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German Certification

It is now possible to get certified in German provided that another language major is also chosen. Students interested will have to pass the Praxis in German and take all the pertinent courses in Education.

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Dr. José Ricardo, Chair
717-477-1120
jgrica@ship.edu 

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Modern Languages Faculty 2013 


First Row: Drs. Bagués, Ricardo & Mitaut
Second Row: Drs. Pineda-Volk, Lesman, Ragone, Wildermuth, Mrs. Olah (Departmental Secretary), & Dr. Moraña

Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania 

Department of Modern Languages 

Language Proficiency Pledge (LPP) 

As a student in the Modern Languages Department at Shippensburg University, I pledge that I will strive to reach an Advanced level of oral and written proficiency according to the ACTFL standards by: 

  •  Consulting with my advisor to know what my current proficiency level is. 
  • Complying with course requirements such as readings, assignments, and projects. 
  • Designing a learning plan in case my proficiency level is way below the target. 
  • Participating as much as I can in class (responding in the target language, asking for clarification in the target language) and outside of class (emailing my teacher and classmates in the target language) and consciously moving out of my comfort zone. 
  • Participating in my language club activities. 
  • Increasing the amount of vocabulary and verbs I know by keeping a vocabulary notebook (reviewing it and adding to it often) 
  • Seeking opportunities to hear and speak more my chosen foreign language. 
  • Putting myself in contact with the target culture (Visiting websites or watching movies (even with English subtitles (see the Lehman library DVD collection), reading novels or comic books (see the Lehman library collection). 
  • Including a study abroad experience within my academic plans. 
  • Asking for suggestions for readings/films/websites for my leisure time. 
  • Practicing talking about current events in the target language with classmates, friends, etc. 
  • Talking, talking, talking in the target language as much as possible. 
  • Preparing myself for an Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI). 
  • Taking an in house OPI with my academic advisor. 
  •  On Skype, finding a native-speaker interested in trading conversation in the target language for conversation in English.  

 

The Modern Languages Education Program was Nationally Recognized by the ACTFL-NCATE in January, 2011 for further details please visit the In the News Section.

Modern languages study develops a student's skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing a specific foreign language. It also includes the study of the culture and literature of foreign countries. French, German, or Spanish study prepares the student to speak, read, write and understand the language and gives a deeper knowledge and appreciation of the culture of the countries where French, German, or Spanish is spoken. The study of modern languages also stresses the ability to adapt to new situations and the importance of cultural sensitivity.

Students with a modern languages degree have entered a variety of careers such as teaching, business, government, social service, public health, international relations, translation and interpretation for private and public entities, travel agencies, advertising, and others.

Any student may take foreign languages courses.

Celui qui parle deux langues est aussi deux personnes
Wer keine andere Sprache kennt, kennt seine eigne nicht -- Goethe

El que habla dos lenguas vale por dos
 

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German Certification

It is now possible to get certified in German provided that another language major is also chosen.  Students interested will have to pass the Praxis in German and take all the pertinent courses in Education.

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