Language and Culture
Skill in a second language is essential to global citizenship. Such skill is useful in itself; furthermore, acquiring it exercises broad intellectual skills that transfer to other areas. When students’ acquisition of proficiency in the target language is supported by an analytic study of the fundamental structures of that language, students are continually challenged to exercise critical thinking while solving language problems. Discussion of the nuances of language helps to improve students’ sensitivity to language as a vehicle of expression.
A second language is an integral part of another culture, and second languages need to be studied as such. Students need to consider other cultures in their own terms; they need to recognize the force of locale, time, ideology, and language itself in shaping ways individuals in different cultures perceive human experience. Ultimately, developing a critical perspective with regard to the assumptions of one’s own culture may be the greatest benefit to be gained from first-hand contact with another culture through studying its language.
Students have 4 options -
- Test into the 212 level or higher
- Test into the 211 level and complete that level
- Begin a new language and complete 111 & 112
- Test into the 112 level and complete 112 & 211