Languages and International Studies Department

Mission Statement

The mission of the department of Language & Culture is, in accordance with the philosophy statement of the National Standards for Foreign Language education, to provide students with the tools to communicate successfully in a language other than English through the refinement of speaking, reading, listening and writing in order to succeed in a culturally diverse world. The department is dedicated to promote cross-cultural awareness, by developing a high degree of understanding and appreciation for other cultures in all students, as they compare and contrast these cultures to their own.
The members of the department of Language & Culture recognize their obligation to serve as advisors and mentors to language students, to actively participate in the life of the college and community and, to provide leadership in language teaching and learning through professional development.

 

Goals and Objectives

Goal: to develop in students a facility and proficiency in the target language

Objectives:students will develop proficiency in listening and reading comprehension, and in oral and written expression at a level stated in the National Standards of Foreign Language education:

Standard 1.1: Students will engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions.
Standard 1.2: Students will understand and interpret written and spoken language on a variety of topics.
Standard 1.3: Students will present information, concepts, and ideas to an audience of listeners or readers on a variety of topics.

 

2. Goal: to develop in students an awareness and compliant response to the target culture.

Objectives:
Standard 2.1: Students will demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the practices and perspectives of the culture studied.
Standard 2.2: Students will demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the products and perspectives of the culture studied.

 

3.Goal: to connect with other disciplines and acquire information.
Objectives:
Standard 3.1: Students will reinforce and further their knowledge of other disciplines through the foreign language.
Standard 3.2: Students will acquire information and recognize the distinctive viewpoints that are only available through the foreign language and its cultures.

 

4. Goal: Develop insight into the nature of language and culture

Objectives:
Standard 4.1: Students will demonstrate understanding of the nature of language through comparisons of the language studied and their own.
Standard 4.2: Students will demonstrate understanding of the concept of culture through comparisons of the cultures studied and their own.