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Nazareth Strengths

Example Careers/Outcomes

  • Translator
  • ESL Teacher
  • Historian
  • Bilingual Professional
  • Tour Guide
  • Travel Writer

Internships/Field Experiences

  • In the last 10 years alone, 13 Nazareth foreign language majors have received prestigious U.S. Junior Fulbright Awards from the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Program, sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, to do research and teach English in countries such as Argentina, Columbia, Germany, South Korea, Spain and Venezuela.

Graduate Schools/Employers

  • U.S. State Department
  • U.S. Department of Defense
  • U.S. AID
  • Florida Atlantic University
  • Americorps
  • Villanova University
  • TAQA, the Abu Dhabi National Energy Company

Alumni Spotlight

EJ MonsterE.J. Monster ’99
Foreign Service officer, shown here at his Masaai-style wedding in Kenya

“Nazareth opened my eyes to the world and prepared me for an adventurous international career.”

Modern Foreign Languages Major

Students majoring in modern foreign languages learn about the world of ideas and letters, past and present. This training requires study abroad in both languages, as well as comprehensive examinations in both languages. The cohesive, integrated program of foreign language, culture, and literature courses ensures maximum proficiency in the target languages. Students will learn about literary and cultural movements and make connections between the primarily aesthetic literary artifacts of the culture and its political, social, and economic history. Learn more.

Critical Languages

Students frequently add two to four semesters of a "critical" foreign language to their studies: Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Arabic, or Swahili.

Nazareth offers award-winning faculty, small classes, and study abroad programs in Chile, France, Germany, Italy, Peru, and Spain. A wide range of language courses and variety of cultural experiences prepare students to meet personal and professional goals. Through the Emerson Foreign Language Laboratory, students are trained to use new learning and technology media at all language levels to allow them to communicate effectively in the world.

Course Descriptions

Arabic

The study of Arabic at Nazareth College is not simply about conjugating verbs or sitting in language labs. It is an immersive experience in the culture, literature, art, and people of Arab world. Students will not only improve their Arabic skills, but also experience Arabian life, customs and politics with native speakers.

Elementary Arabic I & Elementary Arabic II
Beginning level work in the language. Practice in listening, speaking, reading and writing. Introduction to the basic vocabulary, expressions and structures of Arabic and to the culture of the Arabic-speaking countries. Emphasis on the development of language proficiency at the elementary level

Intermediate Arabic I & Intermediate Arabic II
Intermediate-level work in the language, adding more extensive practice in the four basic language skills. Emphasis on the expansion of basic vocabulary, expressions and structures of Arabic with further insights into the culture of Arabic-speaking countries. Development of language proficiency at the intermediate level.

The Arabic Club at Nazareth College
The Arabic club is build to allow communication to flow freely between languages and cultures. The mission is to empower students with information, education, relationships, and resources that will enrich their lives. The club creates an environment of diverse peoples with varying levels of expertise in both English and Arabic. The members go above and beyond to share their knowledge of both America and the Arabic speaking nations in order to break down barriers and create understanding.

The program was created by students, for students. The members of the Club are here to learn and grow. Students gain in-depth knowledge of other cultures through both the meetings and the interactions outside of the Program. Weekly meetings, social networking, and other social events, provide opportunities for consistent conversation, cultural lessons, and exposure to media. Everyone is welcome!

Private & Government Grants & Scholarships to Study Arabic Abroad
Many US and international organizations encourage students to study Arabic abroad by providing funding.

Chinese

The importance of learning the Chinese language is growing, not only because the size of the Chinese community is increasing in the United States, but also because the links between the United States and China have been expanded in many fields.

Chn 100 - Business Chinese
This is an introduction course for business related Chinese culture and language. The "pinyin" (Romanization phonics) writing system will be used throughout the course and this course can serve as a basis for further language development in studies and professional careers.

3 credits each semester, 3 hours

Chn 101, 102. Elementary Chinese
Beginning level work in the language. Practice in speaking, listening, reading and writing. Emphasis on the basics of tonality and practical communicative situations. English-Chinese text with accompanying cassette. Beginning practice with Chinese writing.

3 credits each semester, 3 hours

Chn 103, 104. Intermediate Chinese
Continuation of Elementary Chinese, with emphasis on comprehension and speaking of Mandarin Chinese. Related material on Chinese grammar, culture, and history will be included.

3 credits each semester, 3 hours

Chn 312. Advanced Grammar and Stylistics
Advanced language and grammar course specializing in in-depth study of grammatical structures, stylistics and translation with extensive exercises in writing.

3 credits each semester, 3 hours

Japanese

Yookoso! to Nihongo (Japanese) class. Japanese is not difficult, but is a bit different from European languages. You will acquire a practical command of modern Japanese through lecture and recitation.

Jpn 101, 102. Elementary Japanese
Beginning level work in the language. Practice in speaking, listening, reading and writing. Beginning training in the writing systems. Extensive use of audio and video materials. Introduction to modern Japanese culture.

3 credits each semester, 3 hours

Jpn 103, 104. Intermediate Japanese
Continuation of Japanese 102. Lecture and recitation to help the students acquire a practical command of modern Japanese. Keigo (polite language), phone conversation, and business situations will be introduced.

3 credits each semester, 3 hours

Jpn 312. Advanced Grammar and Stylistics
Advanced language and grammar course specializing in in-depth study of grammatical structures, stylistics and translation with extensive exercises in writing.

Portuguese

Portuguese at Nazareth College is offered as a video-based course.

Por 101, 102. Elementary Portuguese
A video-based course emphasizing the basic structure of the language, taught in a simplified way. Related material on Portuguese culture included.

3 credits each semester, 3 hours

Por 103, 104. Intermediate Portuguese
A video-based course with emphasis on communication; audio tapes reinforce the structures learned in class.

3 credits each semester, 3 hours

Por 312. Advanced Grammar and Stylistics
Advanced language and grammar course specializing in in-depth study of grammatical structures, stylistics and translation with extensive exercises in writing.

Russian

Whether you are interested in new business or entrepreneurial opportunities in Russia, tourist ventures, or simply a closer look at Russian culture, the study of Russian will be your first step in the right direction.

Rus 101, 102. Elementary Russian
Printed and written Russian alphabet. Emphasis on functional grammar to develop reading, writing and speaking ability.

3 credits each semester, 3 hours

Rus 103, 104. Intermediate Russian
Increased emphasis on skills developed in the first course. Intensive reading of selected classic novels and poems of medium difficulty.

3 credits each semester, 3 hours

Rus 485 486. Independent Study
By invitation of the department. Special literary and linguistic problems, under direction of a member of the language staff.

3 credits each semester, 3 hours

Rus 312. Advanced Grammar and Stylistics
Advanced language and grammar course specializing in in-depth study of grammatical structures, stylistics and translation with extensive exercises in writing.

3 credits each semester, 3 hours

Swahili

Elementary Kiswahili I & II
Practice in speaking, listening, reading and writing at the beginning level work in the language. Emphasis on communicative proficiency. Introduction to the basic vocabulary, expressions and structures of Swahili and to the culture of African countries.

3 credits each semester, 3 hours

Intermediate Kiswahili I & II
Intermediate level work in the language, adding more extensive practice in the four basic language skills. Continued emphasis on the grammar, on communicative proficiency, and on the study of African cultures.

3 credits each semester, 3 hours

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