Lead With Languages

In today’s global society, being conversant in more than one language is a vital skill.  To see the Top Ten Reasons to learn another language, visit Lead With Languages.

Here are some statistics about some of the languages offered by the Department of Modern Languages and Classics.

What if I am the person who cannot learn languages?

Everyone has different strengths and weaknesses. But remember that you have learned one language, so you know how language works. You can, therefore, learn another.

What teaching methods do we use?

We emphasize communicative and functional approaches. In other words, we base our teaching on what students need in their everyday lives. Nevertheless, the emphasis placed on communication skills entails learning the basics of the language:  grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, and pragmatics.

Our interactive approach means that students will be called upon to participate as much as possible in class and to practice their language skills through various oral activities. Student participation is essential. To a large extent, your progress will depend on your participation and motivation.

You will also be encouraged to take advantage of every opportunity to speak the language outside the classroom, such as participating in the weekly language tables. You can also improve your language skills by reading, listening, or viewing the many resources available in the target language on the web.

What results can you expect?

The way one learns varies with each individual, as does the speed at which one learns. As a general rule, progress depends on the time the student takes to learn, and the effort he or she makes. But this is not the case for everyone. Many variables are involved when one is learning a second language, and they can play a major role in the learning process. This is why it is very important to speak with your professor in order to understand your learning profile better.