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About Foreign Languages at EIU

We accept the need as teachers and mentors to keep pace with and apply the technological and pedagogical developments that can facilitate the accomplishment of this vision. Our curriculum aims to produce graduates who are functionally proficient in all five skill areas -- speaking, reading, writing, listening and culture -- described in the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Proficiency Guidelines as well as the ACTFL Standards for Foreign Language Learning.

While significant emphasis is placed on the functional application of languages, the department vigorously continues to teach the traditional literatures of the present concentrations in French, German and Spanish. We strive also to expand the canon of these literatures to include as diverse a variety of time periods, geographical, and ethnic elements as possible. In addition to its current concentrations, the department will aggressively seek to provide training in other languages as need and opportunity arise.

In addition to extensive offerings in French, German and Spanish we currently offer a two semester sequence in Russian (FLR 1101, FLR 1102) and in Chinese (FLC 1101, FLC 1102) as well as four semester sequences in Italian (FLI 1101, 1102, 2201G, 2202G) and in Latin (FLL 1101, 1102, 2201G, 2202G).

It should also be noted that all third and fourth semester courses (2201G and 2202G) may be counted to meet the Humanities General Education requirement.