Modern Foreign Languages Courses

MFL-294 Independent Study1 - 3 credits

Prerequisites:Instructor permission

Independent study in ESL, French, German, or Spanish for those students who may still require considerable assistance with communication in the target language. See independent study guidelines.

MFL-299 Intermediate Readings in Modern Foreign Languages1 - 3 credits

Prerequisites:Instructor permission

Special topics for intermediate students who want to improve their reading skills working in German, French, Spanish, Chinese or English as a Second Language. Students read fiction and non-fiction works. May be repeated for credit.

MFL-398 Practicum in ESL/Bilingual Education1 - 3 credits

Prerequisites:Instructor permission

This practicum extends pre-service teachers' cultural sensitivity, theoretical knowledge of second language acquisition, and skills in ESL and bilingual methods through a professional experience with culturally/linguistically diverse students in a local school setting. The course is a collaborative venture among the college student, a bilingual or ESL teacher, and a college instructor. For each credit earned, participants spend 25 hours with elementary, middle school, or high school student(s) in local schools in addition to 20 hours involved in academic reading, writing, and seminar discussions. This field experience fulfills a requirement for the ENL (English as a New Language) and Bilingual Education endorsements for teacher certification in the state of Idaho. Students must complete an application packet prior to placement in a school. (Cross-listed as MFL-398.)

MFL-399 Advanced Readings in Modern Foreign Languages1 - 3 credits

Prerequisites:Instructor permission

Independent readings and weekly conferences with a faculty supervisor. Appropriate for authors/ topics/literatures of special interest. May be repeated for credit.

MFL-444 Second Language Acquisition Theory & Practice3 credits

An analysis of second language acquisition theory and practice. The course includes review of textbooks, preparation of units of instruction, microteaching of lessons and class visitations. (Cross-listed as EDU-444)

MFL-445 Foreign Language, ESL, & Bilingual Methods3 credits


The course reinforces and extends students' knowledge of second language acquisition theory and practice in the context of standards-based language education. Course content also includes cross-cultural awareness and discussion of sociological issues pertaining to minority student education. Students will utilize ESL, Bilingual, and foreign language methods in lesson planning and microteaching, visit language classes, and create a theme-based unit that incorporates the multiple methods and strategies presented. (Cross-listed as EDU-445)

MFL-446 Linguistics for Language Teachers3 credits

Prerequisites:Junior or senior standing

A study of the central concepts of linguistic theory. Includes the theoretical areas of pragmatics, semantics, syntax, morphology, and phonology; and the applied areas of language variation, first language acquisition, second language acquisition, and written language. Students will acquire the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) as an essential tool for disciplined examination of linguistic phenomena. Issues of sociolinguistics will be addressed as students wrestle with the relationship between language, thought, and culture, and the nature of the cognitive and brain systems that relate to language learning, language teaching, and language use. (Cross-listed as ENG-446)

MFL-447 Theoretical Foundations/Bilingual Ed/ESL3 credits

Prerequisites:Junior or senior standing

An overview of legal mandates and an analysis of the models and typologies of bilingual education and second / foreign language programs that aim to achieve bilingualism and biliteracy in a multicultural society. The course examines the socio-cultural issues surrounding linguistic minority education from a historical perspective as well as from a contemporary and local perspective. The course explores the design, implementation, and adaptation of curriculum and instruction to meet the needs of the community in its demographic context. (Cross-listed as EDU-447)

MFL-448 Teaching Academic Content to English Learners3 credits

Prerequisites:Junior or senior standing with a strong foundation in pedagogy.

The course prepares mainstream teachers to work effectively with culturally and linguistically diverse students in content area classrooms. Readings and discussions will explore best practices for students from the culture of poverty. Participants will develop lessons and units of study that incorporate the critical components of sheltered instruction for English learners. (Cross-listed as EDU-448)

MFL-494 Independent Study1 - 3 credits

Prerequisites:Instructor permission

A special research project on a selected topic in literature or civilization. See independent study guidelines.

MFL-497 Internship1 - 3 credits

Prerequisites:Instructor permission

Individually arranged and supervised service or research in a bilingual or target language environment. Internships will provide practical experience in the field of concentration. An extended analysis and periodic reports of the experience will be required.