Students majoring or minoring in a Modern language will become proficient in the target language, understand elements of the target culture, acquire knowledge of literature, and be able to analyze language structure.
A. Language Skills
- A1: Listening Comprehension: Student can understand the utterances of native speakers and extract main ideas from recordings of authentic speech, including excerpts from lectures, films, radio and television broadcasts.
- A2: Reading Comprehension: Student can understand and summarize main ideas in target language texts intended for general readers, including social correspondences, general purpose essays, short stories and news writing.
- A3: Speaking: Student can sustain a conversation on a general topic with a fluent speaker of the target language, narrate and describe on a variety of topics at paragraph length and respond to spontaneous developments in an exchange.
- A4: Writing: Student can produce narratives and descriptions, cohesive summaries and routine social correspondences (e.g. business letters, resumes), demonstrating awareness of diction, syntax and stylistics in the writing process.
B. Cultural Knowledge
- B1: Student has an understanding of cultural values, folk beliefs, social conventions and festive celebrations unique to target culture.
- B2: Student can identify and characterize exemplars of painting, architecture, music, film and other fine arts in the target culture.
- B3: Student can identify major historical events and order them chronologically.
C. Knowledge of Literature
- C1: Student can identify major literary genres.
- C2: Student can characterize major literary movements or periods and order them chronologically.
- C3: Student can identify major historical events and order them chronologically.
D. Language Structure
- D1: Student has understanding of sound system (phonetics/phonology) of the target language.
- D2: Student has understanding of word-formation processes (morphology) in the target language.
- D3: Student is familiar with syntax of the target language.
- D4: Student has understanding of the historical development of the target language.
- D5: Student has understanding of sociolinguistic variation in the target language.
Graduate students will be proficient in written English, appropriately use resources and materials for writing research papers, and have a greater knowledge of culture and language at the advanced level.
A. Proficiency in Written English (Entry Level)
- A1: Student admitted into each program must demonstrate, prior to the start of coursework, the ability to write English correctly and effectively to explain, defend or argue discipline-specific issues.
B. Proficiency in Written English (Exit Level)
- B1: Upon completion of each program, candidates must demonstrate an improved ability to write English correctly and effectively to explain, defend or argue discipline-specific issues commensurate with the academic training received within the program.
C. Use of Appropriate Resources, Materials and Format for Writing a Research Paper
- C1: Students must demonstrate the ability to produce effective academic writing based on scholarly research.
D. Knowledge of Culture, Language and Literature at the Advanced Level
Students must be able to:
- D1: Demonstrate graduate-level competence in the concentration language.
- D2: Analyze texts for theme, structure, style and other aspects of prose and poetry.
- D3: Explain how literary movements influence each other and are shaped by history.
- D4: Demonstrate interdisciplinary approaches when analyzing complex problems and intellectual questions.
- D5: Demonstrate knowledge of the present day structure of the concentration language, including the phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax and discourse features.
- D6: Demonstrate knowledge of the historical development and sociolinguistic variations of the concentration language.
- D7: Demonstrate the ability to develop basic skills as teacher-researcher while applying theoretical knowledge to practice, and to implement standard-based Second Language Acquisition (SLA) instruction.