Our world languages education program develops students' linguistic skills in either French or Spanish and readies them to apply for Rhode Island teacher certification in grades K-12. Our majors master a modern language and gain the expertise to confidently move from being students in the classroom to teachers who will make a difference.
Our education courses build a strong foundation in teaching and learning based on current theory and best practices. Concurrent with their coursework, students spend significant time in field placements during their second, third and fourth years. As a result, our majors are prepared to effectively engage diverse students in a variety of school contexts.
Coursework in French or Spanish covers all aspects of the language, from spoken discourse to written composition, with a focus on the development of target language grammar and expressions. Students also explore culture and civilization by examining literature, films and other cultural products within their social, historical and cultural contexts. Moreover, courses in linguistics, second language acquisition and language teaching methodology round out students' preparation to become successful language educators in today's schools.
Life After Salve
Our graduates possess the oral and written communication skills needed for success, along with the flexibility to adapt to cultural differences in an ever-changing world.
Proficiency in a second language is a desirable asset for careers both at home and abroad. While our program is specifically focused on teaching French or Spanish in grades K-12, the core competencies gained are valuable in a variety of professional careers, including:
- Admissions counselor
- Corporate trainer
- Education consultant
- Foreign service officer
- International business executive
- International development worker
- International relations specialist
- Museum educator
- Peace Corps volunteer
- School counselor