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Student Learning Outcomes

Student Learning Outcomes for DWL Majors (French, German, Spanish)

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO's) in the Department of World Languages are aligned with national and state standards on language teaching, development of language skills, and cultural understanding as reflected in the Proficiency Guidelines by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language (ACTFL):

  • Attaining an advanced proficiency level in reading, writing, listening and speaking in the language studied according to recognized professional guidelines in the four language skills (ACTFL Standards)
  • Understanding both oral and written communication from a variety of sources (i.e., academic lectures, literature, online sources, news broadcasts etc.)
  • Communicating effectively in the target language in spoken and written form, expressing a wide variety of topics from personal information to more abstract views and perspectives related to literary, socio-historical, political and cultural themes.
  • Obtaining a broad base of knowledge and perspectives on French-, German-, and Spanish-speaking civilizations and their respective cultures – including literature, the arts, political, socio-historical, and economic structure, etc. – within a variety of interpretive frameworks.
  • Understanding aspects of language and culture in the world as part of human communication in wider interdisciplinary contexts.
  • Developing skills in critical thinking and analysis, including (but not limited to) textual analysis.