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Welcome to the Department of Modern Languages

Fall in love with language all over again at Susquehanna. You can major or minor in French, German, Italian or Spanish, and we also offer courses in Chinese and Arabic.

Courses are taught in the language you're studying so you'll become proficient and comfortable speaking and writing as you earn your degree.

You'll sharpen those skills through fun activities and clubs on campus and by studying abroad through our Global Opportunities program.

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Department of Modern Language

514 University Ave.
Selinsgrove, Pa. 17870

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Location

Bogar Hall

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Phone & Email

Amanda Meixell, department head
570-372-4258
meixell@susqu.edu

Why study Arabic? 

The Arabic Studies program at Susquehanna University provides students with the unique opportunity to study a living language spoken by over 300 million people as well as build linguistic and cultural awareness. Our program adopts the teaching philosophy that places Arabic as the key to understanding and immersing in the Arab culture. Our program offers beginning Arabic courses that focuses on proficiency in speaking, reading, listening and writing skills in both Modern Standard Arabic as well as Spoken Arabic. We encourage our students to consider Arabic study abroad programs to acquire first hand the cultural richness of the Arab World.

Why study Chinese?

As China has become one of the leading political and economic powers in the world, its most prevalent language, Mandarin Chinese, has started to gain more attention from non-native speakers. The Department of Modern Languages shares in the belief of the increasing international importance of this language. Chinese is said to be one of the most difficult languages to acquire particularly because of its writing system and seemingly arbitrary grammar rules. However, our faculty have developed a truly effective, soundly designed curriculum that allows the students to overcome these odds.

ARBC-101 Beginning Arabic I

Intended for students with no previous experience with the language. An introduction to speaking, reading, listening and writing in Arabic. Also explores aspects of Arab culture. 4 SH.

ARBC-102 Beginning Arabic II

Continuation of ARBC-101. An introduction to speaking, reading, listening and writing in Arabic. Also explores aspects of Arab culture. 4 SH. Prerequisite: ARBC-101 or equivalent department-approved proficiency. CC: Foreign Language.

CHNS-101 Beginning Chinese I

Introduces students to short conversations in standard (Mandarin) Chinese while laying foundations for further studies of the language. Includes standard pronunciation, basic vocabulary and writing simple statements. Explores the systems of language and culture of the Chinese people. 4 SH.

CHNS-102 Beginning Chinese II

A continuation of CHNS-101. Introduces students to short conversations in standard (Mandarin) Chinese while laying foundations for further studies of the language. Includes standard pronunciation, basic vocabulary and writing simple statements. Explores the systems of language and culture of the Chinese people. 4 SH. Prerequisite: CHNS-101 or equivalent department-approved proficiency. CC: Foreign Language.

CHNS-201 Intermediate Chinese: Language and Culture

Review and expansion of elementary-level skills to intermediate level. Focus on developing skills needed to improve listening, speaking, reading and writing. Topics include culture and civilization with emphasis on current issues, comparisons to own cultures and interdisciplinary perspectives. Prerequisite: CHNS-102 or equivalent department-approved proficiency. 4 SH.

Dena Isleem

Department: Modern Languages
Adjunct Faculty- Arabic

Emailisleem@susqu.edu
Phone570-372-4176

Cherry Lai Bearer

Department: Modern Languages
Adjunct Faculty Chinese

Emailbearer@susqu.edu
Phone570-372-4714

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