Foreign Language Course Attribute

Introduction
Policy Statement
Impact and Benefits
Implementation
Resources

 Introduction

 There are requirements in various degree programs across the University that involve the completion of courses that focus on the study of a language other than English.  The University of Wisconsin-Madison is a national leader in foreign language instruction and offers instruction in more than 40 languages.  Given the expansive offerings it is not always easy for students to understand what languages are offered, which courses are at the introductory and sequentially higher levels.

 The study of language involves vocabulary, grammar (morphology and syntax), phonology, pronunciation, culture, history, text interpretation and other skills.  This attribute proposal is intended to create a way of delineating language courses where the primary focus of the course is teaching students a method of human communication, either spoken or written, consisting of the use of words in a structured and conventional way and to differentiate them from courses that focus on the culture, literature, history and polity or other aspects of language learning.

 The implementation of this proposal will facilitate more effective communication with current and future students about courses that meet foreign language requirements. It will also facilitate communication with the broad range of interested non-student stakeholders (e.g., degree audit programmers, advisors in departments and student service units).

  Policy Statement

The proposal recommends the use of a course attribute and course attribute values that will be associated with foreign language courses that focus on the study of systems of human communication that include grammar (morphology and syntax), phonology, and vocabulary necessary for oral and/or written communication.

 The primary focus of the learning outcomes of courses that have this attribute involve:

·        the ability to read and write a language other than English

·        the ability to speak and understand a language other than English

·        the advancement of communication skills in a language other than English

Foreign language course attribute values.

Level 1 • First-semester language course. Course in a language other than English for students with no prior experience in the language.

Level 2 • Second-semester language course. Course in a language other than English that requires a Level 1 course or equivalent as a prerequisite

Level 3 • Third-semester language course. Course in a language other than English that requires a Level 2 course or equivalent as a prerequisite.

Level 4 • Fourth-semester language course. Course in a language other than English that requires a Level 3 course or equivalent as a prerequisite.

Level 5+ • Fifth-semester and above language course. Course in a language other than English that requires a Level 4 or Level 5 course or equivalent as a prerequisite.

Courses with a 5+ designation could be sequenced or non-sequenced language courses beyond the fourth semester, or literature or culture courses taught in the language that require a Level 4 or Level 5 course or equivalent as a prerequisite.

 Impact and Benefits

Department faculty and staff who are responsible for a language curriculum should consider including this attribute if it is appropriate during the course proposal process.

The attribute will be included in the Course Guide search and in the Guide.

The attributes can be used by the schools and colleges for degree audit encoding purposes in place of having to compile lists of hundreds of courses.

  Implementation

The imminent publication of the Guide (June 1, 2017) makes it imperative that the attribute be created as soon as possible. Thus, this policy is proposed as a provisional policy to be put in place to allow the attribute to be placed on courses that are already approved by faculty to meet this standard.  In Fall 2017 the policy will be refined for formal adoption.

List of courses that are considered foreign language learning courses already exist and using these lists to assign the attributes initially will ensure continuity between the old method of identifying these courses and the new method.  This continuity is necessary to avoid disadvantaging students who have taken foreign language courses previously.

A list of language courses that fulfill the L&S foreign language requirement for the bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degree requirements as well as the list of courses in SIS that is used to determine foreign language retroactive credits was compiled and will serve as the basis for the foreign language course attribute for the first year.

Implementation will begin with foreign language courses at the first through fourth semesters.  Active courses with a level of 1, 2, 3, or 4 will have the attribute by June 1, 2017. 


Course Attribute = FLNG

Value               Descr                                                    Formal Descr

FL 1

1st semester language course

1st semester language course

FL 2

2nd semester language course

2nd semester language course

FL 3

3rd semester language course

3rd semester language course

FL 4

4th semester language course

4th semester language course

FL 5

5th + semester language course

5th + semester language course

 

During the fall 2017 term this provisional policy will be circulated to all of the schools and colleges for review and comment.  The language departments in the College of Letters and Science have already been discussing the creation of a foreign language attribute and they will be centrally involved in refining the policy; they may use this policy as well as the materials from previous discussions to recommend changes and amendments to this policy.

A full finalized policy will be sent to the University Curriculum Committee for approval in December 2017.

A list of courses created from requirements encoded in DARS and from the SIS table used to determine retroactive foreign language courses were used to create the list of courses that will receive the attribute as part of the initial implementation.

A question where proposers may indicate that the new course or course change they are proposing should be considered for the attribute will be included in the course proposal form currently in development.


 Resources

Full Policy Document

Approval Memo

List of courses with the attribute




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