Foreign Language and Literature Department

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French
German
Spanish
Russian 

Mary Helen Kashuba, SSJ, D.M.L., Professor of French and Russian, Chair
Aída M. Beaupied, Ph.D., Professor of Spanish
Cecelia J. Cavanaugh, SSJ, Ph.D., Dean of the School of Undergraduate Studies, Associate Professor of Spanish
Jean Faustman, SSJ, D.M.L., Associate Professor of French and Spanish
Margaret Mary Murphy, SSJ, M.A., Assistant Professor of Classics
Carman Villegas Rogers, Ed.D., Associate Professor of French and Spanish

Mary Fazzini DiCamillo, M.A., Instructor in Spanish

Chestnut Hill College offers a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in French and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Spanish. Minors may be pursued in French, Spanish, Latin, Classical Civilization and in other languages with the approval of the Department. The Department also offers courses in courses in Chinese, Classical Civilization (in English), German, Italian, Latin, Russian and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL.) All courses except Classics are conducted in the target language and emphasize a communicative approach. Interested students should contact Mary Helen Kashuba, SSJ, Room 25B, Fournier Hall. Telephone: 215/248-7124. Email: kashubam@chc.edu.

A minimum Career GPA of 2.00 and a minimum Major GPA of 2.00 are required for graduation. Courses Required in the Major comprise the Major GPA. Unless indicated, students must earn a grade of C- (1.70) or better in courses both Required in the Major and Also Required in order to successfully complete the requirements for the Major. Students must earn a grade of C- (1.70) or better in courses required to successfully complete the requirements for the Minor

Honors and Honor Societies
The Foreign Language Department invites outstanding majors and minors to join The International Foreign Language Honor Society, Phi Sigma Iota. These majors or minors must have a minimum overall GPA of 3.00, with a 3.30 average or higher in their language courses with at least one 200-level or above course completed. They must also rank in the top 35% of their class and have achieved Junior class status (54 earned academic credits).

Outstanding students may be invited to participate in the Departmental Honors program. Sophomores of high scholastic standing (a Career GPA of 3.50 or higher) may be invited by their major department to stand for Honors in their Junior and Senior years. The Departmental Honors program provides an opportunity for independent study and research culminating in an Honors thesis submitted in the spring of Senior year. All students who have successfully completed the Honors Program will be recognized with Honors in their major field at the annual Honors Convocation and on their academic transcripts. In addition, the title of the completed Honors Thesis will appear on the academic transcript.

Core Foreign Language Requirement Students are required to take one foreign language course at 103 or above, according to their placement by the Department.

Proficiencies Students completing a major in French or Spanish should demonstrate oral and written proficiency at the level of intermediate high or above, through the Oral Proficiency Interview according to the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines. Language majors are also required to study a second language for at least two semesters and should be able to demonstrate knowledge of that language at the intermediate level or above, according to the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines. Exceptions to the second language requirement may be made for students pursuing a double major.

Teacher Certification Program/Secondary Education Minor Teacher Certification in Foreign Language (Grades K through 12) is available to students studying French, Spanish and/or Latin. The undergraduate program in Secondary Education integrates educational theory and practice with field experiences that include practicum and student teaching, and includes opportunities to develop teaching competence through innovative and effective approaches to the educational process with focus on students at the secondary level of education. See the Education Department section of the catalog for additional information.

Students in the minor are expected to complete all courses for Secondary Certification including student teaching. Students may complete student teaching after graduation but the minor will not be included on the transcript unless student teaching is successfully completed. Students must earn a grade of C- (1.70) or better in courses required to successfully complete the requirements for the minor.

 

Following formal acceptance into the minor, students need to complete the following 12 courses (39 credits) in addition to all major requirements:

  • EDSC-201: Adolescent Psychology and Development
  • EDSC-202: Educational Psychology (WOK: Behavioral)
  • EDSC-203: The Foundations of High School
  • EDSC-315: General Methods & Assessment
  • EDSC-316: Content Reading for Diverse Learners
  • EDSC-420: Student Teaching in Secondary School (6 credits)
  • EDSC-421: Student Teaching Seminar/Secondary School
  • EDSP-340: Introduction to Special Education
  • EDSP-345: Assessments and Adaptations
  • EDSP-355: Instruction in Inclusive Environment
  • EDSP-390: ESL Foundations and Methods
  • FLED-352: Special Methods in Foreign Language

First language certification in French or Spanish requires a major or its equivalent in the language. Second language certification requires the candidate to pass the Praxis or ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview in French or Spanish. Further study may be recommended, depending on the level of the candidate.

Students seeking certification are expected to demonstrate oral (except Latin – see below) and written proficiency in the language at the level of intermediate high or above, through the Oral Proficiency Interview according to the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines.

 

The candidate for certification in Latin must demonstrate proficiency in written Latin. Please note that this program may require course work at other institutions. Following formal acceptance into the minor, students need to complete the following 12 courses (39 credits) in Education as well as the indicated courses in Latin and Classical Civilization:

EDSC-201: Adolescent Psychology and Development

EDSC-202: Educational Psychology (WOK: Behavioral)

EDSC-203: The Foundations of High School

EDSC-315: General Methods & Assessment

EDSC-316: Content Reading for Diverse Learners

EDSC-420: Student Teaching in Secondary School (6 credits)

EDSC-421: Student Teaching Seminar/Secondary School

EDSP-340: Introduction to Special Education

EDSP-345: Assessments and Adaptations

EDSP-355: Instruction in Inclusive Environment

EDSP-390: ESL Foundations and Methods

FLED-352: Special Methods in Foreign Language

Six courses (18 credits) in Latin chosen from the following, which may not be offered every semester and may require coursework at another institution:

  • LATN-102: Elementary Latin II
  • LATN-103: Intermediate Latin I
  • LATN-104: Intermediate Latin II
  • LATN-240: The Gift of Virgil (WOK: Literary)
  • LATN-241: Early Christian and Medieval Latin (WOK: Literary)
  • LATN-261: Survey of Latin Poetry (WOK: Literary)
  • LATN-262: Survey of Latin Poetry and Prose (WOK: Literary) 
  • LATN-281: Special Topics/Topics vary by semester (Repeatable for credit.)
  • LATN-321: Stylistics and Prose Literature (WOK: Literary)
  • LATN-481: Advanced Special Topics/Topics vary by semester (Repeatable for credit.)

Two courses (6 credits) in Classical Civilization chosen from the following, which may not be offered every semester:

  • CLCV-151: Enter the Hero and the Heroine (WOK: Literary)
  • CLCV-153: Mythology as Living Tradition (WOK: Literary)
  • CLCV-281: Special Topics/Topics vary by semester (Repeatable for credit.)
  • CLCV-481: Advanced Special Topics/Topics vary by semester (Repeatable for credit.

Consortium Agreements/Study Abroad The Department provides opportunities for internships and study abroad and strongly recommends an immersion experience (stateside or abroad) in the major language. Students who wish to study abroad must have a GPA of 3.00. Students who wish to study in Paris, France may enroll in the Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne. This program is designed especially for non-Francophone students with courses given in French. Similar programs exist in conjunction with the Universidad Internacional in Cuernavaca, Mexico, St. Louis University in Madrid, Spain, and the University of Salamanca in Spain. Students pursuing a business degree can attend the American Business School in Paris or CEFAM (Centre d’études franco-américain de management) in Lyon, France. These institutions offer business courses in English. Most financial aid is applicable to all study abroad.

Advanced Placement
The Department accepts advanced placement scores of 3, 4, or 5. A score of 3 in Language or Literature is equivalent to the 103 course in the respective language, worth three credits. A score of 4 or 5 in Language is equivalent to any Language-221: Advanced Grammar and Composition. This satisfies the language requirement for non-majors. A score of 4 or 5 in Literature is equivalent to an introductory course in literature, assigned at the discretion of the Department. This also satisfies the language requirement for non-majors.