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  • French | SAIS
    purposes will be integrated progressively in our courses which is a unique opportunity to develop the specific language skills that students will find essential in their future careers in the professional field of International Relations The SAIS French Program is equipped with a small library supplemental online resources and specific language software for guided independent study PRE PROFICIENCY LEVELS Novice French Level I Novice French is the first in a four course sequence In this course students learn the basic French structures through everyday content and situations as they develop the four macro skills in French listening speaking reading and writing Daily vocabulary and basic structures will be introduced and practiced upon through relevant role plays Intermediate Low French Level II This is the second in a four course sequence in the SAIS 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 At this level the specialized language skills are further expanded to meet the students professional needs Listening materials consist of extended newscasts and recordings from political speeches Reading materials include feature length articles on politics international relations and current events Typical classroom activities include simulations debates and political discussions French can be used to meet the M A language graduation requirements of the programs within the International

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  • Portuguese | SAIS
    a communicative content based approach to language learning In a learner centered environment students participate actively in classes and in the choice of topics covered so that the courses will reflect their main interests Class activities are designed to develop the four skills speaking reading listening and writing through relevant political economic and international relations content 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 sociolinguistic and pragmatic competences Due to the similarities between Portuguese and Spanish Spanish speakers learn Portuguese at a faster pace typically reaching the required proficiency level in three semesters depending on the student s dedication and performance PRE PROFICIENCY LEVEL COURSES Novice Level 1 This course introduces 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 time frames as well as to express and support their opinion on topics related to their area of expertise Typical classroom activities include simulations and debates A special emphasis will be placed on the study of current events and their global impact Listening materials consist of extended newscasts and recordings from political speeches Reading materials include feature length articles on politics and

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  • Chinese | SAIS
    the reading proficiency exam to meet their second foreign language graduation requirement Pre Proficiency level Novice Chinese Novice Chinese is the first in a two semester introductory course designed for students with no previous knowledge of the Chinese language In this course students will begin to develop communicative competence in listening speaking reading and writing skills in Chinese at the elementary level with an emphasis on mastering the essentials of pronunciation using the Pinyin system of Romanization the writing system simplified characters and basic grammatical patterns A general introduction to Chinese culture is also included The Chinese Odyssey multimedia courseware Volume I is used in this course Novice Mid Chinese Novice Mid Chinese is the second in a two semester introductory course designed for students with one semester of Chinese language training 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 students knowledge of complex grammatical patterns ordinarily present in academic styles of writing Students will learn the difference between written form vocabulary and spoken form vocabulary and further develop their reading ability Class discussion will be in Chinese as much as possible Chinese culture will be discussed in greater depth In this course students will present reports orally and or in writing on studied topics By the end

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  • English | SAIS
    focus on the comprehension of challenging texts spoken by varied speakers Students give both factual and persuasive presentations and participate in interviews English Listening and Speaking Advanced High II English Listening and Speaking Advanced High Students 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

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  • German | SAIS
    of German speaking European and global international politics and economics Our personalized and interactive language teaching gives attention to students individual needs and projects Starting with the intermediate level we introduce topics related to European and global affairs Special features are discussions with invited guest speakers and meetings with local and international representatives of the German speaking world The German Program also advises students on how to continue studying the language during the summer break and how to obtain financial support for summer courses in Germany In the past years the SAIS German Program in Washington D C has offered its own short term study trip to Berlin and to Eastern Germany sponsored by the German government s Transatlantik Programm PRE PROFICIENCY LEVELS Novice German Level 1 Experiencing the German Language and Culture I This beginner 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 materials are designed to expand students oral and written expression as well as to refine their grammar and vocabulary At the end of this course students are eligible to take the German Proficiency Examinations POST PROFICIENCY LEVELS Intermediate High Advanced Levels of German Level 5 and above Global European and German Issues in Discussion Post proficiency courses aim at refining and perfecting students language

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  • Italian | SAIS
    they will find essential in their future careers in the professional field of International Relations Courses are offered at all levels from Novice through Intermediate Low Intermediate Mid Intermediate High and Advanced levels Starting from the Intermediate levels we integrate language for 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

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  • Spanish | SAIS
    students acquire basic vocabulary and lexicon as well as basic grammar structures in order to operate on a daily communicative level Communicative language is the target and students autonomy is emphasized Intermediate Low Spanish Level II This is 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

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  • Russian | SAIS
    socio linguistic and pragmatic competences PRE PROFICIENCY LEVELS Novice Low Level 1 This level is designed for students to acquire the language skills that will allow them to communicate and survive in everyday life Daily vocabulary and 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

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