Critical Languages Program (CRLP)

Head of Department: Associate Professor Gustavo Nanclares

Department Office: Room 207, Oak Hall

The Critical Language Program is designed to offer basic language instruction (four semesters) in languages not currently offered as major fields of study in the Department of Literatures, Cultures and Languages. The most common languages taught in the CRLP program at the University of Connecticut are listed at the end of this section. Other languages may be offered based upon student interest and the Program’s ability to find the necessary personnel. Critical languages may be used to fulfill the foreign language requirement.

Note: Some critical languages, because of area study requirements or other specific circumstances, may be offered under the regular instructional method and the following course descriptions with four credits apply. These subject areas listed alphabetically throughout this course directory are: American Sign Language (ASLN), Hindi (HIND), Japanese (JAPN), Korean (KORE), Modern Greek (MGRK), and Polish (PLSH).

1101. Elementary Level I

Four credits. Prerequisite: Not open to students with prior contact with the language.

1102. Elementary Level II

Four credits. Prerequisite: 1101 or the equivalent.

1103. Intermediate Level I

Four credits. Prerequisite: 1102 or the equivalent.

1104. Intermediate Level II

Four credits. Prerequisite: 1103 or the equivalent.

Note: The method of instruction for most critical language courses follows the self-study format established by the National Association of Self-Instructional Language Programs (NASILP). This method relies on four hours of student self-instruction per week, using the approved book/tape program; two or three hours per week of drill sessions led by the Conversation Partner; four or five quizzes per semester; and an oral final examination conducted by the Outside Examiner, a member of the faculty of an Institution of Higher Education which offers the language. In order to be eligible to register for a course offered through the NASILP method, students must have sophomore standing, a B (3.0) cumulative Grade Point Average, and the support of their academic advisor. Students seeking to register should bring an unofficial transcript and a letter from their advisor to Room 207, Oak Hall during pre-registration for the following semester. When taught in this manner, the following course descriptions with three credits apply. These subject areas listed alphabetically throughout this course directory are: Arabic (ARAB), Chinese (CHIN), Critical Languages Program (CRLP), and Vietnamese (VIET).

1101. Elementary Level I

Three credits. Prerequisite: Not open to students with prior contact with the language.

1102. Elementary Level II

Three credits. Prerequisite: 1101 or the equivalent.

1103. Intermediate Level I

Three credits. Prerequisite: 1102 or the equivalent

1104. Intermediate Level II

Three credits. Prerequisite: 1103 or the equivalent.

1193. Foreign Study

Credits and hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: Consent of Department Head required, normally to be granted prior to the student’s departure. May be repeated for credit.

Special topics taken in a foreign study program.

3293. Foreign Study

Credits and hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: Consent of Director required, normally to be granted prior to the student’s departure. May count toward the major with consent of the advisor. May be repeated for credit.

Special topics taken in a foreign study program.

3295. Special Topics

Credits and hours by arrangement. Prerequisites and recommended preparation vary. With a change in content, may be repeated for credit.

3298. Variable Topics

Three credits. Prerequisites and recommended preparation vary. With a change of topic, may be repeated for credit.

3299. Independent Study

Credits and hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: Open only with consent of Director. With a change in content, may be repeated for credit. If there is sufficient student interest, additional languages may be offered.

 

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