Mission & Learning Outcomes

World Languages

Mission: The Department of World Languages and Cultures is an integral part of the School of Arts and Humanities as the study of world languages and cultures is a fundamental part of a traditional liberal arts education. Through the study of languages, literatures, and cultures, the department sees its role in the life of the College as a vehicle for the development of the whole person in a multicultural context through the most basic activities of human life: personal expression and social interaction. Appreciating the fact that one cannot truly understand a people without understanding their language, the department's focus is on quality instruction to lead our students to mastery of the reading, writing, speaking and listening comprehension skills necessary to function effectively in our target languages. The Department of World Languages and Cultures supports the mission of the College through its offerings to the Core curriculum. Our courses foster a deep understanding of each individual's critical role in our global community through meaningful language acquisition and cultural studies, as we appreciate a common humanity expressed through diversity Through majors in World Language Education, World Languages and Cultures and International Business, and minors in Spanish, French, Russian, and Asian Studies, the department prepares students for a future that demands a high level of linguistic proficiency and cultural competency. The department has a vital role also in supporting various departments, such as Archaeology, Business, Criminal Justice, Hospitality Management, Intelligence Studies, helping students acquire indispensable skills for intercultural communication for their future careers and citizenship. In order to foster awareness of world cultures, the department supports study abroad experiences, sponsors speakers and other events on campus, and serves as a valuable resource to the greater Erie community. The Department of World Languages and Cultures works to foster respect for others, an openness to difference, the ability to establish relationships through transcultural communication, and a passion for life-long learning.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and accurate application of grammar concepts in French
  • Demonstrate competence in listening and speaking in conversational settings
  • Demonstrate ability to read and comprehend literary texts in French
  • Identify significant people, places and historical moments in French society
  • Identify significant people, places, and historical moments in Francophone countries other than France
  • Write descriptive, narrative, expository and argumentative essays in French
  • Analyze literary texts for structure, symbol, allegory.
  • Identify major figures, trends and works from Francophone literature
  • Demonstrate knowledge of International Phonetic Alphabet and its application to French
  • Demonstrate understanding of second language acquisition and the history of foreign language pedagogy.
  • Recognize and analyze societal factors that affect language use, particularly in cases of language contact

French/French Educaiton

Mission: The Department of World Languages and Cultures is an integral part of the School of Arts and Humanities as the study of world languages and cultures is a fundamental part of a traditional liberal arts education. Through the study of languages, literatures, and cultures, the department sees its role in the life of the College as a vehicle for the development of the whole person in a multicultural context through the most basic activities of human life: personal expression and social interaction. Appreciating the fact that one cannot truly understand a people without understanding their language, the department's focus is on quality instruction to lead our students to mastery of the reading, writing, speaking and listening comprehension skills necessary to function effectively in our target languages. The Department of World Languages and Cultures supports the mission of the College through its offerings to the Core curriculum. Our courses foster a deep understanding of each individual's critical role in our global community through meaningful language acquisition and cultural studies, as we appreciate a common humanity expressed through diversity Through majors in World Language Education, World Languages and Cultures and International Business, and minors in Spanish, French, Russian, and Asian Studies, the department prepares students for a future that demands a high level of linguistic proficiency and cultural competency. The department has a vital role also in supporting various departments, such as Archaeology, Business, Criminal Justice, Hospitality Management, Intelligence Studies, helping students acquire indispensable skills for intercultural communication for their future careers and citizenship. In order to foster awareness of world cultures, the department supports study abroad experiences, sponsors speakers and other events on campus, and serves as a valuable resource to the greater Erie community. The Department of World Languages and Cultures works to foster respect for others, an openness to difference, the ability to establish relationships through transcultural communication, and a passion for life-long learning.

Learning Outcomes: 

  • Demonstrate knowledge and accurate application of grammar concepts in French
  • Demonstrate competence in listening and speaking in conversational settings
  • Demonstrate ability to read and comprehend literary texts in French
  • Identify significant people, places and historical moments in French society
  • Identify significant people, places, and historical moments in Francophone countries other than France
  • Write descriptive, narrative, expository and argumentative essays in French
  • Analyze literary texts for structure, symbol, allegory.
  • Identify major figures, trends and works from Francophone literature
  • Demonstrate knowledge of International Phonetic Alphabet and its application to French
  • Demonstrate understanding of second language acquisition and the history of foreign language pedagogy.
  • Recognize and analyze societal factors that affect language use, particularly in cases of language contact

Spanish/Spanish Education

Mission: The Department of World Languages and Cultures is an integral part of the School of Arts and Humanities as the study of world languages and cultures is a fundamental part of a traditional liberal arts education. Through the study of languages, literatures, and cultures, the department sees its role in the life of the College as a vehicle for the development of the whole person in a multicultural context through the most basic activities of human life: personal expression and social interaction. Appreciating the fact that one cannot truly understand a people without understanding their language, the department's focus is on quality instruction to lead our students to mastery of the reading, writing, speaking and listening comprehension skills necessary to function effectively in our target languages. The Department of World Languages and Cultures supports the mission of the College through its offerings to the Core curriculum. Our courses foster a deep understanding of each individual's critical role in our global community through meaningful language acquisition and cultural studies, as we appreciate a common humanity expressed through diversity Through majors in World Language Education, World Languages and Cultures and International Business, and minors in Spanish, French, Russian, and Asian Studies, the department prepares students for a future that demands a high level of linguistic proficiency and cultural competency. The department has a vital role also in supporting various departments, such as Archaeology, Business, Criminal Justice, Hospitality Management, Intelligence Studies, helping students acquire indispensable skills for intercultural communication for their future careers and citizenship. In order to foster awareness of world cultures, the department supports study abroad experiences, sponsors speakers and other events on campus, and serves as a valuable resource to the greater Erie community. The Department of World Languages and Cultures works to foster respect for others, an openness to difference, the ability to establish relationships through transcultural communication, and a passion for life-long learning.

Learning Outcomes: 

  • Demonstrate knowledge and accurate application of grammar concepts In Spanish
  • Demonstrate competence in listening and speaking in conversational settings
  • Demonstrate ability to read and comprehend literary texts in Spanish
  • Identify countries, capitals, major historical figures and moments in Latin American society.
  • Identify regions, major cities, historical figures and cultural trends in Spanish society.
  • Write descriptive, narrative, expository and argumentative essays in Spanish
  • Analyze literary texts for structure, symbol, allegory
  • Identify major literary figures, trends and works from Latin America
  • Demonstrate knowledge of International Phonetic Alphabet and its application to Spanish dialects.
  • Demonstrate understanding of second language acquisition and the history of foreign language pedagogy; Demonstrate ability to apply A27 understanding in practice
  • Recognize and analyze societal factors that affect language use, particularly in cases of language contact

Russian Studies

Mission: The Department of World Languages and Cultures is an integral part of the School of Arts and Humanities as the study of world languages and cultures is a fundamental part of a traditional liberal arts education. Through the study of languages, literatures, and cultures, the department sees its role in the life of the College as a vehicle for the development of the whole person in a multicultural context through the most basic activities of human life: personal expression and social interaction. Appreciating the fact that one cannot truly understand a people without understanding their language, the department's focus is on quality instruction to lead our students to mastery of the reading, writing, speaking and listening comprehension skills necessary to function effectively in our target languages. The Department of World Languages and Cultures supports the mission of the College through its offerings to the Core curriculum. Our courses foster a deep understanding of each individual's critical role in our global community through meaningful language acquisition and cultural studies, as we appreciate a common humanity expressed through diversity Through majors in World Language Education, World Languages and Cultures and International Business, and minors in Spanish, French, Russian, and Asian Studies, the department prepares students for a future that demands a high level of linguistic proficiency and cultural competency. The department has a vital role also in supporting various departments, such as Archaeology, Business, Criminal Justice, Hospitality Management, Intelligence Studies, helping students acquire indispensable skills for intercultural communication for their future careers and citizenship. In order to foster awareness of world cultures, the department supports study abroad experiences, sponsors speakers and other events on campus, and serves as a valuable resource to the greater Erie community. The Department of World Languages and Cultures works to foster respect for others, an openness to difference, the ability to establish relationships through transcultural communication, and a passion for life-long learning

Learning Outcomes:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and accurate application of grammar concepts In Russian
  • Demonstrate competence in listening and speaking in conversational settings.
  • Demonstrate ability to read and comprehend literary texts in Russian.
  • Write descriptive, narrative, expository and argumentative essays in Russian.
  • Identify major historical figures, architectural styles, paintings and moments in Russian cultural history.
  • Identify major literary figures, trends and works from Russian literature
  • Analyze Russian literary texts in translation for content, structure and style.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of history of Christianity and development of Orthodox Christianity in the Christian world, and more specifically in Russia.


Events

Civil War photo exhibit
Photographs of the American Civil War

Dates: Jun 12-Aug 1, 2014

Location: Cummings Gallery

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