Learning Outcomes

The Language Department’s Learning Outcomes are aligned to the professional norms of the field as outlined in the ACTFL/NCATE Standards for Foreign Language Teachers and Programs. They refer to outcomes attained upon completion of the major.


Communicate in the target language at the Advanced Low Level (normed to current ACTFL Guidelines & Ratings for Proficiency in the four skill areas: speaking, listening, reading, writing).

1.1 Students engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions.

1.2 Students understand, analyze and interpret written and spoken language from a variety of sources, including literary, journalistic and field-specific.

1.3 Students convey information and concepts to an audience of listeners or readers through class presentations, portfolios, research papers and a capstone.

2. Cultural competence and global awareness

Gain knowledge and understanding of other cultures.

2.1 Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the cultural products, practices and perspectives of the culture(s) studied.

2.2 Students actively practice cross-cultural competence and respect in their dealings with those of other cultures, both on campus and during study abroad.

2.3 Students exhibit growing global awareness by becoming informed on and sensitive to issues and events that impact the global family.

3. Connections

Connect with other disciplines and acquire information.

3.1 Students reinforce and further their knowledge of other disciplines through second language study.

3.2 Students recognize the distinctive viewpoints that are uniquely available through the study of a second language and its cultures.

4. Comparisons 

Develop insight into the nature of language and culture.

4.1 Students demonstrate understanding of the nature of language through comparisons of the language studied and their own.

4.2 Students demonstrate understanding of the concept of culture through comparisons of the cultures studied/experienced and their own.

5. Communities

Participate in multilingual communities at home and around the world.

5.1 Students use the target language both within and beyond the educational setting.

5.2 Students directly participate in another culture through a study abroad immersion experience.