• world language

  • world language

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  • Rebecca Haggerty
    Co-department Chair

    Angie Carton
    Co-department Chair

  • Why Study a World Language?

    Frequently Asked Questions
    What language(s) should I study? Language choice should take into account personal interests, background, and career choices.

    How many years of a world language are required? The minimum graduation requirement is two years of a single language, but all students are encouraged to take at least four years to remain competitive. According to UCLA “competitive colleges like to see four or five years of a world language on a student's transcript when deciding on admission offer."

    How do I know what level of language is most appropriate to begin language studies? Please talk to the language teachers available to you on Registration Night if you have any concerns regarding placement.

    Should I study a new language if I'm already proficient in a language as a native or heritage speaker? We believe that it is in a student’s best interest to study a new language, to have the valuable experience of studying a “foreign language”. It is of course possible to continue learning the native language by taking an upper-level course.  We also offer Spanish for Spanish Speakers classes as well for native speakers.

    What steps can I take to assure success in my foreign language class? Practice using the language every day, as frequently as possible. Listening comprehension and speaking skills are especially important for incoming freshman. Do your homework! Use the Internet and other media sources to help you practice.