Modern Languages (ML) Course Development
In the undergraduate curriculum, knowing another language is viewed as a key component of the emphasis on global learning. Not only do we hope students will gain significant language knowledge in fulfilling the Modern Language requirement, we also believe that language is a key vehicle for understanding other cultures and other ways of thinking. In addition to studying a language and extending their linguistic competence, we hope students will have the opportunity to use languages they have studies on campus in their local and international experiences off campus. Students must complete the 102-level of a language other than English, which may require up to two (2) courses depending on the student’s prior experience. Course level or exemption from the requirement is based upon a placement exam or a transfer credit evaluation. International students are exempt from the modern language requirement.
The Modern Languages Intellectual Practice is coordinated by the Modern Languages Department.
Modern Language Learning Goals
Modern Language courses meet several of the following goals:
- Introduce students to the vocabulary, grammar and structure of the target foreign language.
- Focus on cultural norms and processes especially in regards to appropriate use of language.
Modern Language courses achieve several of the following Learning Outcomes. Students will achieve all or several of the following:
- Gain a deeper knowledge of historical, political, sociological, and cultural traditions of the cultures being studied.
- Interpret aspects of other cultures on relation to their own.
- Improve reading, writing, listening, and comprehension skills in the target language.
Several ML courses will also carry Crossing Boundaries Intellectual Practice designation. ML/CB courses are often conducted in the target language.