World Languages & Cultures
Understanding, appreciating languages and culture.
Culver students not only embrace global citizenship, but also gain a deeper understanding of the languages and cultures of others.
In order to foster a kind, respectful culture of global awareness and intercommunication within and outside our campus community, the Department of World Languages and Cultures strives to develop culturally intelligent global citizens who can empathize with persons from cultures other than their own and communicate effectively in a second language.
We aim to cultivate these skills in our students through proficiency-oriented language instruction and the mindful development of both intra- and intercultural competency.
World Languages & Cultures Instruction
- Our courses provide a foundation in language and culture in Chinese, French, Latin and Spanish – and all upper-level modern language classes are conducted primarily in the target language.
- Students are active participants in their learning as they explore cultures and language using interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational communication skills. Teachers guide students throughout their journey toward proficiency by creating a constructivist, student-centered classroom that is infused with authentic sources.
- The Honors Seminar expands student knowledge of a target language, its literature and culture through the completion of a research project under the guidance of an honors advisor.
- How many years of language study are required?
- How many students are in each class?
- Which language is the “easiest”?
- What study abroad opportunities are there?
- What are the opportunities for advanced work and/or going beyond a 4th year course?
- What are the benefits of studying another language?
- How should I choose which language to study?
- Do students whose first language is not English need to take a world language class?
- What is the process for testing into a higher level if there is previous language study?
- Will I be fluent in my foreign language by the time I graduate?
- Can I take more than one language during my time at Culver?
- What kind of help do you offer for students who might struggle with foreign language?