Detailed Learning Goals | St. Lawrence University Modern Languages

Detailed Learning Goals

Courses 101-102:

Learning Goal 1: To think critically

  • Gain awareness of language systems.
  • Develop new learning strategies through second language acquisition.

Learning Goal 2: To communicate effectively through the written word

  • Read and write simple sentences and manipulate basic grammar.

Learning Goal 3: To communicate effectively through the spoken word

  • Speak and understand at a survival level
Courses 103-104:

Learning Goal 1: To think critically

  • Further analyze and understand language as a system.
  • Gain a sense of the different registers of language.

Learning Goal 2: To communicate effectively through the written word

  • Construct coherent short essays on a variety of personal and social topics.
  • Learn close reading and comprehension skills through texts of basic to moderate levels of difficulty

Learning Goal 3: To communicate effectively through the spoken word

ACTFL Guidelines:  “Speakers can carry out the following linguistic functions: 

  1. create with language;
  2. ask and answer questions on familiar topics; and
  3. handle (i.e. initiate, minimally sustain and close) straightforward communicative tasks in a survival or social context.”
200 level courses:

Learning Goal 1: To think critically

  • Develop sensitivity to linguistic nuances and subtleties.
  • Acquire the vocabulary and analytic tools for discussing complex cultural issues.

Learning Goal 2: To communicate effectively through the written word

  • Write critical essays on cultural and literary topics.
  • Learn textual analysis and interpretive strategies through texts of moderate to advanced levels of difficulty.

Learning Goal 3: To communicate effectively through the spoken word

  • Narrate and describe in past present and future.
  • Participate fully in a variety of personal and social topics.