Modern languages and literature

Asignaturas:

Course No: ESL 025
Course Title: Business English III
Credits: 3 US (6 ECTS)


Catalog Description

This course introduces students to upper-intermediate business English. It builds on the skills introduced in Business English II and prepares the students for English Communication. Students continue to study business topics and acquire business vocabulary. They write business letters, reports, press releases, agendas, minutes and summarize articles from business magazines and newspapers.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

1. Have a better understanding of written Business English.

2. Speak more fluently on Business related topics.

3. Write more accurately using Business contexts. 

4. Use the language and communication skills which they have acquired for further discussion through active group work.

Course No: ESL 034
Course Title: Business English IV
Credits: 3 US (6 ECTS)


Catalog Description

This course is intended for students whose skills are between upper intermediate and advanced level. It reflects the fast changing world of business with materials from authentic sources. Students study business topics and acquire proficiency in written and oral communication. They study case studies, practice group work situations, and give presentations, which all helps to improve their business communication. Credits for this course do not count towards a degree.


Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

1. Listen actively to lectures and presentations.

2. Participate with more confidence in seminars and group discussions.

3. Deliver short presentations.

4. Understand the main idea and identify the writer's stance in academic texts.

5. Refer and respond to points of view in both discussion and writing.

6. Use a wider range of academic and technical language in their writing and speech.

7. Develop their speaking and active listening skills by participating in discussions and debates and any other speaking/listening exercises.

8. Develop their listening skills by practicing listening in detail and listening for gist.

9. Develop their knowledge of writing short essays, reports and descriptions, in order to defend and convey ideas, arguments and opinions.

10. Learn useful and relevant language that will strengthen their use of the English language in both their academic and personal environments.

Course No: ENG 100
Course Title: Introduction to Composition
Credits: 3 US (6 ECTS)


Catalog Description

This advanced writing course prepares ESL students for Critical Reading and Writing by introducing them to the fundamentals of academic writing. The course introduces students to paragraph organization and structure through writing assignments. In addition, students are introduced to the basic elements of ESSAY writing and to APA referencing.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

1. Plan and organize the structure of an essay before beginning to write.

2. Construct and develop the introduction, body and closing paragraphs of a university paper.

3. Use an academic voice in their writing to conform to acceptable academic standards.

4. Compose papers in a variety of genres including literary, descriptive, creative and discursive.

5. Compose an essay in response to a critical thinking task.

6. Compose abstracts for their own and other authors’ essays.

7. Summarize, analyze and respond to texts.

8. Control writing accuracy by minimizing grammar, punctuation and spelling errors.

9. Identify an author’s position and main ideas.

10. Provide in-text citations for quotations/sources and list them appropriately in the “References” section at the end of their essays using the APA style.

Course No: ENG 102
Course Title: Introduction to Literary Studies
Credits: 3 US (6 ECTS)


Catalog Description

This course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of literary study. The course focuses on interpretation and criticism of fiction, poetry, and drama. Critical methodologies for literary analysis, literary terminology, and appropriate research methods are also examined. Satisfies the Literary Perspectives General Education and Writing Designated Core Requirements.


Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

1. Understand and apply the literary elements of the genres: poetry, fiction, and drama.

2. Read critically with attention to theme, style and structure.

3. Support ideas by referring to and quoting  from the text.

4. Analyze the text within the context of a literary tradition or convention.

5. Explore themes and discuss underlying meanings and universal truths.

6. Understand how cultural, social and historical context influences  both writers and readers.

7. Respond to texts by making connections with personal experience.

8. Express ideas about literature confidently in writing.

9. Present ideas about literature confidently in presentations and discussions.

10. Document sources correctly using the CIS University–Endicott College Reference Guide.

Course No: ENG 103
Course Title: Speech
Credits: 3 US (6 ECTS)


Catalog Description

Development of effective speaking and speech writing skills. To accomplish this, students will write and deliver speeches with the guidance and encouragement of the instructors and peers.


Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

1. Develop and demonstrate active listening skills by contributing to public speaking and debating tasks as audience members in public speaking and debating tasks.

2. Develop analysis and critiquing skills by evaluating various speeches re: delivery technique, content, purpose, strengths and weaknesses.

3. Apply analysis and critiquing skills when participating as audience members by providing peer feedback. 

4. Develop speech preparation and delivery techniques, audience awareness and self-awareness. 

5. Create strong introductions and conclusions to enhance the impact of speeches.

6. Deliver a variety of speeches (informative, persuasive, impromptu).

Course No: ENG 106
Course Title: English Communication
Credits: 3 US (6 ECTS)


Catalog Description

This course is intended for students whose skills are between upper-intermediate and advanced level. It reflects the fast-changing world of business, with materials from authentic sources. Students study business topics and acquire proficiency in written and oral communication. Students learn about the causes of communication breakdowns and how to avoid them through effective listening and note taking. They analyze case studies, role play authentic business situations and begin to understand the effects different styles of management have on business outcomes.


Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

1. Self-evaluate personal communication skills and identify areas for improvement. 

2. Demonstrate a familiarity with the norms of academic written communication by using an academic voice and the APA style in writing assignments. 

3. Apply their knowledge of the skills necessary for effective visual and verbal communication by designing and delivering effective presentations. 

4. Engage interpersonal communication skills by successfully completing group assignments. 

5. Demonstrate intercultural understanding and sensitivity by determining which channels to use to communicate in different contexts.

6. Demonstrate active listening by following instructions, paraphrasing, asking relevant questions, and reflecting.

Course No: ENG 111
Course Title: Critical Reading & Writing I
Credits: 3 US (6 ECTS)


Catalog Description

Introduces the fundamentals of critical reading and writing. The course helps students assess the arguments of others for their logic and use of evidence, and to form well-reasoned arguments of their own.  Through regular drafts and revision, students learn to develop and defend positions on issues, incorporate and explain evidence to support those positions, and express their ideas in clearly written essays.


Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

1. Analyze and assess written arguments through active reading, fair summary, and evaluation of reasoning. 

2. Develop and support a position on an issue, using the viewpoints of others as a context for their own argument.

3. Substantiate claims through the use of appropriately documented evidence (includes proficiency in at least one citation style).

4. Implement a sustained process of drafting and revision to achieve transparent reasoning and expression in written essays.

5. Transfer critical reading and thinking skills across learning contexts.

Course No: ENG 112
Course Title: Critical Reading and Writing II
Credits: 3 US (6 ECTS)


Catalog Description

Builds on the skills of critical reading and writing introduced in CRWI, CRWII requires students to locate and select evidence from primary and secondary sources and to synthesize multiple perspectives on a problem. Students survey the conversation on a selected topic in an annotated bibliography and literature review and enter that conversation by developing their own argument in a final research essay.


Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

1. Assess and relate a range of positions on a specific topic to develop a context for their own argument.

2. Select, explain and integrate evidence to develop and support their argument.

3. Effectively use the APA referencing style.

4. Transfer critical reading, thinking and research skills across learning contexts.

Course No: SP 102
Course Title: Elementary Spanish II
Credits: 3 US (6 ECTS)


Catalog Description

For students who have studied little or no Spanish before. This course introduces the foundational elements of the Spanish Language, with a focus on the acquisition of basic communicative skills (speaking, listening comprehension, reading and writing) as well as knowledge of Hispanic cultures around the world.


Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this course, students will be able to: 

1. Reflect on Spanish basic grammar rules and use them in appropriate contexts.

2. Describe his/her immediate environment using a basic vocabulary in simple sentences (e.g. student life, family, weather, etc.).

3. Solve several real-life tasks in basic Spanish. In order to solve these tasks, they will have improved:

· Their oral skills, working on the rules of Spanish conversation and academic presentation, paying attention to both fluency and correction.

· Their written skills, working on organization and structure, coherence, grammar and sentence structure, and word choice.

Course No: SP 201
Course Title: Intermediate Spanish I
Credits: 3 US (6 ECTS)


Catalog Description

This course is a continuation of SP 102. Emphasis is on communicative and interactional competence in Spanish by increasing grammatical proficiency, vocabulary knowledge, and conversational skills. Students will expand their knowledge of the Spanish language and Hispanic cultures by working with authentic texts and audio-visual materials, and through the production of compositions and oral presentations.

Pre-requisites: Elementary Spanish II.


Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this course, students will be able to: 

1. Reflect independently on low intermediate Spanish grammar rules and use them in appropriate contexts.

2. Write compositions and give oral presentations on relevant and well-known issues of their daily lives (personal information, family, shopping, etc., but also describing their past, their first necessities, plans…)

3. Solve several real life tasks in low intermediate Spanish. In order to solve these tasks, they will have improved:

· Their oral skills, working on the rules of Spanish conversation and academic presentation, paying attention to both fluency and correction.

· Their written skills, working on organization and structure, coherence, grammar and sentence structure, and word choice.

Course No: SP 301
Course Title: Advanced Spanish I
Credits: 3 US (6 ECTS)


Catalog Description

Focus on improving advanced communicative skills through oral presentations and conversational interaction. Taught in Spanish, the course further develops interactional communicative competence in the language with an emphasis on advanced oral production, vocabulary expansion, and accurate grammar and sentence structure. Students will also expand their knowledge of Spanish-speaking cultures through spoken interpretation of film, art, literature, and modern media.


Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this course, students will be able to: 

1. Reflect on Spanish advanced grammar rules and use them in appropriate contexts.

2. Write about topics related to Spanish-speaking cultures.

3. Hold oral interactions related to Spanish-speaking cultures.

4. Understand complex written and oral texts related to Spanish-speaking cultures with a critical approach.

5. Prepare a project about their area of interest related to complex topics of Spanish-speaking cultures and present it to their class.

Course No: SP 310
Course Title: Spanish Cinema
Credits: 3 US (6 ECTS)


Catalog Description

An introduction to contemporary Spanish cinema, this course will acquaint with the historical and cultural contexts of Spanish film. Students will explore and analyze the work and artistry of prominent Spanish filmmakers. The class will be taught in Spanish with the goal of increasing fluency in Spanish.


Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this course, students will be able to: 

1. Increase fluency in Spanish.

2. Develop vocabulary in Spanish, with special focus on film vocabulary.

3. Be able to analyze and criticize the technical and cultural factors of some relevant Spanish films.

4. Know some of the most important films of the 20th and 21st centuries in Spain and understand their relevance in Spanish political and social contexts.