Mission

The overarching goal of the World Languages Program, in keeping with the mission of the college, is to help make our graduates responsible world citizens.  Through the study of a World Language, students become more culturally aware and more empathetic of those who are “different”.  In addition, world language study enhances the student’s critical thinking and interpersonal skills.

Goals

The program provides students with the opportunity to become proficient in a World Language in the following areas:  oral comprehension, oral production, reading, writing, and knowledge of the cultures represented by the language.  Proficiency in the stated areas includes an understanding and ability to use general grammatical principles. 

Learning outcomes

Students will be able to 

  • Achieve oral language competency:
    • Students should demonstrate oral language competence in listening and speaking appropriate to the level studied through participating in such activities as oral drills, question/answer, dictation, and oral presentations through workbook exercises that are accompanied by oral activities.
  • Achieve competency in reading a world language:
    • Students should be able to complete in-class exercises and activities, assignments outside of class, and quizzes and tests.
  • Achieve competency in writing a world language:
    • Students should be able to write textbook exercises, workbook activities, translation, compositions, exams and papers. 
  • Demonstrate cultural and global awareness:
    • Students will show this through academic and cultural activities such as drawing maps that show the influence of the world language, responses to written and oral testing,  doing research and giving presentations about a target country and its culture, or participating in study abroad in the target culture.