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Potsdam Prepared: Fall 2021 Updates

Connecting through Language Other than English (CL-3 cr.)

(SUNY Foreign Language)
These courses examine salient structural linguistic components of a language other than English as well as key cultural features of other-than-English language communities. Courses will develop effective ways to communicate in that language and will significantly increase students’ understanding and appreciation of a diverse range of non-English language communities and their creative contributions.

CL Preamble

Once Potsdam Pathways is implemented, students entering SUNY Potsdam will take one class to meet the CL requirement.4 For this reason, and to preserve the academic rigor of the requirement, this proposal includes three different course options:

  • CL 101 for students with no previous second language experience
  • CL 102 for students who have completed course II in high school
  • CL 103 for students who have completed course III in high school

Potsdam Pathways CL will preserve the 101-102-103 sequences that we currently offer in different languages (for instance, ASL, Chinese, Latin, and Mohawk).

CL Criteria

CL courses:

  1. Explore and reflect on salient cultural aspects of a language other than English.
  2. Foster an informed appreciation for cultural differences of a language other than English.
  3. Systematically introduce key features of a language other than English.
  4. Promote acquisition of basic proficiency in a language other than English.

CL Student Learning Outcomes (for each level)

CL 101*
At the conclusion of this course, students:

  1. Recognize distinct cultural features of at least one non-English language community. (Remembering)
  2. Develop pertinent reflections on cultural features of non-English language communities. (Applying)
  3. Identify sentences in present tense in the new language. (Applying)
  4. Use present tense verbs to discuss basic topics. (Applying)

CL 102*
At the conclusion of this course, students:

  1. Recognize distinct cultural features of at least one non-English language community. (Remembering)
  2. Develop pertinent reflections on cultural features of non-English language communities. (Applying)
  3. Identify sentences in past tense in the new language. (Applying)
    4All students who completed course IV in high school have met the CL requirement at SUNY Potsdam. Those students who excelled in French and Spanish IV will be encouraged to take either French 203 or Spanish 203. In addition, native and heritage speakers must approach the Modern Languages chair for an interview and possible examination testing.
    5All CL courses will have a distinct creative cultural focus through a compelling and unique perspective and will follow an interactive methodology so as to motivate students to apply basic grammatical structures to communicate in a language other than English.
  4. Use past tense verbs to discuss a variety of topics. (Applying)

Potsdam Pathways v. 3.2—Detailed Version 4.25.19
Total Credits 37
14


CL 103*
At the conclusion of this course, students:

  1. Recognize distinct cultural features of at least one non-English language community. (Remembering)
  2. Develop pertinent reflections on cultural features of non-English language communities. (Applying)
  3. Identify structural nuances in the new language. (Applying)
  4. Formulate opinions and hypothetical situations in speaking and writing. (Creating)

* Each CL course will include specific subtitles depending on the cultural aspect that each instructor decides
to focus on.


Potsdam Pathways v. 3.2—Detailed Version 4.25.19
Total Credits 37
15