2013 – 2014
Office of Graduate Studies and Extended Education
McKelvie Hall, 102 W. Rosedale Avenue
West Chester University
West Chester, PA 19383
Revised June 2018
109 Main Hall
West Chester University
West Chester, PA 19383
Dr. Williams, Chairperson
Dr. Moscatelli, Assistant Chairperson
Dr. Pauly, Graduate Coordinator
Margarete Landwehr, Ph.D., Harvard University
Frederick Patton, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
Rebecca Pauly, D.M.L., Middlebury College
Michel H. Sage, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
Stacey Schlau, Ph.D., City University of New York
Alice Speh, Ph.D., Bryn Mawr College
Andrea Varricchio, Ph.D., Temple University
Maria Van Liew, Ph.D., University of California, San Diego
Jerome M. Williams, Ph.D., Yale University
Charles Grove, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
Anne-Marie Moscatelli, Ph.D., Bryn Mawr College
Mahmoud Amer, Ph.D., Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Maria José Cabrera, Ph.D., Rutgers University
Marcos Campillo-Fenoll, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Gloria Maité Hernández, Ph.D., Emory University
Megan Saltzman, Ph.D., University of Michigan
Israel Sanz-Sánchez, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
Chui Kian Smidt, Ph.D., University of Minnesota
John P. Rosso, M.A., University of Pennsylvania
The Department of Languages and Cultures offers two degree programs, one leading to the master of arts in French or Spanish, and the other to the master of education in French or Spanish. Both degrees can be taken with or without K–12 Pennsylvania teaching certification. Admission to either program is through the Office of Graduate Studies and Extended Education. A placement test in the language will be required of all candidates, including native speakers. Applicants must have an undergraduate major in the language, or native fluency and a related four-year university degree or the equivalent. Students may transfer in 6-9 semester hours from another master’s degree-granting institution. Candidates for the M.A. and the M.Ed. are required to pass a capstone assessment in the language, both written and oral.
The State Board of Education adopted changes that affect all of Pennsylvania’s teacher certification programs by adding nine credits or 270 hours or equivalent combination for adaptations and accommodations for diverse students in an inclusive setting, and three credits or 90 hours or equivalent combination to meet the instructional needs of English language learners. Additional program requirements will be developed and incorporated into the certification programs to comply with new regulations that became effective January 1, 2011.
Students must consult the University’s Certification Office and the College of Education for formal admission to teacher education (FATE). Students must take the Praxis I exams before they apply for FATE through the College of Education. Students are encouraged to complete any unmet undergraduate course requirements before entering the master’s program since they will be charged graduate tuition once they are admitted, and grades for these courses will be factored into their graduate GPA.
Certification may be completed separately from the master's degree. Students may transfer in 20% of their course work (three courses) from another graduate school if those courses are not already part of another graduate degree.
Language students have six years to complete their degree and may apply for a leave of absence (up to two semesters) without having to reapply to the University. They may apply for a half-time graduate assistantship, including a two-course tuition waiver and $1,250 per semester in exchange for 10 hours a week of work with the program faculty..
Please check the department website for updates concerning a new program with Millersville University in French, German, and Spanish.
*Graduate-level professional education requirement, effective fall 2009, which are required for all students planning to receive certification after August 2013.
** Formal admission to teacher education (FATE) required to take the following courses: EDA 303, EDS 505, LAN 503
*** Requires FATE as well as completion of language courses through the advanced level, LIN 501 (with a minimum C grade), and professional education courses, including EDS 505 but excluding EDS 411-412)
500 Methods and Materials of Research in Second Language Education (3) Techniques of research in language education, including sources, design, interpretation, evaluation, and reporting of data.
502 Second Languages in the Elementary School (3) Problems in teaching second languages in the elementary school. Curriculum design, bilingual education, classroom techniques, articulation, materials, and testing. Preferably, LIN 501 or equivalent should precede LAN 502.
503 Techniques of Second Language Teaching (3) Advanced course in recent theoretical bases, methods for teaching beginning and advanced levels, curriculum design, and evaluation. PREREQ: LIN 501 or equivalent.
504 Use of Media in Language Teaching (3) Role of media in language instruction including the tape recorder, language laboratory, television, and the computer.
505 Introduction to Bilingual/Bicultural Education (3) Introduction to history, philosophy, current status, and future directions of bilingual/ bicultural education. Survey of materials, tests, techniques, instructional processes, and instructional patterns. Overview of testing, placement, and pupil evaluation.
511 Roman Civilization (3) Roman civilization and its influences on Europe. This course may be taken again for credit.
525 Internship (3-12) A structured and supervised experience for students wishing to enhance their language study directly in the workplace. Credits earned are based on time spent on the job. For approval, students must apply to the department chair or language section coordinator.
527 Introduction to Applied Linguistics for Foreign Language Majors (3) An introduction to applied linguistics structured to meet the needs of language majors and future world language teachers. Examples are drawn from the languages of expertise of the students.
550 Seminar in Methods and Materials of Research in Language and Literature (3) The principal tools of research in the field of language and literature. Methods of conducting and reporting research, emphasizing correctness of form and mechanics of scholarly writing.
560 Directed Studies (3) To provide an opportunity for students to pursue areas of study not regularly provided by the department. Focus of course to be announced when offered.
569 (3) Teaching English Language Learners PK-12 A study of issues and the application of techniques, strategies, and materials for meeting the needs of English language learners in inclusive classrooms. Emphases include sociocultural issues in educational contexts, TESOL through the content areas, linguistics, second language acquisition, the integration and applications of the Pennsylvania English Language Proficiency Standards PK-12 (ELPS) and current trends in second language teaching, learning, and assessment. Includes a field component.
580 Seminar in Second Language Education (1-4) Specialized workshop seminar devoted to a particular area of language education.
582 Sociolinguistic Issues in ESL/Second Language Education (3) Introduction to social, historical, legal, and cultural issues influencing minority communities, schools, and homes. Introduction to issues in bilingual education and language programs for immigrants around the world. Crosslisted as ENG 582. PREREQ: LIN 501.
583 Second Language Acquisition (SLA) (3) Introduction to key issues in SLA research and theory. Analysis of SLA studies in connection to second language teaching. Design of original mini-study of second language learning. Crosslisted as ENG 583. PREREQ: LIN 501.
585 Institute in Second Language Education (4-8) In-depth study of a particular area of language education.
590 Independent Study (1-3)
600 Research Report (1-2)
610 Thesis (6)
612 Assessment of ESL/Second Language Students (3) Selection, evaluation, adaptation, and creation of assessment instruments for ESL/second language students. Practice administering tests and interpreting results. Overview of issues in assessing second language students. Crosslisted as ENG 612. PREREQ: LIN 501. See also Linguistics (LIN)
501 French Business Culture (3) The course offers advanced French language skills in an international Francophone business context. It covers intercultural management, work ethics, business etiquette, communication guidelines, and cross-cultural self awareness. Activities include case studies, market simulations, international correspondence, mock interviews, and preparation for internships in French-owned or French-related companies. Regularly scheduled online group discussions and individual research presentations are required components of the course. No prior knowledge of business or economics is necessary.
503 Oral Proficiency (3) Advanced oral discussion of prepared topics in Francophone culture to aid graduate students in achieving or maintaining ACTFL Advanced Low capabilities in open dialogical exchange.
504 Francophone Literature and Culture (3) This course offers francophone literature texts in context with art, music, political history, and cultural traditions through presentations involving images, audio, and video.
505 Writing Proficiency (3) Writing proficiency course emphasizing expression on a variety of topics to aid students in achieving the performance level of Advanced Low as outlined by ACTFL.
510 French Theater (3) Principal French dramatists analyzed against the social, political, literary, and critical backgrounds of their age.
511 Modernism in French Literature (3) Close consideration of some prime innovative texts of fiction, poetry, film, and polemic as manifestations of the spirit and aesthetic of modernism.
512 French Narrative (3) A study of prose texts, their ethos, and their narrative techniques, from the epics and contes of the Middle Ages to the experimental works of the late 20th century.
513 French Poetics (3) An intensive survey of French poetry, its theory and practice, using models drawn from the whole tradition, from Villon to Bonnefoy.
515 French Civilization (3) A study of France since 1789, with emphasis on social, political, economic, and educational institutions.
516 Writing Literary Criticism: Theory and Practice (3) Study of various fields of literary theory, including structuralism, semiotics, Marxism, narratology, psychoanalytic criticism, and deconstruction. Techniques of textual interpretation.
520-521-522 Topics in French Literature and Language (3) Course topics courses will vary by semester and instructor, and may include titles such as genre studies, film study, women writers, francophone writers, the study of literary periods or movements, and structural and applied linguistics. This course may be taken again for credit.
523 Translation Techniques (3) A theoretical and practical study of modes of lexical and syntactic transposition, from L1 to neutral zone to L2. Extensive practical exercise in diverse types of translation.
540 Writing French Children’s Stories (3) This course is a writing workshop for advanced French students consisting of authoring five children’s stories in French and studying narrative structure and techniques of developing description, dialogue, character, and plot. Group participation through critical feedback in D2L.
550 French Film Studies (3) Viewing and reviewing 75 years of French cinema, to develop critical analytical skills regarding 20th and 21st century French culture.
500 20th Century German Culture (3) This course offers a cultural history of 20th-century Germany including artistic, philosophical, cinematic, and literary contributions to Western culture. Emphasis will be given to representative literary works of each era and to themes such as the contribution of women, Jews, and minorities to German culture, and questions of political vs. cultural identity.
501 Post-Wall German Literature and Film (3) This course will offer students a cultural history of post-war Germany primarily through the lens of post-wall German literature and film. The class will consist of lectures, screenings of excerpts from German films, and discussions of literary texts, articles, assigned films, and current events in Germany and Europe.
505 20th-Century German Culture through Cinematic Texts (3) An analysis of German culture through 20th century German films.
508 German Society Dramatic Texts: Wilhelmine Era to the Present (3) Analysis of the political and social concerns of German society through the lens of dramatic texts.
510 Spanish Phonetics and Applied Linguistics (3) A study of Spanish morphology, phonology, and syntax (sound, word, sentence formation). The structure of the language will be studied from a theoretical and practical perspective.
512 Advanced Spanish Grammar and Stylistics (3) An informal, rapid review of Spanish grammar, with emphasis on problems fundamental to the American classroom. Exercises include idiomatic expression, various levels of style, and translation.
514 The Hispanic World (3) Major philosophical and artistic contributions of the Hispanic world to Western civilization. The social and economic institutions of the Hispanic world.
520 Medieval and Renaissance Literature (3) Analysis of major Spanish texts and authors from 1100-1500, including Mío Cid, la Celestina, Alfonso X, Manrique, Don Juan Manuel, Berceo, Encina, and Juan Ruiz.
530 Spanish "Comedia" of the Golden Age (3) Survey of the comedia before Lope de Vega; the contributions of Lope de Vega; Tirso de Molina and Ruiz de Alarcón; the Baroque theatre of Calderón de la Barca.
532 Spanish Literature of the Golden Age (3) Novel and poetry. Spanish literature of the 16th and 17th centuries: mysticism, poetry, novel.
533 Cervantes (3) Life and works of Miguel Cervantes Saavedra: Novelas ejemplares, Ocho comedias y otro entremeses, La Numancia, La Galatea, all of which lead to the study of the meaning, philosophy, and influence of Don Quixote.
535 19th-Century Spanish Literature (3) An analysis of the major movements of the century, including Romanticism, "Costumbrismo," Realism, and Naturalism.
536 The Generation of 1898 (3) The revitalizing forces which took hold in the late 19th century, and a study of the works of Unamuno, Azorín, Menéndez Pidal, Pio Baroja, Valle Inclán, Benavente, Martínez Sierra, and Rubén Dario.
537 20th-Century Spanish Literature (3) Introduction to representative works of 20th-century Spanish literature. Authors studied include Arrabal, Cela, Delibes, Lorca, Goytisolo, Matute, Sender, and others.
541 Colonial Latin American Literature (3) A study of colonial Latin American literature within the context of conquest and colonization, with emphasis on religious, historical, and literary aspects of the New World as seen through primary authors and readings.
542 Modern Latin American Literature (3) Spanish-American literature, thought, and culture as revealed in outstanding works representative of major authors and movements from the Independence to 1950 (including Romanticism, Modernism, Regionalism, and avant garde).
543 Contemporary Latin American Literature (3) A study of major authors and literary movements in contemporary Latin America, including magical realism, theatre of the absurd, and poetic movements.
544 Latin American Theatre (3) A study of theatre as a reflection of social realities and of dramatic movements and techniques in Latin America. The cultural history of the Latin American stage also will be examined.
545 The Latin American Novel (3) The development of the novel in Latin America. The colonial period, the period of independence, the romantic period; realism, modernism, criollismo, and naturalism.
547 Hispanic Women Writers (3) An examination of representative women authors and their prose, poetry, and theatre from the 17th century to the present in Spain and Spanish America.
549 Masterpieces and Movements in Spanish Literature (3) A seminar on the development of Spanish thought and artistic expression through selected masterpieces of literature and art.
556 Seminar I (3) This course may be taken again for credit.
557 Seminar II (3) This course may be taken again for credit.
560 Nobel Laureates in Hispanic Letters (3) A course devoted to study those Spanish-language writers from Spain and Spanish America who won the Nobel Prize in Literature during the 20th and 21st century for their literary achievements; to analyze their works and the sociopolitical context of their writings; and to examine the politics of literary awards and the significance of their recognition.