The student learning outcomes identified here are based on the Standards for Foreign Language Learning (National Standards in Foreign Language Education Project). This document, a collaborative effort of nine national foreign language organizations, establishes a context that defines the central role of foreign language in the learning of every student. The standards, as well as our departmental programmatic outcomes, suggest a paradigm shift in foreign language education that focuses on students’ ability to use the language in authentic situations.
Each language program has devised standardized course objectives focused on student learning outcomes. To access these, please choose the program on this page and then choose the “Outcomes” tab. There you will find which courses fulfill which outcomes.
Students will be able to:
Goal # 1 Communication: presentational, interpretive, and interpersonal
a. present information, concepts, and ideas about in the target language to an audience of listeners or readers.
b. understand and interpret the target language on a variety of topics.
c. engage in conversations or correspondence in the target language to provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions.
Goal # 2 Cultures
a. demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the practices and perspectives of the culture(s) studied.
b. demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the products and perspectives of the culture(s) studied.
Goal # 3 Connections
a. reinforce and further their knowledge of other disciplines through the target language and culture(s).
b. acquire information and recognize the distinctive viewpoints that are only available through the target language and culture(s) studied.
Goal # 4 Comparisons
a. demonstrate an understanding of the nature of language through comparisons of the target language and their own.
b. demonstrate an understanding of the concept of culture through comparisons of the target culture(s) and their own.
Goal #5 Communities
a. use and draw from the target language and culture both within and beyond the classroom setting, including within a professional context.
b. show evidence of becoming lifelong learners by using the target language for personal enjoyment and enrichment.