Spanish at Western is taught both holistically and analytically. Holistic language learning is facilitated by modern communicative methods and multimedia technology, as well as through foreign study opportunities. The section supports the analytical instruction of language structure through a full range of language skills courses, as well as a significant number of courses in linguistics. The Spanish language curriculum is diverse and varied, but the programmatic objective is to provide students with the opportunity to acquire the skills to be able to communicate in Spanish with near-native proficiency.
Literary analysis is essential to a student's understanding of the highest achievements in aesthetic expression of a culture's values. The Spanish curriculum thus includes instruction in history and culture, as well as literary theory, with an end to enabling the student to gain access to the intellectual life of Hispanic culture.
The multifaceted curriculum of the Spanish program provides an opening to the Hispanic world through language, literature, culture and civilization. It is, therefore, a true representation of the diversity that characterizes the Spanish-speaking world.
The Department of Modern and Classical Languages is a meeting place for diversity and for critical thinking. Our faculty members represent fifteen countries and offer courses in eleven languages. We cherish the contributions that this diversity brings to our campus community and to the community at large. Learning a language is the primary gateway to understanding the cultures and values of those who speak it. Learning a language fosters empathy, respect, and appreciation of the richness found across diverse cultures. By embracing diversity we can find creative solutions to problems and challenges of both local and global scope. As world language educators, we believe these are values that make our communities, and ourselves, stronger.
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