Foreign-language study teaches many important skills beyond the simple mechanics of an unfamiliar tongue. Close reading and listening skills, principles of grammar and linguistics, and enriched cultural awareness are added benefits of foreign-language study.
Western students have two great options for foreign-language study this semester: Spanish and French. The Spanish courses meet in person for day or evening sessions, with additional Internet components, while the French classes are taken entirely online.
Students may begin their studies in French with First Year French I (FREN 1010 NT), or they can pick up where they left off last spring with First Year French II (FREN 1020 NT), provided they have completed 1010 or have passed two years of HS French or the equivalent.
Students new to Spanish may take either of two daytime sections of Spanish 1010, an evening section, or an Internet section. Section 01 meets at 9:30 - 10:45 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays; Section 02 meets from 11 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays; and Section 03 meets from 7 - 8:50 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. These classes also include Internet components.
Students in health disciplines may want to consider the two-credit Spanish For Health Care Personnel (SPAN 1070 01), which meets from 5:30 - 6:45 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and which does not have any course prerequisites. This class is ideal for students and working healthcare professionals who work with Spanish-speaking patients and their families.
Students looking to continue their Spanish studies from the previous semester may take First Year Spanish II (1020 01), which meets from 1 - 2:15 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, or an Internet section of 1020. Those who have completed both sections of First-Year Spanish are invited to continue their studies in Second Year Spanish I (SPAN 2030 NT), which is an Internet course. Students may also enroll concurrently in SPAN 1020 and SPAN 2030.