Depending on your interests, your language background, and the results of your placement test, many departmental offerings listed in the Course of Study are open to you and are appropriate for diversification credit.
Depending on your interests, your language background, and the results of your placement test, many departmental offerings listed in this catalog are open to you and are appropriate for diversification credit. It is not unusual for students with four to five years of language study in high school to be recommended for placement in an advanced language course (e.g., a course numbered 321) or in an introductory literature course.
Courses numbered 111Y-112Y are beginning language classes. These courses stress the acquisition of the four basic language skills (oral comprehension, speaking, writing, and reading) while incorporating some cultural and/or literary materials. All introductory language courses listed as 111Y-112Y, are taught through the Kenyon Intensive Language Model (KILM), an intensive approach that allows students to gain in one year the linguistic competence and cultural literacy normally acquired after one and a half to two years of non-intensive study. KILM classroom activities aim at dispelling inhibitions and encouraging communication. For each meeting with the professor (typically four times per week), there is a session with a Kenyon undergraduate apprentice teacher (AT), working with a group of approximately six to eight students. Apprentice-teacher classes usually meet in the late afternoon or early evening and are arranged during the first days of class each semester.
Courses numbered 213Y-214Y are middle-level or intermediate classes. These courses continue to develop the basic skills introduced in the beginning-level classes, usually with increasing emphasis on cultural materials, vocabulary, and reading skills. The classes usually meet three days per week, with one or two additional hours per week with the apprentice teacher.
The following courses serve as an introduction to language, culture, and literature and also continue the development of language skills. Students are recommended for these courses on the basis of their scores on the placement examination, AP credit, or previous coursework in the language.
ARBC 321 Advanced Arabic
CHNS 321, 322 Advanced Chinese Language
FREN 321 Advanced Composition and Conversation
FREN 323,324 Approaches to French Literature I and II
GERM 321 Advanced Conversation and Composition
GERM 325 Survey of German Literature and Culture
ITAL 321 Advanced Italian
JAPN 321 Advanced Japanese
RUSS 321, 322 Advanced Russian
SPAN 321 Advanced Grammar, Conversation, and Composition
ADVANCED LEVEL: LITERATURE AND CULTURE
Courses numbered 325-399 are advanced-level literature, language, and/or civilization courses. See the course listings for full descriptions.