The Modern Languages courses prepare students with communication skills in a second language and provide an understanding of the respective cultures of the target language. All of the modern languages courses provide instruction to develop proficiency skills in aural comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing. The beginning level courses introduce basic grammar, vocabulary, communicative functions, and culture. The intermediate level courses continue development of proficiency skills through discussion of films, periodicals, and literary works to increase vocabulary, cultural awareness, and knowledge of linguistic variations.
The Modern Languages Department offers a multiple-semester sequence of courses in the basic language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing in American Sign Language, French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish.