Foreign Languages

Foreign Language Course Descriptions

ESL 110 Academic Writing and Grammar (3 cr.)

This course emphasizes the basic elements of English grammar including, but not limited to, sentence structure, verb forms and agreement, tenses, modifiers, articles, punctuation, and capitalization. Students will also learn basic academic writing, contexts, and writing forms including paragraphs, short essays, and an introduction to research writing in the American Education system. This course is required for non-native English speakers who score between 450 and 500 on the TOEFL and do not yet meet other Waldorf placement requirements. (Graded Pass/Fail)

ESL 111 Academic Reading and Vocabulary (3 cr.)

This course will focus on the development of vocabulary and reading skills of English Language Learners. Emphasis will be given to reading comprehension, understanding contextual cues, increasing academic vocabulary, taking notes from written texts, and practicing test-taking skills. This is required for non-native English speakers who score between 450 and 500 on the TOEFL and do not yet meet other Waldorf placement requirements. (Graded Pass/Fail)

ESL 112 Academic Listening and Speaking (3 cr.)

This course will focus on the oral communication skills that students will need in their academic courses. Students will improve intercultural communication competence and learn how to take notes on an academic lecture, ask and respond to questions in class, participate in group work, give oral presentations, and interact with instructors during office hours. This is required for non-native English speakers who score between 450 and 500 on the TOEFL and do not yet meet other Waldorf placement requirements. (Graded Pass/Fail)

ESL 113 Applied English for Academics (3 cr.)

This course builds on the courses offered during the fall semester. Emphasis will be given to the four skills of reading, writing, listening, and speaking and their applications at the academic level. Students will develop both linguistic and communication skills through integrated topics and projects that are common in American academic systems. This is required for non-native English speakers who score between 450 and 500 on the TOEFL and do not yet meet other Waldorf placement requirements (Graded Pass/Fail)

GER 101-102 Elementary German(4 cr.)

Through a multimedia approach drill is given in elementary grammar, idioms, and vocabulary essential for basic language skills. Cultural aspects of German speaking countries in a topical, contemporary program are introduced. (Prerequisite for GER 102 is GER 101 or consent of instructor)

GER 201-202 Intermediate German (3 cr.)

There will be continued emphasis on grammar, idioms, and vocabulary to increase the student’s basic communicative competence. There will be selected short readings to gain insight into the culture of today’s German speaking countries and into German literature of the past and present. (Prerequisite: GER 101-102 or two years of high school German or consent of instructor)

SPN 101-102 Elementary Spanish (4 cr.)

Fundamentals of the Spanish language, with emphasis on oral and written communication. Cultural aspects of Spanish-speaking countries included. (Prerequisite for SPN 102 is successful completion of SPN 101 or permission of the course instructor)

SPN 201-202 Intermediate Spanish (3 cr.)

Continuation of SPN 101-102 with practice in reading and writing. (Prerequisite for 201: SPN 101-102 or permission of the course instructor. Prerequisite for SPN 202 is successful completion of SPN 201 or permission of the course instructor.)

SPN 203-204 Intermediate Spanish Conversation (3 cr.)

A concentration in free oral expression on cultural and selected topics, vocabulary acquisition, selected literary works, and general Hispanic geography and history. Continued review work on grammar and syntax. (Prerequisite: SPN 201-202 or consent of the instructor)