Conversing fluently, communicating effectively and problem-solving in diverse cultures, professions and social settings in spoken and written languages other than English at all levels, locally, nationally and internationally, are the objectives of the Modern Language Department at ORU. In each foreign language course offered by the department, students develop their foreign language linguistic skills and deepen their knowledge and understanding of the history and culture of the people who speak that language. At all stages of their study, students are encouraged to develop ways to apply their commitment to Jesus Christ to the situations of the people whose language they are studying.
The Modern Language Department offers majors in French and Spanish as well as Modern Foreign Language Education (K-12). Minors are available in French, Hebrew, and Spanish. All foreign language majors are encouraged to participate in a study-abroad program during their junior year. Study abroad courses offer exciting opportunities to gain valuable cultural insights as well as earn academic language credit.
Research has proven that the study of a foreign language enhances and increases facility with one's own native language as well as one's overall cognitive skills. Modern language majors at ORU are no exception and typically are outgoing, great communicators and possess increased cognitive flexibility.
Students seeking licensure to teach at the K-12 levels have two options: completion of the modern language education major, which leads to standard certification, or completion of any other major in the modern foreign languages department, which can lead to alternative certification.
The MFLE major at ORU will participate in both modern language and education courses. Classes examine Biblical principles of teaching as well as provide concepts needed for language learning, instruction and the historical background of the teaching of modern language. Students participate in discussions on foreign language in the elementary school, immersion programs and present issues concerning high school programs.
The skill of foreign language fluency provides increased marketability and increases potential salary in the global business world. With a major in the French language, you can look forward to careers in:
- Education at the elementary and secondary levels
- International and global businesses
- The travel industry as agents and representatives
- Missions around the world
- Government agencies
- Translation services
- Foreign news as interpreters and analysts
- Foreign Service as librarians, teachers, and professors
- Armed Forces linguists
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Last updated February 15, 2018