2008-09 Catalog 
    Jun 21, 2024  
2008-09 Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Modern Foreign Languages

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The modern foreign languages program is designed to meet the wide range of needs of our student body. The program has the dual goals of communicative competence and cultural awareness. The curriculum is designed so that the students can enter the program in a course that matches their own level of  proficiency. Generally speaking, it is best to begin the study of a foreign language as a freshman.

Students with no previous experience in foreign language study begin with a 101 course; those who have already studied French, German or Spanish can take the language placement exam in order to begin their study at the appropriate course level. The language placement exam is used to determine initial placement into a modern foreign language sequence prior to taking language courses at Northwestern College. Once a student is in the language sequence, the student must complete the 201-level course in that language to meet the general education language requirement. A student may repeat the placement exam prior to beginning the language sequence, with the highest score used for placement. Once a student is in the language sequence, the language placement test cannot be used to meet the general education requirement. The language placement exam is offered in early January, mid-March, late-May, late-August and mid-October. Please see the college calendar for exact dates. For further information, contact the modern foreign languages department.

The department offers a major and a minor in Spanish, a minor in French, a minor in German, a K-12 TESL endorsement for education majors, a TESL minor for non-education majors, and a one-year ESL certificate for international students.

A major in Spanish can be used as preparation for teaching, graduate study, library science, foreign language education, comparative literature study, employment in Latin America and for a career in translating and interpreting. In conjunction with another major, the Spanish major can lead to enhanced employment possibilities in business, social work, teaching ESL, medical work, travel, missions, the legal profession or library science. A Spanish major can also be combined with a secondary education endorsement (see education section in this catalog).

All students  majoring in Spanish are required tostudy at least one semester in an approved study abroad program. Northwestern College, in cooperation with other colleges and programs, provides the opportunity to study in different locations throughout Latin America and Spain. The student must be accepted into the program both by the department and the off-campus study committee. Students who study abroad in our program remain Northwestern students and are able to maintain most of their financial aid. Students majoring in humanities with Spanish as their primary discipline, although encouraged to study abroad, are exempt from the study abroad requirement (see humanities section in this catalog).

Although students majoring in a foreign language are required to study abroad, the Spanish minor is designed so that the student may begin the study of the language as a first-semester freshman and still complete the minor on Northwestern’s campus. However, summer study opportunities are available, and are recommended for all minors. Students majoring in humanities may elect to have Spanish as their secondary discipline (see humanities section in this catalog).

Both the minor in French and in German are designed with a required semester of study-abroad. After completing the 101-202 language sequence at Northwestern (typically one to four semesters), students then study for one semester through an approved program in either France or Germany.

The TESL endorsement and minor are designed to equip students with the necessary skills to teach English as a second language (ESL). The endorsement is designed for students who are education majors and are interested in teaching ESL in a K-12 setting within the United States (see education section in this catalog). The ESL minor is for non-education students who will not be teaching ESL in a K-12 setting. TESL students are strongly encouraged to combine their TESL studies with a major or minor in Spanish for increased competence and enhanced employment possibilities.

The ESL Certificate of English Language studies is designed for international students seeking toimprove their English language skills.

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