The Department of World Languages is dedicated to equipping graduates of this degree linguistically, culturally, and intellectually and for effective communication in and about languages and literatures other than English in a pluralistic American society and abroad.

The Spanish major is offered jointly through La Sierra University and the Adventist Colleges Abroad (ACA) schools in Argentina and Spain. Students wishing to declare the Spanish major must take the Spanish Placement Test administered by the Department of World Languages. A year abroad (3 quarters or 2 semesters) is required for all majors, except those who can give evidence of having completed secondary school studies in their native Spanish-speaking country in Latin America or Spain. For exact credit equivalencies from the ACA programs in Argentina or Spain for the Spanish major, consult with the World Language Department.

Adventist Colleges Abroad (ACA)

In cooperation with Adventist Colleges Abroad, the department offers to both the student majoring in language and to the general college student the privilege of study abroad without losing credits or necessarily lengthening the course of study. Students who carefully plan their program with the department and their assigned advisor may earn full credit for study at any of the overseas schools listed under Adventist Colleges Abroad in this Bulletin. Students enter this program for three quarters (nine months) beginning in September. To be eligible, the student must be admitted to La Sierra University. Although enrolled overseas, students are registered at this University; are considered in residence; and are eligible for scholarships, loans, and grants offered by the University. Credit earned is recorded each quarter by the Office of the Registrar. For more information concerning this program and its offerings, refer to the Adventist Colleges Abroad listing immediately following the Department of World Languages information in this bulletin.

Mission Statement

Because communication through language is a God-given gift, reflects the fundamental values of a culture, and lies at the heart of human experience, the Department of World Languages is dedicated to equipping both the general student and the language major linguistically, culturally, and intellectually to communicate effectively in and about languages and literatures other than English in a pluralistic American society and abroad.

(See American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century, Lawrence, KS: Allen Press, 2006: 7.)

Objectives

Students enrolled in language acquisition courses gain oral proficiency and cultural awareness to meet the University’s language requirement. Service learning, as well as summer and year abroad programs in collaboration with Adventist Colleges Abroad, deepens students’ experiences with language and culture. Students in the major program develop scholarship essential for teaching and for graduate study while acquiring skills in analytical thinking and understanding of cultural diversity.

Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  1. Engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions in the target language.
  2. Understand and interpret written and spoken language on a variety of topics in the target language.
  3. Present information, concepts, and ideas to an audience of listeners or readers on a variety of topics.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the practices and perspectives of the cultures of the target language.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the products and perspectives of the cultures of the target language.
  6. Reinforce and further their knowledge of other disciplines through the study of the target language.
  7. Acquire information and recognize the distinctive viewpoints that are only available through the target language and culture.
  8. Demonstrate understanding of the nature of language through comparisons of the target language with their own.
  9. Demonstrate understanding of the concept of culture through comparisons of the target culture with their own.
  10. Use the target language both within and beyond the school setting.