JAPANESE 101: Elementary Japanese
This course is designed for students who will study Japanese for the first time at the college level. In this course, you will acquire skills in elementary-level speaking, listening, reading, and writing of modern Japanese. In addition, this course deepens your understanding and knowledge of Japanese culture. Emphasis is on ability to communicate and function in Japanese accurately and appropriately, both in speech and writing. By the end of the semester, you will be able to:
1) Read and Write hiragana and katakana characters.
2) Ask and understand basic information.
3) Describe people's daily routines.
Genki I: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese Vol. I (Textbook)
Genki I: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese Vol. I (Workbook)
JAPANESE 201: Intermediate Japanese
This course is a comprehensive program designed to be a logical continuation of the first year
Japanese program at Albion College. This course is an interdisciplinary communicative language class aiming at the improvement of four basic skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing. Students will learn more kanji to enhance their reading and writing skills. This course will introduce a variety of speech patterns. Students will learn appropriate time, place, and occasions to use these expressions. This course will be the integration of language learning with discussions on different values and beliefs as well as tangible culture, such as Japanese "kabuki" and "Noh."
JAPANESE 301: Upper Intermediate Japanese
This course will pick up where Japanese 202 left off and continue to build upon the grammar and vocabulary learned. The goal in this course is to reach a high level of proficiency in Japanese so that students are functional in conversation and can appropriately respond to different situations. Much emphasis will be placed upon producing conversation and expanding the vocabulary used in short and long sentences. Classes will also be dedicated to writing short and long, complex sentences. Weekly tutorials that meet in addition to class will focus on reviewing material presented in class as well as learning more about Japanese culture.
Genki II: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese Vol. 2 (Textbook)
Genk II: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese Vol. 2 (Workbook)
Dia de los Muertos 2013
Native Speaker Teaching Assistant, Marisol Mora Villar, puts the final touches on an altar for Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). The lives of departed family members are remembered and celebrated on November 2 in Mexico each year. Candles, food, flowers and items that the loved one enjoyed are placed by their photo.
Spanish 307 students celebrate the end of the spring 2013 semester
It is tradition in the Modern Languages & Cultures Department to celebrate the accomplishments of our students and their hard work throughout the semester. Before final exams begin, professors will host a dinner. A favorite place for Albion College Spanish students to eat is La Casa.
Día de los Muertos fall 2011
See photos and information from our Spanish Mega Cultural Event.
Spanish 101 Students Learn to Dance
During the semester the Spanish 101 classes were introduced to the language as well as the Spanish cultures. The classes have had the opportunity to experience these cultures through Fiesta and Salsa Night. A play was put on in the Stack of the Kellogg Center called Plátanos and Collard Greens. The most recent activity the class experienced was the basic steps to Salsa, Tango and Merengue dances.
Cecilia McCaleb, the Spanish professor, had a professional dance instructor, Carolyn Wingard teach her classes the basic steps to Salsa, Tango and Merengue dancing. The basic steps for Salsa dancing were very simple. Each student had a partner to help guide one another through the basic steps we learned.
Tango was another dance that we learned as a class. Tango was a more up beat music we danced to. The Tango was easiest dance to learn.
The Merengue dance was the most enjoyable. Again we were paired with partners to help learn the dance, and we got to spin and twirl our partners which made it fun. It was nice to learn more about the Spanish cultures hands on and to get out of the class room to learn. I really enjoyed learning these dances and it is something I will remember the rest of my life.
Durante la semestre las clases de español 101 aprendieron la lengua, así como la cultura. Las clases han tenido la oportunidad de experimentar estas culturas a través de Fiesta y Salsa, se presento Platonos and Collard Greens en Kellogg Center. La más reciente actividad de la clase fue experimentar los pasos básicos de Salsa, Merengue y Tango.
Cecilia McCaleb, la profesora de español, invito a una profesora professional, Carolyn Wingard, para enseñar a sus clases los pasos básicos de Salsa, Merengue y Tango. Los pasos básicos para bailar Salsa son muy sencillos. Cada estudiante tiene un socio para ayudar a guiar uno a otro a través de los pasos básicos que hemos aprendido.
El Tango tiene un ritmo más seductivo como su música. El Tango es la danza más fácil de aprender. El Merengue es el más agradable. Una vez que nos juntamos con una chica para ayudarla a aprenderla danza tenemos que girarla y es divertido.
Es bonito para aprender más sobre el español y su cultura y tomar tiempo para aprender. Me gustó mucho aprender estos danzas, y es algo que recordare el resto de mi vida.