World Languages Department Philosophy and Goals
GOALS & OBJECTIVES
- To communicate in a language other than English
- To gain knowledge and understanding of other cultures
- To make connections with other disciplines and acquire information
The following objectives focus on the five factors for speaking proficiency: pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension. They have been adapted from the National Standards for Foreign Language Learning. The World Languages Department has set its objectives with the understanding that proficiency refers to the degree of competence or the capability in a given language demonstrated by an individual at a given point in time. In other words, proficiency indicates what the learner can do as the result of his/her cumulative learning experience. The second language experience is then defined in terms of demonstrated proficiency in specifically defined skills rather than in terms of semester credits or units earned.
After completing the required coursework in the second language, students will be able to:
- engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions.
- understand and interpret written and spoken language on a variety of topics.
- present information, concepts, and ideas to an audience of listeners or readers on a variety of topics.
- demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the practices of the relationship between the practices and perspectives of the culture studied.
- demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the products and perspectives of the culture studied.
- reinforce and further their knowledge of other disciplines through the foreign language.
- acquire information and recognize the distinctive viewpoints that are only available through the foreign language and its cultures.