Communicate in a Human Language Other Than English (LANG)

We wish to inspire engaged global citizenship within each of our students. Speaking and writing proficiently in English alone still leaves us with a limited understanding of the people and cultures of the rest of the world. Therefore, we expect our students to become proficient in basic writing, reading, listening, and speaking in at least one non-English language, and also that students be knowledgeable about the people and culture associated with that language. Ordinarily, the equivalent of two semesters of college-level language courses will enable students to acquire and practice these skills. We believe this proficiency is foundational, but recognize that students don’t necessarily have to complete this requirement in their freshman year. Note: students in CEAS majors are exempt from this requirement.

Learning Outcomes for a “Communicate in a Human Language Other Than English”
1. Write, read, listen and speak with basic proficiency in at least one non-English language.
2. Demonstrate an understanding of the people and culture associated with that language.
3. Present coherent information and ideas in that language to listeners or readers about the people and culture of that language.

Standards for a “Communicate in a Human Language Other Than English”
1. Certified language courses shall deliver instruction in basic writing, reading, listening and speaking and assess student performance in those areas.
2. A certified course shall require students to employ basic skills in gathering and presenting information in that language about the people and perspectives of that culture.
3. Assessment of student achievement will place no less than 30% of the credit on the quality of reading and writing.
4. Assessment of student achievement will place no less than 50% of the credit on the quality of the student’s listening and speaking ability.
5. Computer languages do not satisfy this requirement.

As of December 2013, the courses below have been certified as meeting the learning objectives and standards for the LANG category.

  • ARB 101 Intensive Elementary Arabic
  • ARB 112 Elementary Arabic II
  • CHI 101 Intensive Elementary Chinese
  • CHI 112 Elementary Chinese II
  • EEL 112 Elementary Selected East European Language II
  • FRN 101 Intensive Elementary French
  • FRN 112 Elementary French II
  • GER 101 Intensive Elementary German
  • GER 112 Elementary German II
  • GRK 101 Intensive Elementary Modern Greek
  • GRK 112 Elementary Ancient Greek II
  • GRK 122 Elementary Modern Greek II
  • HBW 101 Intensive Elementary Hebrew
  • HBW 112 Elementary Hebrew II
  • HIN 101 Intensive Elementary Hindi
  • HIN 112 Elementary Hindi II
  • ITL 101 Intensive Elementary Italian
  • ITL 112 Elementary Italian II
  • JPN 101 Intensive Elementary Japanese
  • JPN 112 Elementary Japanese II
  • KOR 101 Intensive Elementary Korean
  • KOR 112 Elementary Korean II
  • LAN 112 Uncommonly Taught Language (Elementary) II
  • LAT 112 Elementary Latin II
  • PER 101 Intensive Elementary Persian
  • POR 112 Elementary Portuguese II
  • RUS 101 Intensive Elementary Russian
  • RUS 112 Elementary Russian II
  • SLN 112 Elementary American Sign Language II
  • SPN 112 ElementarySpanish II
  • SWA 101 Intensive Elementary Swahili
  • TRK 101 Intensive Elementary Turkish

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