The Department of World Languages at Framingham State University (FSU) offers a variety of classes in the areas of language arts (American Sign Language, Chinese, French, Portuguese, and Spanish), literature, linguistics, and culture. The offered undergraduate programs are:
- Majors and concentrations: American Sign Language, Spanish, World Languages, and International Management
- Minors: Chinese, French, Latin American Studies, and Spanish
Through the Division of Graduate and Continuing Education, the Department offers the following graduate programs:
World Languages Department courses are also taken to meet the requirement for the following program(s):
- Global Studies Major (through Sociology Department)
The mission of the World Languages Department is to teach communicative competence in modern world languages and to introduce students to the peoples, cultures and artistic expressions of other countries. The Department is constantly streamlining and adapting our courses and instructional methods to the changing environment of twenty-first century American society.
The Department is unique in the Massachusetts State University system. Through the Division of Graduate and Continuing Education, it offers a M.Ed. in Spanish, and a M.Ed. in TESL, which primarily enroll public school teachers. The Department also prepares and trains Post-Baccalaureate students for their initial license to teach world languages in the Massachusetts public school system.
The World Languages Department’s mission, to teach communicative competence in modern world languages, extends to all levels of language instruction. World language study develops a student’s proficiency in the four basic language skills of listening comprehension, reading, writing, and speaking. Training in any world language carries over to the student’s native language as well, making him/her more articulate, self-confident and thoughtful in his/her writing and speech. Through the literature and culture courses offered by the World Languages Department, students gain knowledge and understanding of the cultures where the foreign language is spoken, through readings, research, and the use of contemporary and historical cultural materials, including literature. These courses increase students’ understanding of cultural differences and global and national interdependence through course work and study-abroad opportunities, so that students acquire skills for critical analysis.
Recipient of Fulbright-Hays Scholarship