Department of International & Second Language Studies

General Information | Degree Requirements | Courses in LANG/CHIN/FREN/GERM/SPAN

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Chairperson:
TBD

Associate Professor:
Deiser, Andrew J.

Assistant Professors:
Cheatham, Rosalie M.
Dhonau, Stephanie A.
Finzer, Erin S.
Wagner, Susanne M.

Instructors:
Haislop, Victor J.
Ray, Sherrie A.
Rodriguez, Maria M.
Sellars, Sharon E.
Underwood, Olimpia G.

Adjunct Assistant Professor:
Lytle, Alan D.

The Department of International and Second Language Studies (DISLS) comprises academic programs in foreign languages, academic and non-academic classes in English as a Second Language, and foreign language and ESL education. Majors offered in the DISLS include World Languages: French and World Languages: and Spanish. Minors include French and 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 teach a foreign language or communicate in international affairs; to promote intercultural communication; and to offer background preparation necessary for graduate work in a foreign language. In order to insure that this occurs, the skills of listening, speaking, reading, writing, and cultural understanding are assessed throughout the programs and upon completion of the major.

General Information

Second Language Requirement for B.A., B.S.E., and B.S.W. Students

Students seeking a B.A. degree in any of the following majors are required to complete a 2000-level second language course or demonstrate equivalent proficiency as measured by a competency test.

Students seeking a B.S.E. in Early Childhood Education are required to complete 3 hours of a second language and 3 hours of English as a Second Language. Students seeking a B.S.E. in Middle Childhood Education are required to complete 6 hours of a second language or English as a Second Language in any combination or level. Students seeking a B.S.W. degree are required to complete the elementary I and II levels of a second language sequence of courses.

See “Second Language Requirement.”

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 already completed UALR second language courses.
  • Students who have completed university-level courses for transfer credit in French or Spanish.
  • All other students should take the test before enrolling in UALR language courses.
Secondary Teacher Licensure Program
    Core Requirements (44 hours)
    Major in French, Spanish (30 hours of German) 30 hours (+6)
    Minor in Secondary Education (18 hours)
    A “teachable” minor 21 hours
    Second Language Education Block 12 hours
    Total 125 hours

An official ACTFL-certified Oral Proficiency Interview is required for all students seeking Teacher Licensure in French, German, 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 of credit may be obtained in this manner. For more information, see a faculty member in the department.

Accelerated Option for Majors in World Languages: French, German Studies, or Spanish

The accelerated option allows students who have acquired proficiency in French or Spanish to take advantage of their knowledge to progress toward degree completion more rapidly than traditional program requirements would allow. A student desiring accelerated status toward completion of a major in World Languages: French or Spanish 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, 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: (French and Spanish only), 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 [French only] and six credit hours at the 4000 level. For more information, see a faculty member in the department.

ESL Endorsement for Teachers

The DISLS offers the four-course endorsement in English as a Second Language (ESL) as 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.

The Intensive English Language Program (IELP), in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, offers non-English speakers a full-time program in English language skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. After completing IELP, students with the necessary academic qualifications may be admitted to UALR without taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the Test of Written English (TWE), or the Michigan test.


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 (44 hours)

See page (See page 25 for requirement details.

Second Language Proficiency (0-9 hours)

Completion of FREN 2311 Intermediate French I or demonstrate equivalent proficiency. See page (See page 26 for details.

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 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), 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 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 (44 hours)

See page (See page 25 for requirement details.

Second Language Proficiency (0-9 hours)

    Completion of SPAN 2311 Intermediate French I or demonstrate equivalent proficiency. See page (See page 26 for details.

    Major (30 hours)

      3 hours may be at the 2000 level
      SPAN 3311 Communications: Interpersonal
      (or equivalent demonstrated proficiency)
      SPAN 3312 Communications: Interpretive
      (or equivalent demonstrated proficiency)
      21 hours of any upper-level SPAN course (3000-4000 level); at least 6 of these hours must be senior-level (4000).

    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), or 30 hours in residence.


    Minor in Spanish

    A minor in Spanish 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. A minor must complete SPAN 3311 and 3312 or demonstrate equivalent proficiency. A grade of C or greater is required in all courses specified for the minor. Spanish minors are strongly encouraged to enroll in LANG 4322 Teaching Second Languages. This course does not count as part of the 21 hours in Spanish.

    Instruction in Other Languages

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