Letter to first-year students

Dear SLU first-year student,

The faculty of Modern Languages is looking forward to welcoming you to the department and to working with you during your four years at St. Lawrence.  You probably already know how important it is to prepare yourself for the intercultural environment in which you will be working after you have finished your undergraduate education.   Becoming as fluent as you possibly can in a second language while you are at St. Lawrence plays a crucial role in this preparation, no matter which major or majors you may ultimately choose.   This is why we suggest that you begin your language study during your freshman year and also that you start thinking about where you would like to spend a semester abroad sometime during your four years at St. Lawrence to further improve your second language skills and to learn how to adapt to and live in another culture.  Every semester many students participate in these programs and later always remember this as one of their most rewarding undergraduate experiences.

Every language we teach offers study-abroad opportunities of which students normally take advantage during their sophomore or junior year.  But we also have a study-abroad program for second semester freshmen who are just beginning to study French.  Students who take French 101 in the fall semester, or who have taken a minimum of one year of high school French are eligible for the Global Francophone Studies Program in the spring semester.  This program begins in Quebec before locating in Rouen (Normandy) and includes one week in Paris as well as one week in Senegal, a former West African colony of France. 

To help you decide which language class would be appropriate for your preparation, please look at the information below:

If you have taken
..... Then we recommend the following*:

0-1 year of foreign language:
..... Enroll in 101, Elementary level
2-3 years of foreign language:
..... Enroll in 103, Intermediate level
4 or more years of foreign language:
..... Enroll in 201, Advanced level

*If you have not taken a foreign language during the last two years of high school, we suggest you consider a level below the one indicated above.

Please note that introductory elementary courses are only offered during the fall semester (with the exception of Swahili 101 which is also offered in the spring). These are followed by the 102 series of courses in the spring semester, which are intended for students who have completed 101 at St Lawrence or who have taken at least one year of the selected language in high school.

We wish you a very good summer and when you get to campus in the fall, please feel free to stop by Carnegie Hall.  You will find the Department of Modern Languages on the third floor and the Center for International and Intercultural Studies on the first floor.