Intensive Summer Language Courses 2020

Location: San Diego State University, San Diego, California
Languages: Arabic, Chinese, Persian-Farsi, Portuguese, Russian
Price: $369.00 per unit (subject to change)

Immerse yourself in one of these critical languages – Arabic, Chinese, Persian, Portuguese or Russian. With SDSU's Summer Intensive Intensive Language Courses, you can earn 3-20 units of foreign language credit this summer. Each intensive language and culture studies class meets for four to six hours of interactive instruction daily.

Classes can be taken consecutively (e.g. 101 followed by 102) or individually (i.e. just 101 or just 102). If you would like to begin at 102 level or higher, please email your previous language experience (ie. course syllabus, homework sample, transcript) to larclanguageprograms@gmail.com

Arabic class activity 2018

Chinese boba activity

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Arabic Summer Courses 2020

Session 1

  • Arabic 101: May 27 – June 12, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm, 4 units of credit – 2018 price per unit: $369 (subject to change) – No Prerequisite
  • Arabic 102: June 15 – July 1, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm, 4 units of credit – price per unit: $369 (subject to change) – Prerequisite Arabic 101

Session 2

  • Arabic 201: July 6 – July 22, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm, 4 units of credit – 2018 price per unit: $369 (subject to change) – Prerequisite Arabic 101/102
  • Arabic 202: July 23 – August 7, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm, 4 units of credit – 2018 price per unit: $369 (subject to change) – Prerequisite Arabic 101/102/201

Note: Classes can be taken consecutively (i.e. 101/102) or separately (i.e. just 101 or just 102); they do not need to be taken as an entire 8 unit package. If you would like to begin at 102 level or higher, please email your previous language experience (ie. course syllabus, homework sample, letter of recommendation) to larclanguageprograms@gmail.com.

Program Description

Arabic 101
This intensive four-unit course is an introduction to the sound and script system of the Modern Standard Arabic alphabet, high-frequency words, and simple sentences and very brief paragraphs for listening and reading comprehension. The course focuses on developing everyday Arabic conversational skills, use of vocabulary, linguistic structures, and essential grammatical forms, in addition to an introduction to Arab culture(s). Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) is used for classroom instruction in combination with authentic materials that expose students to a wide variety of topics, particularly those related to very basic daily activities.
Undergraduate and graduate students, working professionals, college and university faculty, and others may register. Individuals for whom Arabic is a first language (so-called “native” speakers) will not receive credit for taking lower division courses in Arabic, except with advance approval from the department. No credit will be given for lower division courses taken after successfully completing any upper division course in Arabic. No credit will be given for Arabic 101, 102, 201, 202, 301, 302 taken out of sequence.
There are no prerequisites for this course as it is at a beginner level.

Course Materials Arabic 101:
Kristen Brustad, Mahmoud Al-Batal, and Abbas Al-Tonsi: Alif Baa: Introduction to Arabic Letters and Sounds. 3ed. Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 2010.

Arabic 102
This intensive four-unit course further develops novice-level Arabic language skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Through engagement with authentic materials, students learn to create with the language and engage in basic daily conversations, consistently using sentence-level discourse. They build language skills around daily routines and activities, as well as topics related to travel and commerce.
Undergraduate and graduate students, working professionals, college and university faculty, and others may register. Individuals for whom Arabic is a first language (so-called “native” speakers) will not receive credit for taking lower division courses in Arabic, except with advance approval from the department. No credit will be given for lower division courses taken after successfully completing any upper division course in Arabic. No credit will be given for Arabic 101, 102, 201, 202, 301, 302 taken out of sequence.

Course Materials Arabic 102:
Merriam-Webster, Inc. Merriam-Webster’s Arabic-English Dictionary. Springfield, IL: Merriam-Webster Inc., 2010. View on Amazon
Course materials provided by the instructor.

Arabic 201
This intensive four-unit course reinforces and expands upon material and grammar conventions acquired in beginning Arabic, advancing students to the intermediate level. They learn to communicate in complete sentences about basic everyday situations, as well as read about, listen to, and discuss information involving some topics beyond those related to immediate, daily survival needs.

Undergraduate and graduate students, working professionals, college and university faculty, and others may register. Individuals for whom Arabic is a first language (so-called “native” speakers) will not receive credit for taking lower division courses in Arabic, except with advance approval from the department. No credit will be given for lower division courses taken after successfully completing any upper division course in Arabic. No credit will be given for Arabic 101, 102, 201, 202, 301, 302 taken out of sequence.

Course Materials Arabic 201:
Abu-Chacra, Faruq. Arabic: An Essential Grammar. New York: Routledge, 2018.

Arabic 202
This intensive four-unit course further develops intermediate level skills in Arabic speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Through the use of authentic materials, students continue to expand their abilities to communicate across a wide variety of topics, including more in-depth academic and cultural issues, and begin to handle work-related interactions that are limited in scope, as well as some unfamiliar situations.
Undergraduate and graduate students, working professionals, college and university faculty, and others may register. Individuals for whom Arabic is a first language (so-called “native” speakers) will not receive credit for taking lower division courses in Arabic, except with advance approval from the department. No credit will be given for lower division courses taken after successfully completing any upper division course in Arabic. No credit will be given for Arabic 101, 102, 201, 202, 301, 302 taken out of sequence.

Course Materials Arabic 202:
Buckwalter, Tim & Dilworth B. Parkinson. A Frequency Dictionary of Arabic: Core Vocabulary for Learners. New York: Routledge, 2011.

Persian-Farsi Summer Courses 2020

Session 1

  • Persian 101: May 27 – June 12, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm, 4 units of credit – 2018 price per unit: $369 (subject to change) – No Prerequisite
  • Persian 102: June 15 – July 1, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm, 4 units of credit – price per unit: $369 (subject to change) – Prerequisite Persian 101

Session 2

  • Persian 201: July 6 – July 22, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm, 4 units of credit – 2018 price per unit: $369 (subject to change) – Prerequisite Persian 101/102
  • Persian 202: July 23 – August 7, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm, 4 units of credit – 2018 price per unit: $369 (subject to change) – Prerequisite Persian 101/102/201

Note: Classes can be taken as combined (i.e. 101/102) or separate (i.e. just 101 or just 102); they do not need to be taken as an entire 8 unit package. If you would like to begin at 102 level or higher please email your previous language experience (ie. course syllabus, homework sample, letter of recommendation) to larclanguageprograms@gmail.com

Program Description

Persian 101
This intensive four-unit course is an introduction to the sound and script system of the Persian language (simple present tense) as spoken in contemporary Iran. Through a variety of in-class activities, including games, logic exercises, and information gap routines, as well as written homework and exposure to Iranian multimedia resources, students learn Persian conversational skills, develop vocabulary, linguistic structures, and essential grammatical forms to describe daily routines and situations, such as their occupation, age, family, etc. Students also gain initial exposure to the rich Persian culture. The Persian language is used in two styles—literary and colloquial—both of which are employed in the course from the beginning.
Undergraduate and graduate students, working professionals, college and university faculty, and others may apply. There are no prerequisites as this is a beginner course.

Course Materials Persian 101:
Persian for Beginners: An Introductory Course in Persian – Shahnaz Ahmadeian Fard

Persian 102
This intensive four-unit course further develops novice-level Persian language skills. Students learn to communicate on new topics, and read, write, listen, and speak in elementary Persian in both simple present and simple past tenses. Through the use of authentic materials, students continue to develop and broaden their ability to communicate about daily routines and other every day topics in both the present and past tenses. The Persian language is used in two styles—literary and colloquial—both of which continue to be employed in this course.
Undergraduate and graduate students, working professionals, college and university faculty, and others may apply.

Course Materials Persian 102:
Persian for Beginners: An Introductory Course in Persian – Shahnaz Ahmadeian Fard

Persian 201
This intensive four-unit course reinforces and expands upon grammar conventions learned in beginning Persian. Students improve their ability to comprehend and exchange information in complete sentences regarding most daily survival needs, personal history, and personal routines. Students practice reporting on various types of events, conducting interviews, and reading authentic material, such as announcements of public events, or simple prose containing biographical information or narrations of events. Through role-plays, dictation exercises, language games, and engagement with authentic materials, students broaden the situational experiences across which they can communicate, as well as their cultural knowledge.
Undergraduate and graduate students, working professionals, college and university faculty, and others may apply.

Course Materials Persian 201:
Course materials provided by the instructor

Persian 202
This intensive four-unit course continues to develop intermediate-level skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing in the Persian language as spoken in contemporary Iran. Students deepen and broaden the contextual situations across which they can communicate. Through responding to various prompts and engaging with authentic materials, they learn and master vocabulary, phrases, and social cues necessary to communicate on immediate survival needs, day-to-day routines and events, basic high-frequency transactions, and even occupational contexts, though to a limited extent.
Undergraduate and graduate students, working professionals, college and university faculty, and others may apply.

Course Materials Persian 202:
Course materials provided by the instructor.

Portuguese Summer Courses 2020

Session 1

  • Portuguese 101: May 27 – June 12, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, 5 units of credit – 2018 price per unit: $369 (subject to change) – No Prerequisite
  • Portuguese 102: June 15 – July 1, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, 5 units of credit – price per unit: $369 (subject to change) – Prerequisite Portuguese 101

Session 2

  • Portuguese 203: July 6 – July 22, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm, 3 units of credit – 2018 price per unit: $369 (subject to change) – Prerequisite Portuguese 101/102
  • Portuguese 204: July 23 – August 7, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm, 3 units of credit – price per unit: $369 (subject to change) – Prerequisite Portuguese 101/102/203

Note: Classes can be taken as combined (i.e. 101/102) or separate (i.e. just 101 or just 201); they do not need to be taken as an entire 6-10 unit package. If you would like to begin at 102 level or higher please email your previous language experience (ie. course syllabus, homework sample, letter of recommendation) to larclanguageprograms@gmail.com

Program Description

Portuguese 101
This intensive five-unit course develops novice-level skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. It focuses on Portuguese conversational skills, everyday use of vocabulary, linguistic structures, and essential grammatical forms, in addition to cultural knowledge. The course textbook and selected authentic materials expose students to a wide variety of topics, particularly those related to simple personal descriptions, common questions, greetings, and leave-takings, and very basic daily activities.
Undergraduate and graduate students, working professionals, college and university faculty, and others may apply. There are no prerequisites for this course as it is at a beginner level.

Course Materials Portuguese 101:
Jouet-Pastre, Clemence, Anna Klobucka, Patricia Isabel Sobral, Maria Luci de Biaji Moreira, and Amelia P. Hutchinson. Ponto de Encontro: Portuguese as a World Language. 2d Ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson, 2013.
Larousse. Larousse Pocket Dictionary: Portuguese-English. Paris: Larousse, 2009.
Other Suggested Readings:
Fernandes, G. (2010). Muito prazer - fale o portugues do Brasil.: Disal.

Portuguese 102
This intensive five-unit course further develops novice-level Portuguese language skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Through engagement with the course textbook and selected authentic materials, students learn to handle increasingly complex communication related to daily routines and activities, as well as topics related to travel and commerce, and asking and answering simple questions about themselves, their family and friends, and immediate survival needs.
Undergraduate and graduate students, working professionals, college and university faculty, and others may register.

Course Materials Portuguese 102:
Jouet-Pastre, Clemence, Anna Klobucka, Patricia Isabel Sobral, Maria Luci de Biaji Moreira, and Amelia P. Hutchinson. Ponto de Encontro: Portuguese as a World Language. 2d Ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson, 2013.
Larousse. Larousse Pocket Dictionary: Portuguese-English. Paris: Larousse, 2009.
Other Suggested Readings:
Fernandes, G. (2010). Muito prazer - fale o portugues do Brasil.: Disal.

Portuguese 203
This intensive three-unit course reinforces and expands upon lexical content and grammar conventions learned in the beginning Portuguese course sequence. Students deepen and expand their ability to communicate in complete sentences about basic daily life situations, advancing them to the intermediate level, at which they also begin to read, listen, and discuss some topics of professional interest.
Undergraduate and graduate students, working professionals, college and university faculty, and others may apply.

Course Materials Portuguese 203:
Jouet-Pastre, Clemence, Anna Klobucka, Patricia Isabel Sobral, Maria Luci de Biaji Moreira, and Amelia P. Hutchinson. Ponto de Encontro: Portuguese as a World Language. 2d Ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson, 2013.

Portuguese 204
This intensive three-unit course further develops intermediate level skills in Portuguese across all modalities. Through engagement with course texts and with increasingly complex authentic materials, students deepen their skills to communicate across an expanding range of topics, including more in depth academic and cultural issues, as well as a limited range of occupational themes.
Undergraduate and graduate students, working professionals, college and university faculty, and others may apply.

Course Materials Portuguese 204:
Course materials provided by the instructor.

Russian Summer Courses 2020

Session 1

  • Russian 100A: May 27 – June 12, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, 5 units of credit – 2018 price per unit: $369 (subject to change) – No Prerequisite
  • Russian 100B: June 15 – July 1, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, 5 units of credit – price per unit: $369 (subject to change) – Prerequisite Russian 100A

Session 2

  • Russian 200A: July 6 – July 22, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, 5 units of credit – price per unit: $369 (subject to change) – Prerequisite Russian 100A/100B
  • Russian 200B: July 23 – August 7, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, 5 units of credit – price per unit: $369 (subject to change) – Prerequisite Russian 100A/100B/200A

Note: Classes can be taken as combined (i.e. 100A/100B) or separate (i.e. just 100A or just 100B), they do not need to be taken as an entire 10 unit package. If you would like to begin at 100B level or higher please email your previous language experience (ie. course syllabus, homework sample, letter of recommendation) to larclanguageprograms@gmail.com

Program Description

Russian 100A
This intensive five-unit course develops novice-level skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening to Russian. Through engagement with the course textbook, and other activities including conversations, games, Russian websites, film, animation, literature, music, and written homework, students learn to communicate basic survival needs, as well as about everyday topics, such as family and friends, education, leisure time, daily activities, housing, and work.
Undergraduate and graduate students, working professionals, college and university faculty, and others may apply

Course Materials Russian 100A:
Robin, Richard M., Karen Evans-Romaine, and Galina Shatalina. Golosa: A Basic Course in Russian. 5th Ed. Bk 1. London: Pearson, 2013.

Russian 100B
This intensive five-unit course continues to develop novice-level skills in elementary Russian across the four modalities. Through task- and content-based prompts in the areas of housing, family, shopping, meals, and biographies, students improve their skills communicating across real-life situations and basic daily conversations, at elementary sentence-level discourse. Students learn to introduce themselves and talk about their university life, daily schedules, families, food, and housing, as well as how to describe common objects, their likes and dislikes, and their preferred leisure activities. They also learn to make purchases in Russian, as well as how to order food.

Course Materials Russian 100B:
MyRussian Lab, eText, provided.
Oxford Dictionaries. Compact Oxford Russian Dictionary. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013.

Russian 200A
This intensive five-unit course reinforces and expands upon lexical content and grammar conventions learned in the beginning Russian course sequence. Engagement with the course texts and with selected authentic materials deepens knowledge of basic Russian grammar structures and augments functional ability to communicate basic survival needs, expanding further into giving and understanding directions, shopping, food, and accommodations, in the present, past, and future tenses. Internet-based projects develop knowledge of the cultural and social landscape of contemporary Russian life.
Undergraduate and graduate students, working professionals, college and university faculty, and others may apply. Prerequisites: Russian 100A & 100B or equivalent(s).

Course Materials Russian 200A:
Robin, Richard M., Karen Evans-Romaine, and Galina Shatalina. Golosa: A Basic Course in Russian. 5th Ed. Bk 2. London: Pearson, 2013.

Russian 200B
This intensive five-unit course further develops intermediate Russian language skills, working extensively not only in the simple present, but also the future and past tenses. Students deepen and expand skills needed in order to communicate in most informal, and a limited number of formal, situations using short paragraph-level discourse. Through the use of authentic materials related to literature, leisure activities, health, holidays, and technology, students broaden their vocabulary and increase the quantity and complexity of topics about which they can effectively communicate.
Undergraduate and graduate students, working professionals, college and university faculty, and others may apply. Prerequisites: Russian 100A, 100B, & 200A or other equivalent to three semesters of college Russian.

Course Materials Russian 200B:
Robin, Richard M., Karen Evans-Romaine, and Galina Shatalina. Student Activities Manual for Golosa: A Basic Course in Russian. 5th Ed. Bk 2. London: Pearson, 2013.