Resolution on Foreign Language Study in the CSU
Resolution for Parity Across the Campuses for Language Course Hours
Resolution on the Diversity of Language Offerings
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CSU Bakersfield ~ Dustin Knepp (chair) & Lena Taub Robles, http://www.csub.edu/ModLang/
CSU Chico ~ Patricia Black (chair) & TBA, http://www.csuchico.edu/illc
CSU East Bay ~ Meiling Wu (chair) & Marcelo Paz, http://isis.csuhayward.edu/dbsw/modernlanguages/Home_Page.php
CSU Fresno ~ Debbi Avila (chair) & Rosemarie Kuhn,http://www.fresnostate.edu/artshum/mcll/
CSU Fullerton ~ James Hussar (chair), Linh Nguyen. Note: Sandra Pérez-Linggi currently serves as President of the WLC. http://hss.fullerton.edu/mll/
Humboldt State University ~ Rosamel Benavides & Anna Montoya / Joseph Diémé, http://www.humboldt.edu/%7Ewlc/
CSU Long Beach ~ Markus Muller (chair) & Kiyomi Chinen, http://www.csulb.edu/depts/rgrll/
CSU Los Angeles ~ Sachiko Matsunaga (chair) & Gretchen Angelo, http://www.calstatela.edu/academic/mld
Maritime Academy ~ Robert Manheimer, http://www.csum.edu/gms/
CSU Monterey Bay ~ Shigeko Sekine (chair) & Yoshiko Saito-Abbott,https://csumb.edu/wlc
CSU Northridge ~ Adrian Perez-Boluda (chair) & Svetlana Tyutina, http://www.csun.edu/~fl51594/
Cal Poly Pomona ~ Isabel Bustamante-Lopez (chair) & Amalia Llombart, http://www.cpp.edu/~class/english-foreign-language
CSU Sacramento ~ Curtis Smith (chair) & Maria Mayberry. Note: Bernice Bass de Martinez currently serves as vice-president of the WLC, http://www.csus.edu/wll
CSU San Bernardino ~ Tom McGovern (chair) & Arturo Fernández-Gibert, http://flan.csusb.edu/
San Diego State University ~ Clarissa Clo (European Studies) & Alda Blanco (Spanish) & Alfredo Urzua (Spanish), http://esdepartment.sdsu.edu (European Studies) http://linguistics.sdsu.edu (Linguistics) and http://spanish.sdsu.edu (Spanish). Also: LARC, http://larc.sdsu.edu/ (Director Mat Schulze) + past president, Edith Benkov
San Francisco State University ~ Charles Egan (chair) & Mike Hammer,https://mll.sfsu.edu
San Jose State ~ Damian Bacich (chair) & Cheyla Samuelson, http://www.sjsu.edu/wll/
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo ~ John Thompson (interim chair) & Silvia Marijuan, http://cla.calpoly.edu/mll/
CSU San Marcos ~ Darci Strother (chair) & Marion Geiger, http://www.csusm.edu/languages/
Sonoma State University ~ Christine Renaudin (chair) & Emily Clark, http://www.sonoma.edu/modlang (note: Suzanne Toczyski, Sonoma, is FLC Secretary-Treasurer, non-voting).
CSU Stanislaus ~ Jason Winfree (chair) & Teresa Bargetto (Director), http://www.csustan.edu/Admin_Services/Catalog/Degrees-n-Majors/Arts-Letters-n-Sciences/Departments/Modern-Languages/index.html
CONSTITUTION of the WORLD LANGUAGES COUNCIL
Article VIII Fiscal Affairs
October 3, 2008
WHEREAS all freshmen must have completed at least two years of high school foreign language study or its equivalent to enter the CSU; and
WHEREAS transfer students may not have met the minimum freshman requirements and are therefore disadvantaged; and
WHEREAS two years of high school foreign language study is generally considered to be the equivalent of one year of college work; and
WHEREAS the notion of "value added" by the Bachelors degree assumes that students build on previously acquired skills; and
WHEREAS the Access to Excellence statement of the CSU includes as an indicator of excellence "an increase from entry to graduation in the extent to which CSU students gain and improve global understanding and foreign language skills so they can compete in the global economy and participate in a global society;”
Therefore, be it
RESOLVED that the Foreign Language Council urge the Chancellor's Office to require that all students earning a Bachelors degree from the CSU have coursework in a foreign language that exceeds the freshman entrance requirement so that they may truly have a "value added" experience;
And be it further resolved that this resolution be distributed to the Provosts in all twenty-three universities in the CSU system.
October 3, 2008
WHEREAS we, The California State University Foreign Language Council, believe that contact hours correlate with language acquisition and the amount of material one can cover in a semester, and
WHEREAS articulation agreements between California Community Colleges and the CSU system (Lower Division Transfer Pattern (LDTP)) require that transfer language classes meet minimum requirements of 4 semester units per course, and
WHEREAS the CSU Academic Senate has passed a resolution to assist with articulation between CSU campuses that utilizes LDTP course descriptors for CSU to CSU transfers and these protocols call for second-year Spanish courses to be a minimum of 4 units each, (www.calstate.edu/AcadAff/ldtp/docs/SPAN_130_Intermediate_Spanish_I.pdf)
WHEREAS we believe intra-CSU transfer students should not have to repeat a lower division language course taken at another CSU before advancing to upper division courses at a different campus, and
WHEREAS we believe that study abroad in universities and colleges is an extremely valuable experience for our students and generally assumes a certain number of units of coursework in the target language, and
WHEREAS most commercially published textbooks assume 4 or 5 hours a week of contact time for a full year to complete a course,
Therefore, be it
RESOLVED that The California State University Foreign Language Council recommend that first-year language courses meet a minimum of four hours per week. This recommendation will not necessarily apply to heritage speaker classes and conversation classes.
April 16, 2004
WHEREAS, the California State University is dedicated to the serving the needs of the community and its diverse populations, and
WHEREAS, the population of California, with its ties to communities and countries throughout the world, is in a key position to foster cultural understanding and political and economic connections, and
WHEREAS, linguistic diversity is a key element in understanding the many cultures in California and the world, and
WHEREAS, the diversity of language offerings is threatened in many of our schools and universities, and an October 2003 report by the National Association of State Boards of Education warns that foreign language programs risk becoming a "lost curriculum," and
WHEREAS, the current situation in the world exemplifies the danger that arises when cultures are unable to communicate with and understand each other, and
WHEREAS, it is not always easy to predict which languages will be economically or geopolitically important to our nation in the future, and
WHEREAS, developing proficiency in the language and culture of a country requires many years of study,
Therefore, be it
RESOLVED that The California State University Foreign Language Council declare the diversity of language offerings in university departments to be a crucial aspect of the mission of the California State University, and be it further
RESOLVED that the Council enjoin its member departments to maintain diversity of language offerings with financial and programmatic support, and be it further
RESOLVED that the Council vehemently oppose any attempt to eliminate programs on the basis of temporary budgetary problems, misconceptions about the nature of linguistic and cultural study in our departments, or unwillingness to support the necessary diversity of our programs, and be it further
RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be sent to Charles Reed, Chancellor of the California State University, as well as the Academic Vice Presidents and Deans of the appropriate colleges at all twenty-three California State University campuses.
April 16, 2004
The current budget crisis in the state of California has been used on some campuses as a justification for raising course enrollment limits in various disciplines. The CSU Foreign Language Council, mindful of the Supplemental Budget Language that directs campuses to spare instruction wherever possible, strongly opposes any outside pressure on departments to raise enrollments.
Modern language pedagogy stresses the communicative approach, wherein students spend the vast majority of classtime conversing on topics relevant to their interests and skill levels. The linguistic elements and cultural input that form the basis of this communication are thus practiced and internalized under the supervision and with the guidance and corrections of the instructor.
Students in communicative language classes often work in pairs or groups, which makes the instructor's interaction with individual students even more crucial. The instructor's responsibilities in this mode of instruction include correct modeling of the linguistic elements being practiced as well as individual and group correction. Furthermore, instructors must work with students to develop critical thinking skills necessary to interpret cultural values and institutions. An excessive number of students in the class seriously diminishes each student's learning experience.
The longstanding benchmark enrollments for our courses reflect sound pedagogical practices that produce the desired learning outcomes. These benchmarks cannot be set aside without proper consultation, and must be modified only with the input of the faculty who best know their own discipline and the pedagogical expectations to which they are held.
Although we acknowledge the difficult budgetary situation, the need for cost-cutting cannot be allowed to undermine the quality of instruction. Increasing course enrollments in language courses is not merely an additional burden for the teacher; far more importantly, it prevents the students from experiencing sufficient meaningful practice in the language and results in a dangerous shift in the nature of the learning experience.
CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY-FRESNO is seeks applicants for a TENURE-TRACK ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF FRENCH. The successful candidate will be expected to teach beginning, intermediate, and advanced courses in the French language, as well as French and Francophone literatures and cultures. The candidate will also be expected to develop and enhance appropriate curricular offerings; supervise and assist student research; and maintain a productive research agenda, including publications, presentations, and other professional activities. Other faculty responsibilities include: serving on department, college, and university committees; engaging in community service and outreach; and interacting with faculty and students in related fields. The candidate may also be called upon to supervise French language classes and instructors. The successful candidate will be encouraged to develop web-enhanced or web-based instruction. The course load for the first two years is a 3-3 course load or 18 weighted teaching units. Beginning in the third year, the normal course load is four courses per semester. Outcomes assessment and service learning are important components of the university curriculum. The successful candidate will be expected to work cooperatively with faculty and staff in the program, department, and college Specific assignments are dependent on departmental needs and the background of the individual. California State University, Fresno is committed to serving our students with a focus on inclusion. Fresno State has been recognized as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI); an Asian American/Native American/Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI); and has been designated to the Community Engagement Classification by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Review of applications will begin on 11/1/2018. If it chooses, the committee may review applications submitted after this date. This position automatically closes May 1, 2019. Apply online at: http://jobs.csufresno.edu.
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