Achieving an intermediate level of proficiency in a language other than English
will provide a crucial foundation for encountering other cultures in a manner that
is both sensitive and informed. As students build this foundation, they will acquire
an enhanced understanding of the general structure of language and demonstrate requisite
communication skills in the target language, including listening, speaking, writing,
and reading. Through the study of a language other than English, students will be
better prepared to respect differences among people and to appreciate the values
of another culture.
The purpose of elementary and intermediate foreign language courses is to teach
student to communicate at the intermediate level (as defined by the language specific
ACTFL guidelines) in a language other than English and in the process provide them
with knowledge and understanding of other cultures.