The Modern Language Department offers instruction for six languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish.
Learning Goals are the knowledge and skills we expect students to acquire after taking a course or finishing a level. The content of the classes and the pedagogical approaches we choose to teach a particular course or level are based on the Learning Goals.
Though each language has its own set of challenges and characteristics, we can establish some general common learning goals for French, German, and Spanish.
Arabic, Chinese, and Japanese have their own individual Learning Goals because they are very different among themselves and in comparison to French, German, and Spanish.
Celebrating Chinese New Year
On Friday, February 5, students from the Modern Languages department celebrated the Chinese New Year. The event was complete with authentic decorations, food and traditional games. The Chinese Lunar New Year is a very important Chinese festival celebrated at the turn of the traditional lunisolar Chinese calendar. February 8 marks the first day of the Year of Monkey. The Monkey is a symbol of creativity and inspiration in the Chinese Zodiac.
Professor Quin Sun, who organized this years festivities wishes that all Ursinus students achieve their goals in the Monkey’s year!