Department Goals

In an effort to assist the University in achieving its educational mission, the Department of Modern Languages has set out the following general goals:

  • Increase students’ proficiencies of foreign languages such as Chinese, French, German, and Spanish and their cultures by implementing communicative strategies that enable the students to use the foreign language as a tool to gain knowledge of the world.
  • Foster critical thinking skills through the interpretation, analysis and synthesis of masterpieces and contemporary works of literature in foreign languages.
  • Strengthen the students’ professional opportunities upon completion of their studies by fostering the notion of the bilingual intellectual as a model for success in the global market of the 21st century.

The goals of the department link to the Academic Master Plan, www.ship.edu/Provost/AMP:

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Cultivate the students’ learning of foreign languages such as Chinese, French, German, and Spanish and their cultures by implementing integrative strategies that enable the students to use the foreign language as a communicative tool to gain knowledge of the world.

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Promote intellectual development by encouraging the students to interpret, analyze and synthesize masterpieces and contemporary works of literature in foreign languages.

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Strengthen the students’ professional opportunities upon completion of their studies by fostering the notion of the bilingual intellectual as a model for success in the global market of the 21st century. 3 3

In regard to foreign language education, the America Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages has established national standards, called the five C’s, that are implemented by the Modern Languages Department. These standards are:

  • Communication, i.e. communicate in languages other than English;
  • Cultures, i.e. gain knowledge and understanding of other cultures;
  • Connections, i.e. connect with other disciplines and acquire information;
  • Comparisons, i.e. develop insight into the nature of language and culture;
  • Communities, i.e. participate in multi-lingual communities at home and around the world.

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