This course is a study of Modern Standard Chinese language, as well as Chinese music in the context of history and culture. A continuation of LCHN-P383, this course continues to expand students' understanding of the Chinese language. By the end of this course, students will be able to pronounce and write more complicated Chinese characters, discuss traditional Chinese holidays and explain the Chinese calendar; describe the natural environment and environmental issues; and talk in detail about Chinese historical events. The course helps students understand both the grammar used in formal language and everyday informal language. Equally important, students will better understand and appreciate Chinese music through the study of Chinese language, history and culture. By studying and analyzing Chinese music, students will learn to combine elements of Chinese music into their own creative work. In addition to the in-class studies, students will have the chance to experience Chinese culture first hand by visiting Boston Chinese communities, as well as having exchange performance opportunities. Note: This course is not available for credit to students for whom Chinese is a first language.
English as a Second Language 1
In this course, speakers of other languages will develop the skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing in English necessary for success in all college classes. Students will read articles, essays, and stories; write short narrative and expository essays; develop their vocabulary; and review intermediate grammar structures.
English As a Second Language 2
A continuation of LENG-104, this course will help speakers of other languages improve their ability to speak English effectively, listen with understanding, read with comprehension, and write with clarity. Students will read college-level materials (articles, essays, short stories); write narrative, expository, and persuasive essays; expand their vocabulary; and review advanced grammar structures.
English As a Second Language 3
In this course, speakers of other languages will develop reading, writing, and critical-thinking skills necessary for success in LENG-111 and other college classes. Students will write short essays (narrative, expository, persuasive) focusing on issues of clarity, organization, development, unity, and coherence. They will read and analyze college-level texts, including articles, essays, and short stories; develop their vocabulary in academic and non-academic contexts; and review advanced grammar structures.
Writing and Communication
In this course, students explore the writing and communication process and develop writing and communication skills as they create their own written and oral works, linked to their academic and personal needs. Students develop techniques for writing clear, coherent papers, and for communicating ideas orally. They also examine sentence-level issues, paragraph structure, organization, and form, as well as consider style, audience, and tone. In addition, students read texts ranging from nonfiction to fiction, with a special focus on close analytical reading of nonfiction essays. Students learn library research, information literacy and research documentation styles, including Modern Language Association and/or American Psychological Association.
In this course, students explore different themes and genres within the field of literature, examining critical and creative thinking through literary analysis. Students apply the skills of synthesis, interpretation, and evaluation in writing and speaking about fiction, drama, poetry, creative nonfiction, and literary criticism. Students also explore concepts related to aesthetics such as beauty, rhythm, and sound; and concepts of literary analysis such as plot, point of view, character, tone, and style. Students complete analytical and creative writing assignments. The titles of individual sections of LENG-201 identify the theme of that section. Individual course descriptions are available to registering students at http://www.berklee.edu/liberal-arts/courses/liberal-arts-topics-courses.
This course is designed to improve the student's performance in public speaking. Emphasis will be placed on the development of personal style, confidence, and security; the construction, and delivery of various forms of speeches; and on the acceptance and use of evaluative, constructive criticism.
Preparing for the Massachusetts Communication Skills Licensing Exam
This course is designed to address the reading and writing skills necessary to prepare for the Massachusetts State Teacher's Test on Communications Skills and Literacy. It will further address techniques developed in LENG-111 and LENG-201.
Studies in Poetry and Lyric
In this course, students explore the elements of poetry: the relationship between meaning and rhythm, meaning and sound, and meaning and form. Students analyze the relationship between content and meaning in poetry and lyric, as they examine traditional and modern works, from Shakespeare to The Decemberists. Students learn sonnets, songs, narratives, blank verse, limericks, ballads, slam poetry, shout-outs, literary nonsense, and versified howls into the wilderness. Students participate in creative and analytical ways of reading and responding to poetry and assess the relationship between poetry and music.
Fiction and Film
This course focuses on film adaptations of novels and short stories, paying special attention to similarities and differences in narrative technique. Students view various types of film adaptations and consider reasons for changes from the works of fiction. The course emphasizes the challenges in adapting a work of literature to the screen, the limits and possibilities of both art forms, and the techniques writers and filmmakers use to express their ideas. In addition to discussing works of fiction, film adaptations, and the roles of film director, screenwriter, and film scorer, students will have the opportunity to work on their own cinematic adaptation of a short story, including writing original music for the screen. Such authors as George Orwell, Ayn Rand, Toni Morrison, Kurt Vonnegut, Cormack McCarthy, and Vladimir Nabokov will be considered, as well as such film directors as Stanley Kubrick, Francis Ford Coppola, David Fincher, Christopher Nolan, Claire Denis, François Truffaut, and Akira Kurosawa.
Modern Drama and Film
Students will explore the creative forces that go into making films and film adaptations of plays. Works by directors such as Orson Welles, Francis Ford Coppola, Sofia Coppola, Martin Scorsese, the Coen brothers, Hitchcock, Ang Lee, Krzysztof Kieslowski, Federico Fellini, David Lynch, Neil Jordan, and Sam Mendes will be explored. Film adaptations of plays by such dramatists as Anton Chekov, Sam Shepard, Harold Pinter, Beth Henley, and David Mamet will also be investigated. Discussions of the elements of drama and film will focus on topics such as dramatic structure, film scoring, screenwriting, directing, acting, and the use of myth and archetype in contemporary films. This is a writing-intensive course.
In a workshop setting, students will participate in acting exercises and theater games as well as perform character monologues and improvisational scenes. Then, from the point of view of the actor, they will study several play scripts. The final demonstration of their understanding of the play scripts and characters will be the performance of a scene from the play.