If you love languages and cultures and wish to attain proficiency in three languages beyond English, you’ll appreciate this degree program, which will increase your personal interactions and lead to a wide array of careers and possibilities.
With on-campus courses focusing on acquiring linguistic and cultural skills and a required Study Abroad program in two other cultures such as Argentina, France, Germany, Spain, China or the Middle East, you will engage in personal interactions and discover other civilizations first-hand. You will also have the opportunity to develop a dynamic Christian worldview as you encounter differing cultural values and beliefs.
The World Languages major is designed to equip students to interact in authentic situations in three languages beyond English and to live intentionally as global citizens. The major focuses primarily on proficiency by developing listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills as well as cultural awareness. Furthermore, through the Study Abroad program, students will be enrolled in advanced language and civilization courses in Grace College’s member institutions abroad, where the students will have the opportunity to apply their faith in the context of other cultures.
Examples of courses in this major:
Students are put in the presence of authentic, unsimplified Spanish and are trained to use it in the dynamic context of communication. The emphasis is placed on oral proficiency, the development of skills, self-expression and cultural insight.
This course is intended to be an intensive learning course for students without prior knowledge of Mandarin Chinese dialect or written Chinese. The emphasis is placed on Chinese Pinyin Romanization system, Chinese characters, the development of language skills in listening, speaking, reading, writing and cultural insight.
Students are put in the presence of authentic, unsimplified French and are trained to use it in the dynamic context of communication. The emphasis is placed on oral proficiency, the development of skills, self-expression and cultural insight.
A study of curriculum and methods of teaching a foreign language on both the elementary and secondary level, with special emphasis on performance objectives and methodology with classroom practice.
An exit course for seniors developed around languages and cultures. The purpose of this course is to provide a capstone course in order to allow students to reflect upon and apply what they have learned in previous language courses and to provide a bridge between their language study and their life calling. Students participate in community service and conduct scholarly research throughout the semester on a topic relating to foreign language study.
The individuals who will challenge you to learn:
E.N.E.T., the Facultad de Arquitectura y Urbanismo diploma from the Instituto Biblico Palabra de Vida, Argentina; M.A. in Intercultural Studies, Grace Theological Seminary
Benjamin Navarro was born and raised in Argentina. After receiving his bachelor's degree, he taught Spanish in Buenos Aires for seven years before receiving an invitation to teach Spanish at Grace College in 1996. Since arriving at Grace, he has taught for the institution's Prison Extension Program at the Indiana State Penitentiary in Michigan City and at the Miami County Correctional Facility. He has been recognized multiple times in the Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. Navarro is active in his community, having served on the Board of the Kosciusko County Soccer League and participated in the planting of a Hispanic Ministry through his local church. He has spoken at conferences in Washington, California, Indiana, and also in Argentina, Uruguay, Panama, Mexico and Spain.
B.A. in Art Education, Grace College; M.A. in French, Middlebury College
Jacqueline Schram teaches French and also serves as the associate dean of students. In her role as professor, she oversees the language programs at Grace College, and in her role as dean, her responsibilities include coordinating the general education core curriculum. In addition, she also helps coordinate the Study Abroad Programs in Dijon and Paris. Schram was raised in France, where her family served on the missionary staff of Grace Brethren International Missions. She moved to the United States to attend Grace College and joined the Grace College faculty in 1992.
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What others are saying:
The professors at Grace are so helpful and willing to work with students no matter what difficulties we may be facing. I have been blessed with professors who push me to do better and to work harder in my classes. They are open and willing to answer questions, offer help when I need it, and give encouragement when I am doing well. Grace has also helped me discover more about what it means to be one of God's children and what it looks like to be a part of His family.
—Elizabeth Bennet, B.A., International Languages, 2013