Language Program Objectives

The language program objectives of our department are based on the premise that students must be able to demonstrate increased proficiency in interpersonal, interpretive and presentational communication skills as well as growth in cultural, literary and interdisciplinary knowledge as they move through a sequence of study.

The language program is designed to help students achieve the following learning objectives :

  • engage in interactions with speakers of the target language for a variety of purposes and in a variety of contexts, using socially and culturally appropriate forms for participating in conversations, establishing relationships with others, providing and obtaining information, expressing feelings and emotions, and expressing opinions.
  • understand and interpret written and spoken language on a variety of topics and manifest growing awareness of the social and cultural influences shaping the production and use of knowledge in the target language-speaking world
  • present information, concepts, and ideas to an audience of listeners or readers on a variety of academic and non-academic topics.

For an overview of the goals and objectives of the first and second year of language study within our basic language program, please see:
First Year, First Semester

First Year, Second Semester
Second Year, First Semester
Second Year, Second Semester

For an overview of the goals and objectives for third year language study and beyond (300- and 400-level courses), see Third Year and Beyond.