UG Language Proficiency Courses as Free Electives – Department of Modern Languages and French

By | September 11, 2018

UG Language Proficiency Courses as Free Electives – Department of Modern Languages and French

The Department of Modern Languages and French have mounted language proficiency courses as free electives for students in Level 300 and level 400 who wish to acquire basic communication skills for beginners in any of the language, namely French, Kiswahili, Russian, Arabic, Russian and Spanish taught in the two Departments. Students who are majoring/minoring/combining may also take the proficiency course in a language other than the one they are majoring/minoring/combining.
The rationale behind mounting these proficiency courses is:
·         To enable students acquire basic communication skills and cultural knowledge in the language of their choice and earn credits for them.
There will be two courses on offer each worth two (2) credits, one for beginners (Level A1[1]) and another for those who having passed the beginners’ course wish to continue to Level A2[2].  Level A2 will also be open to those students who feel confident enrolling in Level A2 directly. Whiles, students are free to take only beginners’ course, students who wished to take the second level course can do so.
The following are the courses offered in the First Semester of 2018/2019 academic year.
ARABIC                    DMLA 301     Arabic for Non-Majors/Minors I
KISWAHILI             DMLK 301     Kiswahili for Non-Majors/Minors I
SPANISH                   DMLS 301      Spanish for Non-Majors/Minors I
FRENCH                   DFRE 301      French for Non-Majors/Minors I
Russian and Chinese free elective courses would be offered in the 2nd Semester.
DMLA 301/DMLK 301/DFRE301/DMLS 301: Language for Non-Majors/Minors I
This course is designed for students with limited or no previous experience in the foreign languages on offer. It will develop fundamental skills, in speaking and writing, listening and reading comprehension, which will enable students to carry out basic communicative functions.  At the end of the course students are expected to attain the A1 level on the Common European Framework of Reference for Foreign Languages.


[1] Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.
[2] Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.

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