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The study and use of world languages is an essential part of the experience of RCAH students. By achieving proficiency in a language other than English, students gain greater insight into the workings of other cultures as well as their own. They have a better sense of ethical issues and ethical disagreements. They see how the main currents of world history have been woven through and continue to emerge in the very words we use to express our commitments and concerns.
What exactly is language proficiency? Language proficiency is the level of competence at which an individual is able to use language for both basic communicative tasks and academic purposes. The term refers to the degree to which the student exhibits control over the use of language, including the measurement of expressive and receptive language skills in the areas of phonology, syntax, vocabulary, and semantics and including the areas of pragmatics or language use within various domains or social circumstances.
The fostering of understanding and respect for the cultural values and norms of different peoples is at the core of the RCAH's mission, and the curriculum of the college is global and transcultural in focus throughout. World language proficiency, both as an essential vehicle for the understanding of other cultures and as a valuable skill for communication, research, and employment in today's world, is thus a primary goal for students in the program. The study of world languages provides us with a valuable point of entry into new cultures and their distinctive values.
Students graduating from the RCAH are required to achieve at least functional competence in one language other than English, not including Ancient Greek and Latin. They must demonstrate this competence by meeting the three following requirements:
Center for Language Teaching Advancement (CeLTA) Resources
The RCAH Language and Media Center
The RCAH Language and Media Center supports world-language proficiency in the college through an array of resources and services, including a library of films in various world languages; world language dictionaries and other reference books; and magazines, newspapers, and board games in a wide range of world languages. The LMC is located in E037 Snyder Hall (terrace level) and is open Sunday through Thursday, 1 to 10 p.m., and Friday through Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m.
RCAH Language Tables
The RCAH strongly encourages every student to participate in one of its language tables, which are offered in Spanish, French, Japanese, German, Thai, and Hebrew. All language tables meet in the Language and Media Center, E037 Snyder-Phillips Hall (terrace level). Regular language table times include:
MSU's Department of Romance and Classical Languages offers language clubs, film series, and tables. For more information, visit the Romance and Classical Studies department website.