World Explorers

Students in the Department of Modern Languages & Literatures grow both intellectually and personally as they explore the world around them through the study of diverse languages and cultures, including Spanish, French, German, Italian, Modern Languages and World Literatures.

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Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

Mission

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures advances the study of languages and cultures in order to prepare students to live and work in a competitive interdependent world. In addition to fostering a climate of critical thinking and intellectual growth, the Department helps students enhance their listening, reading, speaking and writing skills and augments their appreciation of varied literatures and civilizations.

In accordance with the mission statement of the University, the programs of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures promote diversity of thought and experience. They assist students in developing multicultural awareness, international perspectives and respect for others, enabling them to enrich their personal lives and to become contributing members of society.

Standards

The Department fully supports the Standards for Foreign Language Learning developed by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF), the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG), and the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP), and subscribed to by the AATI, ACL/APA, ACTR, CLASS/CLTA and NCSTJ/ATJ.

These standards are outlined in the document Standards for Foreign Language Teaching: Preparing for the 21st Century.  You may access a copy by clicking here.