Undergraduate Course Catalog 2005-2006
FOREIGN LANGUAGE PROGRAM
The Foreign Language Program at Lewis University offers students an opportunity to study a variety of foreign languages, including more commonly taught languages like Spanish, Italian, French and German and less commonly taught languages such as Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, and Russian. Student interest dictates which languages and which proficiency levels of language will be offered in the program. All courses carry three semester hours of credit.
The Foreign Language Program focuses on immediate practical language skills. More emphasis is placed on communication than on grammar and translation. Instruction centers more on using the language in a culturally appropriate way than about the structure of the language.
Classes, other than Spanish, are by arrangement, involve groups of no more than four students, and are conducted by language mentors who are native or near-native speakers. The main function of the language mentors is to serve as conversational partners. Spanish is taught in larger sections (up to 20 students per section), but Spanish instruction also includes small group activity and is focused on comprehension and communication.
Students are encouraged to carefully select the language of study and consider taking one of the less frequently taught critical languages, knowledge of which is especially important today and may considerably enhance the value of their bachelor's and master's degrees.
An interview with and consent of the Program Coordinator is required for registration. The goal of the interview is to confirm that students are serious about learning a foreign language and have selected the language most appropriate for their personal and professional goals and that students with a background in the target language are registering for an appropriate level of instruction.