The Department of Foreign Languages is committed to graduating women and men proficient in the second language of their choice, conscious and accepting of the crucial role language, culture and humanistic literacy play in the diverse world of the 21st century.
We recognize the need to instill respect for multicultural awareness, historical and global perspectives, tolerance and appreciation for the traditions from which we as individuals and those around us spring.
Relatively small class sizes allow for maximum development of speaking and writing skills as well as optimum contact with faculty and other students. Many majors choose to work directly with an individual faculty member to develop oral proficiency or to pursue an individualized personal research project.
In the Department of Foreign Languages, we understand the significance of the linguistically and culturally diverse world in which we all live.
We work closely with the Study Abroad Office to send our students to partner institutions around the world.
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We offer a Major in Foreign Languages with a concentration in French, German or Spanish. Although the bulk of the major's courses are taught in the language of concentration, as a major you will also take courses pertinent to the major but taught outside of the Department of Foreign Languages.
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Our Teacher Licensure Program is nationally recognized by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). As such it meets all national standards for the preparation of foreign language teachers established by CAEP as well as the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). Click here for more information on this program.
"I can honestly say that had it not been for the personal attention and confidence placed in me by the faculty of the EIU Foreign Language Department, I wouldn’t be living the dream I am today!"Jerrod Woodruff (2012)
"The more I look back at my undergraduate experience at EIU, the more I realize just how fundamental these years were to my personal and academic development. Above all else, I am indebted to the Department of Foreign Languages and its faculty for providing such a nurturing and rewarding academic environment.”Daniel Tucker (2014)
"EIU instilled in me a relaxed, caring nature and a culture of practical excellence that prepared me to be effective in the real world. I didn't even realize this at the time though, because I was too busy having so much fun."Steven Kutz (2011)
"As a tutor of German in the lab, I discovered the importance of adapting my teaching style to different learners, while my experience teaching German in the after-school program at Newman Elementary School gave me the confidence to teach in front of a class. Until that program, I did not realize how much I love teaching.”Maria Kuhn (2013)