Bethlehem University Catalog 2021-2022

Faculty of Arts/ Department of English/ Course description

COMM101 - ORAL COMMUNICATION - 3 credits

This course aims to improve the effectiveness and fluency of the students' oral communication skills in a variety of settings. Emphasis is on listening and public speaking with attention to organizational and delivery skills.
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COMM102 - FUNDAMENTAL COMPUTER SKILLS - 2 credits

This course introduces students to fundamental concepts and operations necessary to use computers. Students will learn to use word processing software to create, enhance, and format documents. Students will learn how to display and present visual information in various formats. Search engines and networking sites will also be introduced.
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COMM201 - INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNICATIONS - 3 credits

This course introduces students to the theories and principles of communications with emphasis on the types of communication (interpersonal, intercultural, mass communication, and organizational), the contexts in which communication occurs, and the issues that are faced therein.
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COMM202 - INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC RELATIONS - 3 credits

This course introduces students to the industry of Public Relations (PR) and the role it plays in reputation, relationship management and corporate strategy. There will be emphasis on PR and ethics, PR planning and strategy, critical analysis and application of relevant communications theories.
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COMM301 - DIGITAL COMMUNICATIONS - 3 credits

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to basic principles and techniques of digital communications and editing. Students will learn about the history of digital communications and how to plan and use digital media tools effectively and to edit digital content for communication purposes taking into account the variation in target audience.
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COMM302 - CULTURE MEDIA AND COMMUNICATIONS - 3 credits

This course will explore the concepts of and shifts in culture, media and communications in a global setting. It aims to enhance student knowledge and ability to critically analyze and interpret the discourse of different media channels, outlets and the impact this plays on the state and public sphere.
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COMM303 - TRANSLATION SKILLS I - 3 credits

This course introduces students to the fundamental concepts and skills necessary for translation (to and from Arabic-English). It aims to build student's ability to translate texts in a range of fields taking into account the purpose and/or target audience.
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COMM304 - ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS - 3 credits

This course will introduce students to theories, systems, structures and processes of professional and organizational communication. Students will learn about organizational behaviour, ethics, culture and the dynamics of global communications.
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COMM305 - ADVANCED TRANSLATION SKILLS - 3 credits

This course builds on students knowledge and skills in translation (to and from Arabic-English). It aims to enhance students ability to translate texts in a range of fields taking into account the purpose and/or target audience.
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COMM322 - ADVANCED COMMUNICATIONS FOR PUBLIC RELATIONS - 3 credits

This course builds on the students' knowledge of public relations. Students will critically examine the evolving media landscape and the various channels that are utilized (including traditional media, digital media, and social media). Emphasis will be placed on the development of strategic social media engagement strategies through case studies and projects.
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COMM323 - GENDER AND COMMUNICATIONS - 3 credits

This course will examine the relationship and influence that communication has upon gender and the influence that gender has in shaping communication interactions. The course will introduce and use multiple theoretical perspectives and address a variety of social issues.
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COMM401 - CREATIVE COMMUNICATIONS & CAMPAIGNS - 3 credits

This course offers an overview of creative communications and related research. It exposes students to the power of social media and campaigns. It aims to enhance student ability to strategically identify and set communication goals to generate specific outcomes such as to inform, persuade, or motivate changes.
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COMM402 - FUND DEVELOPMENT & COMMUNICATIONS - 3 credits

"This course aims to advance students' knowledge and ability to fundraise and communicate for nonprofit organizations. Students will learn to tell stories to build awareness of organizations' missions. Students will learn about donor relations, proposals, and developing marketing and fundraising plans.
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COMM403 - NEW VENTURE CREATION - 3 credits

This course will explore different types of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial ecosystems. It aims to enhance student ability to identify opportunities within the field of English and Communication studies from which they create and capture value. Students will implement the design thinking process and develop a comprehensive business plan to validate the viability of their new venture.
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COMM404 - INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION - 3 credits

This course examines the influence of culture on the communication process. It aims to increase students' awareness of and appreciation for the complexity of intercultural communication. The course will cover several general topics including identity, perception, communication skills, culture, linguistic differences, globalization and nonverbal communication.
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COMM405 - LITERATURE, DOCUMENTARIES AND FILM - 3 credits

"This course will focus on examining the interplay between literature and film through specific literary texts and their cinematic adaptations. The course will focus on a specific theme that will be chosen each time it is offered. Students will be expected to read the relevant literary texts and respond critically to their cinematic counterparts through research, group work, and examinations. Primary text: Stam, Robert: Literature through Film

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COMM406 - COMMUNICATING A STRUGGLE - 3 credits

"The course will explore how the cinematic arts (movies, documentaries, series, etc.) operate as a medium of communication through the close study of current and historical conflicts. The course will pay specific attention to how cinematic works reflect the formation and evolution of a national identity and the representation of the Other. Students will be expected to critically engage with several fiction and non-fiction films by local and international directors.
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ENGL020 - WRITING LAB I - 0 credits

This course is taken in tandem with ENGL 120. The course introduces students to the academic writing process beginning at the sentence level with progression toward engagement with and responses to text in paragraph format. Emphasis is placed on analysis, argumentation, and intellectual honesty.
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ENGL021 - WRITING LAB II - 0 credits

This course is taken in tandem with ENGL 121 and ENGL 131. The course builds on Lab I and aims to equip students with the academic writing skills they need for composing an academic essay and research paper. Focus will be placed on writing summary, paraphrasing, documentation, and citation process.
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ENGL120 - ENGLISH LANGUAGE SKILLS I - 3 credits

This course is the first university English language requirement that aims to introduce students to the academic language skills that are necessary for pursuing their university education. It focuses on the four language skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking.
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ENGL121 - ENGLISH LANGUAGE SKILLS II - 3 credits

This course is the second university English Language requirement that continues to advance the students' skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking required for success in an academic setting.
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ENGL130 - ENGLISH GRAMMAR I - 3 credits

This course aims to review the fundamentals of English grammar and to further students knowledge of English grammar through exploration and analysis. It also aims at raising students' awareness of grammatical correctness in their written production.
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ENGL131 - ACADEMIC WRITING SKILLS - 3 credits

This course aims to introduce prospective English majors to writing as a process consisting of pre-writing, writing, editing, and rewriting. Focus is placed on the characteristics of academic essay writing. Readings are used as source materials for the writing activities.
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ENGL203 - ENGLISH WRITING SKILLS I - 3 credits

This course aims to introduce prospective English majors to writing as a process consisting of pre-writing, writing and rewriting. Focus is placed on the characteristics of academic essay writing. Readings are used as source materials for the writing activities.
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ENGL204 - ENGLISH WRITING SKILLS II - 3 credits

This course aims to advance the writing skills of students who were accepted in the major. Students practice writing a variety of academic essay types including literary and critical essays. Readings are used as source materials for the writing activities.
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ENGL205 - ORAL COMMUNICATION SKILLS - 3 credits

This course aims to improve the effectiveness and fluency of the students' oral communication skills in a variety of settings. Students engage in a number of activities such as role-plays, dialogues, group discussions, interviews, and informative and persuasive speeches.
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ENGL206 - ENGLISH GRAMMAR I - 3 credits

This course aims to review the fundamentals of English grammar. It also aims at raising students' awareness of grammatical correctness in their written production.
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ENGL213 - ENGLISH LANGUAGE SKILLS III - 3 credits

This course in English for Specific Purposes is the third university requirement. It aims to provide non-major students with additional opportunities to improve and apply the reading, writing, listening and speaking skills and sub-skills that were introduced in ENGL 120 and ENGL 121 and are necessary for the students' chosen major. It also focuses on the study skills, critical thinking skills, and vocabulary building skills necessary for success in an academic setting using materials from the student's field of study.
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ENGL214 - PROSE FICTION - 3 credits

This course aims to equip students with the tools they need to engage in the critical/analytical reading and interpretation of fiction. Emphasis is on an in depth analysis, and interpretation of individual short stories and novels. The course highlights the cultural, historical, religious context of the selected works, and elements of fiction. The course introduces two critical schools to help students interpret the readings.
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ENGL215 - DRAMA - 3 credits

This course aims to introduce students to the study of drama. It covers a range of time periods and various movements and genres. The course focuses on the structural elements of plot, character, thought, and verbal style in selected plays from the classical periods to the present.
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ENGL216 - POETRY - 3 credits

This course aims to introduce students to poetry as a literary genre. It also aims to foster in students a critical understanding and appreciation of the poetic arts as well as a broad knowledge of the characteristics of the poetry of various literary periods.
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ENGL218 - READING FOR ACADEMIC PURPOSES - 3 credits

This course aims to improve students' critical reading ability by developing the skills required for reading at university level. It also aims to provide practice in a variety of reading sub-skills and strategies.
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ENGL220 - COMMUNICATION WRITING SKILLS - 3 credits

This course aims to advance the writing skills of students in the field of written communications. Students create content by writing and editing a variety of texts using multiple streams of communication for different audiences. Content can span from technical to creative writing.
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ENGL227 - RESEARCH IN LITERATURE & LANGUAGE - 3 credits

This course aims to introduce students to the basic concepts and procedures of conducting research in literature and language.
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ENGL229 - RESEARCH SKILLS FOR LANGUAGE - 2 credits

This course aims to hone the research skills students need to write empirical studies in the field. It introduces students to the ways research on language-related topics is conceived and conducted. Special emphasis will be given to the APA documentation and citation format and how it can be used to report on empirical studies in the field.
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ENGL231 - ENGLISH BUSINESS COMMUNICATION - 3 credits

This course is offered to business students. It aims to improve their business communication skills. The students will engage in a number of written and oral business communication tasks.
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ENGL301 - INTRODUCTION TO LINGUISTICS - 3 credits

This course aims to introduce students to the basic concepts of modern linguistics. It also aims at raising students' awareness of the complexity and regularity of language. Emphasis is given to an analysis of the English language phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics.
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ENGL303 - ENGLISH GRAMMAR II - 3 credits

This course aims to provide a review and practice of the basic grammar structures. It aims to lead students away from a concern with forms and dependence on memorization to an awareness of the meanings and uses of structures.
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ENGL304 - CONTRASTIVE STUDY OF ARABIC & ENGLISH - 3 credits

This course focuses on English as the target language. It involves a contrastive study of Arabic and English phonological, morphological and syntactic structures.
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ENGL305 - SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION - 3 credits

This course aims to provide students with an overview of the most recent theories that account for the ability of human beings to acquire and learn their L1 and L2. It also explores individual differences that affect language learning.
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ENGL307 - ERROR ANALYSIS - 3 credits

This course aims to introduce students to the concept and procedures of Error Analysis and to raise their awareness of grammatical correctness. The students will utilize their knowledge of English grammar to identify, reconstruct, and explain the performance errors of Arab learners of English as a foreign language.
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ENGL310 - SOCIOLINGUISTICS - 3 credits

This course aims to give students an appreciation of the relationship between language and society and language and culture. It also aims to expose students to a variety of topics dealing with the general theme of language in its social context.
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ENGL313 - THE NOVEL - 3 credits

This course aims to focus on reading analytically, critically, and thoroughly novels by pre-modern, modern, and contemporary authors. It exposes students to the variety of modes, traditions, conventions of the novel and its sub-genres.
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ENGL320 - LITERATURE OF THE ROMANTIC PERIOD - 3 credits

This course aims to expose students to a detailed study of the major pre-Romantic and Romantic poets, novelists and essayists, from 1775 to 1824. It focuses on the different trends, elements and influences that characterize the period.
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ENGL322 - ADVANCED ORAL COMMUNICATION - 3 credits

This course aims to improve the effectiveness and fluency of students' oral communication both at the receptive and productive levels in a variety of settings. Theory on important forms of communication is analyzed and is reinforced with practical projects.
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ENGL323 - ORAL INTERPRETIVE READING - 3 credits

This course aims to develop skills for recreating an author's experience recorded in a literary piece and for communicating that experience to an audience through oral reading. It also focuses on augmenting students' ability of literary interpretation and on increasing their skills in public performance.
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ENGL324 - LITERATURE OF THE VICTORIAN AGE - 3 credits

This course aims to expose students to a detailed study of representative works of Victorian poets, novelists and essayists within the social and intellectual context of the age. It focuses on the various trends, elements and influence that characterize the period.
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ENGL325 - INTRODUCTION TO LITERARY CRITICISM - 3 credits

This course aims to introduce students to the various schools and approaches of literary criticism. It also introduces the principal issues, concepts, terms, and methods employed in modern literary criticism. Students will use critical theories covered in the course to interpret selected literary texts.
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ENGL326 - ENGLISH FOR ADVOCACY - 3 credits

This course aims to advance the English language skills of students in the field of advocacy. A variety of theories and sample cases of advocacy and conflict resolution will be introduced. Students advocate orally and in writing selected topics relevant to their social, economic and political contexts.
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ENGL327 - LEARNING STRATEGIES - 3 credits

This course aims to help students develop an awareness of the learning processes and strategies that can improve their understanding, production, and learning of a language. Students will be provided with opportunities to use a variety of learning strategies.
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ENGL328 - WOMEN IN LITERATURE - 3 credits

This course aims to examine literature by and about women, including poetry, essays, novellas and novels. Readings include twentieth-century literature by celebrated Arab, European, and American women writers. It uses feminist literary theories, including feminist psychoanalytic theory, feminist stylistics, and minority women's theory.
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ENGL329 - PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION - 3 credits

This course aims to expand and to strengthen the students' speaking, listening, and writing skills in situations encountered in professional environments. Students will engage in a variety of communicative tasks. They will also practice a number of professional skills.
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ENGL330 - DISCOURSE ANALYSIS - 3 credits

This course aims to introduce students to the concepts and methods of discourse analysis. It examines the contextual features of the communicative act, the information structure, and the formal and informal levels of language use.
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ENGL333 - THE HOLY LAND IN TRAVEL WRITINGS - 3 credits

This course aims to examine a variety of Western Literature of Travel in the Holy Land, with emphasis on the writings of the 19th century. Readings include voyages of discovery and self-discovery, confrontations with the 'other', as well as the Westerner's perspective and impressions of Palestine and Palestinian history, religious practices, environment, dress codes and culture.
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ENGL334 - PALESTINIAN LITERATURE - 3 credits

This course aims to introduce students to the riches of Palestinian literature and to acquaint them with the critical responses it receives in the Arab World and beyond. It discusses the historical, political, cultural, and religious influences that helped shape the various trends in Palestinian literature written by Palestinian authors in their homeland and in exile. The course covers selections from different genres originally written in English or in an authorized English translation.
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ENGL335 - INDIVIDUAL AUTHOR - 3 credits

This course aims to focus on selected works of a single author. Students will concentrate on reading, interpreting, and analyzing the author's selected works and relating them to his/her life and times and critical traditions around him/her. A different author is selected each semester, with a balance between renowned British, American and other world writers, novelists, poets, and playwrights.
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ENGL336 - LITERATURE OF THE MODERN & THE POST MODERN PERIOD - 3 credits

This course aims to investigate the cultural and political contexts of modern and post-modern literature, and the two major literary movements of modernism and post-modernism. Selected English literary works and texts of world literature in authentic English translation are closely discussed.
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ENGL337 - TOPICS IN AMERICAN LITERATURE - 3 credits

This course aims to introduce students to major American writers from the 17th century to the early part of the 20th century. It also aims to expose students to the American tradition in literature and to trace the cultural and literary developments of this tradition.
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ENGL338 - COLONIAL ENGLISH LITERATURE - 3 credits

This course aims to introduce students to selected critical and literary works from the vast body of Colonial and Post-Colonial writings in English. It addresses the historical, cultural, religious and political contexts of selections by several colonial and post-colonial authors. Readings cover various geographical regions including Africa, the Middle East, the Far East, and South America.
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ENGL339 - LITERATURE OF THE COLONIAL AND POST-COLONIAL PERIOD - 3 credits

This course aims to introduce students to selected critical and literary works from the vast body of Colonial and Post-Colonial writings in English. It addresses the historical, cultural, religious and political contexts of selections by several colonial and post-colonial authors. Readings cover various geographical regions including Africa, the Middle East, the Far East, and South America.
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ENGL340 - LINGUISTICS I: INTRODUCTION TO LINGUISTICS - 3 credits

This course aims to introduce students to the basic concepts of modern linguistics. It also aims at raising students' awareness of the complexity and regularity of language. Emphasis is given to an analysis of the English language phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics.
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ENGL341 - LINGUISTICS II: DISCOURSE ANALYSIS - 3 credits

This course introduces students to the concepts and methods of discourse analysis. It examines the contextual features of the communicative act, the information structure, the formal and the informal levels of language use in relation to its social and cultural contexts and language conventions.
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ENGL350 - CREATIVE WRITING - 3 credits

The Creative Writing course is designed to hone the creative potential of Bethlehem University's students of English Literature. The course is geared towards the analysis of various works of fiction with a specific focus on writing style, world-building, description, and plot progression. Students will be expected to utilize the skills they have learned in order to craft their own creative work and offer feedback to their peers during workshops.
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ENGL389 - SENIOR SEMINAR - 1 credit

This course aims to allow the students to demonstrate the knowledge, skills and experience that they have gained during their study in the department by providing them the opportunity to research an area of interest in language or literature under the supervision of one of the department faculty members.
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ENGL398 - TOPICS IN LANGUAGE, LITERATURE AND COMMUNICATION - 3 credits

This course aims to allow department faculty members or visiting professors to offer new courses of interest to them and to the students.
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ENGL399 - TOPICS IN LANGUAGE & LITERATURE - 3 credits

This course aims to allow department faculty members or visiting professors to offer new courses of interest to them and to the students.
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ENGR101 - REMEDIAL ENGLISH I - 2 credits

This course is the first level of remedial English that is offered to students who do not perform well on the English Entrance Exam. It aims to help them attain the language proficiency required to move to ENGI 102. It covers the basic language skills of reading, writing, listening, and speaking.
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ENGR102 - REMEDIAL ENGLISH II - 2 credits

This course is the second level of remedial English that is offered to students who show minimum language proficiency level on the English Entrance Exam. It aims to help them attain the language proficiency required for university entry level and to move to ENGL 120. It covers the four language skills of reading, writing, listening, and speaking.
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FREN131 - ELEMENTARY FRENCH I - 3 credits

This course aims to introduce the students to the French language focusing on understanding and interaction skills with simple sentences and everyday expressions. This course meets four times a week.
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FREN132 - ELEMENTARY FRENCH II - 3 credits

This course is a continuation of FREN 131 and it aims to teach basic communication skills in the French language. Students will be able to communicate successfully in many basic situations of daily life.This course meets four times a week.
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FREN223 - FRENCH COMMUNICATION SKILLS I - 3 credits

This course aims to introduce the students to French culture and civilization using authentic documents. Students are expected to use all four language skills with a focus on the oral.
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FREN224 - FRENCH COMMUNICATION SKILLS II - 3 credits

This course is a continuation of FREN223 and it aims to continue to introduce the students to French culture and civilization using authentic documents. Students are expected to use all four language skills with a focus on the oral.
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FREN230 - INTERMEDIATE FRENCH I - 3 credits

This course aims to develop further the students' basic knowledge in grammar and vocabulary to enable them to understand and interact in daily situations. Practical work to enhance interaction includes: tasks with oral documents, identifying meanings using contextual information.
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FREN240 - INTERMEDIATE FRENCH II - 3 credits

This course provides students further practice in the four basic language skills to develop fluency. The focus is on sentence structure, choice of vocabulary in both the oral and written production.
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FREN325 - ADVANCED FRENCH COMMUNICATION SKILLS - 3 credits

This course aims to develop accuracy and fluency in the four language skills with a focus on the oral for further practice.
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FREN335 - ADVANCED FRENCH FOR TOURISM I - 3 credits

This course aims to give the students practice in the use of French in professional settings. It aims to help them to develop fluency in expressing themselves at work. Students are expected to use all four language skills with a focus on the written and the proper use of vocabulary and grammar.
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FREN336 - ADVANCED FRENCH FOR TOURSIM II - 3 credits

This course is the continuation of FREN 335. It aims to give the students further practice in the use of French in professional settings. It aims to help them to develop fluency in expressing themselves at work. Students are expected to use all four language skills with a focus on the written and the proper use of vocabulary and grammar.
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FREN340 - FRENCH CULTURE & LITERATURE - 3 credits

This course aims to give further competence in the independent use of French using authentic situations and classical writings.
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LIBR101 - LIBRARY SKILLS - 0 credits

This course is offered for freshmen students in two parts. The first part aims to introduce students to the effective use of traditional and modern sources of information housed in the University Library. It also aims to help students learn how to access their academic page, the e-classes for the different courses, and manage their university emails. The second part introduces the students to university life and the Lasallian mission of the university.
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