Languages, Literatures and Cultures (BA/BS)

Shown here are the general learning goals of the program broken down into specific student learning outcomes (SLOs). These SLOs represent what a student should be able to do as a result of successfully completing this program. Student performance on these outcomes are routinely assessed by program faculty as a way of informing programmatic improvement efforts.

Goal Outcome

1. Students will demonstrate communicative competence through the ability to use Spanish or French in interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational modes of communication at or above the Advanced Level, as defined by ACTFL, the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.

  • 1.1 Students engage in unrehearsed conversation on topics related to academic and non-academic situations.
  • 1.2 Students make formal presentations and convey their ideas and opinions on academic and non-academic topics.
  • 1.3 Students demonstrate comprehension of spoken language by recognizing the subjects and nuances of topics expressed in a wide range of media, in both standard language and some regional variants.
  • 1.4 Students summarize, explain and interpret a broad range of topics in writing, using appropriate and culturally authentic language.
  • 1.5 Students demonstrate comprehension of a variety of literary and nonliterary forms of written communication, with limited use of dictionaries or other aids.

2. Students will demonstrate cultural proficiency.

  • 2.1 Students identify literary and cultural elements in film and literature and make appropriate literary and cultural inferences from context.
  • 2.2 Students recognize and interpret similarities and differences in beliefs, behaviors and value systems among target language cultures.
  • 2.3 Students recognize and interpret similarities and differences in beliefs, behaviors and value systems between American culture(s) and target language cultures.

3. Students will demonstrate the ability to think critically in French or Spanish.

  • 3.1 Students identify the overarching issues present in the literature, art, and culture(s) of their target language.
  • 3.2 Students analyze a variety of cultural products in the target language, using a style and documentation appropriate for academic writing.
  • 3.3 Students assess and evaluate film, literary, and internet materials written for the target language audience.