ILC - International Languages and Cultures


Course Descriptions

ILC 1070 Intensive Introduction to Language: Level I (1-3)

A beginning level course offered in a variety of formats. It teaches listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing skills. The goal is to develop basic linguistic structures and vocabularies for specific needs: e.g., travel, business, medicine, law enforcement. The target language varies, e.g., Arabic, Dutch, Mandarin Chinese, Russian, Thai, etc. May be repeated once for credit with permission of department chair.

ILC 1080 Intensive Introduction to Language: Level II (1-3)

This course is a continuation of ILC 1070. It teaches further listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing skills. The goal is to improve basic linguistic structures and vocabularies for specific needs: e.g. travel, business, medicine, law enforcement. The target language varies, e.g. Arabic, Dutch, Mandarin Chinese, Russian, Thai, etc. Prerequisite: ILC 1070 or equivalent. May be repeated once for credit with permission of department chair.

ILC 1090 Elementary Language: Level I (1-4)

Develops listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing skills. The goal is fluency in basic linguistic structures needed for expression in everyday situations. The course offers language study with varying topics (e.g., Chinese (Mandarin), Dutch, Japanese, Latin, Russian, and Thai, etc.). May be repeated for credit with permission of department chair.*

ILC 1091 Workshop (1-2)

This workshop is intended for listening and speaking practice, vocabulary building, and grammar review. Students will be exposed to appropriate video and software programs, as well as Internet resources. Prerequisite: concurrent enrollment in corresponding ILC 1090 language course (e.g. Chinese (Mandarin), Japanese, Russian, etc.). May be repeated for credit with permission of department chair.

ILC 1100 Elementary Language: Level II (1-4)

A continuation of ILC 1090. Prerequisite: ILC 1090 or equivalent. May be repeated for credit with permission of department chair.*

ILC 1101 Workshop (1-2)

This workshop is intended for listening and speaking practice, vocabulary building, and grammar review. Students will be exposed to appropriate video and software programs, as well as Internet resources. Prerequisite: concurrent enrollment in corresponding ILC 1100 language course (e.g. Chinese (Mandarin), Japanese, Russian, etc.). May be repeated for credit with permission of department chair.

ILC 1170 Elementary Conversation (1-3)

Uses the basic elementary vocabulary of the language to teach oral communication. A preparation for travel abroad or to give additional oral practice to students currently enrolled in a language course. May be repeated for credit with permission of department chair.

ILC 2000 Study Abroad: Intermediate (1-13)

Intermediate-level language study program offered abroad by Webster University or in cooperation with an approved study abroad program. Prerequisites: intermediate level in appropriate foreign language and permission of department chair. May be repeated for credit if content differs. 

ILC 2090 Intermediate Language: Level I (1-4)

Strengthens listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Introduces student to new situations and encourages expression of simple ideas and opinions. Prerequisite: ILC 1100 or equivalent. May be repeated for credit with permission of department chair.*

ILC 2091 Workshop (1-2)

This workshop is intended for listening and speaking practice, vocabulary building, and grammar review. Students will be exposed to appropriate video and software programs, as well as Internet resources. Prerequisite: concurrent enrollment in corresponding ILC 2090 language course (e.g. Chinese (Mandarin), Japanese, Russian, etc.). May be repeated for credit with permission of department chair.

ILC 2100 Intermediate Language: Level II (1-4)

A continuation of ILC 2090. Prerequisite: ILC 2090 or equivalent. May be repeated for credit with permission of department chair.*

ILC 2101 Workshop (1-2)

This workshop is intended for listening and speaking practice, vocabulary building, and grammar review. Students will be exposed to appropriate video and software programs, as well as Internet resources. Prerequisite: concurrent enrollment in corresponding ILC 2100 language course (e.g. Chinese (Mandarin), Japanese, Russian, etc.). May be repeated for credit with permission of department chair.

ILC 2150 Topics in Culture(s) (1-3)

An introduction to the culture (customs) and Culture (history, literature, arts) of a particular region or country taught by faculty trained and experienced in the target culture or language. Through single or multiple themes, students will learn about the historical and sociopolitical contexts for areas where the target culture differs significantly from U.S. culture. Students may also learn linguistic tools (greetings, polite and ceremonial formulas, culturally specific terms that do not exist in English) that would help them establish contact with the peoples of the target region. The course may be repeated for credit if the content differs.

ILC 2610 Intermediate Language: Readings (1-3)

Strengthens and develops reading skills. The goal is to encourage students to enhance their linguistic abilities, particularly discipline-specific reading skills. It offers sections in various languages (e.g., French, German, Chinese (Mandarin), Japanese, Italian, Russian, Spanish, etc). Prerequisites: ILC 2100 or equivalent and permission of instructor or chair of the department. May be repeated for credit if content differs.

ILC 3000 Study Abroad: Advanced Level I (1-13)

Advanced level language study program offered abroad by Webster University or in cooperation with an approved study abroad program. Prerequisite: High intermediate or advanced level in appropriate language and permission of department chair. May be repeated once for credit if content differs, with permission of department chair.

ILC 3090 Advanced Language: Level I (1-3)

Provides a thorough review of the language linguistic structures. The goal is to strengthen previous language knowledge and to lead students to advanced levels of proficiency in the spoken and written language. Prerequisite: ILC 2100 or equivalent. May be repeated for credit with permission of department chair.

ILC 3550 Language Practicum (1-6)

Provides practical experience in projects utilizing languages in different fields: teaching, development of teaching materials, translating, interpreting, etc. Prerequisite: permission of the chair of the department. May be repeated for credit if content differs.

ILC 4000 Study Abroad: Advanced Level II (1-13)

Advanced-level language study program offered abroad by Webster University or in cooperation with an approved study abroad program. Prerequisites: advanced level in appropriate foreign language and permission of chair of the department. May be repeated for credit if content differs.

ILC 4050 Translation and/or Interpretation (1-3)

Studies the art and science of translation, with emphasis on clear, logical transmission of the message from foreign language into English or vice versa. This activity enables and encourages students to think critically about the nature of languages. Comparative linguistics, psycholinguistics, and in-depth cultural understanding are important components of the course. Prerequisite: advanced level in appropriate language. May be repeated for credit if content differs.

ILC 4060 Methods in Teaching Languages (1-4)

Includes study of the nature of language and psycholinguistics; analysis of historical approaches to language teaching; and recent developments in techniques and materials for grades K-12. Prerequisites: permission of the instructor or acceptance to the Teacher Certification Program, or permission of the director of teacher certification and field experiences. May be repeated for credit if content differs.

ILC 4150 Contemporary Issues (1-3)

Studies contemporary news issues from French-, German-, or Spanish-speaking countries, using radio broadcasts, TV programs recorded via satellite, the World Wide Web, etc. The study of cultures and the understanding of sociohistorical and political events leading to contemporary issues are important components of these courses. Prerequisite: advanced level in appropriate language. May be repeated for credit if content differs.

ILC 4200 Lyric Diction (2)

Teaches voice students the correct pronunciation of language sounds, using the International Phonetic Alphabet. May be repeated for credit if content differs.

ILC 4600 Topics in Language(s) (1-3)

Prerequisite: advanced level in appropriate language or permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit if content differs.

ILC 4610 Reading Course (1-4)

Involves preparing a bibliography on a topic chosen by the student and submitted to the instructor for approval, reading the listed books, meetings with the instructor, and writing a term paper. Prerequisites: advanced level in appropriate language and permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit if content differs.

ILC 4700 Overview (0-1)

An oral exam and portfolio review required of all language majors. The topic must be approved by the department beforehand, and the exam date must be set at least two weeks before the exam takes place. See department for more details. Prerequisite: senior standing, admission into department as major, and approval of department chair.

* When Latin is the subject, the goal is not to speak the language but to prepare the students to read classical texts. Acquisition of vocabulary and grammatical forms enables students to decipher ever more complex sentences and encourages them to think critically about the nature not only of this complicated and interesting language, but also of their own native language.

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