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  Nov 20, 2017
 
Lee University Catalog 2017-2018

Language and Literature


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Jean Eledge, Chairperson
Donna Summerlin, Assistant Chair

English

Distinguished Professor Carolyn Dirksen
Professors Kevin Brown, Arden Jensen, Andrew Lee, Rachel Reneslacis and Donna Summerlin
Associate Professors Christopher Coulter, Stacey Isom-Campbell and Chad Schrock
Assistant Professors Katherine Carlson and William Woolfitt
Instructor Vanessa Hammond

Language

Distinguished Professor Jean Eledge 
Professors James Wilkins and Sara Ortega
Associate Professors Jose Minay and Alexander Steffanell
Assistant Professor Carmen Guerrero

Reading

TESOL

Associate Professor David Broersma
Associate Professor Christopher Blake

Disciplines

English
French
Interdisciplinary Studies
Linguistics
Reading
Spanish
TESOL
Writing

The Department of Language and Literature has the primary mission of preparing students for vocations and graduate study in disciplines which emphasize the verbal arts. It offers majors in English, French, Spanish and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). It also prepares students who wish to obtain a broad liberal arts undergraduate background before beginning specialized training for such professions as law and theology or simply as a means to an in-depth understanding of the function of human beings in the world. The faculty believes strongly in a Christian worldview and insists that such a view has practical implications for both content and pedagogy. All facts, concepts and understandings relevant to each field are presented from the perspective of the Christian view of a divinely created and ordered world under the lordship of Jesus Christ.

English

The Bachelor of Arts degree in English (ENGLI.BA) prepares students for graduate work in the discipline or for careers in research, writing, editing, and a variety of other related occupations. The program provides a broad overview of world literature with emphasis on British and American writers. In addition to the common core required of all English majors, students in this program take several survey courses, a course in literary theory, and specialty courses focusing on particular authors or literary periods.

The Bachelor of Arts degree in English with teacher certification (ENGLI.BAT) prepares students to teach English at the middle and high school levels. In addition to the common core required of all English majors, students in the teacher certification program take courses in Young Adult Literature, Composition Theory, and Methods of Teaching English. In addition to these courses housed in the Department of Language and Literature, students complete the professional education sequence, including a semester of student teaching at the secondary level.

The Bachelor of Arts degree in English, Writing Emphasis (ENGLW.BA) prepares students for graduate work in the discipline or for careers in writing, editing, publishing, and a variety of related fields. The program provides a broad overview of rhetoric, advanced academic writing, and various genres of creative writing. In addition to the common core required of all English majors, students in the Writing Emphasis program take courses in rhetoric, introductory and advanced creative writing, and professional writing.

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

The Bachelor of Arts degree in TESOL (TESOL.BA) prepares students for a career in teaching English as second or foreign language in a context outside of US public schools.   Students in this degree program take specialty courses to develop skills in teaching English to youth and adults from other language backgrounds.   In addition to the specialty courses housed in the Department of Language and Literature, students take two TESOL elective courses.   A large number of remaining elective hours allows students to complete a second major that complements the TESL.BA degree.  

The Bachelor of Arts degree in TESOL with teacher certification (TESOL.BAT) prepares students for a career in teaching English as second language in grades PreK -12. Students in this degree program take specialty courses to develop skills in teaching English to students from other language backgrounds. In addition to the specialty courses housed in the Department of Language and Literature, students take two TESOL elective courses and complete the professional education sequence of courses, including a student teaching experience, required for public school licensure.

French, Spanish

The Bachelor of Arts in French or Spanish programs (FRNCH.BA, SPNSH.BA) prepare students for graduate work in the target language or for work in a variety of careers, including political science, business and academia. In addition to language learning and practice, upper-level coursework in literature, stylistics, and special topics, students will take a capstone course that will engage and motivate them to integrate their faith and their chosen disciplines.

The Bachelor of Arts in French or Spanish teacher certification programs (FRNCH.BAT SPNSH.BAT) prepare students for careers as teachers of French or Spanish in grades 6 through 12. Courses at all levels are designed to increase students’ proficiency levels in all skills, enabling them to teach effectively with an advanced knowledge of the target-language culture.

Students majoring in Spanish must complete a minimum of 6 credit hours of Spanish course work in a Spanish speaking country.

Students enrolling for the first time in Spanish or French language courses at Lee must take a language placement test to determine which course they should enroll in.  (Previous college credit for French or Spanish indicates the appropriate placement level).

Native speakers (those educated in target language countries) of Spanish, French, German or Chinese may not receive proficiency credit by examination for either 211 or 212.   Native speakers may have their world language requirement waived by successfully completing both ENGL 105 or 106 and ENGL 110.

Native speakers who minor or major in Spanish or French must begin their coursework with any course numbered SPAN 310, FREN 213 or above. Additional upper-level courses must be taken to complete the required 36 hours in either major. Heritage speakers (those who learned Spanish or French in the United States, not formally educated in target language country) must pass both a writing exam and a speaking proficiency exam to receive proficiency credit for either 211 or 212. If passed, they begin their minor or major coursework with SPAN 310, FREN 213 or above.

Heritage speakers (those who learned Spanish or French in the United States, not formally educated in target language country) must pass both a writing exam and a speaking proficiency exam to receive proficiency credit for either 211 or 212.  If passed, they begin their minor or major coursework with SPAN 310, FREN 213 or above.

A 12-hour study abroad program in France is required of all FRNCH.BA and FRNCH.BAT candidates.  French minors may be eligible to participate in an internship in their major area of specialization in France.

Programs of Study

The Department of Language and Literature offers the following programs of study:

Degree   Major   Code
B.A.   English   ENGLI.BA
B.A.   English (Teacher Licensure, Grades 6-12)   ENGLI.BAT
B.A.   English (Writing Emphasis)   ENGLW.BA
B.A.   French   FRNCH.BA
B.A.   French (Teacher Licensure, Grades 6-12)   FRNCH.BAT
B.A.   Spanish   SPNSH.BA
B.A.   Spanish (Teacher Licensure, Grades 6-12)   SPNSH.BAT
B.A.   TESOL   TESOL.BA
B.A.   TESOL (Teacher Licensure, Grades PreK-12)   TESOL.BAT
B.A.   Interdisciplinary Studies   IDSTU.BA

Minors

The Department of Language and Literature offers courses for minors in English, French, Linguistics, Spanish, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, Writing, Latin American Studies and Asian Studies.

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