The Department of
Modern Languages is a multilingual community of Christian scholars
dedicated to the intentional cultivation of language proficiency and cultural
literacy. Human language is a complex linguistic
system in perpetual transformation and it plays a fundamental role in the formulation
and transmission of cultural identity. Through continuous and probing language study,
our students develop strong intellectual and practical skills that are put to
the test in real world contexts during their semester abroad.
Learning another language is never an abstract or esoteric
exercise. It has a real impact on the
lives of learners who themselves become SPEAKERS of that language. Students in our foundational level language
courses learn how to participate in a cultural context other than their own
while obtaining functional mastery of another language.
Each year, students in our advanced language courses journey
to China, Germany, France, Chile and Spain where they live the adventure of
seeing the world from a completely different perspective. For nearly all of our students, this is their
first long-term visit to these places…
…so how is it that
our students successfully and deftly manage the transition to these worlds that
lie beyond the outer limits of their previous lived experience?