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The following are a few of the many reasons offered by the Modern Language Association:
Whatever language you choose, knowing another language brings opportunities.
Education majors are given priority to enroll in this course. Non-Education majors will require permission from the Department to enroll in this workshop.
Yes, but be aware that study abroad programs often include a civilization course. Therefore, if you take a civilization course at a foreign university, it will most likely transfer as 325 or 326. If you take ForL. 325 or 326 at Geneseo, you will not receive credit for the same course in a study abroad program.
Fren/Span 316 (Grammar and Syntax) includes a broad review of French/Spanish grammar. Fren/Span 318 (Advanced Grammar and Composition) examines in greater depth the "problem" areas and, as the title indicates, includes a significant composition component.
Although the only course in general linguistics offered by the Department is Fren/Span 323 and Fren/Span 317 (Phonology) also satisfy the Department's Linguistics requirement.
Study of a second foreign language will enrich the student's college learning experience and also enhance the graduate's ability to find employment in many career fields. Businesses with international affiliates seek employees who are qualified to work in more than one foreign language. Translators in the fields of diplomacy and technology are usually proficient in at least two languages in addition to their native tongue. Most high schools prefer to hire language instructors who can teach more than one foreign language.
Having a background in a non-Foreign Language area will enhance the language student's ability to find employment upon graduation or gain admission to graduate programs in fields such as Business or International Relations. Many language majors pursue a minor or double major in International Relations or take introductory-level Business courses, depending on their interests and career goals. Those who are interested in law school find it desirable to enroll in courses that are part of the pre-law program. Students who have not developed knowledge of both their major language and related disciplines may be placing themselves at a severe disadvantage when competing for graduate school admission or positions in the workforce.
You should contact the certification specialist at the BOCES (Board of Cooperative Educational Services) where you live.
No, you probably will not. Only if you are already proficient prior to the study abroad experience and you make a significant effort to use the target language throughout your stay is your aural/oral proficiency likely to improve noticeably. A semester abroad is the minimum length of stay that offers an opportunity of significantly improving your command of the target language, but proficiency will more likely be attained with one year of study abroad.