Our department believes that all learners benefit from the study of another language and culture.
- As the world becomes a global community, learners need to be able communicate in more than one language in order to expand their world view and to understand others’ perspectives.
- Through the study of another language and culture, learners can become more thoughtful world citizens.
Our mission is to enable world language learners to know how, when and why to say what to whom.*
- to communicate in all three modes according to their needs in another language and cultural context
- Interpersonal communication: listening and speaking; reading and writing (two-way communication)
- Presentational communication: writing or speaking (one-way communication)
- Interpretive communication: listening, reading or viewing (one-way communication)
- to develop insights into the nature of language and culture,
- to gain knowledge and understanding of other cultures,
- to reflect on their own and other cultures, and consequently understand both better,
- to participate in multilingual communities within and beyond the academic setting.
* Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century, the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), 1999