“Language is intimately tied to man’s feeling and activity. It is bound up with nationality, religion, and the feeling of self. It is used for work, worship, and play by everyone, be he beggar or banker, savage or civilized... We are witnessing, in our time, the greatest changes in the history of language learning... Formerly known by a few as a mark of education, languages are now studied by people from all walks of life. More languages are studied than ever before, and methods of learning are changing rapidly.”
Many people ask, “Why study a second language?” The world is becoming increasingly interdependent in trade, travel, communication, and cooperation. The key to the global community is in learning other languages. A second language is a practical skill, and will enhance employability. As companies open branch offices on the other side of the earth, so the need for multilingual Canadians is on the rise. The study of a second language also assists one to understand the structure of one’s own language, for “he who knows no foreign language, knows nothing about his own.” (Goethe).
The goal of our UCFV language program is to develop “creative communication”, so we place considerable emphasis on teaching you to speak the target language. We feature a state-of-the-art computer laboratory, the Can8 tapeless audio recording system, and computerized interactive programs to help you understand, speak, read, and write your target language. We also offer small conversation groups led by native-speakers, who help reinforce pronunciation and comprehension. We are constantly searching for new ways to make language study more effective and enjoyable. If you can demonstrate sufficient proficiency in a language, you may receive advanced credit and placement.
Instructors reserve the right to move or place a student in the course appropriate to the student’s language level.
The Modern Languages Institute now offers proficiency certificates in several languages. Intermediate certificates are offered in French, Halq’eméylem, Japanese, Mandarin, Russian, and Spanish. Advanced certificates are offered in French and Russian only. The Modern Languages department also offers a minor in French.
For complete details on courses see the course descriptions section.
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