Foreign Languages

Contact Information

Troy Mark Jones, Chair

ACU Box 28275

Abilene, Texas 79699-8275

Administration Building, Room 134

 

Phone: 325-674-2364

Fax: 325-674-6703

Email: jonesm@acu.edu

Web: www.acu.edu/fl

 

Majors: Spanish, Spanish with Certification 

Minor: Spanish 

 

Page Links:

Spanish (BA)

Spanish with Teacher Certification

Minor in a Foreign Language: Spanish

Foreign Language for Native Speakers of 
   Other Languages

Institute of Intensive English (IIE)



Faculty

Robert E. Brown, Associate Professor

Jeffrey O. Haseltine, Associate Professor

Troy Mark Jones, Associate Professor

M. Harland Rall, Assistant Professor

Carolyn Thompson, Instructor

Beatriz Walker, Assistant Professor

 

Course Descriptions

Please see the Course Descriptions section
of this catalog.
Courses offered by the Department of Foreign Languages include
those with the following designations: FLFR, FLGE, FLLA, FLSP, INTS.

 

NOTE:All first-year foreign language classes require a lab. Any first-year foreign language (FL__ 111, 112) may be used to fulfill admissions deficiency requirements.

  



The Department of Foreign Languages offers the Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish. High school certification in Spanish may be obtained with the Bachelor of Arts. A minor in Spanish may be added to other majors. 

 

Introduction

Languages are the student’s key to becoming a citizen of the world. Students develop a deep satisfaction when they can communicate with millions outside their own country and linguistic background. By learning one or more foreign languages, a student can qualify or enhance his or her qualifications for many challenging careers:

          • Teaching. Our nation needs outstanding foreign language teachers and scholars in
             universities, colleges, secondary schools and elementary schools.

          • Business. A major combining business and a foreign language can lead to careers with 
             multinational corporations, in international banking or accounting, hotel management,
             import-export business or many other areas.

          • Government Service. Important jobs in the Armed Services, the Department of State,
             the Department of Commerce and the International Communication Agency require 
             proficiency in foreign languages. Students should consider supplementing language 
             preparation with courses in business management, economics and communication.

          • Mission Work. The majority of the world does not speak English. In order to
             communicate the Gospel of Jesus Christ around the world, missionaries need to speak
             foreign languages. Even if ACU does not offer the specific language of a given country,
             we often can help the prospective missionary with a language that is widely spoken in the
             area that he or she is targeting, e.g., French in West Africa, German for Eastern Europe.
             Moreover, the best way to raise one’s general language learning aptitude is to study a
             foreign language.

          • Pre-Med. Students entering medical fields often find that a major or minor in a foreign
             language broadens their intellectual horizons, increases their ability to communicate with
             patients and is favored by medical schools since it indicates broad human interests.

Also, journalists, librarians, writers, researchers, doctors, nurses, police officers, social workers and many others often find foreign language skills essential.

The person who knows a foreign language has an added dimension to his or her life. Language expands and heightens the pleasure of travel, of good literature and of the arts. It fosters a sense of shared humanity. These intangible benefits may be the most rewarding of all.

General Departmental Requirements: French, Spanish
Students who have had two or more years of a foreign language in high school should be able to earn college credit by examination. Students should take the CLEP subject examination in French, German or Spanish during their senior year of high school. If this is impossible, the test can be arranged through ACU.

Examinations for elementary (FL__111, 112) or intermediate (FL__221, 222) French, Spanish and German foreign language credit are given by ACU Career Counseling and Testing Services. Students who have ability in languages for which the ACU Testing Services has no examination must make their own arrangements with an approved university or testing agency and have the credit transferred to ACU.

If a student has little language background or fails to earn sufficient advanced placement credit by examination, he or she may have to take up to 12 hours of elementary and intermediate work as elective hours prior to beginning advanced-level courses.

ACU offers a cooperative program in Spanish with Hardin-Simmons University and McMurry University. Students planning to major in Spanish may take advanced work in Spanish language or literature at either university in addition to courses at ACU.

Study Abroad Expectations
All students are encouraged to participate in ACU’s Study Abroad program. Classes offered at Study Abroad sites vary depending on the site. Academic advisors can assist students in planning ahead for their Study Abroad experience and should be consulted during the freshman year.

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SPANISH (BA)

Admission Requirements
Before being admitted to a program, a student must satisfy the requirements listed in the ACT/SAT Placement Information section of this catalog.

BA: SPANISH DEGREE PLAN (SPAN)

______________________________________________________________________

UNIVERSITY CORE
Bible

     BIBL 101 Life and Teachings of Jesus ....................................................................

     BIBL 102 Acts-Revelation .....................................................................................

     BIBL 211 Message of the Old Testament ................................................................

     BIBL 212 Christianity in Culture ............................................................................

     BMIS 331 World Christians ...................................................................................

3

3

3

3

3

English

     ENGL 111 Composition and Rhetoric .....................................................................

     ENGL 231 World Literature I .................................................................................

3

3

Speech
     COMS 111 Fundamentals of Communication ..........................................................3
History
     HIST 117 Civilization I .........................................................................................3
Science
     Courses in two fields: biology, chemistry, geology, physics, AENV 130, NUTR 120 .....6
Mathematics
     MATH 120, MATH 123, MATW 120/020  or higher (except MATH 147) ........................3
Exercise Science
     EXSC 100 + 3 activities .......................................................................................4
University Seminar
     UNIV 100 ...........................................................................................................1
TOTAL UNIVERSITY CORE ......................................................................................41
BA DEGREE CORE
English

     ENGL 112 Composition and Literature ...................................................................

     ENGL 232 World Literature II ................................................................................

3

3

Social Sciences/Humanities

     ANTH 101 Introduction to Anthropology .................................................................

     HIST 118 Civilization II ........................................................................................

     Choose from: economics (also AGRB 261), geography, philosophy, political science,

          psychology (also EDUC 221), sociology ............................................................

3

3

 

3

Foreign Language

     FLSP 221 Intermediate Spanish I ..........................................................................

     FLSP 222 Intermediate Spanish II .........................................................................

3

3

Fine Arts
     Choose one: ART 101, MUSM 230, THEA 220 or THEA 250 ......................................3
TOTAL BA CORE .....................................................................................................24
MAJOR REQUIREMENTS
Advanced Hours
     FLSP 386 Advanced Composition ..........................................................................3
Choose 21 hours from
     FLSP 352 Peninsular Spanish Culture

     FLSP 353 Latin American Culture

     FLSP 385 Advanced Grammar

     FLSP 388 Advanced Conversation

     FLSP 480 Hispanic Drama

     FLSP 481 Hispanic Novel

     FLSP 482 Survey of Peninsular Literature

     FLSP 483 Survey of Latin American Literature

     FLSP 490 Spanish for Teachers

     Study Abroad Program (can be in hours above or core) ..........................................

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

21

TOTAL ..................................................................................................................24
SUPPLEMENT FOR MAJOR
Supporting Language
     Intermediate proficiency in a foreign language other than major or elementary
          proficiency in two foreign languages other than major

 

TOTAL ....................................................................................................................12
ELECTIVES
     Minimum ............................................................................................................27
OTHER GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

     Minimum GPA in major ........................................................................................

     Minimum GPA for graduation ................................................................................

     Minimum advanced hours ....................................................................................

     Minimum total hours ............................................................................................

2.25

2.00

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128

Courses numbered 0** do not count in minimum hours required for degree.



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Teacher Certification

Students interested in teaching Spanish at the high school level should choose the BA Spanish for Teacher Certification degree plan. It will meet all the requirements for language and teacher certification as specified by the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.

SPANISH TEACHER CERTIFICATION (BA)

BA: SPANISH TEACHER CERTIFICATION DEGREE PLAN (SPNT)

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UNIVERSITY CORE
Bible

     BIBL 101 Life and Teachings of Jesus ....................................................................

     BIBL 102 Acts-Revelation .....................................................................................

     BIBL 211 Message of the Old Testament ................................................................

     BIBL 212 Christianity in Culture ............................................................................

     BMIS 331 World Christians ...................................................................................

3

3

3

3

3

English

     ENGL 111 Composition and Rhetoric .....................................................................

     ENGL 231 World Literature I .................................................................................

3

3

Speech
     COMS 111 Fundamentals of Communication ..........................................................3
History
     HIST 117 Civilization I .........................................................................................3
Science
     Courses in two fields: biology, chemistry, geology, physics, AENV 130, NUTR 120 .....6
Mathematics
     MATH 120, MATH 123, MATW 120/020 or higher (except MATH 147) .........................3
Exercise Science
     EXSC 100 + 3 activities .......................................................................................4
University Seminar
     UNIV 100 ...........................................................................................................1
TOTAL ....................................................................................................................41
BA DEGREE CORE
English

     ENGL 112 Composition and Literature ...................................................................

     ENGL 232 World Literature II ................................................................................

3

3

Social Sciences/Humanities

     ANTH 101 Introduction to Anthropology .................................................................

     HIST 118 Civilization II ........................................................................................

     Choose from: economics (also AGRB 261), geography, philosophy, political science,

          psychology (also EDUC 221), sociology ............................................................

3

3

 

3

Foreign Language

     FLSP 221 Intermediate Spanish I ..........................................................................

     FLSP 222 Intermediate Spanish II .........................................................................

3

3

Fine Arts
     Choose one: ART 101, MUSM 230, THEA 220 or THEA 250 ......................................3
TOTAL BA CORE .....................................................................................................24
MAJOR REQUIREMENTS
Spanish

     FLSP 352 Peninsular Spanish Culture ....................................................................

     FLSP 353 Latin American Culture ..........................................................................

     FLSP 385 Advanced Grammar ..............................................................................

     FLSP 388 Advanced Conversation .........................................................................

     FLSP 480 Hispanic Drama ....................................................................................

     FLSP 482 Survey of Peninsular Literature ..............................................................

     FLSP 490 Spanish for Teachers .............................................................................

     FLSP 491 Oral Proficiency for Educators ................................................................

     Study Abroad (can be in hours above or core)

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

 

TOTAL ....................................................................................................................24
Professional Education Requirements

     EDUC 211 Education Foundations and Multicultural Perspectives ..............................

     EDUC 221 Educational Psychology (may also fulfill social sciences credit) .................

     EDUC 412 Secondary Curriculum and Media and

          EDUC 432 Secondary Management and Methods ...............................................

     EDUC 499 Internship: ESL ...................................................................................

     READ 322 Reading in Secondary Content Areas .....................................................

     SPED 371 Teaching Students with Special Needs ....................................................

3

3

 

6

6

3

3

TOTAL ....................................................................................................................24
CRITERIA FOR ADMISSION TO TEACHER EDUCATION

Before taking more than 6 hours of any combination of EDUC classes, a student must first be admitted to the Teacher Education Program.

 

To be admitted to the Teacher Education Program, a students must:

     1. Complete and submit an application for admission into the Teacher Education Program;

     2. Be enrolled in or have completed the first 45 semester hours of credit;

     3. Have a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.7 (2.7 or higher in the content field);

     4. Complete 6 hours of University Core English with no grade lower than a “C”;

     5. Pass all three sections of the Texas Higher Education assessment (THEA) test, with a score
         on the reading section of 260 or higher, a score on the math section of 230 or higher and a
         score on the writing section of 220 or higher;

     6. Be enrolled in or successfully complete (“C” or better) EDUC 211 Educational Foundations
         and Multicultural Perspectives (If admitted before completion of EDUC 211, admission will
         be contingent upon completing the course with a “C” or better. In the event that the
         student does not complete this course successfully, admission to the program will be
         suspended until this requirement is fulfilled.);

     7. Receive approval from the Teacher Education Admissions and Review Committee.

         An interview with the committee may be required.

 

Any exemptions or modifications to the above requirements due to special circumstances must be requested through the chair of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. All requests will be reviewed and must be approved by the Teacher Education Admissions and Review Committee. In addition, admission to teacher education is not the final step in the process. In order to remain in the program, the prospective teacher must continue to meet the GPA requirement (2.7). Approval to take Education Block classes (411/412 and 431/432) and to enroll in student teaching must be obtained from the Teacher Education Admissions and Review Committee before enrolling in those classes.

ELECTIVES
     Minimum ............................................................................................................15-18
OTHER GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

     Minimum GPA for graduation ................................................................................

     Minimum advanced hours ....................................................................................

     Minimum total hours ............................................................................................

2.70

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Courses numbered 0** do not count in minimum hours required for degree.



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Minor in a Foreign Language: Spanish

MINOR: FOREIGN LANGUAGE – SPANISH (SPAN)
Spanish

     FLSP 221 Intermediate Spanish I ..........................................................................

     FLSP 222 Intermediate Spanish II .........................................................................

     Choose from: FLSP 300-499 .................................................................................

3

3

12

TOTAL ....................................................................................................................18


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Foreign Language for Native Speakers of Other Language

A special provision exists for the satisfaction of foreign language requirements (under both the general education requirements and the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements) by students for whom English is a second language. Students seeking to fulfill the foreign language requirements by the alternative means listed below must (if requested to do so) be able to demonstrate to the chair of the Department of Foreign Languages native (L1) proficiency in a language other than English (not a dialect of English). The student’s native language need not be one of those offered by the Department of Foreign Languages.

General Education Requirements
The requirement for “Foreign Language – 2 high school units or 6 hours” will be satisfied upon successful completion of the general education requirement for “English – composition: ENGL 111 or equivalent (3) and Literature (3)” for students who qualify as non-native speakers of English (see above).

Bachelor of Arts Degree
For all Bachelor of Arts degree programs having a requirement for “foreign language – sophomore level – 6 hours,” that requirement will be satisfied upon completion of the Bachelor of Arts requirement for English - composition: ENGL 112 (3) and a second Literature course (3) for students who qualify as non-native speakers of English (see above).

Under this special provision, college credit will be granted for the English courses, but not for any ESL (English as a Second Language) course. Students will still need to complete the prescribed number of hours for particular degree programs (usually this will mean that a Bachelor of Arts degree student will need an additional 12 hours of electives to replace the 12 hours of foreign language that were satisfied by the alternative means outlined above).

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Institute of Intensive English (IIE)

The Institute of Intensive English (IIE) provides semester-long English as a Second Language (ESL) courses at the low-intermediate, high-intermediate and advanced levels. The IIE curriculum is designed to prepare students for ACU credit courses and consists of grammar, reading, composition and oral/aural communication courses at each of the three levels (except that the oral/aural communication course is omitted at the Advanced level).

The low-intermediate and high-intermediate blocks consist of 20 class hours per week (the summer schedule is slightly more intensive). The advanced ESL block consists of 15 class hours per week plus enrollment in one regular or audit class. ESL students must enroll in all courses included in their assigned block of courses (one of the three levels listed) according to incoming ESL placement exam results at ACU or incoming TOEFL scores. Students advance from their initial block by achieving passing grades in all courses of that block. Students earning a failing grade in even a single course of a given block must repeat that entire block. Permission to enroll in full-time developmental and regular credit courses is granted upon successful completion of the advanced ESL block. A particular TOEFL score is not required for ESL students who move from the ESL block into undergraduate courses upon completion of the advanced level. However, students wishing to enter graduate work must meet additional Graduate School requirements, including a minimum TOEFL score of 550, or computer-based score of 213.

Course Descriptions
Please see the Course Descriptions section of this catalog. ESL courses offered by the Department of Foreign Languages include those with the following designation: FLEN.

ESL course offerings include the following groupings:
     • Low-Intermediate ESL Block: FLEN 021023027, 029.

     • High-Intermediate ESL Block: FLEN 031, 033037, 039.

     • Advanced ESL Block: FLEN 041, 047, 049.

NOTE: Courses numbered 000-099 do not count toward the minimum hours required for a bachelor’s degree, nor do they affect the cumulative GPA.

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