FOREIGN LANGUAGES (FLG)
Professors:Magerus, Rusterholz (Chair), Stroud;
A student who plans to continue a language already studied in high school must take the UW System Placement Test in order to determine the appropriate class level.
Retroactive Credit and Advanced Placement
The Department of Foreign Languages does not offer an exam to establish retroactive credit or advanced placement. Instead, a student may receive retroactive credits provided a grade of "B" or better is earned in the student's first university course above the 101 level in a particular language.
Retroactive credit may be given in one or more languages. No retroactive credit is given for FLG 203 (Spanish for United States Hispanics) for FRE or SPA 331, or for FRE/GER/SPA 326.
- Elementary Language II (102) earns 4 retroactive credits plus 4 course credits for a total of 8 credits
- Intermediate Language I (201) earns 8 retroactive credits plus 4 course credits for a total of 12 credits
- Intermediate Language II (202) earns 12 retroactive credits plus 4 course credits for a total of 16 credits
- Any Advanced Course (except 326 and 331) earns 16 retroactive credits plus 2-4 course credits for a total of 18-19 credits
Language Proficiency in the General Education Program
A student who demonstrates satisfactory proficiency in an approved language at the 102 level may waive the General Education Skills Requirement for Foreign Languages. (See: General Education Program, I, B.: "Mathematical/Logical Systems and Foreign Languages").The student's proficiency level will be determined by the results of the UW System Foreign Language Placement Test and the department's proficiency examination. The student will not receive retroactive credit in the language for passing the proficiency examination.
Foreign Study and Credit
The chair of the Department of Foreign Languages approves equivalencies for university study in other universities, domestic and foreign. A student pursuing a major or a minor in a foreign language at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse may earn up to 66% of the credit hours for the major or minor in a foreign country. Thirty-four per cent of the credit hours must be earned at UW-L. The student is required to take at least one course in the foreign language at UW-L after returning from the country of study.
A student has the right to petition this policy. In this event, the department chair shall appoint an ad hoc committee to evaluate the case in terms of the following criteria: 1) proficiency examinations, both oral and written; and 2) evaluation of the student's performance prior to the study experience in the foreign country. Please refer to university residence requirements on p. 54.
Alvida Ahlstrom Honors Program
A. Junior standing
B. 3.60 in French, German or Spanish course work at the 300 or 400 level
A. Completion of the regular major or minor requirements
B. FRE/SPA/GER 495
C. Three additional credits of literature or civilization at the 300 or 400 level
D. Department approval of seminar paper or project; submission of completed paper to the department
A. A cumulative 3.60 grade point average in the major or minor at graduation
B. Distinguished performance on a paper or project developed in the French, Spanish, or German seminar course.
C. Approval by the departmental staff
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Minor
(Elementary/Middle/Secondary Education; Health, Physical Education, and Recreation - applies only to teacher certifiable programs ) - 22 credits, including ANT 350 or CST 332; ENG 332; ESL 300; FLG 475; PSY 436 or SPE 431; three credits multicultural electives selected from: ANT/SOC 480, EFN 486, ESL 350 (depending on topic), FLG 350 (depending on topic), PSY 280, 382; and four credits of electives selected from applicable category:
Secondary major, K-12 ESL certification: RDG 320, 324, or C-I 334; C-I 302 or ESL 450 (1-2 credits).
Elementary major, K-12 ESL certification: ENG 334, RDG 328, or C-I 405; ESL 450 (1 credit).
Secondary or elementary ESL certification (not K-12): RDG 320, ENG 334, or RDG 426; ESL 450 (1-2 credits).
Courses taken for General Education or major requirements may not be used as electives in the TESOL minor.
All TESOL minors must take C-I 367 and student teach at appropriate levels. Additional requirements: proficiency in a foreign language demonstrated through completion of 102-level course work or equivalent experience; and suitable proficiency in English as determined by the TESOL coordinator.
Also see English as a Second Language Institute.
Foreign language majors and minors in education
In order to be certified to teach a foreign language, students must take C-I 367, Teaching a Second Language, and student teach at the appropriate levels. Prior to student teaching, students are required to 1) demonstrate proficiency at a level equivalent to Intermediate High on the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Oral Proficiency Scale and 2) complete an approved foreign language immersion experience. Questions should be referred to the Department of Foreign Languages.
FOREIGN LANGUAGE COURSES (FLG)
+ above a course number indicates a General Education course.
FLG 101 Cr. 4
World Languages:Elementary _______________ I.
Oral and written language study, reading, grammar. A year of high school study in this language is equivalent to the 101 level.
FLG 102 Cr. 4
World Languages:Elementary _______________ II.
Oral and written language study, reading, grammar. A year of high school study in this language is equivalent to the 101 level as a prerequisite.
FLG 109 Cr. 4
English as a Second Language
A course designed to increase the development of four aspects of communication in English to speakers of other languages: understanding, speaking, reading, and writing. Enrollment limited to non-native English speakers. Prerequisite: ENG 050 or concurrent enrollment. Offered occasionally.
FLG 110 Cr. 3
Introduction to the Study of Language
An investigation of the nature, function, characteristics of romance and germanic languages compared linguistically with English and other languages. Offered occasionally.
FLG 201 Cr. 4
World Languages:Intermediate ______________ I.
Third semester oral and written language study, reading, grammar. Prerequisite: two years of high school or FLG 102 in this language.
FLG 202 Cr. 4
World Languages:Intermediate ______________ II.
Fourth semester oral and written language study, reading, grammar. Prerequisite: three years of high school or FLG 201 in this language.
FLG 203 Cr. 3
Spanish for United States Hispanics
This course gives United States Hispanic students who understand the Spanish language spoken by their relatives/friends, an opportunity to investigate their cultural heritage and to develop skills in reading, writing, speaking, and understanding standard Spanish. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Offered occasionally.
FLG 299 Cr. 3
Foreign Literature in Translation
The primary focus of this course is on major and representative works originally written in French, German, Russian and Spanish. The course is team-taught in English by specialists of the respective literatures. Content and theme vary with instructors.
FLG 394 Cr. 3
A study of the theory and problems of literary translation. Students translate literary works from the target language into English. The student translations are used for literary as well as translation technique study in the course. Prerequisite: FRE/GER/SPA 305. (Cross-listed with FRE, GER, and SPA; may only earn credit in one department.) Offered occasionally.
FLG 455/555 Cr. 1-6
Foreign Language Program Development: ____________
This course is designed for teachers or prospective teachers working toward teacher certification or recertification in a second or third language and/or in ESL. Program topics include: grammar, conversation, civilization, literature and methods. Prerequisite: acceptance of an approved program by department and permission of department chair. Repeatable for credit - maximum 12.
FLG 475/575 Cr. 3
Introduction to Linguistics
The nature of language and its role in society. Introduction to the techniques, terminology and theory of linguistic analysis. Problems in phonology, grammar and comparative linguistics. Prerequisites: foreign language at the 102 level or equivalent, junior standing.
FLG 491 Cr. 3
Films and Literature
Viewing and criticism of sub-titled films and reading their literary sources in translation. Prerequisite: one course in literature from either the foreign languages or English department.