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Chinese and Spanish added to Ridgewater College



There will be some new courses available to students looking for foreign language and humanities credits at Ridgewater. Beginning this summer, six new courses are being offered related to Chinese language and culture and advanced Spanish language.

"Ridgewater College continues to prepare students for a globalized world," states Jenni Swenson, dean of instruction at Ridgewater. "We are very pleased to be expanding our foreign language course offerings to include Beginning Chinese, Intermediate Spanish, and related courses on culture and philosophy. And we are fortunate to have instructors in the classroom with vast knowledge and experience in their field."

The Beginning Chinese, Chinese Culture, and Philosophy courses will be taught by Dr. Paul G. Fendos, Jr. Dr. Fendos is an East Asian specialist, earning his doctorate in 1988 from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. He has held many overseas positions, including foreign advisor for the Government Information Office, Republic of China; and assistant professor at National Cheng Kung University, the Republic of China (1990-1993) and Gyeongsang National University, Republic of Korea (1995-2000). Back in the United States, Dr. Fendos has been instructing students at Anoka Ramsey Community College and Inver Hills Community College.

Vicky Kapitzke will be the instructor for the Intermediate Spanish Courses. She was born in Germany to Spanish immigrants, and had older sisters who married Americans, fostering her love for languages; she is fluent in Spanish, German, and English. Vicky completed graduate work in English Lit, ESL and Foreign Language Acquisition. While in Spain, she worked at the University of Sevilla, teaching History of the English Language in addition to ESL at a local high school. In 2005, she began teaching Spanish at Central Lakes College, then later, German at St. Cloud State University. She has also taught Spanish, ELL courses, and English writing courses at Ridgewater College.



Summer Semester

CHIN 120 - Chinese Culture 3 credits Online delivery

This course surveys the cultural heritage of China, examining the philosophy, language and literature, and fine arts of the Chinese tradition. Emphasis is on discussing the cultural achievements of different eras within the context of social, political, and economic developments. Instructor: Dr. Paul G. Fendos, Jr. http://fendos.tripod.com.

Meets Minnesota Transfer Curriculum Goal Area 6 (Humanities and Fine Arts) and 8 (Global Perspectives).

Fall Semester

CHIN 101 - Beginning Chinese I - 5 credits Web-enhanced delivery

This is the first semester of a one-year introductory course in Mandarin Chinese. This course is designed for those with little or no knowledge of the Chinese language. The main objective of this course is to offer elementary training in the basic language skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Instructor: Dr. Paul G. Fendos, Jr. .

Meets Minnesota Transfer Curriculum Goal Area 8 (Global Perspectives).

SPAN 207 - Intermediate Spanish III - 4 credits Online delivery

This is the first of a two-semester sequence in the Spanish language, which further develops grammar, conversation, reading and composition. Whereas Beginning Spanish stresses grammar, Intermediate Spanish will stress the application of the grammar through reading, speaking and writing. The Spanish people and their culture will be covered extensively. Prerequisite: Beginning SPAN 107-108 or one year of high school Spanish and consent of instructor. Instructor: Maria Victoria Kapitzke.

Meets Minnesota Transfer Curriculum Goal Area 8 (Global Perspectives).

Spring Semester (2011)

CHIN 102 - Beginning Chinese II - 5 credits Web-enhanced delivery

This is the second semester of a one-year introductory course in Mandarin Chinese. This course is designed for those with little or no knowledge of the Chinese language. The main objective of this course is to offer elementary training in the basic language skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Instructor: Dr. Paul G. Fendos, Jr. http://fendos.tripod.com

Meets Minnesota Transfer Curriculum Goal Area 8 (Global Perspectives).

SPAN 208 - Intermediate Spanish IV - 4 credits Online delivery

This is the second of a two-semester sequence in the Spanish language, which further develops grammar, conversation, reading and composition. Whereas Beginning Spanish stresses grammar, Intermediate Spanish will stress the application of the grammar through reading, speaking and writing. The Spanish people and their culture will be covered extensively. Prerequisite: Intermediate Spanish III. Instructor: Maria Victoria Kapitzke.

Meets Minnesota Transfer Curriculum Goal Area 8 (Global Perspectives).

All of these courses help to fulfill requirements for completion of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC). The MnTC is a 40-credit core to the liberal arts and sciences A.A. degree that is guaranteed to transfer to any public college or university in Minnesota. MnTC courses are also required for most A.S. and A.A.S. degree programs. The language courses also help to satisfy some "second language proficiency" requirements of many liberal arts colleges and universities.

The Beginning Chinese courses will be delivered partially online and partially on campus. The other new courses will be offered completely online.

Ridgewater College is a community and technical college with campuses in Willmar and Hutchinson.