Modern Languages & Literature

The Department of Modern Languages and Literature offers programs in Spanish, French, German, and Teaching English as a Second Language at the undergraduate level.  Italian courses (LAN) 1010, 1020, and 2010 are being offered during Academic years 2015-2016 and 2016-2017.  Students may major or minor in Spanish and the other foreign languages are offered through the Intermediate Level. There are also opportunities for study abroad. The department has five full-time faculty members, four with a Ph.D., and three adjunct instructors.

Mission

In keeping with the mission of Methodist University, the Department of Modern Languages and Literature is committed to cultural awareness and the development of individuals who appreciate and accept diversity and become effective global citizens. Recognizing the value of being able to communicate in another language and the interrelationship of language and culture, the department prepares students for global citizenship and international travel through the study of languages, literatures and culture, developing students’ communicative foreign language skills in the areas of reading, writing, listening and speaking.

Goals

  1. Upon completion of the exit courses of their foreign language sequence students will be able to produce short, comprehensible written pieces of increasing complexity based on the course and content presented at each level. It is our goal that each student will be at the 75th percentile or above in the areas of language (syntax) and vocabulary (lexicon) on a written composition.
  2. In accordance with the proficiency guidelines of the American Council on Teaching Foreign Languages (ACTFL), students will be able to effectively communicate in writing at an intermediate-low level in the target language. Students in Arabic will have mastered the writing systems of the language.

Placement

Students wishing to continue in foreign language must take the department placement test if they have had more than two years study of the language in high school or can demonstrate proficiency beyond the elementary level. Core requirements are satisfied in accordance with performance for those continuing with foreign language study. CLEP or ACTFL credit: applied as 1-4 courses (at the 1000/2000 level) in fulfillment of the core/general education requirements.

ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE

International students whose first language is not English will be required to take an English placement test. Based on their scores, students will be placed in ENG 1000, ENG 1010, or the ESL program. International students who test out of ESL or whose first language is English must meet the B.A. core requirements in French, German, or Spanish or may satisfy these requirements with CLEP or ACTFL.

International students whose scores and performance in English (including their TOEFL scores) do not indicate sufficient mastery for enrollment in ENG 1000 or 1010 are required to take up to 12 s.h. of English as a Foreign Language during their first two semesters at Methodist University. The required course possibilties are ESL 0960 and 0970 Writing Skills in the English Language (6 s.h.) and ESL 1210 and 1220 English Conversation (6 s.h.). ESL 09100, 0920, 0960, and 0970 do not count toward graduation requirements or the awarding of honors. Upon completion of the ESL courses the student is required to enroll sequentially in ENG 1000 (if required), ENG 1010 and ENG 1020 to meet the core requirements for any of the degree programs. 

Linguasphere - Foreign Language Club

Students with an interest in Modern Languages have the opportunity to join Linguasphere.  The purpose of this organization is to enable members to broaden their knowledge in the areas of the foreign languages, literature, and cultures promoted by the Department of Modern Languages and Literature, especially for those students enrolled in those courses offered by the Department. The Club also seeks to increase awareness on the Methodist University campus of the importance of multi-lingualism and to provide the university community with events and activities that foster an appreciation for non-domestic cultures.

Bachelor's Degree Programs

Minor Programs

Associate's Degree Programs

Certificate Program

Program Faculty & Staff

Joan Bitterman, Professor of French & German

Joan Bitterman

Professor of French & German
(910) 630-7073
Dr. Cristina Francescon, Director, Center for Global Education

Cristina Francescon

Professor of Modern Languages
(910) 630-7082
Jan Turner, Assistant Professor of ESL/TESL

Jan Turner

Assistant Professor of ESL/TESL
(910) 630-7361
Jennifer Williams, Associate Professor of Spanish

Jennifer Williams

Chair, Modern Languages & Literature
(910) 630-7058
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