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Bachelor of Arts in Modern Languages - MLC Courses

MLC 175: Multiculturalism in America

A multidisciplinary course that investigates the nature of “American” identity through readings and essay writing, video and debate.
Satisfies the General education Cultural Diversity and International Perspective requirement. Cr. 3.


MLC 190: Topics in Modern Languages

Prerequisite: permission Cr. Ar.


MLC 231: Western Tradition in Literature: Homer Through the Renaissance

Survey of the major writers in the Western literary tradition. The development of our cultural heritage and the evolution of major literary forms. (This course is identical to ENG 231.)

Satisfies the General Education Western Cultural Tradition and Artistic and Creative Expression Requirements.

Credits: 3


MLC 276: Indo-European Folktales

Just as French, German and Spanish belong to the same Indo-European language group as Yiddish, Iranian, and several languages spoken in India, folktales like “Cinderella” and “Beauty and the Beast” have a counterpart in nearly every culture in the world.  This course introduces the student to folktale genres and examines the aesthetic, social, historical, and psychological values that they reflect.  Students will analyze the continuing influence of folktales on urban legends, music, dance, literature, art, advertising, political propaganda, and film of English-, French-, German-, and Spanish-speaking countries.  In addition, by looking at some of the stories and their modern retellings from both the male and female perspective, course participants will examine how stereotypical gender role behaviors are both affirmed and subverted, rejected, or transformed.

Satisfies the General Education Western Cultural Traditional and Cultural Diversity and International Perspective requirement. Cr. 3.


MLC 293: Study Abroad

Permits the granting of foreign language credit for courses taken aboard with no exact University of Maine catalog equivalent. May be repeated for credit. Cr. 1-6.


MLC 421: World Cinema

Cross-cultural encounters frequently lead to misunderstanding, conflict and even animosity, but also comical moments.  The medium of film can help students realize that crossing cultures is not only possible, but can be a life-transforming experience.  In world cinema, Road Movies have come to represent the myth of mobility and freedom, their protagonist are groups of people of individuals who seek to escape their world – either temporarily or permanently – to set out towards redemption and adventure.  The road either makes or breaks the traveler and thus becomes the passage to which a new beginning is possible.  The course will investigate how various cultures portray these quests for change, how many of these trips lead to cross-cultural (mis) communication and how these themes are both universal and culturally-specific.  By analyzing a variety of films, it will become clear how national cinema, political institutions and the socio-cultural makeup of a given society are interconnected.  The fact that Hollywood’s film industry exerts global influence is also apparent in the many foreign road movies, which take place in the United States.  The variety of movies chosen will present not only a look at ethnic minorities and majority in various countries around the world and in the U.S., foreign cultures from the American point-of-view; but will also demonstrate how others view America.

Prerequisite: ENG 280, HTY 218 or permission of instructor

Satisfies the General Education Creative and artistic expression, social contexts and institutions requirement.


MLC 466: Teaching Modern Languages

This course is intended to prepare prospective teachers to make sound decisions with regard to the content, the approach, the goals and classroom activities appropriate to foreign language teaching.  It is therefore designed to introduce participants to current theories and practice of foreign language teaching.  In order to achieve this goal, it is essential that participants understand the linguistic, psychological, anthropological, and educational theories that contributed to the development of contemporary methodologies.  By seeking to establish the theoretical basis of second language learning/acquisition and foreign language instruction, course participants will be encouraged to become reflective and self-critical language instructors.  The course also aims to provide sources of information to which participants can turn in the years ahead for continued guidance in their professional development. Cr. 3.


MLC 467: Teaching Literature in the K-12 Language Curriculum

This course is intended for language teachers or language majors seeking teacher certification.  It introduces participants to various methods and techniques of teaching literature in the target language.  Designing a literature curriculum in a foreign language naturally differs from designing a language arts curriculum in English for native speakers.  Participants will therefore investigate various text types, projects, and activities geared to various stages of their students’ proficiency level.  Several types of assessment, from testing reading comprehension to grading creativity in language, will be discussed.  These activities are not only designed to help language students gain a deeper appreciation for literature written in the target language, but will also enable them to become creative in the language and further their linguistic development.  The types of text a language teacher chooses, can also enhance other K-12 subject areas and thus make language an integral and meaningful part of the entire K-12 curriculum. Cr. 3.


MLC 490: Topics in Modern Languages

Specific topics vary from semester to semester. May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisite: permission. Cr. 3.


MLC 493: Study Abroad

Permits the granting of foreign language credit for courses taken aboard with no exact University of Maine catalog equivalent.  May be repeated for credit. Cr. 1-6.


MLC 495: Senior Project in Modern Languages

Capstone Experience in which majors in Modern Languages or Romance Languages apply language skills and knowledge gained from all prior language study.  Students work closely with faculty advisor on approved project.  Students give public presentation of the project in one of the languages (French, German, or Spanish).  The coursework will reflect the work of three credit hours, irregardless of number of credits taken.

Satisfies the General Education Cultural Diversity and International Perspectives and Capstone Experience Requirements.

Prerequisites
senior standing and permission.

Credits: 1-3



MLC 496: Field Work in Modern Languages

Supervised work in either the public or the private sector which is relevant to the study and use of a modern language.  Requirements include an initial proposal which shows the relevance of the work experience to the students’ program in modern languages and a final report or paper.

Prerequisite: an appropriate level of fluency as determined by the department. Cr. 1-12.


MLC 566: The Teaching of Modern Languages

Includes current trends and methods in world language instruction, application of second language acquisition principles to classroom procedures, interplay of theory and practice at different proficiency levels, uses of technology in instructional process.  For individuals seeking world language teaching (re)certification.

Prerequisites
Permission.

Credits: 3


MLC 598: Topics in Modern Languages

Topics in Modern Languages

Prerequisites
Permission.

Credits: 3

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