Department Handbook

Plymouth State University

Department of Languages and Linguistics Handbook

For Departmental Majors and Minors

(French/Spanish Majors; Applied Linguistics/French/German/Spanish/TESOL Minors; *TESOL Certificate)

Mission statement – The Department of Languages and Linguistics serves as a portal to global communication and awareness, and to understanding, accepting and promoting diversity. Through language and linguistics study, students at Plymouth State University are exposed to a variety of people, their customs, beliefs, cultures, literature, music, art, film, history and civilizations. Our focus is on the development of linguistic and language skills, as well as interpretative, critical and creative thinking. We are the students’ passage to communicating with others from many parts of the world.

I. Department Goals:

  • Majors will achieve advanced communicative competence in reading, writing, listening, and speaking.
  • Minors will achieve communicative competence in reading, writing, listening, and speaking.
  • All Majors and Minors will achieve advanced cultural and content knowledge.

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II. Courses required for:

 

The French Major, Bachelor of Arts 120 credits

The BA in French is a balanced program of study in language, culture, and literature.

Degree Requirements Credits
FR 3010 French History and Civilization 3
FR 3020 French Culture and Conversation 3
FR 3030 Advanced French (GACO) (TECO) 3
FR 3130 Advanced French Composition (WRCO) 3
FR 3210 Readings in French I 3
FR 3220 Readings in French II 3
FR 3410 Quebec Culture and Literature 3
FR 4100 Survey of French Literary Masterpieces I 3
FR 4110 Survey of French Literary Masterpieces II 3
FR4XXX French Capstone Experience 3
FR French electives [not FRDI] 21
IS 4360 Cultural Diversity and American Society (DICO) (INCO) 3
LL 2000 Introduction to Language and Linguistics (QRCO) 3
General Education:
EN 1200 Composition 3
IS 1111 The First Year Seminar: Critical Thinking and the Nature of Inquiry 3
MA Mathematics Foundations 3
CTDI Creative Thought Directions 6
PPDI Past and Present Directions 6
SIDI Scientific Inquiry Directions 6-8
SSDI Self and Society Directions 6
WECO Wellness Connection 3
Electives 27-25

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The Spanish Major, Bachelor of Arts 120 credits

The BA in Spanish is a balanced program of study in language, culture, and literature.

Degree Requirements Credits
SP 3030 Advanced Spanish (GACO) (TECO) 3
SP 3120 Spanish Culture and Civilization 3
SP 3140 Spanish American Culture and Civilization 3
SP 3220 Advanced Spanish Composition (WRCO) 3
SP 3330 Spanish Conversation 3
SP 4200 Survey of the Literary Masterpieces of Spain I 3
SP 4210 Survey of the Literary Masterpieces of Spain II 3
SP 4400 Survey of the Literary Masterpieces of Spanish America I 3
SP 4450 Survey of the Literary Masterpieces of Spanish America II 3
SP 4XXX Spanish Capstone Experience 3
SP Spanish electives [not SPDI] 21
IS 4370 Hispanic Culture in the United States (DICO) (INCO) 3
LL 2000 Introduction to Language and Linguistics (QRCO) 3
General Education:
EN 1200 Composition 3
IS 1111 The First Year Seminar: Critical Thinking and the Nature of Inquiry 3
MA Mathematics Foundations 3
CTDI Creative Thought Directions 6
PPDI Past and Present Directions 6
SIDI Scientific Inquiry Directions 6-8
SSDI Self and Society Directions 6
WECO Wellness Connection 3
Electives 27-25

 

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The Applied Linguistics Minor (15-16 credits):

 

Requirements Credits
LL 2000 Introduction to Language and Linguistics (QRCO) 3
LLDI 2950 Language Acquisition (SIDI) 3
LL 3500 Research in Applied Linguistics 3
Complete two of the following: 6 or 7
LLDI 2500 The History of the English Language (PPDI)
LL 4100 TESOL Methods and Practice
LL 4300 Literacy in Language Learning

 

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The French Minor (17-18 credits):

Requirements Credits
Students who transfer to Plymouth State University and who wish to minor in French must take at least one three-credit 3000/4000 level course in French at Plymouth to be granted a French minor.
FR 3030 Advanced French (GACO) (TECO) 3
FR 3130 Advanced French Composition (WRCO) 3
FR French electives 8- 9
Complete one of the following: 3
LL 2000 Introduction to Language and Linguistics (QRCO)
LLDI 2950 Language Acquisition (SIDI)

 

 

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The German Minor (17- 18 credits):

Requirements Credits
Students who transfer to Plymouth State University and who wish to minor
In German must take at least one three-credit 3000/4000 level course in
German at Plymouth to be granted a German minor.
GR 3010 Advanced German I 3
GR 3020 Advanced German II 3
GR German electives 8- 9
Complete one of the following: 3
LL 2000 Introduction to Language and Linguistics (QRCO)
LLDI 2950 Language Acquisition (SIDI)

 


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The Spanish Minor (17-18 credits):

 

Requirements Credits
Students who transfer to Plymouth State University and who wish to minor in Spanish must take at least one three-credit 3000/4000 level course in Spanish at Plymouth to be granted a Spanish minor.
SP 3030 Advanced Spanish (GACO) (TECO) 3
SP 3220 Advanced Spanish Composition (WRCO) 3
SP Spanish electives 8-9
Complete one of the following: 3
LL 2000 Introduction to Language and Linguistics (QRCO)
LLDI 2950 Language Acquisition (SIDI)

 

 

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The Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Minor (19-27 credits):

Corequisite:
an approved Teacher Certification program
Requirements Credits
LL 2000 Introduction to Language and Linguistics (QRCO) 3
LLDI 2950 Language Acquisition (SIDI) 3
LL 3300 Foundations of Multilingual Multicultural Studies (DICO) 3
LL 4100 TESOL Methods and Practice 4
LL 4300 Literacy in Language Learning 3
LL 4820 Language Assessment 3
Two semesters of one foreign language at the university level or equivalent 0-8
LL4100 requires a 30-hour field experience

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*The TESOL Certificate(16 credits):

Requirements Credits
LLDI 2950 Language Acquisition (SIDI) 3
LL 3300 Foundations of Multilingual Multicultural Studies (DICO) 3
LL 4100 TESOL Methods and Practice 4
LL 4300 Literacy in Language Learning 3
LL 4820 Language Assessment 3
LL 4100 requires a 30-hour field experience.

Completing the TESOL Certificate does not equal completion of State certification/endorsement in TESOL K-12.

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III. ASSESSMENTS:

MAJORS:

1. Proficiency assessed at the beginning and end of the major program through the CAPE (Computerized Adaptive Placement Exam).

2. ORAL PROFICIENCY TEST given at the beginning of the final year of study.

3. PRAXIS II Content Exam given by the beginning of the final year of study.

4. CAPSTONE COURSE- Final Semester that will be a culmination of the language and cultural program of study. Options will include: an individualized self-directed service learning project; an advanced research study; creation and implementation of a community linguistic / cultural event; or other options based on student interests and in consultation with course faculty. The capstone experience should foreground practical application of language knowledge and skills. The capstone experience will culminate in a final public presentation.

MINORS:

1. Proficiency assessed at the beginning and end of the minor program through the CAPE (Computerized Adaptive Placement Exam).

2. ORAL PROFICIENCY TEST given at the end of the final year of study.

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IV. MAJOR and MINOR PROGRAM EXPECTATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS:

  • Students must earn a minimum grade point average of 2.00 in the major or minor by the time of graduation.
  • Majors and minors are encouraged to participate in study or travel abroad programs

Study Abroad opportunities – Studying Abroad is a beneficial experience for students in the Department of Languages and Linguistics; studying abroad allows students to become immersed in a different culture while further developing language skills. Most language majors choose to study abroad during their junior year, after they have had a chance to develop and expand their language capabilities.

http://www.plymouth.edu/services/study-abroad/

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V. Scholarship opportunities:

GENERAL SCHOLARSHIPS: http://www.plymouth.edu/development/scholarships/general.html

OF PARTICULAR INTEREST FOR STUDENTS WHO TRAVEL ABROAD: Barbara M. Willey ’37 Endowment for International Study Scholarship Barbara M. Willey, world traveler and elementary educator, made provisions for Plymouth State University in her will. Her bequest was used to establish the Barbara M. Willey Endowment to provide support for Plymouth State undergraduate students pursuing study abroad in relation to their degree. Interested students may apply through the Associate Vice President of Undergraduate Studies located on the 2nd floor of the Speare building.

ENDOWED ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP: Madie W. Barrett Scholarship Fund (for languages)
This endowment funds scholarships for worthy Junior or Senior Foreign Language majors who have proven their commitment to academic excellence, to assist them in their studies at Plymouth State University or in approved study-abroad programs, as recommended by the faculty and chair of the department. Recipients are chosen by a committee. No application process is required.

Who was Madie W. Barrett? See http://www.plymouth.edu/office/president/137/interim-president-of-plymouth-state-madie-w-barrett/

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VI. Phi Sigma Iota National Honor Society:

Phi Sigma Iota is the international foreign language honor society. It recognizes outstanding ability and high standards in students and faculty of foreign languages, literatures and cultures (including classics, linguistics, philology, comparative literature, ESOL, bilingual education and second language acquisition). It is the highest academic honor in the field of foreign languages. Phi Sigma Iota has initiated over 60,000 members since its foundation in 1917, and it has created and supports numerous scholarship programs. Juniors and seniors who achieve a 3.0 GPA or higher in their foreign language major or minor are nominated to Phi Sigma Iota at Plymouth State.

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VII. WORLD LANGUAGE SOCIETY:

 

The World Language Society embraces various cultures while encouraging diversity and heightening awareness of social differences. Majors, Minors and other language students are encouraged to join and participate in various activities, which include International Week, field trips, meals and fundraisers.

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VIII. ALUMNI INFORMATION:

Graduates who were language majors and/or languages & linguistics minors have pursued careers in education, research, translation, interpreting, politics, diplomacy, banking, computer technology, software development, commerce, and journalism. They have joined the Peace Corps and the U.S. Armed Forces. They have continued on to graduate programs throughout the United States. Several language & linguistic students have chosen to further travel and work abroad, some as international grant recipients. A continuous expansion of international relations and globalization has made knowledge of languages and linguistics a critical skill for today’s professional.

~Created spring 2011 by the Department of Languages & Linguistics