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  • Understanding Israel’s Elections | SAIS
    Outcomes For Employers Giving Locations Washington D C Bologna Italy Nanjing China You are here Events at SAIS Events at SAIS Understanding Israel s Elections Martin Kramer senior visiting professor of Middle East Studies at SAIS and David Makovsky a professorial lecturer in the SAIS Middle East Studies Program will discuss this topic Note This event is open to SAIS faculty staff and students only For more information and to

    Original URL path: http://www.sais-jhu.edu/events/2013-02-06-123000-2013-02-06-140000/understanding-israel%E2%80%99s-elections (2015-11-11)
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  • sgelmet1
    University U S coordinator of the Italian Language Program and lecturer of Italian Department of French and Italian University of Wisconsin in Madison U S language coordinator and instructor of Italian Department of Italian Trinity College Dublin Ireland Certifications ACTFL Certified Writing Proficiency Tester and ACTFL Certified Oral Proficiency Tester Relevant translations from English into Italian Pilot project of the European Language Portfolio 2001 M A in Foreign Languages and

    Original URL path: http://www.sais-jhu.edu/print/user/1026 (2015-11-11)
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  • French
    French Program Students expand their grammar and structural knowledge of the language by practicing their newly acquired language skills in real life communicative situations and by gaining confidence in using French Students will also be gradually introduced to some professionally relevant vocabulary and more complex grammar structures Intermediate Mid I French Level III This is the third in a four course sequence In this course students are gradually exposed to more abstract French language contexts as they deal with topics that relate to their concentrations at SAIS In addition students review the grammar and structures introduced in the previous levels Thanks to an expanded vocabulary and a focus on grammatical accuracy students will gain confidence in their ability to speak and write in French In this course students are also exposed to authentic material through a variety of reading excerpts and video clips and begin to develop strategies on how to understand progressively more complex reading and listening documents Intermediate Mid II French Level IV This course is the fourth and last of the pre proficiency sequence At the end of this course students are eligible to take the proficiency exam In French Intermediate Mid II students are asked to perform more complex language tasks i e narrate or sustain opinion at paragraph length level The content is primarily related to SAIS topics e g economy environment politics etc While the course gives the students the opportunity to practice more complex functions of the language i e debating narrating summarizing etc it also focuses on more concrete aspects i e how to write a cover letter how to take part in a formal informal conversation POST PROFICIENCY LEVELS In addition to the pre proficiency courses the SAIS French Program also provides courses that go beyond the SAIS language requirement scope

    Original URL path: http://www.sais-jhu.edu/print/125145 (2015-11-11)
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  • Portuguese
    the fundamental elements of the Portuguese language and Brazilian culture while practicing daily vocabulary through relevant role plays By the end of this course students should be able to talk about themselves and their routines ask for and give simple information express gratitude preferences and desires likes and dislikes make simple comparisons and list events of their immediate past Intermediate Low Level 2 This course expands students basic language skills and vocabulary while reinforcing grammar By the end of this course students should be able to talk about themselves and their routine and their immediate world talk about the weather seasons time and their habits in the past give commands simple descriptions of a place or city make comparisons and begin simple narrations in all time frames Intermediate Mid I Level 3 This course solidifies and expands on the language functions introduced in the previous levels while introducing content related to the students fields of interest By the end of the semester students should be able to talk proficiently and accurately about familiar topics in all time frames and to express simple opinions on topics related to the economy history and politics of Portuguese speaking countries Intermediate Mid II Level 4 In this course students will solidify and expand their functional knowledge of Portuguese through discussions of materials related to their area of expertise By the end of the semester students should be able to talk about current news report on recent events express opinion on topics related to the economy history and politics of Portuguese speaking countries POST PROFICIENCY LEVEL COURSES Intermediate High and Above These content based courses provide a review of the four main language skills while expanding on students ability to talk about abstract topics Students will learn to communicate effectively accurately and creatively in all

    Original URL path: http://www.sais-jhu.edu/print/125163 (2015-11-11)
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  • Chinese
    In this course students will continue to build communicative competence in listening speaking reading and writing skills in Chinese at the elementary level with an emphasis on consolidating their knowledge of pronunciation basic grammar rules and sentence patterns Students will also expand their vocabulary on topics related to everyday life Approximately 300 characters are learned The Chinese Odyssey multimedia courseware Volume 2 is used in this course Novice High Chinese The Novice High Chinese course is designed for students who have completed one year s study of the Chinese language In this course students continue to develop their proficiency in the Chinese language in all four skills listening speaking reading and writing Emphasis is on the consistent use of the Chinese language in classroom activities Students begin building the ability to initiate sustain and close a conversation in a variety of real life situations By the end of the semester students will have command of about 500 characters The Chinese Odyssey multimedia courseware volumes 2 3 are used in this course Intermediate Low Chinese The Intermediate Low Chinese course is designed to consolidate all of the skills listening speaking reading and writing that students have obtained in the previous courses as well as to introduce more complex grammatical structures and to expand vocabulary In this course students will develop the ability to make practical use of the language in increasingly complex real life situations to participate in casual conversations to understand specially prepared readings and to write short simple messages in a colloquial conversational style By the end of the semester students will have command of about 800 characters The Chinese Odyssey multimedia courseware volumes 3 4 are used in this course Intermediate Mid I Chinese The Intermediate Mid I Chinese course is designed to consolidate and further expand the

    Original URL path: http://www.sais-jhu.edu/print/125159 (2015-11-11)
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  • English
    learn to present in a fluent and persuasive manner their personal and professional opinions debate topics present news introduce and elaborate on a topic give brief succinct oral presentations and lead and respond to discussions In addition students master skills to to understand and interpret theoretical issues They learn to elaborate on topics in extended and cohesive discourse varying the degree of formality and informality in their speech Students learn to comprehend with accuracy oral reports on general and professional topics and comprehend and make reasonable inferences from personal and other narratives Pre proficiency tutorials for focus on a specific skill The objectives of the tutorials vary depending on the needs of the students enrolled These tutorials are designed to focus on one or two areas of weakness such as pronunciation or fluency particular to the students enrolled Post Proficiency English Reading and Writing Superior Level This course will polish students writing skills for use in both academic and professional environments It gives students the opportunity to write various types of policy memos reports and briefing materials commonly used in professional positions in government non profits and international institutions English Listening and Speaking Superior Level The objectives of this course are needs based and change depending on the students enrolled Generally students seek to polish their presentation and social interactive skills and improve their listening comprehension in challenging situations Students receive feedback on their speaking regularly and guidance on how to improve in weak areas Other specific areas of difficulty are incorporated into the course as needed Pre Proficiency Advanced English I The course aims to enhance academic writing and reading skills develop listening comprehension and improve presentational and argumentative skills In the reading portion students develop the ability to understand the nuances of academic definitions summaries short essays and critical responses The writing portion focuses on acquiring the skills necessary to produce the latter Emphasis is placed on the effective use of various structural and syntactical models as well as cohesive devices and advanced vocabulary and grammatical structures Students are given practice in structuring and developing compare contrast cause effect and problem solution essays while the narration of historical events is another key area of study To hone speaking skills students practice these same tasks in a discussion format give an academic presentation and participate in a formal debate Advanced English II The goal of this course is to help students develop Superior level skills in the areas of reading writing and listening and to develop Advanced High to Superior level skills in the area of speaking Emphasis is placed on writing effectively by using various structural and syntactical models as well as cohesive devices advanced vocabulary and grammatical structures Writing topics include speculating and exploring alternative scenarios weighing pros and cons and presenting an argument Students are also given practice in developing other parts of the research paper The reading portion analyzes examples of these specific topics To hone speaking skills students practice these same tasks in a

    Original URL path: http://www.sais-jhu.edu/print/125146 (2015-11-11)
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  • German
    s course is designed for students with no previous knowledge of the German language It introduces the daily life language within the context of diverse German speaking cultures Students develop and practice their listening speaking reading and writing skills as related to daily life activities and topics Basic vocabulary and grammar structures are introduced and practiced with the aid of multi media such as interactive materials and educational software Intermediate Low German Level 2 Experiencing the German Language and Culture II This course builds on the beginner s course Students continue to develop and refine basic vocabulary sentence and grammar structures as used in the context of daily life Social topics of general interest within the German speaking communities will be gradually introduced together with professionally relevant vocabulary More complex grammar structures will be practiced upon with the support of interactive materials and educational software Intermediate Mid I German Level 3 Modern German Cultures and Politics This course engages students with professional SAIS topics relevant to German European cultures and politics and allows them to acquire the professional vocabulary related to social and political topics All multi media class materials are designed to support students progress in developing their oral and written expression and in expanding upon their specific professional vocabulary There is also a contextualized review of basic grammar along with the development of intermediate level discourse and grammar structures Intermediate Mid II German Level 4 Introduction to International Affairs in Politics and Economics This course the highest level of the pre proficiency sequence focuses primarily on professional SAIS topics Students explore current politics international relations and economic affairs as presented in the German speaking media Students continue to expand their professional vocabulary and are introduced to the strategies of debates and public presentations in German All multi media

    Original URL path: http://www.sais-jhu.edu/print/125158 (2015-11-11)
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  • Italian
    specific purposes in all of our courses This allows students to develop the specific language skills that will enable them to perform tasks that educated native speakers carry out in both formal and informal situations At the upper Intermediate levels students will deal with economic political and social issues and analyze current events of both Italian and global interest At the post proficiency levels course content will be specifically tailored to the students professional needs Authentic materials are used at all levels to ensure continuous up to date exposure to the language and foster skill development In all of the communicative activities a careful balance is maintained in developing linguistic socio linguistic and pragmatic competences PRE PROFICIENCY LEVELS Novice Level I offered only at SAIS Europe in Bologna This course aims to provide students with the language skills that will allow them to communicate and survive in everyday life Daily vocabulary and basic structures will be introduced and practiced through relevant role plays This course focuses on oral communication to be used both inside and outside the classroom Intermediate Low Level II This course aims to expand students basic language skills and vocabulary while reinforcing grammar Students will also be gradually introduced to some professionally relevant vocabulary and more complex grammar structures By the end of this course students should be able to both inform and ask for information about familiar topics ranging from personal experiences to public and social issues of daily relevance Intermediate Mid I Level III This course is meant both to refine some of the structures acquired in the two lower levels to introduce more complex discourse and also to expose students to the vocabulary of current issues in international affairs Typical classroom activities will include presentations of current events and brief follow up discussions This course largely consists of language for specific purposes as defined by the students professional field of interest Intermediate Mid II Level IV This course focuses on language for specific purposes as defined by SAIS academic programs Topics related to Italian European and global politics international relations and economics will be dealt with exclusively in Italian Students will expand their vocabulary and improve their presentational and argumentative skills The goal of this course is to make students independent users of Italian POST PROFICIENCY LEVELS Intermediate High and above After having reached the minimum proficiency level required for graduation purposes students are encouraged to enroll in the more advanced courses in which specialized language skills will be further expanded Listening materials consist of extended newscasts and or recordings from political speeches Reading materials include feature length articles on politics international relations and current events Writing and speaking skills will also be further developed while reinforcing accuracy and argumentative strategies Typical classroom activities include simulations debates and political discussions The content is often tailored to the students professional needs e g energy and environment history politics etc Italian can be used to meet the M A language graduation requirements of the programs within

    Original URL path: http://www.sais-jhu.edu/print/125162 (2015-11-11)
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