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  • Spanish
    the second in a four course sequence in the SAIS Spanish Program The course objectives are seen in terms of students performing linguistics tasks successfully gaining self confidence relying on themselves and classmates and expanding their risk taking in real life communicative situations The language students practice in class is realistic what they would speak in a Spanish speaking environment In addition to topics pertaining to everyday language they will also be introduced to Spanish as a language for specific purposes through a variety of international topics Intermediate Mid I Spanish Level III The Intermediate Mid I Spanish course is third in a four course sequence This course provides additional practice to help students attain a higher level of skill development e g listening speaking reading and writing and linguistic accuracy The course favors a skill based approach in which students gain mastery of the language through the use of authentic materials taken from various sources e g periodicals video and radio documentaries The selection of the materials is based on the complexity of the tasks and the students professional and personal interest At this level students will acquire a deeper knowledge of the language and its culture as well as economic political and social issues The teaching of grammar and vocabulary is integrated to the skill based activities and it is incorporated in the class activities as an aid to overcome any communicative problems The teaching techniques are student centered with the instructor as the facilitator and the goal of teaching to make students independent users of Spanish Intermediate Mid II Spanish Level IV This course will offer an in depth review of grammar topics in Spanish that continue to cause difficulties for the foreign language learner the preterite imperfect contrast comparatives ser and estar the clitic pronouns the use of the subjunctive por and para A program of vocabulary building will be incorporated into the course It is important to realize however that vocabulary and grammar are means to an end knowing the definition of vocabulary items or being able to recite grammar rules is not using the language Therefore the review will be accomplished through a variety of activities in speaking reading listening and writing In this way the students will improve their knowledge of grammar and their proficiency in these necessary language skills The teaching activities are student centered with the instructor serving as facilitator The goal of this course is to make students independent users of Spanish Optional Courses In addition to the Basic Program we also provide Advanced level courses whose level is beyond the SAIS minimum language requirement These courses are offered at a higher level of proficiency starting from Intermediate High and above The content is tailored to the students professional needs e g Spanish for Economics the language of diplomacy etc In these courses students will expand their specialized language skills while engaging in simulations and class debates They will also refine their writing and presentational skills while reinforcing accuracy clarity

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  • Russian
    basic structures will be introduced and practiced upon through relevant role plays The course introduces basic Russian grammar and survival vocabulary Novice High Level 2 This level strengthens the language skills needed to survive in daily life while continuing to expand on basic Russian grammar and daily vocabulary Students will be engaged in role plays and meaningful conversations pertaining to their immediate daily needs By the end of this course students should be able to ask obtain relevant information also by browsing through short newspapers articles Intermediate Low Level 3 This level expands students basic language skills and vocabulary while reinforcing and strengthening grammar Students will also be gradually introduced to some professionally relevant vocabulary and more complex language functions such as those of describing and narrating Students are exposed to elements of speaking listening and reading of different political economic security issues as found in the news Intermediate Mid 1 Level 4 The course is meant to refine some of the structures acquired in the three lower levels to introduce more complex discourse and to expose students to the vocabulary of current issues in international affairs This level continues to strengthen the grammar and the vocabulary in speaking listening and reading of different political economic security issues as found in the media Typical classroom activities will include presentations of current events and brief follow up discussions POST PROFICIENCY LEVELS Intermediate Mid 2 Level 5 At this level the specialized language skills are further expanded This course largely consists of language for specific purposes as defined by the students professional fields of interest Listening materials consist of extended newscasts and recordings from speeches or the Web Reading materials include feature length articles on politics international relations and current events Typical classroom activities include simulations debates and political discussions In post proficiency courses after the Intermediate Mid 2 level students will continue to expand their specialized vocabulary while refining their accuracy and clarity All language skills will be developed accordingly Comprehension in reading and listening of authentic materials will grow in length and substance Students will focus on cultural and political aspects of the Russian speaking world Language production in speaking and writing will be enriched with more elements of paragraphed speech during simulations debates and presentations Proficiency exams in Russian consist of three separate sections Listening Comprehension Oral Expression and Reading Comprehension In order to pass the exams students need to obtain the following levels in each language skill Listening Speaking Reading Intermediate Mid Intermediate Mid Intermediate Mid Students who pass the Russian proficiency examination upon arrival at SAIS or after their first or second semester are encouraged to continue their language learning by enrolling in post proficiency courses Post proficiency courses are offered only to groups of five or more Ph D students who concentrate in Russian and Eurasian Studies will need to achieve proficiency in Russian Other PhD students in European and Eurasian Studies can use the Russian reading proficiency exam to meet their second foreign language graduation

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  • Japanese
    students are required to achieve a communicative competence in exchanging basic information using isolated words and phrases in limited contexts Novice High Japanese The aim of the course is the acquisition of the low end of the Intermediate Low level of proficiency on four language skills The course covers all elementary grammar with the brief introduction of socio linguistic elements reflected in various styles of the language Students learn to perform a number of survival skills in speaking and to read passages of multiple paragraphs with somewhat simple sentence structures on concrete topics Intermediate Low Japanese Students start applying on a more complex level the basic grammatical rules and structures acquired in the novice courses on all four language skills In reading passages are longer and the sentence structures are more complex Students are introduced to different speech styles required for professional formal conversations with a limited emphasis at this level Intermediate Mid Japanese The aim is to achieve the Intermediate Mid Level in listening speaking and reading so that the students are able to manage language tasks in routine social tasks with limitations Students acquire a good command control of honorific humble speech styles and to master a more extensive vocabulary in order to deal with concrete and some abstract concepts related to cultural and social issues Application of different speech styles required for professional formal conversations begins with a heavier emphasis at this level Post Proficiency Level Intermediate High I Japanese Intermediate High II Japanese Intermediate High III Japanese Students are introduced to advanced grammar in order to use the language with added fluency and accuracy Topics for speaking and reading cover cultural and social issues using authentic and current materials such as newspapers Even though speaking fluency is still limited from these materials students are capable of handling a wide array of SAIS topics Advanced Low Japanese Students learn to speak more professionally both in form and content to describe and narrate at the paragraph level The materials used for this level still use high frequency vocabulary However the size of the vocabulary and number of kanji characters start to accelerate so that students are able to handle most tasks applicable to their work environment Advanced Mid I Japanese Advanced Mid II Japanese Students learn to deal with the SAIS topics in language tasks with added complexity Advanced Mid is a transitional stage from one that deals with knowing and understanding factual and concrete contents of Advanced Low level to something more abstract that requires analysis and evaluation Advanced High I Japanese Advanced High II Japanese Advanced High III Japanese Students learn to create with the language on a more sophisticated level but are not able to sustain their linguistic skills at the Superior Level With authentic reading and listening materials they learn how to grasp the authors inferences and also to integrate their own ideas Course materials include editorials economic reports and policy analysis Media Asahi Daily News http www asahi com 1 Japanese http www

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  • Korean
    proficiency requirements are incorporated into the program Speaking Reading and Listening Our basic Korean language program consists of various course levels tailored to meet the students language needs We welcome both students who need to take classes to prepare for the SAIS Language Proficiency Exam proficiency track students and students who are taking Korean in order to learn the language or further enhance their existing skills non proficiency track students In addition to the basic program we also offer higher level post proficiency courses for students who have already passed the Korean language requirement exam Korean Proficiency Exam or for non proficiency track students who are placed at a higher level than the basic language program The Korean language can be used to meet the MA language graduation requirements of the Functional Studies programs and Korea Studies Ph D students meeting their second foreign language requirement need only to pass the Korean language reading examination at the Intermediate Mid level Eligibility For Korean language students you must complete at a minimum Korean Intermediate Mid I For non Korean language students you must gain clearance for eligibility from the Korean Language Program Coordinator to take the Korean proficiency exam All proficiency exams are coordinated by the Korean Language Program Coordinator In order to meet SAIS language proficiency requirements students must obtain the following levels per language skill Listening Speaking Reading Intermediate Low Intermediate Mid Intermediate Mid Pre proficiency level courses Korean Novice Korean Novice High Korean Intermediate Low Korean Intermediate Mid and Korean Intermediate Mid II Post proficiency level courses In addition to the Basic Program we also provide instruction at levels higher than the SAIS language proficiency requirement to accommodate students individual language goals These courses are at a higher level of proficiency or tailored to the students specific needs

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  • Persian
    pass the exams students need to obtain the following levels per language skill Listening Reading Speaking Intermediate Mid Intermediate Mid Intermediate Mid Novice Persian Novice Persian is the first in a four course sequence In this course you will begin to develop your listening speaking reading and writing skills in Persian in order to develop basic communicative skills Students entering this course are expected to be beginners and are expected to achieve the Novice high level on the ACTFL scale American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Novice High Persian Novice High Persian is the second in a four course sequence In this course you will further enhance to develop your listening speaking reading and writing skills in Persian Development of these skills is vital for the process of communication Students entering this course are expected to be Novice High level and are expected to achieve the Intermediate Low level on the ACTFL scale Intermediate Low Persian This is the third in a four course sequence in the SAIS Persian Program Students expand their grammar and structural knowledge of the language practicing their newly acquired language skills in real life communicative situations and gaining confidence in using Persian Students entering this course are anticipated to be at the Intermediate Low level on the ACTFL scale and are expected to achieve the Intermediate Mid level Intermediate Mid I Persian This course provides additional practice to help students attain a higher level of skill development listening speaking reading and writing and linguistic accuracy The course favors a skill based approach in which students gain mastery of the language through the use of authentic materials taken from various sources e g periodicals video and radio documentaries The selection of the materials is based on the complexity of the tasks and the students professional and personal interest The teaching of grammar and vocabulary is integrated to the skill based activities and it is incorporated in the class activities as an aid to overcome any communicative problems The teaching techniques are student centered with the instructor as the facilitator and the goal of teaching to make students independent users of Persian Intermediate Mid II Persian This course will offer an in depth review of grammar topics in Persian that continue to cause difficulties to the foreign language learner the preterit imperfect contrast comparatives the use of the subjunctive etc A program of vocabulary building will be incorporated into the course It is important to realize however that vocabulary and grammar are means to an end knowing the definition of vocabulary items or being able to recite grammar rules is not using the language Therefore the review will be accomplished through a variety of activities in speaking reading listening and writing In this way the students will improve their knowledge of grammar and their proficiency in these necessary language skills The teaching activities are student centered with the instructor serving as facilitator The goal of this course is to make students independent users of the

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  • Hindi-Urdu
    first in a four course sequence In this course you will begin to develop your listening speaking reading and writing skills in Hindi Urdu Students entering this course are expected to be beginners having no previous background in either Hindi or Urdu By the end of this class you will be able to ask and answer questions on familiar topics with native speakers accustomed to foreigners and extract main ideas from very basic written materials Students are expected to achieve the Novice High level on the ACTFL American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages scale 1 Novice High Hindi Level II Novice High Hindi Urdu is the second in a four course sequence In this course you will further develop your listening speaking reading and writing skills in Hindi Urdu By the end of this class you will be able to more comfortably ask and answer questions on familiar topics with native speakers accustomed to foreigners and extract main ideas from basic written materials Class activities will revolve around task based objectives that are necessary for survival on the ground in Hindi Urdu speaking regions of India and Pakistan Students entering this course are expected to be at the Novice High level having successfully completed Novice Hindi Urdu or having placed in the level on the proficiency exam By the end of the course you are expected to achieve the Intermediate Low level on the ACTFL American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages scale 1 Intermediate Low Hindi Level III This is the third in a four course sequence in the SAIS Hindi Program Students entering this course are expected to be at the Intermediate Low level having completed the Novice High course or having placed in the level on the proficiency exam Course activities are organized by into topical themes based on student research interests By the end of this course you will be able to engage in conversations on a wider variety of topics and extract important ideas with greater accuracy from simple aural and written media reports and other texts Intermediate Mid Hindi Level IV The Intermediate Mid Hindi course is fourth in a four course sequence By the end of the course you will be able to engage in more complex conversations have the ideas you express be understood even by native speakers who are unaccustomed to foreigners and read and understand important points in more complex texts The use of authentic materials taken from various sources e g periodicals video and radio documentaries is emphasized The selection of the materials is based on the complexity of the tasks and the students professional and personal interests By the end of the course you are expected to achieve the Intermediate Mid level on the ACTFL American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages scale 1 Post proficiency level In addition to the basic 4 course program when there is sufficient student demand we also provide courses that are beyond the SAIS language requirement scope These

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  • Indonesian
    Asian Study Program to take an intensive language course in Myanmar during the winter break Indonesian can be used to meet the M A language graduation requirements of the Functional Studies Programs and Southeast Asian Studies In order to pass the exams students need to obtain the following levels per language skill Listening Speaking Reading Intermediate High Intermediate High Intermediate High Ph D students only need to pass the reading proficiency exam to meet their second foreign language graduation requirement Basic Courses Indonesian Novice Low This class is for students with no or very little background in Indonesian Students learn basic language functions At the end of the semester students are able to speak simply about themselves and function in orchestrated social settings Reading is limited to reading dialogues that support the speaking skill Listening is geared to understanding short simplified texts of the same topics as those in speaking By the end of the semester students should reach novice high level Indonesian Novice High This course is the second class in the four semester sequence In this class students expand their speaking skill toward talking about topics outside themselves For reading students read simplified texts on various topics such as leisure activities holiday important figure etc Students listen to simplified texts of the same topics as those in reading with slower than normal speed Indonesian basic grammar is introduced By the end of the semester students should reach intermediate low level Indonesian Intermediate Low This course is the third class in the four semester sequence In this class students start reading authentic texts taken from Indonesian newspapers and magazines They learn to speak about topics on current issues and SAIS related topics Students listen to authentic news broadcasts with the speed slower than normal By the end of the

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  • Thai
    can be used to meet the M A language graduation requirements of the Functional Studies Programs and Southeast Asian Studies In order to pass the exams students need to obtain the following levels per language skill Listening Speaking Reading Intermediate High Intermediate High Intermediate High Ph D students only need to pass the reading proficiency exam to meet their second foreign language graduation requirement Basic Courses Thai Novice Low This class is for students with no or very little background in Thai Students learn basic language functions At the end of the semester students are able to speak simply about themselves and function in orchestrated social settings Reading is limited to reading dialogues that support the speaking skill Listening is geared to understanding short simplified texts of the same topics as those in speaking By the end of the semester students should reach novice high level Thai Novice High This course is the second class in the four semester sequence In this class students expand their speaking skill toward talking about topics outside themselves For reading students read simplified texts on various topics such as leisure activities holiday important figure etc Students listen to simplified texts of the same topics as those in reading with slower than normal speed Thai basic grammar is introduced By the end of the semester students should reach intermediate low level Thai Intermediate Low This course is the third class in the four semester sequence In this class students start reading authentic texts taken from Thai newspapers and magazines They learn to speak about topics on current issues and SAIS related topics Students listen to authentic news broadcasts with the speed slower than normal By the end of the semester students should reach intermediate mid I level Thai Intermediate Mid I This course is the

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