International Languages

Overview

If you love languages and cultures and wish to attain proficiency in three languages beyond English, you’ll appreciate this degree program which will increase your personal interactions and lead to a wide array of careers and possibilities. 

With on-campus courses focusing on acquiring linguistic and cultural skills and a required Study Abroad program in two other cultures, such as Argentina, France, Germany, Spain, Russia, China, or the Middle East, you will engage in personal interactions and discover other civilizations first-hand. You will also have the opportunity to develop a dynamic Christian worldview as you encounter differing cultural values and beliefs.

The International Languages major is designed to equip students to interact in authentic situations in three languages beyond English and to live intentionally as global citizens. The major focuses primarily on proficiency, specifically developing listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills as well as cultural awareness. Furthermore, through the Study Abroad program, students will be enrolled in advanced language and civilization courses in Grace College’s member institutions abroad and have opportunity to apply their faith in the context of other cultures.

Course Requirements for B.A. International Languages

Courses

Examples of courses in this major:

SPA 1010–1020 Beginning Spanish Language and Culture I and II

Students are put in the presence of authentic, unsimplified Spanish and are trained to use it in the dynamic context of communication. The emphasis is placed on oral proficiency, the development of skills, self-expression and cultural insight.

CHI 1010–1020 Beginning Chinese Language and Culture I and II

This course is intended to be an intensive learning course for students without prior knowledge of Mandarin Chinese dialect or written Chinese. The emphasis is placed on Chinese Pinyin Romanization system, Chinese characters, the development of language skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing and cultural insight.

FRE 1010–1020 Beginning French Language and Culture I and II

Students are put in the presence of authentic, unsimplified French and are trained to use it in the dynamic context of communication. The emphasis is placed on oral proficiency, the development of skills, self-expression and cultural insight. 

SED 4630 Methods of Teaching a Foreign Language

A study of curriculum and methods of teaching a foreign language on both the elementary and secondary level, with special emphasis on performance objectives and methodology with classroom practice.

FLC 4900 Senior Seminar

An exit course for seniors developed around languages and cultures. The purpose of this course is to provide a capstone course in order to allow students to reflect upon and apply what they have learned in previous language courses and to provide a bridge between their language study and their life calling. Students participate in community service and conduct a scholarly research throughout the semester on a topic relating to foreign language study.

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