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Areas of Study and Course Listings

Areas of study include Chinese, French, Japanese, and Spanish.

Related Concentrations

Proficiency in another language is a valuable skill that will contribute to your competitiveness in many fields and industries. While the ability to communicate in another language will enhance your marketability no matter what field you pursue, there are some areas of study where studying a language is especially relevant. Here you will find links to concentrations in global areas of study:

Cross-Registration

Students who want to take a foreign language that is not currently offered at Babson (ie Italian, Greek, Russian, Hebrew) may cross-register at Wellesley College or Brandeis University. Only those courses not offered at Babson may be accepted for credit.

Course Listings

CHN 1210 ELEMENTARY CHINESE LANGUAGE I 4.00 credits
CHN 1210 Elementary Chinese Language I (General Credit)
An introduction to practical and functional knowledge of modern Mandarin Chinese. Emphasis on developing proficiency in fundamental language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing, using basic expressions and sentence patterns. Computer programs for pronunciation, listening comprehension, grammar and writing Chinese characters will be used extensively. Prerequisite: None This course is typically offered Fall semester.

CHN 1211 ELEMENTARY CHINESE II 4.00 credits
CHN 1211 Elementary Chinese Language II (General Credit)
A continuation of the fall semester, an introduction to practical and functional knowledge of modern Mandarin Chinese. Emphasis on developing proficiency in fundamental language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing, using basic expressions and sentence patterns. Computer programs for pronunciation, listening comprehension, grammar and writing Chinese characters will be used extensively. Prerequisite: CHN1210 This course is typically offered Spring semester.

FRN 1200 ACCELERATED ELEMENTARY FRENCH 4.00 credits
FRN 1200 Accelerated Elementary French (General Credit)
This course is based on the belief that effective use of a language requires cultural understanding as well as a command of linguistic structures and vocabulary. It is designed to develop basic skills in understanding, communicating, reading and writing authentic French. Utilizing the innovative, web-based multimedia course, Parallèles: communication et culture,assignments will include extensive video experiences, listening exercises, and exercises requiring a creative use of spoken French. Web-based activities such as audio programs, self-tests, on-line flashcards, and games accompany the text. This course is ideal for students with some previous exposure to French and/or the motivated Beginner. Prerequisite: NONE This course is typically offered in the Spring.

FRN 2600 INTERMEDIATE FRENCH I 4.00 credits
FRN 2600 Intermediate French Language and Culture I (Advanced Liberal Arts)
Active use of contemporary spoken and written French through dialog practice, oral presentations, class discussions, and written exercises. By becoming more aware of the French speaking world and the relationship between culture and language, students increase their ability to communicate in international environments. The program features web-based audio and video interaction with native speakers. Prerequisite: FRN1200 (Equivalent of one year of college French as demonstrated through a required placement test) This course is typically offered in the Fall.

FRN 2601 INTERMEDIATE FRENCH II 4.00 credits
FRN 2601 Intermediate French II (Advanced Liberal Arts)
A continuation of the fall semester, this course integrates the feature-length film "Le Chemin du retour" with a high level intermediate textbook. The film provides students with an immersion in French language and Francophone culture as they follow the story of a young television journalist in her search to find out more about her grandfather's hidden past during the German occupation of France in World War II, one of the most important historical events in 20th century France. It provides students with opportunities for linguistic and cultural growth, as well as a context for critical thinking. Prerequisite: FRN2600 (Intermediate French I at Babson, or equivalent program demonstrated through a required placement test, or permission of the instructor. Not open to native speakers of French.) This course is typically offered in the Spring.

FRN 3600 ADV FRENCH: CINEMA, CULTURE CONVERSATION 4.00 credits
FRN 3600 Advanced French: Cinema, Culture, Conversation
Course Description: This course is designed as an advanced-level conversation class, with a strong cultural component. The major course materials are French films and supplementary readings. These films and readings serve as the basis for debate, discussion and written analysis of issues relevant to the history, culture and politics of France and the francophone world of North Africa and the Caribbean, with a focus on global issues of social concern. This course is designed for students who have mastered the grammatical structures of French, although there will be review of grammar as needed. Films will be on reserve at Horn Library, and screenings will be scheduled. Prerequisites: FRN 2601 Intermediate French II at Babson, or equivalent proficiency as demonstrated through a required placement test. This course is not open to native speakers.

JPN 1200 ELEMENTARY JAPANESE LANG & CULT I 4.00 credits
JPN 1200 Elementary Japanese Language and Culture I (General Credit) An introduction to a practical, and functional knowledge of Japanese as it is used in contemporary society. Students will learn the fundamental use of the Japanese language by exercising all four language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Two basic writing systems, hiragana and katakana, are taught to promote literacy in Japanese environments. An introduction to Japanese culture, which is inseparable from learning the language, is provided through demonstrations, videos and films. Prerequisite: None This course is typically offered in the following semester: Fall.

JPN 1201 ELEMENTARY JAPANESE LANG & CULTURE II 4.00 credits
JPN 1201 Elementary Japanese Language and Culture II General Credit A continuation of the fall semester, this course develops students’ language skills in practical, functional Japanese as it is used in contemporary Japanese society. Exposure to Japanese culture is provided through various media, activities, and participation in off-campus cultural events. Students learn approximately 150 Kanji writing symbols and use hiragana and katakana extensively in the classroom and with computer word processing. 4 Liberal Arts elective credits Prerequisite: JPN1200 (Elementary Japanese I at Babson, or equivalent proficiency as demonstrated through a required placement test.) This course is typically offered in the following semester: Spring

JPN 2600 INTERMEDIATE JAPANESE I 4.00 credits
JPN 2600 Intermediate Japanese Language and Culture I (Advanced Liberal Arts) The course teaches effective communication with the Japanese as well as cultural awareness. Using an interactive approach, students learn to converse on non-technical topics, write and read 100 Kanji symbols, recognize additional symbols, and become fluent in using approximately 200 hiragana and katakana symbols. Prerequisite: JPN1201 (Elementary Japanese II at Babson, or equivalent proficiency as demonstrated through a required placement test.) This course is typically offered in the Fall.

JPN 2601 INTERMEDIATE JAPANESE II 4.00 credits
JPN 2601 Intermediate Japanese Language and Culture II (Advanced Liberal Arts) A continuation of the fall semester, this course develops students' language skills in practical, functional Japanese as it is used in contemporary Japanese society. Exposure to Japanese culture is provided through various media, activities, and participation in off-campus cultural events. Students learn approximately 150 Kanji writing symbols and use hiragana and katakana extensively in the classroom and with computer word processing. 4 Liberal Arts elective credits Prerequisite: JPN2600 (Intermediate Japanese I at Babson, or equivalent proficiency as demonstrated through a required placement test.) This course is typically offered in the Spring.

JPN 3600 ADVANCED JAPANESE LANGUAGE AND CULTURES  4.00 credits
JPN 3600 Advanced Japanese Language and Culture (Advanced Liberal Arts) Students of this advanced class will be prepared to use their Japanese language skills intelligently in the workplace and abroad with greater confidence.  The main objective of this course is to foster more advanced proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing through a variety of interactive approaches, including student presentations. Students will acquire approximately 150 more kanji.

SPN 1200 ACCELERATED ELEMENTARY SPANISH 4.00 credits
SPN 1200 Conversations and Culture: Accelerated Elementary Spanish (General Credit) Accelerated Elementary Spanish is a fast-paced, introductory course which prepares students for Intermediate Spanish in the subsequent semester. Through engaging, meaningful activities that develop real-world skills and abilities, the course integrates a wide variety of interactive materials to put language into practice. Accelerated Elementary Spanish is the first course in the Proficiency Sequence, a program of study designed to bring students to proficiency in 3 semesters. As the course adopts an intensive approach, it is recommended for students with some previous exposure to language learning and/or the highly motivated rank beginner. Prerequisite: None This course is typically offered in the Fall.

SPN 2600 INTERMEDIATE SPANISH I 4.00 credits
SPN 2600 Intermediate Spanish Language and Culture I (Advanced Liberal Arts) Grammar review and an in-depth cultural exploration of the Hispanic world supports active use of spoken and written Spanish. Selected readings and films provide a point of departure for conversation, discussion, group work, skits, and class presentations based upon research. Prerequisite: SPN1200 (Accelerated Elementary Spanish II at Babson, or equivalent proficiency as demonstrated through a required placement test. Not open to fluent speakers of Spanish.) This course is typically offered in the Fall and Spring.

SPN 2601 INTERMEDIATE SPANISH II 4.00 credits
SPN 2601 Intermediate Spanish II (Advanced Liberal Arts) This course focuses on conversation and communication in Spanish at the advanced intermediate level. Through grammar review, films, and readings, we will explore issues involving the culture, literature, history, and contemporary culture of the nations that form the Hispanic world. Except on rare occasions when a complex explanation requires the use of English, this course is conducted entirely in Spanish. Discussions focus on the exploration of socio-cultural issues and business language and contexts in the Spanish speaking world. Prerequisite: SPN 2600 (Intermediate Spanish at Babson, or equivalency proficiency as demonstrated through a required placement test. Not open to fluent speakers of Spanish.) This course is typically offered in the Spring and may be offered in the Fall.

SPN 3600 ADV SPANISH: CINEMA,CULTR,CONVERSATION 4.00 credits
SPN 3600 Advanced Spanish: Cinema, Culture, Conversation (Advanced Liberal Arts) This course is designed as an advanced-level conversation class, with a strong cultural component. The major course materials are contemporary Latin American and Spanish films and supplementary readings. Through the contents of the films, students study issues relevant to the history, culture, and politics of contemporary Latin America and Spain. Films and readings serve as the basis for debate, discussion, and written analysis. This course aims to ease the path towards greater fluency through improvements in accuracy and more spontaneous communication. Films will be on reserve at Horn Library, and screenings will be scheduled. This course can be applied to satisfy one of the four required courses for the Global Business Management Concentration. Prerequisites: SPN2601 (Intermediate Spanish II at Babson, or equivalent proficiency as demonstrated through a required placement test. Not open to fluent speakers of Spanish.) This course is typically offered in the Fall and maybe be offered in the Spring.

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“Babson is culturally diverse, and studying Spanish here helped me connect with many other students whose primary language is Spanish. I found myself constantly applying my developing conversation skills when talking with my suitemate from Madrid, a classmate from Chile, and several staff members on campus. I’m now confident enough to study abroad in a Spanish-speaking country and I know I will apply so much of what I learned this semester in Cinema, Conversation, and Culture when I am immersed in this new culture.”

—Allie Lamb ’13