2022-2023 Undergraduate Bulletin

Center for World Languages and Cultures

Office: Anderson Academic Commons, Room 336
Mail Code: 2150 E. Evans Ave. Denver, CO 80210
Phone: 303-871-4601
Website: https://liberalarts.du.edu/cwlcc
Email: 303-871-4601

About the Center

The Center for World Languages and Cultures (CWLC) supports and encourages the study of languages and cultures and provides free language tutoring for all DU students at the Language Center in the Anderson Academic Commons. The CWLC oversees the first-year language curriculum at DU. Course descriptions can be found in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures and the Department of Spanish Language, Literary and Cultural Studies. In addition, the Center facilitates credit-bearing and noncredit study options for a number of less commonly taught languages, and offers beginning language courses in collaboration with our international partners to prepare students for study abroad opportunities. The CWLC also administers the language placement tests for DU undergraduate students, as well proficiency tests for graduate students and language majors. The CWLC is generally open from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Our Mission

The Center for World Languages & Cultures is committed to students' academic, professional, and personal growth. To increase students-citizens' global competence, the CWLC strives to aid students to experience the world through the lens of an acquired language and to understand cultures, another's and their own, from a position different from their primary language and cultural identification. The Center aims to integrate languages and cultures into all disciplines and fields of study, and to build and support interculturally competent communities through the exploration and experience of languages and cultures at the University of Denver with its local and global communities and partners.

Our Goals

  • To enrich the first-year academic experience through excellence in teaching by developing linguistic skills and cultural sensitivity and awareness;
  • To prepare students linguistically and culturally for studying abroad;
  • To increase the number of opportunities for students to engage in language and intercultural learning throughout their educational experience at DU by offering diverse credit and noncredit courses; 
  • To develop cross-cultural relationships and connections by collaborating with international strategic partner universities;
  • To promote the integration of language and intercultural perspectives across the common curriculum;
  • To establish and maintain proficiency standards and coordinate language assessment across the University's programs and divisions;
  • To provide support for DU's current and future language programs.

INTZ 1101 Swedish as a Foreign Language: Level 1 (Lund SFSA11) (4 Credits)

This course is an introduction to the Swedish Language, emphasizing interpretive listening and reading, presentational speaking and writing, and interpersonal communication skills. The course consists of teaching and practical exercises pertaining to vocabulary, pronunciation, and sentence structure. Cultural topics pertaining to Sweden and Swedish society aim to facilitate students’ transition into study abroad. This course is delivered synchronously via an online meeting software platform, such as Zoom, by a Swedish as a Foreign Language instructor at Lund University in Sweden. Students engage as a class remotely through both audio and video connection; students receive login instructions prior to week 1. Remote attendance and participation during class sessions is mandatory. NOTE: This course is offered for elective credit only. Successful completion of this course prepares students to register for Swedish as a Foreign Language: Level 2 (SFSA12) at Lund University.

INTZ 1201 Korean: Beginning Level 1 (4 Credits)

This course is an introduction to the Korean Language, emphasizing interpretive listening and reading, presentational speaking and writing, and interpersonal communication skills. The course consists of teaching and practical exercises pertaining to vocabulary, pronunciation, and sentence structure. Cultural topics pertaining to Korean society aim to facilitate students’ transition into study abroad. This is a hybrid course with lectures delivered synchronously via an online meeting software platform (Zoom) by a Korean Instructor at the University of Western Australia and face-to-face classes with a Korean Teaching Assistant on campus at DU. Attendance in both remote and in-person class sessions is mandatory.

INTZ 1234 Directed Independent Language Study: Yoruba (4 Credits)

Directed Independent Language Study (DILS): Yoruba provides students the opportunity to study Yoruba language and culture. The DILS program is appropriate for dedicated and disciplined students who can maintain a rigorous course of self-study that is supplemented with regular meetings with a Language Partner (LP). Students are provided with suggested curriculum and materials, develop their learning goals and plan to achieve those goals, reflect upon the language-learning process and are evaluated at mid-term and the end of quarter by an expert in the language from another institution. This course is recommended for students with cultural, academic and professional interests in Nigeria, Benin and/or the Yoruba language. First year undergraduate students should not register for this course. Prerequisite: Application through the Center for World Languages & Cultures and completion of the Common Curriculum foreign language requirement (FOLA).

INTZ 1255 Directed Independent Language Study: Swahili (4 Credits)

Directed Independent Language Study (DILS): Swahili provides students the opportunity to study Swahili (Kiswahili) language and cultures. The DILS program is appropriate for dedicated and disciplined students who can maintain a rigorous course of self-study that is supplemented with regular meetings with a Language Partner (LP). Students are provided with suggested curriculum and materials, develop their learning goals and plan to achieve those goals, reflect upon the language-learning process and are evaluated at mid-term and the end of quarter by an expert in the language from another institution. This course is recommended for students planning to or returning from study abroad in the African Great Lakes region and the Swahili Coast, as well as those with cultural, academic and professional interests in the Swahili language. First year undergraduate students should not register for this course. Prerequisite: Application through the Center for World Languages & Cultures and completion of the Common Curriculum foreign language requirement (FOLA).

INTZ 1301 Portuguese: Beginning Level 1 (4 Credits)

This course is an introduction to the Portuguese Language, emphasizing interpretive listening and reading, presentational speaking and writing, and interpersonal communication skills. The course consists of teaching and practical exercises pertaining to vocabulary, pronunciation, and sentence structure. Cultural topics pertaining to Portuguese and Brazilian society aim to facilitate students’ transition into study abroad. This is an online course with lectures delivered synchronously via an online meeting software platform (Zoom) by a Portuguese Instructor at the Universidade Catolica Portuguesa. Attendance at remote class sessions is mandatory.

INTZ 1810 Directed Independent Language Study: Arabic (4 Credits)

Directed Independent Language Study (DILS): Arabic provides students the opportunity to study Arabic language and Arabic-speaking cultures. The DILS program is appropriate for dedicated and disciplined students who can maintain a rigorous course of self-study that is supplemented with regular meetings with a Language Partner (LP). Students are provided with suggested curriculum and materials, develop their learning goals and plan to achieve those goals, reflect upon the language-learning process and are evaluated at mid-term and the end of quarter by an expert in the language from another institution. This course is recommended for students planning to or returning from study abroad in various Middle-Eastern countries, as well as those with cultural, academic and professional interests in the Arabic language and Middle East Studies. First year undergraduate students should not register for this course. Prerequisite: Application through the Center for World Languages & Cultures and completion of the Common Curriculum foreign language requirement (FOLA) or approval.

INTZ 1891 Directed Independent Language Study: Hindi (4 Credits)

Directed Independent Language Study (DILS): Hindi provides students the opportunity to study Hindi language and cultures. The DILS program is appropriate for dedicated and disciplined students who can maintain a rigorous course of self-study that is supplemented with regular meetings with a Language Partner (LP). Students are provided with suggested curriculum and materials, develop their learning goals and plan to achieve those goals, reflect upon the language-learning process and are evaluated at mid-term and the end of quarter by an expert in the language from another institution. This course is recommended for students planning to or returning from study abroad in India, as well as those with cultural, academic and professional interests in the Hindi language. First year undergraduate students should not register for this course. Prerequisite: Application through the Center for World Languages & Cultures and completion of the Common Curriculum foreign language requirement (FOLA).

INTZ 1910 Directed Independent Language Study: Quechua (4 Credits)

Directed Independent Language Study (DILS): Quechua provides students the opportunity to study Quechua language and Quechua-speaking cultures. The DILS program is appropriate for dedicated and disciplined students who can maintain a rigorous course of self-study that is supplemented with regular meetings with a Language Partner (LP). Students are provided with suggested curriculum and materials, develop their learning goals and plan to achieve those goals, reflect upon the language-learning process and are evaluated at mid-term and the end of quarter by an expert in the language from another institution. This course is recommended for students planning to or returning from study abroad in various South American countries, as well as those with cultural, academic and professional interests in the Quechua language, Andean Studies, Indigenous languages and cultures. First year undergraduate students should not register for this course. Prerequisite: Application through the Center for World Languages & Cultures and completion of the Common Curriculum foreign language requirement (FOLA).

INTZ 1946 Directed Independent Language Study: Swedish (4 Credits)

Directed Independent Language Study (DILS): Swedish provides students the opportunity to study Swedish language and cultures. The DILS program is appropriate for dedicated and disciplined students who can maintain a rigorous course of self-study that is supplemented with regular meetings with a Language Partner (LP). Students are provided with suggested curriculum and materials, develop their learning goals and plan to achieve those goals, reflect upon the language-learning process and are evaluated at mid-term and the end of quarter by an expert in the language from another institution. This course is recommended for students planning to or returning from study abroad in Sweden, as well as those with cultural, academic and professional interests in the Swedish language. First year undergraduate students should not register for this course. Prerequisite: Application through the Center for World Languages & Cultures and completion of the Common Curriculum foreign language requirement (FOLA).

INTZ 1955 Directed Independent Language Study: Portuguese (4 Credits)

Directed Independent Language Study (DILS): Portuguese provides students the opportunity to study Portuguese language and Portuguese-speaking cultures. The DILS program is appropriate for dedicated and disciplined students who can maintain a rigorous course of self-study that is supplemented with regular meetings with a Language Partner (LP). Students are provided with suggested curriculum and materials, develop their learning goals and plan to achieve those goals, reflect upon the language-learning process and are evaluated at mid-term and the end of quarter by an expert in the language from another institution. This course is recommended for students planning to or returning from study abroad in Brazil or Portugal, as well as those with cultural, academic and professional interests in the Portuguese language. First year undergraduate students should not register for this course. Prerequisite: Application through the Center for World Languages & Cultures and completion of the Common Curriculum foreign language requirement (FOLA).

INTZ 1982 Directed Independent Language Study: Korean (4 Credits)

Directed Independent Language Study (DILS): Korean provides students the opportunity to study Korean language and cultures. The DILS program is appropriate for dedicated and disciplined students who can maintain a rigorous course of self-study that is supplemented with regular meetings with a Language Partner (LP). Students are provided with suggested curriculum and materials, develop their learning goals and plan to achieve those goals, reflect upon the language-learning process and are evaluated at mid-term and the end of quarter by an expert in the language from another institution. This course is recommended for students planning to or returning from study abroad in South Korea, as well as those with cultural, academic and professional interests in the Korean language. First year undergraduate students should not register for this course. Prerequisite: Application through the Center for World Languages & Cultures and completion of the Common Curriculum foreign language requirement (FOLA).

INTZ 1990 Directed Independent Language Study: Turkish (4 Credits)

Directed Independent Language Study (DILS): Turkish provides students the opportunity to study Turkish language and cultures. The DILS program is appropriate for dedicated and disciplined students who can maintain a rigorous course of self-study that is supplemented with regular meetings with a Language Partner (LP). Students are provided with suggested curriculum and materials, develop their learning goals and plan to achieve those goals, reflect upon the language-learning process and are evaluated at mid-term and the end of quarter by an expert in the language from another institution. This course is recommended for students planning to or returning from study abroad in Turkey, as well as those with cultural, academic and professional interests in the Turkish language. First year undergraduate students should not register for this course. Prerequisite: Application through the Center for World Languages & Cultures and completion of the Common Curriculum foreign language requirement (FOLA).

ARAB 1001 Elementary Arabic (4 Credits)

The elementary Arabic three-quarter sequence aims at building practical communication skills to interact with speakers of Arabic and participate in multilingual communities, with a focus on interpersonal and interpretive communication. Considering the diglossic nature of Arabic, students learn to speak in the Levantine dialect and read and write in Modern Standard Arabic, just like native speakers do. Students will also explore and reflect on Arabic cultural practices and perspectives to develop cultural insight and the foundations of intercultural awareness and understanding. Learners that complete the beginning Arabic sequence will have the linguistic skills and foundational cultural knowledge to navigate straightforward situations and manage familiar tasks in an Arabic context, operating at the novice high to intermediate low proficiency level. Arabic 1001 is designed for students with no prior knowledge of Arabic. Students with experience with the Arabic language should complete the placement test to determine the appropriate course level for their background.

ARAB 1002 Elementary Arabic (4 Credits)

The elementary Arabic three-quarter sequence aims at building practical communication skills to interact with speakers of Arabic and participate in multilingual communities, with a focus on interpersonal and interpretive communication. Considering the diglossic nature of Arabic, students learn to speak in the Levantine dialect and read and write in Modern Standard Arabic, just like native speakers do. Students will also explore and reflect on Arabic cultural practices and perspectives to develop cultural insight and the foundations of intercultural awareness and understanding. Learners that complete the beginning Arabic sequence will have the linguistic skills and foundational cultural knowledge to navigate straightforward situations and manage familiar tasks in an Arabic context, operating at the novice high to intermediate low proficiency level. Prerequisite: ARAB 1001 or equivalent.

ARAB 1003 Elementary Arabic (4 Credits)

The elementary Arabic three-quarter sequence aims at building practical communication skills to interact with speakers of Arabic and participate in multilingual communities, with a focus on interpersonal and interpretive communication. Considering the diglossic nature of Arabic, students learn to speak in the Levantine dialect and read and write in Modern Standard Arabic, just like native speakers do. Students will also explore and reflect on Arabic cultural practices and perspectives to develop cultural insight and the foundations of intercultural awareness and understanding. Learners that complete the beginning Arabic sequence will have the linguistic skills and foundational cultural knowledge to navigate straightforward situations and manage familiar tasks in an Arabic context, operating at the novice high to intermediate low proficiency level. Prerequisite: ARAB 1002 or equivalent.

CHIN 1001 Elementary Chinese (4 Credits)

Part one of an introductory three-quarter sequence of courses in standard (Mandarin) modern Chinese, aimed at building a solid foundation in all aspects: pronunciation (especially tones), basic grammar, syntax, vocabulary and writing in characters.

CHIN 1002 Elementary Chinese (4 Credits)

Part two of an introductory three-quarter sequence of courses in standard (Mandarin) modern Chinese, aimed at building a solid foundation in all aspects: pronunciation (especially tones), basic grammar, syntax, vocabulary and writing in characters. Prerequisite: CHIN 1001, equivalent, or permission of instructor.

CHIN 1003 Elementary Chinese (4 Credits)

Part three of an introductory three-quarter sequence of courses in standard (Mandarin) modern Chinese, aimed at building a solid foundation in all aspects: pronunciation (especially tones), basic grammar, syntax, vocabulary and writing in characters. Prerequisite: CHIN 1002, equivalent, or permission of instructor.

FREN 1001 Français élémentaire (4 Credits)

Connect with the diverse population around the world that uses French by developing practical communication skills and by learning about other cultural perspectives than your own to develop global insight and the foundations of intercultural awareness. Acquire the necessary competencies to interact in French with people from other countries, and from your own. In each unit, students will assume the role of a job applicant related to the material studied and will use their French communication skills in fun, practical, hands-on ways both in and out of class. First quarter in a three-quarter sequence. FREN 1001 is designed for students with no previous French experience. Students with more than 2 years of high school French must take the placement exam and enroll in a higher-level course.

FREN 1002 Français élémentaire (4 Credits)

Connect with the diverse population around the world that uses French by developing practical communication skills and by learning about other cultural perspectives than your own to develop global insight and the foundations of intercultural awareness. Acquire the necessary competencies to interact in French with people from other countries, and from your own. In each unit, students will assume the role of a job applicant related to the material studied and will use their French communication skills in fun, practical, hands-on ways both in and out of class. Second quarter in a three-quarter sequence. Prerequisite: FREN 1001 or equivalent.

FREN 1003 Français élémentaire (4 Credits)

Connect with the diverse population around the world that uses French by developing practical communication skills and by learning about other cultural perspectives than your own to develop global insight and the foundations of intercultural awareness. Acquire the necessary competencies to interact in French with people from other countries, and from your own. In each unit, students will assume the role of a job applicant related to the material studied and will use their French communication skills in fun, practical, hands-on ways both in and out of class. Third quarter in a three-quarter sequence. Prerequisite: FREN 1002 or equivalent.

GERM 1001 Elementary German (4 Credits)

Basic speech patterns, grammar and syntax; emphasis on oral skills; introduction to German culture. First quarter of three quarter sequence.

GERM 1002 Elementary German (4 Credits)

Basic speech patterns, grammar and syntax; emphasis on oral skills; introduction to German culture. Second quarter of three quarter sequence. Prerequisite: GERM 1001 or equivalent.

GERM 1003 Elementary German (4 Credits)

Basic speech patterns, grammar and syntax; emphasis on oral skills; introduction to German culture. Third quarter of three quarter sequence. Prerequisite: GERM 1002 or equivalent.

GREK 1001 Elementary Greek (Classical) (4 Credits)

Available only as tutorial with permission of instructor.

GREK 1002 Elementary Greek (Classical) (4 Credits)

Available only as tutorial with permission of instructor. Prerequisite: GREK 1001 or equivalent.

GREK 1003 Elementary Greek (Classical) (4 Credits)

Available only as tutorial with permission of instructor. Prerequisite: GREK 1002 or equivalent.

HEBR 1001 Elementary Hebrew (4 Credits)

Introduction to classical grammar, syntax and modern speech patterns. Three quarter sequence.

HEBR 1002 Elementary Hebrew (4 Credits)

Introduction to classical grammar, syntax and modern speech patterns. Three quarter sequence. Prerequisite: HEBR 1001 or equivalent.

HEBR 1003 Elementary Hebrew (4 Credits)

Introduction to classical grammar, syntax and modern speech patterns. Three quarter sequence. Prerequisite: HEBR 1002 or equivalent.

ITAL 1001 Elementary Italian (4 Credits)

Build practical communication skills to interact with speakers of Italian and participate in multilingual communities, with a focus on interpersonal and interpretive communication. Explore and reflect on Italian cultural practices and perspectives to develop cultural insight and the foundations of intercultural awareness and understanding. Learners that complete the beginning Italian sequence will have the linguistic skills and foundational cultural knowledge to navigate straightforward situations and manage familiar tasks in an Italian context, operating at the novice high to intermediate low proficiency level. Italian 1001 is designed for students with no prior knowledge of Italian. Students with experience with the Italian language should complete the placement test to determine the appropriate course level for their background.

ITAL 1002 Elementary Italian (4 Credits)

Build practical communication skills to interact with speakers of Italian and participate in multilingual communities, with a focus on interpersonal and interpretive communication. Explore and reflect on Italian cultural practices and perspectives to develop cultural insight and the foundations of intercultural awareness and understanding. Learners that complete the beginning Italian sequence will have the linguistic skills and foundational cultural knowledge to navigate straightforward situations and manage familiar tasks in an Italian context, operating at the novice high to intermediate low proficiency level. Prerequisite: ITAL 1001 or equivalent.

ITAL 1003 Elementary Italian (4 Credits)

Build practical communication skills to interact with speakers of Italian and participate in multilingual communities, with a focus on interpersonal and interpretive communication. Explore and reflect on Italian cultural practices and perspectives to develop cultural insight and the foundations of intercultural awareness and understanding. Learners that complete the beginning Italian sequence will have the linguistic skills and foundational cultural knowledge to navigate straightforward situations and manage familiar tasks in an Italian context, operating at the novice high to intermediate low proficiency level. Prerequisite: ITAL 1002 or equivalent.

JAPN 1001 Elementary Japanese (4 Credits)

The Elementary Japanese sequence helps students develop communicative competence in basic spoken and written Japanese and explore Japanese cultural practices and perspectives to enrich cultural competence and reflect on their own. First quarter of a three-quarter sequence. Japanese 1001 is designed for students with no prior knowledge of Japanese. Students who have experience with the Japanese language should complete the placement test to determine the appropriate course level for their background.

JAPN 1002 Elementary Japanese (4 Credits)

The Elementary Japanese sequence helps students develop communicative competence in basic spoken and written Japanese and explore Japanese cultural practices and perspectives to enrich cultural competence and reflect on their own. Second quarter of a three-quarter sequence. Prerequisite: JAPN 1001 or equivalent.

JAPN 1003 Elementary Japanese (4 Credits)

The Elementary Japanese sequence helps students develop communicative competence in basic spoken and written Japanese and explore Japanese cultural practices and perspectives to enrich cultural competence and reflect on their own. Third quarter of a three-quarter sequence. Prerequisite: JAPN 1002 or equivalent.

LATN 1001 Elementary Latin (4 Credits)

Essentials of classical Latin grammar and vocabulary. Three quarter sequence.

LATN 1002 Elementary Latin (4 Credits)

Essentials of classical Latin grammar and vocabulary. Three quarter sequence. Prerequisite: LATN 1001 or equivalent.

LATN 1003 Elementary Latin (4 Credits)

Essentials of classical Latin grammar and vocabulary. Three quarter sequence.Prerequisite: LATN 1002 or equivalent.

RUSS 1001 Elementary Russian (4 Credits)

The elementary Russian sequence provides a comprehensive introduction to Russian language and culture, while ensuring a solid command of fundamental grammatical structures. By the completion of this course, all students are expected to acquire a proficiency level of “Novice High” or better in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. In addition, the course offers students meaningful opportunities to analyze and explore common beliefs, attitudes, and behavioral patterns of Russian-speaking people in a global comparative context. As a result, students will develop the capacity to identify their own cultural patterns, compare and contrast with others, and adapt empathetically to unfamiliar ways of being. Russian 1001 is designed for students with no prior knowledge of Russian. Students who have experience with the Russian language should complete the placement test to determine the appropriate course level for their background.

RUSS 1002 Elementary Russian (4 Credits)

The elementary Russian sequence provides a comprehensive introduction to Russian language and culture, while ensuring a solid command of fundamental grammatical structures. By the completion of this course, all students are expected to acquire a proficiency level of “Novice High” or better in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. In addition, the course offers students meaningful opportunities to analyze and explore common beliefs, attitudes, and behavioral patterns of Russian-speaking people in a global comparative context. As a result, students will develop the capacity to identify their own cultural patterns, compare and contrast with others, and adapt empathetically to unfamiliar ways of being. Prerequisite: RUSS 1001 or permission of instructor.

RUSS 1003 Elementary Russian (4 Credits)

The elementary Russian sequence provides a comprehensive introduction to Russian language and culture, while ensuring a solid command of fundamental grammatical structures. By the completion of this course, all students are expected to acquire a proficiency level of “Novice High” or better in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. In addition, the course offers students meaningful opportunities to analyze and explore common beliefs, attitudes, and behavioral patterns of Russian-speaking people in a global comparative context. As a result, students will develop the capacity to identify their own cultural patterns, compare and contrast with others, and adapt empathetically to unfamiliar ways of being. Prerequisite: RUSS 1002 or permission of instructor.

SPAN 1001 Beginning Spanish (4 Credits)

The Beginning Spanish sequence aims to provide practical language skills for meaningful communication in real situations, with the goal of connecting with the diverse Spanish-speaking populations around the world and in the US. Three quarter sequence. SPAN 1001 is designed for students with no previous Spanish experience. Students with more than 2 years of high school Spanish or who grew up in a Spanish-speaking environment must take the placement exam and enroll in a higher-level course.

SPAN 1002 Beginning Spanish (4 Credits)

The Beginning Spanish sequence aims to provide practical language skills for meaningful communication in real situations, with the goal of connecting with the diverse Spanish-speaking populations around the world and in the US. Three quarter sequence. Prerequisite: SPAN 1001 or equivalent.

SPAN 1003 Beginning Spanish (4 Credits)

The Beginning Spanish sequence aims to provide practical language skills for meaningful communication in real situations, with the goal of connecting with the diverse Spanish-speaking populations around the world and in the US. Three quarter sequence. Prerequisite: SPAN 1002 or equivalent.

Faculty

Virginie M. Cassidy, Teaching Associate Professor and Director, PhD, University of Maryland

Stefan Dubois, Teaching Assistant Professor, PhD, University of California Santa Barbara

Maha Saliba Foster, Teaching Professor, PhD, University of Colorado Boulder

Miho Hamamoto, Teaching Assistant Professor, MA, Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Xue He, Teaching Assistant Professor, PhD, University of Iowa

Polina A. Maksimovich, Teaching Assistant Professor, PhD, Northwestern University

Emily Rose Sposeto, Teaching Associate Professor, MA, University of Notre Dame

Terri-Jo Woellner, Teaching Professor, MA, University of Vermont

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