 3313 (Conversation and Presentation for Spanish)
3 SPAN 3314 (Writing for Spanish)

Block 3 (9 hours)
3 SPAN 3xxx (3000-level course)
3 SPAN 3xxx (3000-level course)
3 SPAN 4xxx (4000-level course)

21 hours TOTAL

Certificate in Workplace Spanish

All Spanish courses must be taken in the order listed, but 3315 can be taken concurrently with 3313 or 3314. The area studies course from another discipline must be pre-approved by the DWL Chair and may be taken at any time during the certificate program.

# Credit Hrs Course Number and Title
3 SPAN 2311 (Intermediate Spanish I) or equivalent proficiency
3 SPAN 2313 (Intermediate Spanish II)
3 SPAN 3313 (Conversation and Presentation for Spanish) or 3314 (Writing for Spanish)
3 SPAN 3315 (Translation Studies)
3 Interdisciplinary Area Studies Course at 3000 or 4000 level (must be pre-approved by chair)
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15 hours TOTAL


Instruction in Other Languages

Courses in other modern languages (Arabic, Mandarin, Russian, etc.) and classical languages (Greek, Hebrew, Latin, etc.) are offered periodically in response to student interest.


Courses in World Languages

To see the full listing of all undergraduate courses for World Languages, select the relevant four-letter code to review the undergraduate courses within that discipline:

LANG – General Foreign Language
CHIN – Chinese
FREN- French
SPAN- Spanish