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World Languages Education

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 Program

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.

Program Spotlight: Study Abroad

Students who major in world languages education spend a semester studying in a French- or Spanish-speaking country, allowing them to seek new experiences that lead to proficiency in the language, exercise their responsibilities as global citizens and promote meaningful cross-cultural exchange.

My time studying abroad in Argentina gave me a passion for the language and various cultures of Spanish-speaking countries that I hope to pass on to my students.

Jennifer Roussin ’17, Spanish teacher, Bishop Hendricken High School

Our Faculty

Comprehensive instruction and personalized guidance from our committed and experienced faculty ensures that our students acquire the knowledge and skills needed to put theory into practice, and to become exemplary practitioners and scholars.

 

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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
  • Principal
  • Professor
  • School counselor
  • Writer

B.A.S. in World Languages Education
(French)

23 courses | 71 credits

Required education courses:

  • EDC120: Introduction to Race and Inequity in American Education
  • EDC220: Child and Adolescent Development, Learning and Teaching: Theories and Applications
  • SCD298: Tutoring and Mentoring in a Multicultural Society
  • SCD320: Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment in the Secondary School I
  • SCD321: Practicum for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment in the Secondary School I
  • SCD410: Classroom Management
  • SCD432: Student Teaching Seminar Capstone
  • SCD440: Practicum in Secondary Education
  • SCD441: Secondary Student Teaching
  • SED211: Introduction to the Characteristics of Students With Exceptionalities

Required French courses:

  • LIN245: Introduction to Linguistics
  • LIN350: Principles of Second Language Acquisition
  • FRN205: Intermediate French I
  • FRN206: Intermediate French II
  • FRN241: Communication and Cultures I
  • FRN242: Communication and Cultures II
  • FRN305: French Culture and Civilization: The Hexagon
  • FRN306: Cultures of the Francophone World
  • FRN308: Teaching a Modern Foreign Language
  • FRN311: Survey of French Literature I
  • FRN312: Survey of French Literature II
  • FRN330: Practicum in Elementary Language Instruction

Students also choose one elective course in French. Depending on initial language placement, additional elective courses may be required.

B.A.S. in World Languages Education (Spanish)

23 courses | 71 credits

Required education courses:

  • EDC120: Introduction to Race and Inequity in American Education
  • EDC220: Child and Adolescent Development, Learning and Teaching: Theories and Applications
  • SCD298: Tutoring and Mentoring in a Multicultural Society
  • SCD320: Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment in the Secondary School I
  • SCD321: Practicum for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment in the Secondary School I
  • SCD410: Classroom Management
  • SCD432: Student Teaching Seminar Capstone
  • SCD440: Practicum in Secondary Education
  • SCD441: Secondary Student Teaching
  • SED211: Introduction to the Characteristics of Students With Exceptionalities

Required Spanish courses:

  • LIN245: Introduction to Linguistics
  • LIN350: Principles of Second Language Acquisition
  • SPA205: Intermediate Spanish I
  • SPA206: Intermediate Spanish II
  • SPA241: Communication and Cultures I
  • SPA242: Communication and Cultures II
  • SPA305: Spanish American Cultures and Civilizations
  • SPA306: Spanish Culture and Civilization
  • SPA308: Teaching a Modern Foreign Language
  • SPA311: Masters of Spanish American Literature
  • SPA312: Masterpieces of Spanish Literature
  • SPA330: Practicum in Elementary Language Instruction

Students also choose one elective course in Spanish. Depending on initial language placement, additional elective courses may be required.