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. Scott McGinnis (Ph.D. Ohio State University, 1990) is the Academic Advisor for the Washington Office of the Defense Language Institute (DLI). He also holds the academic rank of tenured full professor at DLI. Between 1999 and 2003, he served as Executive Director of the National Council of Organizations of Less Commonly Taught Languages at the National Foreign Language Center in College Park, Maryland. In over 28 years in the language teaching profession, he has held positions at institutions including the University of Pennsylvania and Middlebury College, and has a decade of experience as supervisor of the Chinese language programs at the University of Oregon and University of Maryland. Dr. McGinnis has authored or edited five books, and over 50 book chapters, journal articles and reviews on language pedagogy and linguistics for the less commonly taught languages in general, and Chinese and Japanese in particular. He previously served two terms as President of the Chinese Language Teachers Association, as chair of The College Board Chinese Language Test Development Committee for the Educational Testing Service, and as a member of the Board of Examiners for the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education. His current professional responsibilities include serving as Coordinator for the Interagency Language Roundtable for the United States Government.


Language Curricular Developments through the United States Government (USG) and the Private Sector: Context and Content 

The presentation will introduce two programs, one being supported by the United States Government (USG), and the other through The Language Partnership Group, a non-profit (501(c)(3)) organization. These initiatives will be examined within the changing context of language and cultural education in the United States that has been in part stimulated by the release of the Modern Language Association Ad Hoc Committee on Foreign Languages report in 2007, as well as the ongoing shifts in the various components of the National Security Language Initiative (NSLI) inaugurated by the USG in 2006. One of the programs is The Language Flagship, where a range of Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum (CLAC)-type courses are being developed. The other program is the more recently-announced Partners for Languages in the United States (PLUS) initiative. PLUS seeks to build a coalition of higher educational institutions into a model nation-wide system of "successful" language programs unified by a common set of proven standards, dedicated to enabling students to learn a second language with practical experience while preparing for a professional career.