Competency in a foreign language is one of the hallmarks of the liberally educated person. It allows the individual to communicate with people of foreign countries on their own terms and to gain firsthand, authentic knowledge of foreign cultures by allowing entrance into their world of expression and thought. The study of another language not only opens up a foreign culture for students and gives them an acquaintance with an unfamiliar set of language conventions and forms; it also provides a contrast against which their own cultural and linguistic conventions can be perceived and better understood.
We live in an age in which the effective interaction with foreign nations is essential not only for economic prosperity, but also for mutual survival. Consequently, it is very important that students gain the skills and knowledge necessary to deal successfully with nations of differing cultural heritages. The study of foreign language is a crucial step toward the establishment of positive lines of communication among the world’s nations.
Upon successful completion of programs in the Department of Modern Languages at St. Bonaventure University,
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