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  • Welcome to the Upstate New York Language Consortium

    Would you like to become more internationally aware, socially committed, culturally sensitive, and fully prepared to contribute in a globally-connected environment? If so, then you've come to the right place! Upstate New York Language Consortium (UNYLC) member colleges are collaborating to offer our students a broader, more diverse array of world language courses taught in online and blended formats. We invite you to immerse yourself in language and cultural studies; to enhance your linguistic and cultural competency; and to enrich your understanding of other disciplines, including the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences.

    Registration Information

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    The UNYLC allows you to enroll in remotely-taught foreign language courses at Canisius College, Le Moyne College, Nazareth College and Siena College during the regular academic year and earn credits at your home college. A UNYLC course is part of your regular course load (i.e., not transfer credit) and included in the tuition you pay to your home college as long as that college’s individual requirements are satisfied.

    Registration guidelines and forms are available with the Department Chair and with the Registrar at your home college.


    Fall 2018 Courses

    ARA 101: Elementary Arabic 1 (4 credit hours)

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    Instructor: Douja Mamelouk
    Course Description: This course develops beginning reading, listening, speaking and writing skills in Modern Standard Arabic. For the first three weeks, students will use Alif Baa' to master the alphabet, a few popular verbal expressions, and very basic grammar. After the completion of Alif Baa', students will move to Al-Kitaab I, where they will be exposed the four chapters structured around an online story that provides new vocabulary, grammar points, listening, comprehension and writing exercises.
    Prerequisites: No previous knowledge of Arabic is necessary.
    Format: Synchronous, Web conferencing
    Registration begins: April 3, 2018
    Classes begin: August 27, 2018

    FRC 457: Rebellion & Belonging in French History & Politics, 1789-2017 (3 credit hours)

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    Instructor: Emilie Pack
    Course Description: The French Revolution of 1789 will launch this survey of the major events that led to the construction of Modern France. Since the Revolution’s outbreak, observers have debated several key questions: What is the legacy of the French Enlightenment? What were the causes of the French Revolution? How did the Napoleonic conquests raise resistance in European societies while creating a new social order? In what ways was the Haussmann architectural reforms of Paris a response to the culture of “the barricade”? Was the “Paris Commune” a pre-communist movement? Who were the heroes of the Résistance during World War II and how did their ideals and struggles shape a new role model for the post-war generations? We will also examine the cultural changes that led to the end of the De Gaulle era, the Mai 68 uprising, the sexual revolution, and the adhesion of France to a new and peaceful European ideal. Was the 2017 presidential election a democratic reaction against the traditional two-party system? In this class, we will interrogate over two centuries of French history since 1789, reading across the disciplines.
    Prerequisites: Consult the Department Chair at your home college
    Format: Asynchronous, Online
    Registration begins: March 6, 2018
    Classes begin: August 27, 2018


    Spring 2019 Courses

    FRN 203: Introduction to French Literature I (3 credit hours)

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    Instructor: Douja Mamelouk
    Course Description: This course consists essentially of background lectures and the reading and discussion of edited selections from the masterpieces of representative modern French authors.
    Prerequisites: At least 4 semesters of French
    Format: Hybrid
    Registration begins: November 12, 2018
    Classes begin: January 22, 2019

    CLSS 275: Roots of Medical Terminology (3 credit hours)

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    Instructor: Michael Sham
    Course Description: Designed for students who are pursuing a career in one of the medical fields, this course will focus on the study of the Latin and Greek roots that form the basis of most medical and scientific vocabulary. The practical aim of the course is to allow the student who is preparing for one of the medical professions to enhance greatly his or her acquisition of medical terminology. This course will also investigate the origin, ideas, and practice of ancient science and medicine.
    Prerequisites: None
    Format: Asynchronous, Online
    Registration begins: TBD
    Classes begin: January 14, 2019

    SPA 350: Spanish for Business (3 credit hours)

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    Instructor: Margaret Stefanski
    Course Description: This online course is designed to give students with advanced-intermediate and advanced levels of proficiency in Spanish a solid foundation in business vocabulary, basic cultural concepts, and situational practice. It seeks to develop intercultural communicative competence for business purposes based on social values and conventions that shape everyday interaction conducted within a given society.
    Prerequisites: At least one Spanish course at 300-level completed with a B or better.
    Format: Asynchronous, Online
    Registration begins: October 23, 2018
    Classes begin: January 14, 2019

    Chinese - To be determined

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    Instructor: TBD
    Course Description: TBD
    Prerequisites: TBD
    Format: TBD
    Registration begins: TBD
    Classes begin: January 14, 2019