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What Does the Foreign Language Program Offer?

The Foreign Languages Convening Group offers programs leading to a major in Spanish with concentrations in Literature and Teacher Education. It offers minors in French, Italian, and Spanish. In conjunction with the Teacher Education Program at the School of Social Sciences and Human Services, teacher certification is offered also in French and Italian.

Additionally, instruction is provided in the less-commonly-taught languages of Chinese, Hebrew, Japanese, and Russian by native speakers of the language who are in some cases visiting faculty from universities abroad.

How is the Program Implemented?

Language students at Ramapo work in small classes and receive close, individualized attention and encouragement from their instructors, who are familiar with the latest language instruction techniques and technology. The instructors are prepared to support you through demanding but rewarding courses that are student-centered and proficiency-oriented. Technical support and personal assistance are also available in our state-of-the-art language lab where leading-edge technology is at the service of language instruction.

In all of our language courses, the target language is used as often as possible in task-based and fully contextualized activities. We spend most of the time using the language in meaningful contexts. Because research has shown that this is the best and most efficient way to acquire language, we work to help you increase your proficiency as you move up. Textbook instruction is complemented with the use of multimedia in order to engage students and facilitate the learning process. A variety of texts, films and videos, “authentic” documents, audio and interactive CD-roms, and other materials are fully integrated into the curriculum, providing reinforcement and enrichment.

The Programs

The Major in Spanish Language Studies

The Minors in French, Italian, and Spanish

The Foreign Languages Convening Group at the School of Humanities and Global Studies offers a major in Spanish Language Studies and a minor in French, Italian, and Spanish. For a description of all programs please click on the links above.

Students majoring in Spanish are required to enroll in an approved summer or semester-long study abroad program in Spain or Latin America. Alternatively, they may choose to participate in an experiential learning opportunity where they must use the target Cahill Center for information on Experiential Learning.