Indonesian and Urdu
Independent Plus courses combine independent study with small group conversation sessions and one-on-one peer-tutoring. This format emphasizes speaking, listening, and basic literacy skills in the language; reading and writing practice reinforces developing oral skills. Students enrolled in Independent Plus courses need to be comfortable with self-directed language learning and with working in collaboration with a peer-tutor.
An Independent Plus course consists of three parts:
- Individual work undertaken by the student each week based on structured study guides. The study guides provide detailed instructions for daily study and practice, homework to be submitted to the student’s portfolio, and preparation for conversation and peer-tutoring sessions.
- A weekly conversation session for practice of oral skills. Conversation sessions are small group sessions, typically only 1-3 students. The sessions emphasize practice using the language in ways similar to those students might encounter in real life. Conversation sessions are led by a native speaking conversation partner. Most conversation partners are Five College international students.
- A weekly one-on-one tutorial with a peer-tutor. Peer-tutors will help students with pronunciation practice, help students identify and self-correct errors in speech and written homework, and facilitate activities such as dictation and reading aloud. The peer-tutor will also help students understand and use idiomatic language or culturally complex expressions. Peer-tutors are Five College students who are native speakers of the language and receive special training in helping students express themselves in the language and in providing feedback that encourages self-correction and experimentation.
Independent Plus courses are half courses. It takes four half courses (levels I, II, III, and IV) to complete the equivalent of one year of study in a traditional elementary-level classroom course. Half courses require a minimum of 1 hour per day (7 or more hours per week) of individual study, a weekly 60-minute conversation session, and a weekly 30-minute meeting with a peer-tutor.
Credit for half courses: Half courses are worth 1.5 credits at UMass. Five College interchange credit is: Amherst – ½ course; Hampshire – 1 course; Mount Holyoke – 2 credits; Smith – 2 credits and at the elementary level two courses or the equivalent are required to receive credit.
Spring 2015 Independent Plus Courses
Independent Plus conversation sessions and peer-tutoring sessions are scheduled based on schedules submitted by enrolled students. Pre-registered students will be asked to submit schedule information at the end of the pre-registration period. Students applying after pre-registration will be asked to submit schedule information as part of the admissions process.
Indonesian V, VI, VII, and VIII may also be available
Urdu V, VI, VII, and VIII may also be available