World Languages Program Overview
Proficiency in communication in all of its forms — speaking, writing, reading and listening — is the major objective of the World Languages program. In each class, instructors seek an appropriate balance among these skills. The target language is used as much as possible, and almost entirely for the third- and fourth-year classes. Because language has built-in cultural aspects, a theme-based, context-rich approach in the target language broadens ways of looking at the world (both local and global) and expands exposure to and understanding of people of different ethnic, racial, religious and social backgrounds.